Colne Leave it Late
By Dave Priestley
Colne left it late to snatch a win against Droylsden at the Sovereign Play Stadium on Saturday with just one minute of the game remaining.
The Reds had let a bagfull of chances slip by and looked destined to settle for just one point before Brad Lynch's shot was deflected into the net for the winner.
Droylsden made a lively start to the game as Andreas Bianga fired just over the Colne bar before the Bloods had loud claims for a penalty waved aside following another shooting opportunity.
But Colne soon settled into the game and came close with a good attacking move when Lynch’s dipping cross was just over the head of Brad Knox coming in at the far post. Lee Pugh’s long throws into the visitors’ area created chances but both Oliver Wood and Marcus Poscha had decisions given against them when contesting high balls against Bloods keeper Chris Thompson.
Waqas Azam opened up the visitors defence with some tricky runs on the right wing but Reece Webb-Foster was off target with his shooting as Colne carved out a series of half chances. The strong wind affected both sides in a fast paced game and Pugh tested Thompson with a couple of inswinging free kicks which only needed a glancing header to convert into a goal.
Just before half time with the scoresheet still blank, Colne were given a timely warning when Oliver Ford shot just wide at the other end with a clear sight of goal.
The Reds began the second half on the attack but Lynch’s shot was blocked in the visitors’ area and Knox failed to find the target with two shooting opportunities. On the hour, a clever back heel by Knox sent Wood clear in the area but Thompson got down to block the shot at the expense of a corner.
As play swung to the other end, Droylsden enjoyed a period of pressure and Ryan Hopper’s cross from the bye line just eluded Liam Caddick in the Colne goalmouth before Sefton Gonzales was twice denied by Hakan Burton in a series of corners for the Bloods.
But Colne continued to look for a goal with Azam having the beating of defenders down the right wing and Matty Morgan’s shot was deflected wide of goal from a good opportunity. And Knox’s shot was comfortably saved by Thompson after Lynch’s shot had been blocked in the area.
In the closing stages, the Reds kept up the momentum with Alex Curran joining the game from the subs bench but when Webb-Foster blasted the ball high over the crossbar with three minutes left, it seemed the chance of a win had gone.
Two minutes later however, the ball reached Wood on the left of the visitors’ area who laid it back to Lynch for a shot and as the ball flew across the face of goal, it was turned into the net for the winner to secure all three points for the Reds in a dramatic ending to the game.