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Widnes
Colne
Full time
R Webb-Foster (6'), A Curran (23')
Sat 20 Apr 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - West Division Attendance 125

Reds Let it Slip at Widnes

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Colne let a two goal lead slip at Widnes on Saturday and finished on the wrong end of a 3-2 scoreline in a dramatic last few minutes of the game

The Reds got off to a great start but were unable to maintain the momentum in the second half as Widnes came back strongly to deny them a vital win in their chase for the playoffs.

In the opening minutes it was Widnes who created the first chance when Michael Grogan’s low cross was met by Finlay Sinclair-Smith but his close range shot was cleared off the goal line by Marcus Poscha. As play swung to the other end Reece Webb-Foster won the ball in a challenge with the keeper and a defender and slotted home from a tight angle to give Colne the lead after six minutes.

As the Reds pushed forward with some promising attacks Waqas Azam brought a good save from Widnes keeper Richard Mottram and Lee Pugh’s shot was deflected wide for a corner. After 23 minutes Colne doubled their lead when Poscha’s through ball found Alex Curran inside the penalty area and his angled shot beat Mottram for pace on its way into the net.

Two minutes later the home side struck back when Widnes won a corner at the other end and Joe Herbert forced the ball home in a goalmouth scramble with keeper Hakan Burton blocked off at the near post.

As the second half began Colne looked to restore their two goal cushion and Azam fired over the bar from a good chance after Curran laid the ball back for him. But Colne’s luck deserted them after 52 minutes when Pugh’s long throw was half cleared from the Widnes area and Brad Lynch saw his firmly struck shot come back off the post .

Widnes began to look more dangerous with some good attacking moves but the Reds defence coped well with Andy Hollins and Matty Makinson looking strong at the back. And Colne still created chances with Matty Morgan almost cashing in on a good through ball and Pugh’s shot just past the far post with the keeper beaten.

In the closing stages the Reds looked on course for three points but after 87 minutes Chris Lomax provided a searching cross from the left wing for Ben Hodkinson to score with a glancing header and level the scores at 2-2. Colne desperately looked to restore their lead and forced a corner in added time. But when this was cleared Hodkinson raced away to chip the ball over the advancing Burton for the winning goal at the other end of the field.

The result still leaves Colne with an outside chance of the playoffs with two games left against Clitheroe and Skelmersdale in the coming week.

Key moments

6:00
Goal Reece Webb-Foster scores for Colne
23:00
Goal Alex Curran scores for Colne

Highlights

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90:00 Sub On
Billy Priestley is substituted on for Colne
90:00 Sub Off
Waqas Azam is substituted off for Colne
74:00 Sub On
Mamadou Djabi is substituted on for Colne
74:00 Sub Off
Brad Lynch is substituted off for Colne
74:00 Sub On
Matty Morgan is substituted on for Colne
74:00 Sub Off
Alex Curran is substituted off for Colne
End of period 1
42:00 Yellow Card
Waqas Azam is yellow carded for Colne
23:00 Goal 0 - 2
Alex Curran scores for Colne
6:00 Goal 0 - 1
Reece Webb-Foster scores for Colne
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Widnes
  • Colne
  • 0
  • Reece Webb-Foster Goal 6:00'
  • Alex Curran Goal 23:00'
  • Waqas Azam Yellow Card 42:00'
  • Mamadou Djabi Sub On 74:00'
  • Brad Lynch Sub Off 74:00'
  • Matty Morgan Sub On 74:00'
  • Alex Curran Sub Off 74:00'
  • Billy Priestley Sub On 90:00'
  • Waqas Azam Sub Off 90:00'

Team selection

Burton, Hakan Burton, Hakan
Azam, Waqas Azam, Waqas
Makinson, Matty Makinson, Matty
Lynch, Brad Lynch, Brad
Hollins, Andy Hollins, Andy
Pugh, Lee Pugh, Lee
Knox, Bradley Knox, Bradley
Nangle, Simon Nangle, Simon
Curran, Alex Curran, Alex
Webb-Foster, Reece Webb-Foster, Reece
Poscha, Marcus Poscha, Marcus

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Atherton Collieries 38 82
2. Radcliffe FC 38 75
3. Leek Town 38 74
4. Colne 38 73
5. Ramsbottom United 38 72
6. Runcorn Linnets 38 72
7. Prescot Cables 38 69

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