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M Djabi (15'), B Priestley (62'), O Wood (90')
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Mon 22 Apr 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - West Division Attendance 292

Reds on the Rise Again


Colne moved into the play-off places with a derby day win on Easter Monday against local rivals Clitheroe.

The Reds put the disappointing defeat at Widnes behind them and benefitted from results elsewhere to move up to fifth place in the table with just one game to play.

Colne made a bright start to the game with Alex Curran prompting some good attacking moves and Oliver Wood finding room up front to try some speculative efforts. Waqas Azam made good runs to open up the Clitheroe defence and had a good shot blocked in the Blues penalty area after 12 minutes.

Colne took the lead after 15 minutes when Brad Knox took the ball forward and found Brad Lynch to the left of goal and his low cross was knocked home by Mamadou Djabi from close range.

Clitheroe came more into the game and on the half hour a good break by Bevan Burey up the right wing gave Max Hazeldine a sight of goal but Hakan Burton got down well to hold his shot in the goalmouth. Five minutes before half time, the Blues came even closer when Hazeldine broke clear of the Reds defence and saw his shot come back off the Colne crossbar.

Clitheroe continued to threaten in the second half and Burton did well to tackle Hazeldine in the Colne goalmouth to clear the danger from a Blues corner. But at the other end Clitheroe keeper Ben Purdham kept out Lynch’s shot with his feet after Djabi and Wood had opened up the Blues defence.

On the hour, Richie Baker’s diagonal free kick reached Billy Priestley and his looping header dropped into the far corner of the net to double Colne’s lead.

The Reds looked to stretch their lead further with a series of corners and free kicks but Clitheroe looked dangerous on the break and in the closing stages Cole Lonsdale flashed a shot across the Colne goalmouth.

With the final whistle approaching, Colne put pressure on the Clitheroe defence and a back pass to the keeper was half cleared to Wood just outside the area who found the bottom corner of the net with a well placed shot to round off the scoring at 3-0.

Key moments

Goal Mamadou Djabi scores for Colne
Goal Billy Priestley scores for Colne
Goal Oliver Wood scores for Colne


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90:00 +5:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Hakan Burton keeps a clean sheet for Colne
90:00 Goal 3 - 0
Oliver Wood scores for Colne
84:00 Yellow Card
Andy Hollins is yellow carded for Colne
66:00 Sub Off
Richie Baker is substituted off for Colne
66:00 Sub On
Simon Nangle is substituted on for Colne
62:00 Goal 2 - 0
Billy Priestley scores for Colne
61:00 Sub On
Marcus Poscha is substituted on for Colne
61:00 Sub Off
Mamadou Djabi is substituted off for Colne
56:00 Sub On
Matty Morgan is substituted on for Colne
56:00 Sub Off
Brad Lynch is substituted off for Colne
End of period 1
15:00 Goal 1 - 0
Mamadou Djabi scores for Colne
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Colne
  • Clitheroe
  • 0
  • Mamadou Djabi Goal 15:00'
  • Matty Morgan Sub On 56:00'
  • Brad Lynch Sub Off 56:00'
  • Marcus Poscha Sub On 61:00'
  • Mamadou Djabi Sub Off 61:00'
  • Billy Priestley Goal 62:00'
  • Simon Nangle Sub On 66:00'
  • Richie Baker Sub Off 66:00'
  • Andy Hollins Yellow Card 84:00'
  • Oliver Wood Goal 90:00'

Team selection

Burton, Hakan Burton, Hakan
Azam, Waqas Azam, Waqas
Priestley, Billy Priestley, Billy
Lynch, Brad Lynch, Brad
Hollins, Andy Hollins, Andy
Pugh, Lee Pugh, Lee
Djabi, Mamadou Djabi, Mamadou
Knox, Bradley Knox, Bradley
Curran, Alex Curran, Alex
Wood, Oliver Wood, Oliver
Baker, Richie Baker, Richie

League round up

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League table

# 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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