Four for the Reds at Kendal
By Dave Priestley
Colne got back on the winning trail with an emphatic 4-1 beating of Kendal Town on Tuesday night
The Reds took the much needed three points thanks to goals by Alex Curran, Brad Lynch and Matty Morgan in an end to end game.
Colne got off to a bright start and took the lead after only four minutes. Kyle Sambor’s run opened up the home defence on the left wing and an exchange of passes gave Curran the opening to fire home a low shot past Kendal keeper Tom Scott.
Kendal looked for a quick reply and Stuart McDonald headed just over the Colne bar from a corner kick. But the Reds might have doubled their lead after 14 minutes when Lynch released Sambor with a through ball but he shot just wide in a one-on-one with the keeper. Three minutes later, Kendal came close when Scott Harries saw his angled shot parried by Hakan Burton in the Colne goal before firing the rebound wide of the far post.
Colne created some great passing moves with Richard Taylor prompting attacks with some accurate long balls and after 21 minutes, Lynch cut into the home penalty area beating defenders before supplying a low cross for Curran to knock home at the near post to double the Reds lead.
On the half hour, Danny Penswick found space in the Colne penalty area and set up a great chance for Matthew Clarke but he shot over the bar in a let-off for the Reds. Some fierce tackling by both sides brought a rash of yellow cards as the game threatened to boil over before half time.
But the game settled down again in the second half and Steven Yawson wasted a great chance by shooting over the Colne crossbar after 49 minutes. Six minutes later, Kendal were made to regret the miss when the Reds added a third goal. Waqas Azam’s free kick into the goalmouth was punched up into the air by Scott and Jonathan Hodgkinson’s follow-up header fell to Lynch to fire home from a tight angle.
Morgan’s run and cross created a chance for Lynch and his shot was kept out by a great save by Scott. And Scott was again in action saving Alex Pope’s shot after another well worked attacking move had opened up the home defence.
But Kendal created chances of their own with some long high crosses into the Colne penalty area and pulled a goal back after 64 minutes when Gavin Clark headed home at the far post to reduce the arrears to 1-3. Further attacks by the home side tested the Reds defence with Alex Coleman and Hodgkinson fighting a rearguard action to deny Kendal any further goals.
Colne came close to a fourth goal after 81 minutes when Lynch’s free kick took a deflection off a defender’s head and was turned over the bar with a spectacular save by Scott. But the Reds finished the game in style after 88 minutes when Coleman’s clearance was helped on by Lynch for Morgan to take through the middle and fire into the roof of the net past the helpless keeper.