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Ramsbottom United
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A Curran (16'), R Baker (25'), J Hine (29')
Tue 26 Feb 19:45 - The Evo-Stik League - West Division Attendance 257

Colne First Half Blitz Stuns Rammy


Colne made the short journey to high fliers Ramsbottom United on Tuesday night and came away with all three points thanks to a dazzling first half display.

Three goals in the first half hour were enough to put the game beyond their opponents and although Ramsbottom fought hard in the second half, the Reds ran out worthy winners in the end.

Colne took the game to their hosts right from the kick off with Alex Curran making some stunning runs in midfield and Brad Lynch outpacing the home defenders on the wing. After 12 minutes, Lynch burst into the penalty area wide of goal and saw his shot blocked by the keeper’s legs at the expense of a corner. The resulting cross to the far post found Billy Priestley but his header was blocked on the line and cleared by the home defence.

Colne’s enterprising attacking play paid off after 16 minutes when Lee Pugh’s through ball was helped on by Mamadou Djabi to give Lynch a sight of goal and his curling shot was pushed away by the keeper’s acrobatic save. The ball fell to Curran who found the bottom corner of the net with a diagonal shot through a crowded goalmouth to give the Reds the lead.

As Ramsbottom looked for a quick reply, Nic Evangelinos curled a shot just over the Colne bar before Kieran Lugsden headed wide from a dangerous cross into the Reds goalmouth.

But after 25 minutes, a superb run by Curran took him into the home penalty area and his firmly struck low cross was knocked home at the far post by Richie Baker to double Colne’s lead. Four minutes later, Waqas Azam made ground on the right wing and released Josh Hine for a run into the penalty area where he beat the keeper with a good finishing shot into the far corner of the net to put the Reds 3-0 ahead.

In the second half, Colne looked to increase their lead but the Ramsbottom defence repeatedly cut out through balls to frustrate their attacks. And the home side looked to reduce the arrears with some fresh legs from the subs bench. After 58 minutes, Anthony Donaldson looked to have a great chance with the ball at his feet in the Colne goalmouth but Priestley cleared the ball with a vital tackle to deny the Ramsbottom substitute.

After 80 minutes, Ramsbottom pulled a goal back when the ball was only half cleared following a corner kick and Evangelinos scored in a scramble in the penalty area with the Reds defence unable to clear the ball. But it was too late to affect the outcome of the game and Colne held on with some firm defending to deny the home side any further reward on a night that belonged to the Reds.

Key moments

Goal Alex Curran scores for Colne
Goal Richie Baker scores for Colne
Goal Josh Hine scores for Colne


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90:00 Yellow Card
Mamadou Djabi is yellow carded for Colne
83:00 Yellow Card
Lee Pugh is yellow carded for Colne
81:00 Sub On
Matty Morgan is substituted on for Colne
81:00 Sub Off
Brad Lynch is substituted off for Colne
74:00 Yellow Card
Brad Lynch is yellow carded for Colne
69:00 Sub On
Simon Nangle is substituted on for Colne
69:00 Sub Off
Richie Baker is substituted off for Colne
End of period 1
29:00 Goal 0 - 3
Josh Hine scores for Colne
25:00 Goal 0 - 2
Richie Baker scores for Colne
16:00 Goal 0 - 1
Alex Curran scores for Colne
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As it happened

  • Ramsbottom United
  • Colne
  • 0
  • Alex Curran Goal 16:00'
  • Richie Baker Goal 25:00'
  • Josh Hine Goal 29:00'
  • Simon Nangle Sub On 69:00'
  • Richie Baker Sub Off 69:00'
  • Brad Lynch Yellow Card 74:00'
  • Matty Morgan Sub On 81:00'
  • Brad Lynch Sub Off 81:00'
  • Lee Pugh Yellow Card 83:00'
  • Mamadou Djabi Yellow Card 90:00'

Team selection

Burton, Hakan Burton, Hakan
Azam, Waqas Azam, Waqas
Makinson, Matty Makinson, Matty
Lynch, Brad Lynch, Brad
Priestley, Billy Priestley, Billy
Pugh, Lee Pugh, Lee
Hine, Josh Hine, Josh
Poscha, Marcus Poscha, Marcus
Curran, Alex Curran, Alex
Djabi, Mamadou Djabi, Mamadou
Baker, Richie Baker, Richie


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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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