Setback for the Reds
By Dave Priestley
Colne suffered a setback in their charge for the play-offs when they went down to a single goal defeat against Prescot Cables at the Sovereign Play Stadium on Tuesday night.
Despite creating a string of scoring chances in the second half of the game, they failed to find the net and were punished when Prescot scored the only goal of the game from a rare opportunity.
There were few chances at either end in an even first half. Colne keeper Hakan Burton escaped with a yellow card after ten minutes when he brought down Matty Hamilton just outside his area after he slipped through the Reds defence. And the resulting free kick was fired over the Colne crossbar.
The Reds came close to opening the scoring after 26 minutes when Brad Lynch released Simon Nangle for a run to the bye line and his low cross found Reece Webb-Foster whose shot was destined for the bottom corner of the net before Prescot keeper Ollie Taylor got down well to keep it out and enable his defenders to scramble the ball clear.
But Colne failed to get their game together against a solid Prescot side and too many promising moves broke down as they lost possession.
Steve Cunningham’s half time team talk clearly lifted the Reds and they had the ball in the net after two minutes only for Webb-Foster to be flagged offside. And as Colne continued to press forward, Webb-Foster flashed a shot across the goal from a great opening.
On the hour, a promising break by Lynch saw Webb-Foster go past the keeper and cross from the bye line but Alex Curran was unable to convert the chance in a crowed goalmouth. Five minutes later, Waqas Azam’s free kick was half cleared and Lynch shot over the bar from a good chance.
As play swung to the other end, Marcus Poscha made some good clearances from the Colne penalty area but after 75 minutes, a good move by Hamilton saw Prescot take the lead. After cutting in from the left wing, he supplied a low cross for James McCulloch to fire home from close range.
Colne fought hard to redress the balance but Prescot defended well. In the closing minutes, Matty Morgan was brought down on the edge of the area but Lynch’s free kick was well held under the bar by the keeper. And in Colne’s next attack, Lynch released Lee Pugh to the bye line and his cross found Morgan in the goalmouth but his shot came back off the underside of the bar and was cleared by the Prescot defence.
As the chances slipped away, time ran out for the Reds who now have a greater challenge ahead of them if they are to reach the play-offs.