Colne's Young Lions Maul The Tigers
By Dave Priestley
Colne battled through to the next round of the Emirates FA Cup with a convincing display against Evo-Stik Premier Division side Hyde United at the Sovereign Play Stadium on Saturday thanks to second half goals by Matty Morgan and Reece Webb-Foster
Steve Cunningham’s young players matched their opponents all the way as the Reds continued their unbeaten start to the season in all competitions.
Colne got off to a bright start with a series of promising attacks as Alex Curran and Morgan opened up the visitors defence with some excellent passing moves and supplied balls into the goalmouth for Brad Lynch who came close as he tried to convert the chances on two occasions in the opening ten minutes.
As play switched to the other end, Hyde forced a series of corners but Reds keeper Hakan Burton showed superb handling throughout as he plucked high balls out of the air to deny the visiting forwards any chance. And Marcus Poscha showed great heading ability as he cleared Kyle Brownhill’s free kick from the edge of the area to turn defence into attack for the Reds giving Webb-Foster a shooting opportunity to curl a 25 yard shot just wide of the Hyde goal.
In the end-to-end play, Connor Hughes fought to win the ball in midfield and his through ball found Lynch in the area but his shot was just wide and as Colne pushed forward, Curran’s low cross from the right wing was half cleared to Lee Pugh whose diagonal ball to the far post was knocked just wide by Curran.
At the other end, Gavin Rothery’s high cross was just too high for Tom Greaves at the far post and fell to Janni Lipka who shot wide from a half chance. And Alex Coleman made a vital clearance when he blocked Greaves’ shot in the Colne area after Luke Porritt had headed the ball down to him. On the half hour, Colne central defender Matty Makinson was injured making a clearance and was replaced by Simon Nangle.
Hyde attempted to take the sting out of Colne’s attacks with some possession play leading up to half time and might even have taken the lead themselves when Greaves shot over the angle of the Reds goal just before the interval.
As the second half began, Hyde were again on the attack but when Poscha cleared a corner kick from the penalty area, play switched to the other end where Curran forced a great save from keeper Peter Crook to push his goal-bound shot over the crossbar. And Colne stepped up their attacks as Curran embarked on another run through the visitors defence before laying on the chance for Morgan to fire home an angled shot to put the Reds into the lead after 51 minutes.
Six minutes later, John McCombe looked sure to equalise for Hyde when a corner kick fell to him in the Colne goalmouth but Coleman made a superb tackle to block his shot and clear the danger preserving the Reds lead.
After 67 minutes, Colne doubled their lead when Morgan made an end-to-end run on the right wing and his cross found Webb-Foster whose volley was blocked by a defender but he fired the rebound into the top corner of the net past a helpless Crook in the Hyde goal.
Hyde threw bodies forward in the closing stages but the Colne defence held firm to deny them any clear sights of goal and the Reds ran out worthy winners after a typically hard fought FA Cup tie.