Reds miss out in LFA Trophy Final
By Dave Priestley
Colne finished runners up in the LFA Trophy when they lost to National League North side Southport in the Final at the University of Bolton Stadium on Monday night.
The Reds conceded three goals in the first half and looked to be on a hiding to nothing at half time but staged a recovery in the second half and pulled a goal back through Brad Lynch in the closing stages.
Colne started confidently but were rocked by a goal after only 11 minutes when Reagan Ogle’s cross was headed home by Dion Charles at the far post to give Southport an early lead.
The Reds looked for an equaliser with some good attacking build-ups but when Mamadou Djabi laid the ball back for Marcus Poscha on the edge of the area, he lifted his shot high over the bar. And things got worse for Colne after 27 minutes when a low cross by Jordan Richards reached Charles at the far post for an easy tap-in to double Southport’s lead.
After 32 minutes, Hakan Burton did well to save a header by Devarn Green at the foot of the post. But two minutes later, a clearance by Burton only reached Jack Sampson and his cross into the goalmouth was knocked home by Charles to complete his hat trick and put Southport three goals in front.
As play switched to the other end, Djabi’s pass reached Matty Morgan in the penalty area and his shot was blocked by Southport keeper Josh Tibbetts before Lynch fired the rebound just over the bar.
Colne lost Alex Coleman at half time through injury but in the second half Matty Makinson was outstanding in the Reds defence alongside Lee Pugh and Poscha. Connor Hughes and Ramirez Howarth came on from the subs bench and both were involved in some promising attacks with Brad Knox prompting from midfield alongside Simon Nangle.
Southport came close after 76 minutes when Burton kept out Sampson’s shot with his feet as the striker burst into the Colne area. But Colne looked increasingly likely to pull a goal back and when Oliver Wood pressured the keeper to win a corner, the resulting cross flew across the face of goal only needing a touch.
With ten minutes left, Lynch picked up the ball on the left wing and went past two defenders before cutting inside and finding the bottom corner of the net with a 25 yard shot to reduce the arrears with the best goal of the game.
The Reds gave a creditable second half display against strong opposition from two leagues higher and will take heart from some outstanding performances on the night.