Reds Exit the Trophy at Trafford
By Dave Priestley
Colne went out of the FA Trophy at Trafford on Saturday in a narrow defeat after an evenly fought game.
The Reds created some good chances throughout the game but their single goal after 88 minutes came too late to affect the outcome.
Colne started brightly and controlled the first 15 minutes when Brad Lynch forced a great save from home keeper Matt Cooper to push his goal-bound header over the bar after great work by Waqas Azam on the right wing.
Trafford came more into the game midway through the half and Jonathan Hodgkinson made a vital tackle to dispossess Darius Palmer inside the Colne penalty area when a rebound fell to him in front of goal.
But Colne continued to create chances and Cooper was again in action punching the ball away from Ollie Wood’s head in the home goalmouth before Alex Curran shot wide from the loose ball.
As play swung back to the Colne end, Hakan Burton made a double save as he pushed away an angled shot by Matty Bryan at his near post and recovered to block Palmer’s shot as he homed in on the loose ball in the goalmouth.
With half time approaching, Wood missed a glorious chance when the ball stuck under his feet in front of goal after a low cross from the left wing. And Colne were desperately unlucky not to take the lead following a corner kick when Lynch struck the bar with his cross and Curran followed up to head against the bar in a period of high drama in the home goalmouth.
As the second half began, Lynch saw his shot pushed over the bar by Cooper in a promising Colne attack. But the game began to swing Trafford’s way and the home side took the lead on the hour when a corner was half cleared to Aaron Burns who fired a shot back across goal and into the top corner of the Reds net.
As Colne looked to hit back, Curran drove a free kick just wide of the Trafford goal and Matty Morgan’s pass only found a defender in the home goalmouth after a superb attacking move by the Reds.
After 73 minutes, Colne went further behind when Palmer’s jinking run took him into the penalty area to the left of goal and his low cross to the far post was fired home by Danny Wilkins to double Trafford’s lead at 2-0.
Two minutes later, Reece Webb-Foster’s dipping shot flew inches over the bar of the home goal as Colne looked for a quick reply. And Hodgkinson’s downward header was saved on the line by Cooper in a subsequent attack. With time running out, the Reds pulled a goal back when Azam made a strong run into the home penalty area and found the net with a hard low shot through a crowd of defenders.
But the remaining five minutes ticked away too quickly for Colne to make any further impression on the game and Trafford ran out worthy winners at the final whistle.