Great Win for Colne in the FA Cup
By Dave Priestley
Colne got off to a great start on the Emirates FA Cup trail with an emphatic win away to Pickering Town at Scarborough’s Flamingoland Stadium on Saturday
A typical Alex Curran goal put them in front after only six minutes and the Reds never looked back as they went on to add three second half goals in an outstanding performance.
Steve Cunningham’s young side began in a lively fashion opening up the home defence with a series of well worked attacks and great inter-passing. It was no surprise when they took the lead after only six minutes when Brad Lynch and Reece Webb-Foster combined to release Curran into the penalty area and slot the ball past home keeper Charlie Andrew to give Colne the lead.
As Pickering looked for a quick reply, Chris Lynch headed away a dangerous cross at the near post and when Colne conceded a free kick on the edge of their area, their defensive wall held firm to block Joe Danby’s free kick before Ryan Blott volleyed a spectacular shot over the bar.
As play switched to the other end, Brad Lynch headed inches over the bar as Waqas Azam picked him out with a great cross from the right wing. And minutes later, Lynch hit a screamer into the side netting after Simon Nangle’s cross had been headed down to him by Town defender Frank Belt.
Pickering came forward strongly on the half hour and Blott’s shot was blocked by Hakan Burton at his near post before Alex Coleman cleared the loose ball from the Colne goalmouth to deny Pickering an equaliser. And Burton was again in action to save another shot from Blott minutes later in a good period for the home side.
Colne lost Chris Lynch to injury at this stage and his replacement Connor Hughes was soon in action as he cut in from the right wing and fired a shot just over the bar from the edge of the area on 36 minutes. And with half time approaching, Webb-Foster’s shot was only inches over the bar from a similar position.
The second half began with some end to end play and Brad Freer shot just over the Colne goal before Webb-Foster saw his dipping shot come back off the top of the home crossbar with keeper Andrew at full stretch.
After 53 minutes, Brad Lynch put the Reds further ahead when he exchanged passes with Curran before firing home into the bottom corner of the net to double Colne’s lead. And two minutes later, Webb-Foster scored an exquisite goal when he chipped the ball over the advancing keeper to put the Reds three goals ahead.
Colne still had defending to do and Coleman made a great tackle in his own area to deny Josh Greening before Nangle made a vital clearance from his goalmouth in a period of Pickering pressure.
Colne came close after 73 minutes when Hughes’ diagonal ball found Luke Higham and his left foot shot was touched on to the crossbar by keeper Andrew before being cleared by defenders. And in the end-to-end play, Pickering hit the woodwork at the other end when Blott saw his shot come back off the Colne post with Burton stranded.
Colne rounded off the scoring after 81 minutes with a well worked goal involving Curran and Hughes to set up Nick McNally who fired home their fourth goal with the home defence all at sea.
Burton made a superb save in the dying minutes to turn Jamie Barkway’s shot over his crossbar and deny the home side any consolation in an open entertaining game and the Reds will look forward to the next round with eager anticipation.