Reds Reserves Sign Off in Style
Colne Reserves finished the season with a fine win against Fylde on Wednesday evening thanks to a Nathan Gibson penalty and a brace from James Leech
The opening period was a midfield battle with neither side able to create any clear chances. But on the half hour, Fylde took the lead when ex-Colne player Tom Hartley fired home at the far post to convert a good cross from the right wing.
Colne came back strongly and John Spencer might have levelled the scores following a half clearance from a corner when he slipped through the visitors defence but shot wide from a good close range opportunity. Five minutes later, Fylde had another let-off when their keeper knocked the ball against his own post as he tried to fist a high ball clear under pressure. And Spencer drove a good shot inches over the bar after Stevie Cassidy provided the opportunity.
After 41 minutes, Colne’s pressure paid off when Spencer was pushed to the ground in the area and Gibson converted the spot kick lashing the ball into the roof of the net to level the scores at 1-1. The Reds pressed forward again and Billy Lane saw his dipping shot come back off the crossbar. With the Fylde goal under siege, Martin Trickett hooked a shot goalward in the penalty area and Leech headed home from close range to give Colne the lead at 2-1 on the stroke of half time.
In the second half, Cassidy repeatedly opened up the visitors defence with his runs on the left wing and Bradley Cookson flashed a shot just wide of goal from a resulting cross. After 71 minutes, Colne went further ahead when Cassidy raced through midfield before providing Leech with the opportunity to squeeze a shot between the keeper and the near post for the Reds third goal.
Fylde were stung into action and some good midfield play prompted a series of good attacks but the Reds defence with Alex Richardson in good form matched their forwards for speed and effort. At the other end, Spencer’s cross found Lane in a great position and his volley was pushed away by the keeper with an outstanding save. And the keeper was in action again shortly after when he blocked Alex Boland’s shot after an enterprising run by the Colne substitute.
In the last minute of the game, Fylde’s outstanding player Jack Kay looked a certain scorer when through on goal but Tom Turner produced a great save with his feet to deny him a consolation goal as the Reds ran out worthy winners thanks to a good all round team performance.