Colne went down to a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Mossley at Holt House on Tuesday evening. The Reds succumbed to two late goals despite having been well on top in the opening stages of the game and the visitors being down to ten men for the last half hour of the game.
Colne took the lead after only seven minutes when Lucas Weaver won the ball on the edge of the visitors’ penalty area and found the net with a low shot into the bottom corner of the net past keeper Dale Latham.
Mossley looked for a quick reply with Freddie Sass making good runs up the left wing but Tom Fagan kept him at bay with some good defensive tackles. And after 18 minutes, Tom McCann won the ball in midfield and sent Weaver on a left wing run and his low cross was forced home in a crowded goalmouth by Owen Watkinson to double Colne’s lead.
At this point Colne were well on top but when they gave away a free kick on the edge of their penalty area after 25 minutes Jordan Butterworth fired a shot past the end of the defensive wall and inside the right hand post to pull a goal back for Mossley.
Mossley were lifted by the goal and Mason Fawns made a good run into the Colne penalty area before Ellis Wallbank got back to block his shot with a vital defensive tackle. And Danny Thorpe got down well to hold a deflected shot by Butterworth at the foot of the post
With half time approaching, it was Colne who looked to add to the scoreline with Watkinson flashing a shot across the face of goal after a good run on the left wing.
In the second half, Colne began to build some good attacks and after 57 minutes Paul Dugdale and Watkinson combined to supply a low cross for Tom McCann whose 20 yard pile driver ricocheted back off the crossbar of the Mossley goal. And as Colne continued to attack, Watkinson’s header flew just wide of the goal from a searching cross before Fagan stung the hands of keeper Latham with a well struck 20 yard shot.
On the hour, the pressure told on the visitors and central defender Will Hartshorn received his second yellow card for a late tackle on Weaver and was sent off reducing Mossley to ten men.
Eight minutes later, Colne came close to a third goal when Weaver burst through the middle and saw his shot deflected just wide of the Mossley net.
But the visitors came back strongly and began to test the Colne defence who made some good clearances under pressure. After 80 minutes however Mossley drew level when a high cross from a corner was headed in at the far post by Sass.
And as Mossley pushed forward in the closing minutes, the Colne defence again came under pressure and Nicky Clee fired home a low diagonal shot into the bottom corner of the net for the winning goal two minutes into injury time.