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Colne 4-0 Squires Gate

Colne went into Tuesday's game with the return of Ryan Bolton plus the addition of new signing Jamie Edwards.

Weller made several changes for the reds, with Forshaw returning to the starting XI, followed by the return of newly contracted Ryan Bolton, impressive youngster James Thewlis also made his first appearance at the Nori and his first in the reds starting line up.

The first half hour was a scrappy affair with both sides never really causing much of a problem. The visitors biggest threat was coming from the long throws from the imposing Kandeke.

On 41 minutes, with the game looking like it was heading into the break, level, Ryan Riley spotted the reds keeper off his line and took aim from the half way line, but Goodwin scrambled back to deny the visitors the lead. Just minutes later, Squires Gate saw a penalty claim waived away by the referee after Orr went down in the box.

3 minutes into added time in the first half Colne took the lead following a great ball from Wallbank to Doyle who laid it off to Weaver who hit thunderbolt first time shot into the bottom corner, leaving Pennington frozen to the spot to give Weaver his third goal of the season.

It was a promising first half for Gate, and one which Colne would feel slightly fortunate to be ahead at the break, but as the old saying goes, Goals win games.

The second half began with the reds pushing for a second and it didn't take long for Forshaw to thank his manager for his faith in returning to the starting XI, Watkinson picked up the ball on the half way line and played an inch perfect ball down the left for the youngster to run on to, Forshaw broke into the box and curled a deflected effort beyond Pennington to double the reds advantage and grab his first goal for the club since joining on loan from Oldham Athletic.

The reds looked threatening on every attack, and the lead increased on 64 minutes when debutant Jamie Edwards picked up the ball from Watkinson after the skipper dispossessed Ogundare on the Half Way line, and squared it to Doyle in the centre of the park.

Doyle, took a touch to set himself and hit a wonder strike goal bound, once again, beating the squirming Pennington.

Ogundare's night got worse just 3 minutes later when Forshaw outmuscled the Squires Gate centre half and released Watkinson down the left.

Watkinson, desperate to get in on the action, cut inside and sent the ball across the box, but in a desperate attempt to make amends, Ogundare turned the ball in at the near post to seal the game for the reds.

With the game now 4-0 and the reds cruising, manager Paul Weller introduced Knox, Da Costa & Hasler-Cregg as the reds pushed for a 5th, however despite several attempts on goal, the game remained the same score line and the reds ran out comfortable winners in the end.


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