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Colne’s search for a win continued as they crashed to defeat on Saturday against 1874 Northwich. A promising first half performance was forgotten as they conceded four goals without reply in a disastrous second half.
The Reds welcomed back central defender Tom Dean and he was soon in action making his presence felt with some good clearances early in the game. Tom Lent did well with good tackles to stop the runs of the dangerous Callum Gardner on the left wing.
At the other end, ex-Colne keeper Tony Aghayere was tested early on with some long throws by Lee Pugh into the visitors’ goalmouth creating chances. And the visitors’ keeper did well in punching clear a series of corners by the Reds on the half hour.
Colne built some promising attacks with half time approaching as Dean Ing and Oli Roberts found gaps in the visitors’ defence and Reece Webb-Foster had the ball whipped off his toes inside the Northwich penalty area.
As the second half began, Colne might have taken the lead when a through ball released Ing for a run on goal but the Reds striker pushed the ball too far and Aghayere got down to claim it at his feet.
Colne were made to rue the miss two minutes later when Sam Hare was brought down on his run into the Reds penalty area and Matthew Woolley fired home the spot kick to give Northwich the lead.
The Reds looked for a quick reply but on the hour were caught out when Joseph Woolley made a lightning run into the penalty area to the right of goal and finished with a low shot into the far corner of the net to double his side’s lead.
Just seven minutes later, Colne gave away the second penalty of the game with a tackle from behind in the area and once again Matthew Woolley converted the spot kick for a three goal lead for the visitors.
Colne looked to reduce the deficit and Lent’s cross from the right wing bounced off the Northwich crossbar with Aghayere beaten.
With ten minutes left, Northwich added a fourth goal when Taylor Kennerley picked up a half clearance and found the net with a shot through a crowded goalmouth. Three minutes later, Hakan Burton prevented a fifth goal with a great save to turn a fierce shot over his crossbar while at the other end, Aghayere got down well to save Will Shepherd’s shot in a one-on-one.
Northwich ran out comfortable winners in a game of two halves.
Colne F.C. Line Up:
Burton / Lent*** / Winstanley / Dean / Pugh / Haywood** / Russell / Williams / Ing* / Webb-Foster / Roberts
Dugdale / Shepherd** / Worrall / Gourley*** / Myers*