Colne moved up the league table with a valuable three points against 1874 Northwich at Holt House on Saturday. The Reds battled all the way in what was a scrappy game and their persistence paid off midway through the second half when Jack Doherty snatched the winning goal.
In the opening period, both sides looked to attack and Colne’s central defender Glenn Steel cleared the danger from the Reds goalmouth after Matthew Woolley got his head to a high cross from a corner. At the other end, visiting keeper ex-Red Tony Aghayere was soon in action diving at the feet of Lucas Weaver and producing a good save to keep out Owen Watkinson’s goal-bound shot at his near post.
Much of the threat from 1874 came from Mackenzie O’Neill and his penetrating runs on the left wing but the Colne defence held firm and blocked shots by Jack Irlam and Oliver Broe. But Colne threatened at the other end as Aghayere punched away a high cross from under his crossbar in a crowded area in a series a corners and advanced from his area to head the ball away to foil another Colne attack.
Early in the second half, Craig Carney had a sight of goal when Weaver laid the ball back to him on the edge of the 1874 area but he lifted his shot over the bar from a half chance. And as play switched to the other end, a good run by Woolley found Fenton Green at the far post and his close range shot on the turn was kept out by an instinctive save by Andre Mendes in the Reds goal.
Colne began to build attacks as the half wore on and Harry Jones saw his well struck shot blocked in the 1874 area after 68 minutes. Two minutes later, the Reds went one better when Weaver’s shot was blocked by Aghayere and the loose ball was forced home past defenders in the six yard box by Jack Doherty to give Colne the lead.
1874 pushed forward looking for an equaliser but the Colne defence held firm despite some heart-stopping moments in the closing minutes and ran out worthy winners in a hard fought game.
Darren Harrison of Coalition Facilities Management presents Jack Doherty with his man of the match award.