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Colne scored a late winner to take all three points in a dramatic finale against Kidsgrove Athletic at Holt House on Saturday. In an evenly balanced game, the Reds were down to ten men for the last ten minutes but continued to attack and were rewarded with well deserved goal by striker Dean Ing.
Kidsgrove had claims for a penalty waved away after 20 minutes when Kieran Brown went down under a challenge in the Colne area. But as play switched to the other end, Oli Roberts picked up a loose clearance from the visitors’ defence and his cross went begging across the Kidsgrove goalmouth. And as Colne continued to attack, Aaron Turner’s free kick brought a flying one-handed save from visitors’ keeper Ryan Brown to keep it out of the net.
A Kidsgrove attack after 35 minutes saw Callum Lovatt make a run into the Colne penalty area but he shot wide from a good opportunity. The visitors continued to attack in the second half and a good run and cross by Kyle Diskin saw Brown’s header flash inches over the Colne crossbar.
But as play switched to the other end, Paul Dugdale’s cross was headed just wide by Danny Edwards and Turner’s free kick was parried by keeper Brown before being cleared by the visitors’ defence.
Kidsgrove were quick on the counterattack and Tom Lent made good clearances to halt some dangerous raids while Hakan Burton was quickly out of his area to clear the ball on several occasions.
Colne pressed forward on the hour and Tom Dean’s header was cleared off the goal-line from Roberts’ corner before Dugdale’s close range shot was blocked at point blank range in the goalmouth as the Reds stepped up the pressure.
As the tempo of the game increased, Dugdale was sent off for his second yellow card reducing Colne to ten men and Kidsgrove pushed forward looking to take advantage but Burton made vital saves to keep out low shots by Brown.
With the game about to go into added time, a free kick by Dean found Ing in the visitors’ goalmouth and his header looped over the keeper and into the net for the winner.