Colne went down to a narrow defeat against Skelmersdale United at Holt House on Saturday. The Reds had three new signings on show but the game took a familiar pattern as they conceded a late goal to see the points slip away.
The Reds made a hesitant start and conceded a goal after only three minutes when a corner kick was played in low to the near post and turned in by Callum Lees to give Skelmersdale the lead.
Colne were stung into action and Craig Carney forced a great save from visitors’ keeper Ben Barnes with a goal-bound shot before Enock Lusiama saw his diagonal shot rebound off the far post with the keeper well beaten. And the Reds drew level after 11 minutes when Oli Roberts fired home from the edge of the area past a helpless visitors’ defence.
Colne pushed forward creating further chances and on the half hour a high cross was headed on for Tom Hoyle at the far post and his point blank header was pushed over the bar by Barnes with a great save. With half time approaching Lucas Weaver opened up the visitors’ defence with a run in from the left wing and his low cross was cleared off the toes of Carney when he looked sure to convert the chance.
Colne pressed forward after the interval and looked on course to win the game as they created a series of chances with new signing Lusiama leading the attack. Tom Fagan’s cross gave Weaver an opening but his well struck shot brought another good save from Barnes to push the ball wide for a corner. And on the hour, Carney’s cross to the far post found Fagan but his downward header bounced over the bar from a golden opportunity.
As the half wore on, Skelmersdale came more into the picture and pushed the Reds back with some strong attacking play. Colne held on clearing the ball from their penalty area with some desperate
defending and keeper Andre Mendes produced a great save to push a shot by Sam Sheen over his crossbar to keep the scores level. But after 83 minutes, a cross from the left wing was met on the volley by Michael Grogan to send an unstoppable shot into the far corner of the Colne net for a memorable winning goal.
Man of the Match Enock Lusiama is presented with his award from Chairman, Glenn Stock.