Colne F.C. 4 - 0 City of Liverpool F.C.
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Colne hit top scoring form with a resounding win over City of Liverpool on Tuesday night. A hat trick for Reece Webb-Foster and a goal for Paul Dugdale were enough to see off the team from Merseyside in a display of clinical finishing.
The Reds needed to raise their game after the disappointment of Saturday and in the opening stages some hectic end-to-end play by both teams promised an exciting evening for the spectators. And Colne took the lead after 13 minutes when Ryan Taylor’s free kick found Dugdale at the far post to score the opener from close range.
Colne continued to push forward with some well built attacks and doubled their lead after 21 minutes when Taylor’s diagonal free kick was headed down in the goalmouth by Tom Dean and Webb-Foster found the net with a great diving header. The Reds came close with their next attack when Webb-Foster’s shot was blocked in the visitors’ penalty area and Olatunde Bayode put the rebound wide from a good chance.
But the visitors showed plenty of attacking ideas of their own and had the ball in the Colne net after 29 minutes only to see the effort ruled out for offside. And the Reds took full advantage just three minutes later when a superb through ball by Bayode was taken on by Webb-Foster and despite the attention of three defenders he found the net with a well struck shot that took a slight deflection for a 3-0 lead.
As Liverpool looked for a quick reply, Freddie Potter saw his shot saved at the near post by Hakan Burton and Xenon Bahula created openings for the visitors with some dazzling runs. But Colne came close when Dean’s downward header in the goalmouth bounced over the bar from a well placed corner just before half time.
Liverpool pushed forward early in the second half forcing a series of corners but Colne defended well and Harry Winstanley denied Potter with a well timed clearance at the near post on the hour. And four minutes later, Burton held a shot from Zacery Aley low down on his line.
But as play switched to the other end, a Colne free kick found Webb-Foster with his back to goal and he shrugged off the defenders before hitting an unstoppable diagonal shot on the turn into the visitors net for a four goal lead for the Reds after 68 minutes.
Liverpool looked for a consolation goal and Bahula made a scintillating run from the halfway line before his shot was well saved by Colne’s substitute keeper Ewan McFarlane. And at the other end Webb-Foster almost added to his tally with an angled shot just over the bar after bursting into the penalty area on a right wing run.
The Reds will look to reproduce this form in the FA Cup on Saturday when they take on Guiseley from the National League North in the second qualifying round.