Colne continued their run in the Isuzu FA Trophy with a memorable win at higher league opponents Hyde United on Saturday. The Reds were the underdogs but raised their game to outplay the home side with an outstanding performance that was a credit to the club.
After an even opening period, Hyde began to look the more dangerous and took the lead after 19 minutes when Jack Redshaw’s free kick into the Colne goalmouth was knocked down by Tom Pratt and turned into his own goal by Glenn Steel. Two minutes later, Hyde threatened again when a half cleared corner fell to Liam Tongue and his goal-bound shot brought a great diving save from Andre Mendes to prevent a second goal.
But Colne responded well and Luke Stowe linked with Owen Watkinson to provide chances for the Reds. Oli Roberts supplied a series of crosses from corner kicks into the home goalmouth testing former Reds keeper Craig Ellison. After 27 minutes, Colne levelled the scores when Jack Doherty’s shot was blocked in the home area and the rebound fell to Craig Carney whose diagonal shot beat Ellison all the way as it flew inside the far post.
As play switched to the other end, Tom Fagan made good clearances in the Colne defence alongside Steel and Paul Dugdale. But with the interval approaching, Colne made some good attacking breaks and Doherty’s shot flew just over the bar from a good chance. And on the stroke of half time, Carney’s run on the right wing provided an opening for Watkinson in the area and he found the net with a low shot through a crowd of defenders to give Colne the lead.
Some end-to-end play at the beginning of the second half created half chances at both ends but Colne came close on the hour when Fagan’s shot was turned round the post by Ellison for a corner. And the resulting cross fell to Roberts in the goalmouth but his close range shot was saved by Ellison on the line. Danny Kyobe on from the subs bench did well with some tenacious tackling to win the ball in midfield and set up a good chance for Matty Kardacz after 72 minutes which Ellison was well placed to save.
But four minutes later at the other end, Hyde levelled the scores when a diagonal cross from the left wing reached Brad Roscoe at the far post to knock the ball home from close range.
Once again Colne responded in style and regained the lead two minutes later when Lucas Weaver laid the ball off inside the home area for Carney to fire home the Reds third goal.
Hyde threw everyone forward looking for an equaliser and Dugdale made a great tackle to clear the ball off the toes of Tawab Djankpata as he made a run into the Colne penalty area. The Reds defended resolutely in the closing minutes to give Hyde few chances and ran out worthy winners at the end of a closely fought game of cut and thrust.