Colne claimed a vital three points with a convincing away win at Newcastle Town on Tuesday night. The game was in doubt before the kick off due to the heavy rain but the Reds made light of the conditions as they turned in a good performance to outplay the home side and seal the victory with a well taken goal by Lucas Weaver early in the second half.
In a lively opening to the game, both sides looked to attack and Luke Stowe’s cross to the far post was knocked just over the bar of the home goal by Enock Lusiama after three minutes. And a good end-to-end move involving Glenn Steel and Craig Carney released Weaver for a run on goal but the ball was cleared off his toes in the penalty area.
Colne might have taken the lead after 17 minutes when Oli Roberts won the ball in midfield and sent Lusiama on a run into the penalty area only to see his shot fly wide of the far post from a great chance.
The Reds had a let-off on the half hour when a corner kick into a crowded Colne goalmouth was only half cleared and headed home at the far post but the goal was disallowed for a foul on Colne keeper Andre Mendes. Newcastle were well organised in midfield and defended well at the back but Colne came within inches of an opening goal after 38 minutes when Roberts’ through ball found Lusiama in the penalty area and his shot on the turn came back off the post.
As the second half began, Colne had loud claims for a penalty turned down by the referee when Stowe was brought down as he made a run into the home penalty area. But the Reds continued to create chances with some good attacking moves and after 54 minutes it was Stowe again with a good run on the left wing who provided the chance for Weaver to score with a shot on the turn from inside the penalty area and give his side the lead.
Newcastle looked for a reply but Colne defended well with Tom Hoyle, Tom Fagan and Steel looking strong at the back while Brad Knox was outstanding in midfield. But Newcastle’s Nathan Morley threatened with several good efforts and created some good openings for team-mates with his non-stop running and crosses into the Colne area.
Colne came close to a second goal after 72 minutes when Carney released Weaver on a run into the home penalty area but keeper Owen Mooney blocked his close range shot with a good save at the expense of a corner.
In the closing stages, Newcastle threw men forward looking for an equaliser but the Reds defence stood firm and Mendes raced from his goal to make a no-nonsense two-fisted clearance as the home side pressed forward in injury time.