Report: City of Liverpool 1-0 Colne F.C.
Colne lost ground in the lower reaches of the table thanks to a narrow defeat at the hands of City of Liverpool. The Reds fought hard to match their opponents but went down to a single goal in the second half of the game.
Colne made a bright start with Luke Stowe firing a good shot just past the angle of the home goal after only two minutes. And four minutes later, Oli Roberts’ corner fell to Glenn Steel in the goalmouth to blast a volley just over the bar.
As Liverpool came more into the game, the Colne defence made some vital clearances with Matty Kardacz and Danny Kyobe heading the ball away from the Reds goalmouth and Steel and Tom Hoyle making timely interventions. But Liverpool came close after 37 minutes when Danny Mitchley made a run into the Colne penalty area and fired a shot on the turn inches over the crossbar,
With half time approaching, Colne created a good chance at the other end from a Roberts’ free kick which found Steel in the goalmouth but his header flew just wide of the near post.
As the second half began, Owen Watkinson did well to get to the bye line and his low cross only needed a touch but did not find a team-mate in front of goal. And as Liverpool came forward again, Hakan Burton produced a great save to keep out a goal-bound header before the ball came back off the post and was cleared by his defence.
Chances were created at both ends but Liverpool looked the more likely to score. And after 70 minutes a free kick into the Colne penalty area caused problems for the Reds defence as they attempted to clear the ball and it fell for Michael Grogan to fire home from close range to give Liverpool the lead.
Colne had the chance of a quick reply just two minutes later when Craig Carney supplied a great through ball for Kyobe but Purps keeper Ben Barnes spread himself well to save his shot in a one-on-one. The Reds pushed forward in the closing stages and forced free kicks and corners but the Liverpool defence held firm and won almost everything in the air to deny Colne an equaliser.