Colne staged a comeback for the second successive week to take all three points at Widnes on Saturday. The Reds had conceded a penalty early in the second half, but bounced back with three goals with a rousing performance to secure a well deserved win.
In the opening stages, it was Colne who looked the more positive side and Oli Roberts’ cross in the first minute was inches out of the reach of Olatunde Bayode at the far post. The Reds pressed forward with more good crosses into the home penalty area and Charlie Russell flashed a shot just past the post from a half chance.
But after ten minutes, it was Widnes who came close to an opener when the ball was headed on by Callam Hassan for James Steele to slip through the Red's defence and shoot inches wide of the Colne goal.
Colne continued to build good attacks and Harry Cannon-Noren and Reece Webb-Foster both had shots just off target. At the other end, Tom Dean did well to clear the ball off the toes of the lively Steele as he burst into the Reds penalty area.
After a largely uneventful first half, the game sprang to life after the interval and after ten minutes Widnes defender River Humphries was sent off for his second yellow card when he brought down Bayode on one of his lightning runs.
But three minutes later, the ten men of Widnes were given a penalty for Cannon-Noren’s tackle on Steele as he crossed the ball from the bye line. Steele fired home the resulting spot kick to give his side the lead at 1-0.
Matty Morgan joined the game from the subs bench and began to create chances with some promising runs. And after 69 minutes, his pass to Webb-Foster in the Widnes goalmouth was knocked into the bottom corner of the net out of the reach of the keeper to level the scores at 1-1.
Colne were lifted by the goal and pushed forward with more attacks. Bayode made some great runs on the left wing and after 75 minutes Paul Dugdale’s high cross fell to Morgan in front of goal who scored with a low shot to give Colne the lead at 2-1.
Widnes looked for a reply, but Hakan Burton showed safe handling in the Colne goal to deny them a scoring chance. And as the game reached the closing stages, the Reds stretched their lead further when Webb-Foster sent Bayode clear on the left with a great pass and Bayode chipped the advancing keeper to score Colne’s third goal and clinch the win.
Colne F.C. Line Up:
Burton / Cannon-Noren** / Dugdale / Winstanley / Dean / Taylor / Russell* / Roberts / Bayode / Webb-Foster / Williams***
Makinson** / Morgan* / O'Halleron*** / Johnson / Dodd