Colne F.C. 6 - 2 Pontefract Colleries F.C.
Photo credit: Braithwaite Photography
Colne moved up to third place in the league with an emphatic six goal win over Pontefract Collieries on Tuesday evening. Despite falling a goal behind after only two minutes, the Reds demolished their opponents with a rousing attacking display in atrocious conditions.
In the early stages Pontefract pushed forward and Hakan Burton’s attempted clearance from his penalty area only reached Damien Reeves 20 yards out, who found the Colne net with a deflected shot that looped over the keeper to give the visitors the lead. Four minutes later, Pontefract came close again when Aleks Starcenko’s cross from the bye line was turned away by Burton with Reeves coming in at the far post looking for a second goal.
Colne came back with the perfect reply and Billy Hasler-Cregg released Anthony Williams into the visitors’ area for a hard low shot to the far post where Reece Webb-Foster finished from close range to level the scores at 1-1 after nine minutes. Four minutes later, a free kick on the left wing gave Jamie Cooke the opportunity to drive a 35 yard high cross into the visitors’ goalmouth where Tom Dean headed home to put the Reds 2-1 in front.
Colne pushed forward looking to increase their lead and after 28 minutes Webb-Foster’s well driven free kick was blocked by the keeper who recovered to keep out Alex Coleman’s follow-up from the rebound. But the Reds were not to be denied and on the half hour Hasler-Cregg’s through ball released Cooke into the area to fire home Colne’s third goal of the evening. Two minutes later, Cooke added goal number four when a cross from the left wing found him in space and he scored his second goal of the night with a good finishing shot.
As the second half began, Pontefract pushed forward and Burton was in action punching away a high cross from his goalmouth, before Reeves missed what looked an easy chance at the far post from Ben Gordon’s low cross. But again, Colne came up with a perfect response from a corner when Dean rose above the visitors defence to send a looping header just under the bar to give the Reds a 5-1 lead.
Burton was in action again shortly after when he made a good stop from Scott Smith’s hard driven free kick. But as Colne worked hard in midfield, they were rewarded after 66 minutes when good work on the right wing by Cooke and Webb-Foster provided the opportunity for Alex Dodd to fire home from 18 yards to give the Reds a 6-1 lead.
Eight minutes later, Colne came within a whisker of a seventh goal when Harry Winstanley crossed from the wing, but Mamadou Djabi just failed to reach the ball in front of goal. As play swung to the other end, Sam Awty and Albert Ibrahimi had shots blocked in the Colne goalmouth, before Reeves had a tap-in at the far post to reduce the arrears to 6-2.
In the closing stages, both sides came close but the scoreline tells the story of an exciting game on a night of challenging conditions.
Colne F.C. Line Up:
Burton / Winstanley / Unsworth / Coleman / Dean / Brown* / Russell / Williams / Hasler-Cregg / Cooke** / Webb-Foster
Djabi / Tetteh** / Dodd* / Jordan / Landau