South Shields F.C. 1 - 0 Colne F.C.
Colne went out of the Buildbase FA Trophy, to a narrow defeat at South Shields on Saturday. A single goal early in the second half gave the home side the lead and despite a spirited fight-back, the Reds were unable to find an equaliser. Colne were without captain Alex Coleman, who was unavailable through work commitments, but gave a first full game to new signing Ryan Taylor.
In the Reds first attack, Taylor’s free kick was headed down by Tom Dean for Jamie Cooke who saw his shot blocked in the home penalty area. South Shields soon showed plenty of attacking ideas, with Alex Kempster making a series of good breaks on the left wing and providing dangerous crosses into the Colne goalmouth.
After 13 minutes, Colne keeper Hakan Burton was in action as he pushed away a hard low cross by Blair Adams and was relieved to see Aaron Thompson shoot wide from the follow-up. Five minutes later, Josh Gillies looked sure to open the scoring as the ball reached him in the Colne goalmouth, but Burton was down to block his close range shot and clear the danger. And Burton again came to the rescue saving Will McCamley’s hard-driven shot at his near post, after the South Shields man had bundled over Lee Pugh on his run toward goal.
As play swung to the other end, a corner kick for the Reds fell to Taylor, whose shot was blocked by a defender causing loud claims for a penalty which were waved away by the referee. After 38 minutes, a quick break on the left wing found Sam O’Halleron inside the home penalty area and his slow shot was blocked by the keeper’s feet on the line before being cleared.
Injuries meant that Colne had used their third substitute by the start of the second half, disrupting their game plan. And after 54 minutes, the Reds were caught napping by a corner kick played low into their penalty area and Robert Briggs was allowed time to turn and shoot into the bottom corner of the net to give South Shields the lead.
Colne were spurred on by the setback and Alex Dodd prompted some good moves through midfield setting up Reece Webb-Foster for shots on goal. A Taylor free kick after 70 minutes found Dean’s head at the far post, but his header flew wide. Pugh made strong runs on the left wing with crosses into the danger area and provided a series of long throws into the home penalty area putting pressure on the Shields defence.
After 80 minutes, Webb-Foster had a sight of goal after a good build-up but the keeper got down to save his shot at the bottom corner of his goal. And four minutes later, Anthony Williams won the ball in midfield and made a great run before forcing another save from the South Shields keeper.
Colne battled till the end and deep into injury time were again denied when Dean’s header fell to Harry Winstanley in the goalmouth and his first time shot was saved by the keeper on the line to prevent a deserved equaliser.
Colne F.C. Line Up:
Burton / Hasler- Cregg* / Pugh / Taylor / Dean / Russell** / Dodd / Williams / Cooke / Webb-Foster / Winstanley
Unsworth* / Djabi*** / Tetteh / O'Halleron**(***) / Landau