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Colne 3-2 Ashton United: Post-match analysis

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Tom Beresford
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Sefton Gonzales (pictured) fired in a ferocious strike to secure s Colne victory over Ashton United. Photography: Andy Pritchard

Colne Football club‘s unbeaten pre-season run continued in an action-packed five-goal thriller at the Sovereign Play stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Throughout the duration of their ‘unbeaten’ pre-season spell, Steven Cunningham’s side have found the net on 17 occasions over a six-game spell. New signing Sefton Gonzales has found the net six times during those six matches, including a hat-trick during Colne’s 8-1 victory away at Nelson last Tuesday evening.

During the six-game unbeaten spell, Steven Cunningham’s side swept aside National League outfit Chester, a strong Chester side in a 2-1 victory. Colne most certainly don’t ‘fear’ any side, and heading into the 2019/20 campaign, there are a lot of positives to take into the upcoming campaign.


Colne FC: Burton, Poscha, Pugh, Hughes, Makinson, Hollins, Donaldson, Knox, Gonzales, Hazeldine, Chippendale.

Subs: Azam, Rottweil, Boyle, Webb-Foster, Trialist, Hasler-Cregg.

Ashton United: Worsnop, Kyle, Clee, Havern, Trialist, Rowney, Teddy, Wilson, Pritchard, Trialist, Hughes.

Subs: Anghel, Crowther, Chalmers, Trialist, Woodford, Cottam.


In the early knockings, the visitors started the game the brighter as Liam Tomsett came close as his effort was blocked courtesy of a terrific challenge from Makinson. On seven minutes, the visitors almost opened the scoring as ‘Trialist’ watched his fizzled effort rattle the crossbar.

However, Colne broke the deadlock in the 26th-minute as Sefton Gonzales set up Aidan Chippendale, who comfortably placed the ball into the back of the net. Following Chippendale’s strike, the hosts were comfortably retaining possession, and pressing the Ashton United back-line.

Just nine minutes prior to half-time, the visitors found theirselves back on level terms as John Pritchard’s free-kick found it’s way into the back of the Colne net.


After a quiet start to the second-half, Ashton United were awarded a penalty-kick as Lee Pugh was penalised for a foul on John Pritchard at the byline. Up stepped ‘Trialist’ to gift Ashton United the lead.

But, the visitors’ lead was short-lived as Colne’s centre-back Matty Makinson levelled things up as Gonzales; headed effort was deflected into Makinson’s path.

With ten minutes to spare, Richard Baker produced an excellent ‘pinpoint’ pass to pick out Sefton Gonzales, who was on hand to drill in a spectacular left-footed effort into the bottom corner of Worsnop’s post to secure a fantastic win for the home side.


Colne manager was full of praise for his teams performance following the win, and ‘Cunny’ has high hopes ahead of the 2019/20 campaign, which kicks off in just less than two weeks time.

During the win, the host played in their ‘NEW’ 2019/20 home kit for the very first time, and it’s certainly a kit that ‘catches the eye’.

Colne host Radcliffe Boro on Saturday in their final pre-season fixture before the big kick-off against Droylsden on August 17.

Red Army TV is notably worth checking out, a ‘NEW’ channel dedicated to the loyal supporters of the Lancashire-based club.

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