Colne vs Clitheroe: Match-Day Preview

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Colne manager Steven Cunningham (pictured above) will be looking for a response following Saturday’s unexpected defeat at Widnes. Photography: Matthew Riley

Steven Cunningham’s Colne side will be looking to bounce back in some style on Bank Holiday Monday as they host local rivals Clitheroe at the Sovereign Play Stadium.

The Red Army have been in some fantastic form in 2019. Following Tuesday’s fantastic win over title challengers Radcliffe, Colne were sat at the top of the form table, with six wins from six, and following the 1-0 victory over Radcliffe, Cunningham said that “It’s a banana skin in the making, we can’t go and beat Radcliffe, and then rock up to Widnes, and expect to get three points”.

As the race for the play-off’s reaches its climax, Colne can feel a place in the top five within their grasp.

And, the gaffer was right in some respects about Saturday’s trip to Widnes. The Red Army got off to a great start as Reece Webb-Foster and top striker Alex Curran struck to open up an early 2-0 lead for the visitors. Just prior to half-time, Widnes managed to get their selves back into the game thanks to Joe Herbert who made the most of a scramble in the Colne penalty area.

In the second-half, the hosts mounted the pressure on Colne, and with just five minutes to play, the visitors looked to have sealed a precious three points before Ben Hodkinson struck twice in a three-minute spell to secure the win for Widnes.

It was devastating for Steven Cunningham’s side, who worked tirelessly over the course of the match as their play-off hopes were dented, but not extinguished. Most of the teams in and around Colne in the league tanle picked up wins, apart from Runcorn Linnets, who only managed to get a point away at Trafford on Saturday afternoon.

But, with Clitheroe visiting the Sovereign Play Stadium on Bank Holiday Monday, the stage is set for Steven Cunningham’s men. Since Alex Curran’s return to the starting line-up, the 20-year old has found the net twice in his ast two starts since returning from injury as he’s found the net 20 times this season.

In a recent interview that I had with Alex Curran, he admitted that he was ‘itching’ to return to action after a short spell on the sidelines.

“I was dying to get on the pitch (against Skelmersdale), in the game against Radcliffe, it wasn’t one of my best games, I didn’t feel very sharp, but I’m happy to get back in the team, and back amongst the goals.”

Defensively, Colne have been rock solid, prior to Saturday’s defeat at Widnes, they’ve had three consecutive clean sheets, and I’m sure that Steven Cunningham and Kyle Hall will be working hard with the lads to prepare correctly for the visit of Clitheroe tomorrow afternoon.

It’s going to a great climax to the season, and tomorrow, it could well be our last home match of the season, and fans are urged to come down and show their support in numbers.

Ticket Details

Adults – £8

Concessions – £5

12-16’s – £2

Under 12’s – FREE

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