Colne Football Club will be out to avenge their ‘frustrating’ 3-3 draw at Droylsden on Saturday afternoon as Steven Cunningham’s side host Marine AFC at the Sovereign Play Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Despite being held to a draw by the Manchester-based side, the ‘Reds made a rapid-fire start in the first 45-minutes, which impressed Cunningham. A Sefton Gonzales 12th-minute header was soon followed by a three-minute brace from another new signing in Aiden Chippendale as the Lancashire-based sides hard work and ruthlessness in front of goal saw them take a 3-1 lead into the interval.
A ‘sluggish’ second-half display invited the hosts as they managed to close out a 3-3 draw, and Cunningham was far from pleased with the result, but insisted that there were several positives to take from the performance.
“A point gained, or two points lost?” asked Cunningham. “My Colne FC post-match team talk on the pitch will give you the answer.
The good, the bad and the ugly today, and we’re looking forward to Tuesday now to bounce back from ‘that’ disappointment.”
From an attacking sense, the firepower of Sefton Gonzales, Aiden Chippendale and Max Hazeldine will be hard for any team in the BetVictor Northern North-West to handle.
For example, in pre-season, Gonzales found the net six times prior to his goal on Saturday, Aiden Chippendale found the net three times prior to his brace on Saturday. Max Hazeldine’s pace and his creativity has been evident throughout pre-season and in that great first-half display on Saturday.
Hazeldine won the penalty to send the ‘Reds 3-1 up at Droylsden, and with those three names leading the attack, the ‘Red Army’ can expect to see plenty of goals in the 2019/20 campaign.
Chippendale has played at a top level, with spells at Huddersfield Town, Bury and Rmasbottom United, Gonzales has the experience of conference-level football with spells at Chorley, FC United of Manchester and more. Hazeldine, a 22-year old from Stockport has enjoyed spells at Accrington Stanley, Stockport County, Ramsbottom United and near-neighbours Clitheroe.
As Marine visit the Sovereign Play Stadium on Tuesday, on the back of a 1-1 draw with Dunston on Saturday, the Merseyside-based side will certainly provide a contentious battle for the ‘Reds, and despite Saturday’s result, Steven Cunningham will be reminding the players exactly where they went wrong on Saturday, and will be looking for a reaction from his team.
Predicted XI to face Marine
Burton, Poscha, Pugh, Coleman, Makinson, Hollins, Donaldson, Knox, Gonzales, Hazeldine, Chippendale.