MATCH REPORT: Congleton Town 1 Colne 3

Congleton Town’s recent resurgence came to a halt as they were well beaten by Colne at Booth Street.

The Bears had won 3 out of their last 4 games under the guidance of Caretaker Manager  Dean Sibson, who took over from Joe Paladino who was sacked.

Congleton took the lead on 20 minutes as Chris Luby’s through ball released Gareth Richards; his first effort came back off the foot of the post but he was alert to sweep home the rebound from close range.

The lead lasted just three minutes as Colne were gifted an equaliser when Keith Wedge’s header back to keeper Ashley Woodhouse was too short, and the stopper’s attempted clearance deflected into the path of Mark Threlfall to side foot home inside the box.

Congleton almost re-established their lead on the half hour mark, but Stephen Pickup did well to block Matthew Walsh’s rasping long range effort.

The visitors dominated the second half, and took the lead for the first time on 72 minutes as Michael Woodvine sent a crashing half volley in off the post from 20 yards.

It was almost 3-1 soon after as Chris Middleton cleared off the line from Benjamin Bridson, who was found by Threlfall’s cross from the left.

Colne should have been reduced to ten men on 76 minutes as Pickup hauled down Luby as he raced in on goal, but the referee pointed for a freekick and a yellow card instead.

They made sure of the points with ten minutes left, as Dominic Craig found Samuel  Hayes who rounded Woodhouse, and found Mark Coyne who tapped home from a couple of yards out.

Congleton Town Caretaker Manager Dean Sibson said: “Fair to play Colne for their performance, but we were not good enough in the second half.”



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