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Reds Record First Away Win of the Season

A goal eight minutes from time from Michael McGree gave AFC Liverpool a much needed win at Colne on Saturday.

The Reds had gone behind in the first half and only wastefulness by the Colne forwards kept them in the game but on the basis of the second half performance the win was well deserved.

For the first ten minutes the Reds dominated as they took full advantage of having both the wind and a slope that was in their favour. Steven Williams tried an audacious effort straight from the kick off which had the Colne keeper back pedalling and Steven Jones had the ball in the net but it was ruled out for offside. Jack Sinnott then hit a cross shot from the right touchline that hit the bar and Williams had another shot that tested the keeper. Even new Reds keeper Leon Bimpson tried his luck

However it was the same old story as Colne scored with their first attack of note, some defensive sluggishness by AFC leading to Mark Threlfall firing past Bimpson as he tried to narrow the angle on eleven minutes. AFC totally went to pieces for the next ten to fifteen minutes, leading to Paul Moore coming off the bench plenty of times to scream instructions at his players. During this period Colne really should have put the game beyond the Reds, with one forward somehow firing over from within the six yard box and another rounding Bimpson only to keep running but forget to take the ball with him, allowing the Reds defenders to get back and scramble clear. Another great chance saw a header go narrowly over.

As the half wore on AFC got back into it, Muktar Mahama should have done better when sent clear down the left, but he opted to shoot instead of square to the unmarked McGree and the keeper saved easily. In the 40th minute the equaliser did come when Steven Jones broke from his marker to latch on to a clever pass from Steve Corris, kept his nerve and delicately chipped the keeper. Colne almost regained their lead within thirty seconds, but a cross from the left evaded three players and went out for a throw in.

The Reds were helped in the second half when the wind eased a little but they still had to contend with the slope. But this didn’t bother them and they had the better of the play, Steven Jones twice getting in goalbound shots but neither were a serious test for the keeper. There was a golden chance on 70 minutes when the offside trap was sprung but McGree made the mistake of checking for sure that the linesman hadn’t flagged before making his pass and in those few seconds Colne’s players got back to cover and dispossess Jones.

New signing Luke Hughes came off the bench midway through the half and managed to get a couple of attempts on goal, whilst the defenders were getting in on the act too, Darren Torpey crossing at one stage for Chris Williams whose shot was blocked. During this first half hour of the second half, Colne only had one serious effort on goal, a curling shot from captain Samuel Hayes that went wide.

With eight minutes remaining it looked like Colne should have been awarded a free kick thirty yards out but the referee waved play on. As Colne protested, AFC quickly moved the ball forward and McGree, one on one with the keeper, kept his cool to slot the ball home.

Clearly deflated, Colne never looked like getting back in the game, only managing one effort before the end which was blazed well over from the edge of the area.

With both Atherton LR and St Helens losing, the Reds closed the gap to safety to four points with two games in hand, and with two home games in succession coming up we hope this win is the start of a good run.

Photo & report by Steven Horton.

Colne 1-2 AFC Liverpool
Threlfall 11′        Jones 40′, McGree 82′

Attendance: 87

AFC Liverpool: 1.Leon Bimpson 2.Anthony Brown 3.Darren Torpey 4.Chris Williams 5.Adam Farley 6.Jack Sinnott (14.Sean Richards 89′) 7.Muktar Mahama (16.Luke Hughes 64′) 8.Steve Williams 9.Steve Jones 10.Michael McGree 11.Steve Corris (C)
Unused Subs: 12.Nevil Picton 15.Shaun Gardner GK.Josh Molloy
Colne: 1.Chris Thompson 2.Samuel Hayes (C) 3.Sam Morris 4.Dominic Craig 5.Stephen Pickup (16.Marc Young 87′) 6.Daniel Gleave 7.Ashley Higgins 8.James Crorken 9.Mark Threlfall 10.Mark Coyne (14.Joseph Garvin 65′) 11.Andrew Tinker (12.Ted Cockett 82′)
Unused Sub: 15.Richard Johnson


Posted by:  afclpapakuz         Date:  January 8, 2012         Popularity:  386 views

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