Colne 2 AFC Liverpool 0

COLNE completed a quick-fire league double over AFC Liverpool with a hard-fought 2-0 victory at the XLCR Holt House Stadium.

The Reds ran out 5-1 victors in the first meeting between the two teams last month but second time around it was not as straight forward.

However, it was an impressive double considering AFC Liverpool are above them in the table.


Once again, Colne had Danny Boyle to thank, scoring the game's opening goal on the stroke of half time following his hat-trick on Merseryside five weeks ago.

Chris Anderson clinched the three points with a second goal 20 minutes from time.

The Reds missed a great chance to take an early lead when Anderson had his close range shot blocked by the visitors’ keeper in the third minute of the game.

And Liverpool came close on the half hour when Carl Peters’ unstoppable shot whistled inches past the post of the Colne goal.

But with the game evenly balanced, the Reds broke the deadlock on the stroke of half time when Spencer Jordan broke into the area and toe-poked the ball past the keeper for Boyle to tap home and give Colne the lead.

Liverpool came back strongly in the second half but found Colne keeper Chris Thompson in great form as he denied Ryan Cox and Sean Calland with great saves.

Having weathered the storm, Colne struck back with a vengeance when Boyle released Anderson with a through ball from the half way line which Anderson took on to slot past the keeper and double the Red’s lead on 70 minutes.

Colne took control of the game and almost had a third goal when Nathan Bond’s point blank header was blocked on the line in the closing stages.

The Reds, who have lost just once in their last five outings, are now seventh in North West Counties League Premier Division, three behind AFC Liverpool.

Nelson, who are one point and one place ahead of Colne, fought out a thrilling 2-2 draw with West Didsbury and Chorlton - coming from 2-0 down to earn a share of the spoils.

The Admirals got off to the worse possible start when Nicholas Evangelinos gave their Manchester visitors a fifth minute lead. And that lead was doubled in the 23rd minute when Scott Mason made it 2-0.

But two goals in two minutes turned the game on its head.

First Peter Wright pulled one back on the half hour mark from the penalty spot and two minutes later it was all square as Gareth Peet made it 2-2.

Barnoldswick Town are out of the bottom three after a vital 2-1 win against Alsager Town.

John Beckwith put Barlick 1-0 up after 18 minutes but it was quickly cancelled out by Jonathon Kegouh in a minute later.

But Town weren't to be denied victory and Beckwith grabbed his second seven minutes from time.