COLNE boss Steve Cunningham has given his side the green light for promotion after they twice saw red on Thursday night.

The North West Counties League premier division side grabbed a crucial point against Atherton Collieries thanks to Spencer Jordan’s equaliser – but they lived up to their shirt colour as two home players got their marching orders at the XLCR Stadium.

Jay Hart was dismissed for an off-the-ball incident and Dean Stottt received an early bath for a foul as the last defender.

But Cunningham has rallied his troops for the visit of Bootle on Saturday, and knows the point against the Colls could be vital as it keeps them two points behind Runcorn Linnets with a game in hand.

The club have made this afternoon’s clash ‘pay what you want’ for fans, and the manager insists a decent home backing can be the difference for the Reds.

He said: “We’re mentally tired after playing Saturday, Monday, Thursday and again on Saturday, and that’s where the crowd can come in. If we they get behind us, we will be buzzing off it.

“I’d say to anyone come down and get a taste of what non-league football is all about. We’re a family club making big noises."

"It feels like you’re playing at a Football League ground.”

Of Thursday's draw, Cunningham added: “It was a rollercoaster. I felt like I was having a heart attack”

Ben Hoskin is still missing for the Reds tomorrow after he fractured his elbow on Monday.

Colne have also announced that fans of Football League clubs bringing their season tickets can claim a pie, pint or soft drink.