Monday, April 16, 2007

Colne 1 FC United 5


By Telegraph newsdesk

Colne put on a brave display against their talented opponents but the difference in class soon became apparent when on 13 minutes Rob Nugent opened the scoring when he glanced in a Jerome Wright corner.

Ten minutes later, Colne should have equalised when a Steve Cunningham free kick found Anthony Murt at the far post but his header back across goal was put just over the bar by Ben Howarth.

Nugent added a second on 37 minutes from another corner when he rose unopposed at the back post and three minutes later Wright slotted home past the outstretched arm of Mark Crossley.

But just before the break, Colne had Crossley to thank for two great saves from Stuart Rudd.

In the second half, Colne made a promising start but on 65 minutes from yet another corner Phil Power rose to head a fourth goal.

Rudd was finally on target when on 77 minutes he weaved his way past two defenders and side-footed the ball into the corner.

Colne's efforts were rewarded with a late consolation goal when a good ball from Murt put Cunningham through to fire home.