Colne Smash and Grab
Ossett United 0-1 Colne
Pitching In Northern Premier League First Division N/West
If a game was decided on possession then this would have been over at half time but some excellent defending from the visitors kept a lively Ossett United at bay. United debutant Harry Gagen was on top form and impressed throughout at right back.
Ossett United continued to prod and probe as the half wore on but the resolute Colne defence was more than equal to the challenge.
George Green, a surprise inclusion after limping off holding his hamstring seven days ago, looked dangerous and kept the ball moving but the Colne defence was equal to any attempted killer final ball.
Ben Teasdale anchored the midfield and looked to dictate the pace of play, looking to move the ball forward at every opportunity but Colne’s back three, which was a flat five for the majority of the opening half had all gaps covered.
The visiting management will have been delighted to be level at half time based on the play they had seen and clearly looked for a different style in the second half as they looked to play much further forward.
Despite this, it was the home side who continued to play the better football without being able to find that killer ball
With 20 minutes remaining a long ball from a Colne player deflected off an Ossett defender to the feet of Jamie Cooke who arrowed a strike into the bottom corner for the only goal of the game to once again prove that possession isn’t everything.
Ossett can feel hard done by to take nothing from the game, but on the other hand, Colne must be congratulated for a very professional away performance, soaking up the pressure and hitting the target when the opportunity came.
1. Max Dernley, 2. Harry Gagen, 3. Ross Hardaker, 4. Ben Teasdale (14. Nick Guest), 5. Jimmy Burke, 6. Cameron Clark, 7. Nash Connolly (15. Marcel Chipamaunga), 8. Jack Stockdill, 9. Seon Ripley, 10. George Green (12. Elliot Harrison), 11. Aaron Haswell | 16. Luke Hogg.