At the fourth time of asking, we have our first win on the board. And a healthy win it was. Our unbeaten record somehow seems more impressive now that we have a victory.
This trip to Colne looks as though it will be our toughest match so far of the league campaign. Colne were amongst the chasing pack last season and have started this campaign with 3 wins from 3. Even more impressive is that all three have been away games. This is their first match at home of the season. Interestingly, their sole fixture at home so far (FAC) ended in defeat v Prescot
Colne are 3rd with 9 points from 3 games Reds are 7th with 6 points from 4 games
Colne are one of three teams with 100% records. Ramsbottom 3/3, Colne 3/3 and Marske 2/2. Pontefract v Marske tonight. Rams should have been at City of Liverpool but their ground is in 14 day lockdown.
A tough midweek fixture for Reds. Here's hoping we maintain our unbeaten record. Come on you Reds.
We've launched centenary kits in our first colours, with what I'm guessing are original club crests - these should have been things to be shouting from the rooftops about, not sticking it in the end of the match preview and calling the launch 'controversial'.
That's good but it is very wet here in Lancashire - still raining in Preston - and it'll be an interesting game with a heavy wet pitch and the slope (but we won last year on the wettest pitch I've seen a match played on) Slick passing or long up to runners?
Great 3 points, Colne were a decent team, good to get a clean sheet as well finally
To be fair we got a clean sheet at Kendal.
I thought we controlled the majority of the game without looking too threatening but had to defend for our lives in the last 10 minutes when Colne went kitchen sink. The referee gave us nothing all night except a stonewall penalty, and there seemed to be a question mark over whether he booked Colne's Webb-Foster twice.
Man of the Match for me was Dan Wordsworth who was superb at the back, but it was a great team effort against a decent Colne outfit. A word too for their keeper Burton, who despite being on the receiving end of some lively 'banter' from Reds fans - including 1 uncalled for remark - showed his class by coming over at the final whistle to clap and congratulate the away support.
We sponsored Dan as he is a real gutsy, tough player. This was a momentous win or the Reds although it sounded like a nail biting last 10 minutes. Still we hung on against what presumably was a good, decent Colne side. Great to have an away win against good opposition so well done to the Reds. Colne goalie souned like a good guy who, despite getting a hard time from reds fans, had the decency to appaulse away fans and the reds players. Look forward to your match reports Ray so keep them coming. COYR
Well organised entry, steward car parking, temperature test, scanned tickets etc As redray says we were well organised and mainly controlled the game. Yes they threw everything at us in the last 5/10 minutes but overall we were well worth the win as most of their supporters agreed. Back 4 were excellent, Hubbold and Carroll were hard working and effective Allison as good as we expect and Jerome very good though still doesn't get on the end of enough through balls/crosses Holt and Bowman tried very hard but with not quite enough quality at the moment Potts was good when he came on and the best game I've seen for us I was impressed with Levi who has pace and control and would have scored a super debut goal but for a decent save after he'd run half the pitch and beat 3 men. Overall very satisfying
As Ray said, not the greatest game you'll ever travel three and a half hours to see, but the kind of game you need to win if you want to be there at the end of the season. Colne looked a decent side (apart from the gobby number 9), and knocked the ball about well without actually creating much. Defensively we were very good, and Dan was outstanding. One tackle that he needed to get spot on, and did, was brilliant. Agree with the comments about their keeper who showed great class at the end considering Colne had lost and he'd had his parentage and genitalia questioned throughout the second half. Onwards and upwards.