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Match Report: FC Isle of Man 0 – 2 Colne FC

Ravens succumb to another disappointing defeat as Colne Football Club score twice at the Bowl in the North West Counties Football League.

FC Isle of Man were forced into a change moments before kick off as goalkeeper Ben Wilkinson had to be replaced by Harry Callin.

Colne started the brighter of the two, as they targeted the home sides left flank and created a couple opportunities but were reduced to one shot from outside the box and were unable to make anything clear-cut.

13 minutes in, the Lancaster side suffered an injury of their own as midfielder Thomas McCann had to go off due to a foot injury, which resulted in a seven minute stoppage of play.

After the restart, Paul Weller’s side continued in the same vein and eventually found the back of the net through Billy Hasler-Cregg.

The winger was picked out at the back post after a defensive mistake allowed Colne to break through and find Hasler-Cregg who smash passed Callin.

That goal sparked some life into the Ravens, who’s best effort of the half came from some determination from Dean Pinnington. 

The youngster picked up the ball inside the Colne half and drove to the left before finding Sean Doyle on the edge of the area, however, the striker’s shot was tipped onto the bar by the keeper.

Eight minutes into the second half, the Lancashire team had doubled their lead. FC Isle of Man had started the half quite well, and were awarded their first corner of the game.

However, Colne defended well and countered quickly as striker Jamie Edwards was then slipped through on goal and slotted past the replacement keeper.

Pinnington almost brought his side back into the game from a long range free kick, which was driven low to the keepers left, but the man between the sticks just about got a hand on the ball to make the save.

Alex Maitland looked to give the Ravens a life-line midway into the second 45 as the defender somehow found himself in the number nine position and ran into the 18-yard-area to try his luck, but his effort was saved and went agonizingly wide past the post.

Bar a few long range strikes, FC Isle of Man struggled to create anymore meaningful chances, as full-time drops the home-side to 13th.