Leading Colne out for their biggest game of the season on Saturday, club captain Simon Nangle has explained why it will be an honour to wear the armband on such a historic occasion.
Being an ever-present in the heart of midfield throughout the last two years, Nangle has led by example and at times carried his side through games.
His tenacity and bite has been imperative and holding the midfield together with his composure, the local lad allows the sides attacking options to flourish.
After scoring the decisive goal on Tuesday night as the Reds defeated Abbey Hey 3-1, Nangle is fired up for the arrival of league leaders Runcorn Linnets, as he has said.
“Saturday is massive, it’s probably the biggest game in the clubs history and it’s all poised to be an amazing spectacle.
“It could be a winner takes all scenario and despite it not being the end if we don’t pick up three points, it would put us on the front foot going into the final month of the season.”
Appearing an impressive 45 times for the Reds this season, Nangle has been ‘captain fantastic’ once again.
His six league goals have all been important strikes, and if he could register against Linnets, his name would surely be written into Colne Football Clubs folklore.
Retaining the armband after an impressive campaign in 2014-15, Nangle reiterated once again just how proud he is to captain the promotion hopefuls.
“It’s a privilege to captain the side every game but obviously it’ll feel even more special in a few days’ time when I walk the side out in front of a packed crowd against the league leaders.”
Winning seven of their last 9 league games, the Reds are certainly one of the form sides in the North West Counties Premier.
After bouncing back from a disappointing defeat at Bootle last weekend, Nangle is confident that the Reds can continue their incredible run against Runcorn Linnets, as he finished by claiming his sides forwards can cause the league leaders problems if they stick to what they do best.
“If we play like we did at Abbey Hey on Tuesday then I’ll be confident of a positive result. We need to play with high tempo, press high and express ourselves and if we do then we’ll play our best football.
“Keeping things tight at the back is crucial and if we can do that, then I believe that our pace up top can cause Linnets problems.”
Interview: James Burch