After a 6-2 victory on Saturday, Colne gave their goal difference a huge boost on Monday evening as they beat Winsford United by five goals to nil.
Showing no sign of fatigue after a hectic fixture schedule, Steven Cunningham’s men went from strength to strength at the Barton Stadium, scoring at will after an incredible first-half display.
Braces from Danny Boyle and Kenny Taylor put the game beyond doubt before Spencer Jordan scored a rare strike. Nevertheless though, Cunningham has singled out his whole team for their ‘professional performance.’ As his side now find themselves just three points off top spot with two games in hand.
“Monday night was a fantastic performance, I was really pleased with the way we forced the issue as the first 15 minutes looked a little edgy as Winsford sat in and defended.
“When teams do that, you have to force the issue and up the tempo and we did just that. The first goal opened up the game and with our fantastic away following we really drove on.”
Scoring a goal of the season contender in Cheshire, Danny Boyle once again staked his claim for a regular starting berth. As Cunningham rotated his squad throughout the game, the side are looking fresh and injury-free going into Thursday night’s clash with Atherton Collieries, as the Reds boss continued.
“Danny Boyle’s attitude was fantastic and its real credit to him, his second goal was an absolute screamer and it has potential to be the goal of the season.
“Even on a difficult pitch we tried to play and fair play to my side the score could have been in double figures. We got the job done and all in all it was a very professional performance.”
Cunningham continued; “I managed to rest a couple of players and that enabled me to utilise my squad. When you’re bringing on players like Kenny Taylor, Dom Craig and Joel Melia it’s a real benefit and they all showed they’re quality.”
Watching on from the sidelines as Nelson battled it out for a draw with Runcorn Linnets last night, Cunningham was delighted to see his side’s local rivals thwart the league leaders.
As the title race hots up this weekend, Cunningham believes a win on Thursday could give his team a huge psychological boost going into the final weeks of the North West Counties campaign, as he finished by saying.
“Last night was a very big result for Nelson FC, it doesn’t really mean anything to Colne though unless we do our job. I’m not going to lie, I didn’t sleep last night thinking about it.”
“Thursday is now a massive game for us against one of the biggest teams in the league. If we win we go 11 points clear of Colls and top of the league, so psychologically the result is massive for us.”
Article: James Burch