Match Report: City 2, Colne FC 1

City progressed to the second round of the Integro League Cup after edging past Northern West division side Colne FC.

Goals from Lewis Fensome and Kieran Feeney either side of half-time was enough to secure a place for the Dolly Blues in the second round of the Cup after Jack Lynch had levelled for the visitors.

The opening stages of the game were dominated by the Dolly Blues with Nialle Rodney having two great chances to kick start his City career inside the first 10 minutes.

The first came after great play from Charlie Bailey eventually fell to the forward but it was a comfortable save for Colne keeper, Hakan Burtom.

Rodney, who started his footballing career at Nottingham Forest, then showed his pace and power as cut in from the right but shot narrowly wide.

City were again knocking on the visitors’ door as Ben Anderson whipped in a great ball which found the head of Ben Hudson but expert defending from Colne’s backline stopped the Dolly Blues from breaking the deadlock.

However, just four minutes later, City took the lead. Another teasing ball in from Anderson caused chaos in the visitor’s penalty box and Lewis Fensome was on hand to bundle the ball home to put the Dolly Blues in front.

City’s set pieces were causing all sorts of problems for Colne’s defence as a curling Sam Bailey corner was misjudged by keeper, Burton but Fensome failed to double his tally for the game.

Colne, who’d been on the back foot for the majority of the first-half, found a leveller out of nowhere on the half-hour mark. A teasing ball in from Billy Hasler-Cregg was glanced home brilliantly by Jack Lynch.

The equaliser seemed to spark the away side into life and on the stroke of half-time, Colne squandered a huge chance to turn the game on its head. Aidan Chippendale raced through on goal but Max Povey produced a great save to keep his side level at the interval.

The second-half provided minimal chances compared to those in the opening 45 minutes.

City started the brighter out of the two teams with Fensome finding Kieran Feeney with a great diagonal pass. The number 10 glided past his marker and stung the hands of Burton.

Just moments later, Colne squandered a glorious opportunity which they’d later go onto rue. Morgan Homson-Smith was put through on goal but again, Povey produced a wonderful save to deny the tricky winger.

Mark Fell’s men were looking for that all illusive second goal and they found it on the 58th minute when Feeney unleashed a rasping shot from 25 yards out which beat the outstretched Burton and fired City back into the lead.

The final chance of the game fell to the visitors when substitute Max Hazeldine burst forward but his shot on the edge of the box was comfortable for Povey.

When referee Ben Wyatt blew the final whistle, the Dollies had six teenagers on the pitch. A fantastic experience for them and a great sign of the direction in which the club is going.

Next up for City is the FA Trophy replay game against Stourbridge at the Giant Axe on Saturday at 3PM. COYDB!

Dolly Blues: Povey; Charlie Bailey, Fearsome, Hudson, Williams; Winder, Wills, Sam Bailey, Anderson; Feeney, Rodney.

Substitutes: Brookes, Smith, Eccles, Fagan, Carsley.

Colne FC: Burton; Rothwell, Hollins, Lynch, Poscha; Hasler- Cregg, Donaldson, Coleman, Homson- Smith; Gonzales, Chippendale.

Substitutes: Makinson, Coveney, Harris, Hazeldine, Hughes.

Match Report from Ben Rooth.