Report: Clitheroe 0-3 Colls

A double strike from Tom Bentham saw Micheal Clegg’s Colls coast their way in to the next round of the Lancashire Trophy with a comfortable win at Clitheroe. On an evening where the referee had the facility to send players to the ‘sin bin’, a first in Colls’ history, hosts Clitheroe, boasting ex-black and white Connor Gaul in their ranks, went in to this Lancashire Trophy tie on the back of a three game winning streak, culminating in a 4-0 win over Droylsden at the weekend. Clitheroe, second placed a division below Colls, made much of the running in the first half, but it was Colls who held the lead at the break after Tom Bentham’s effort. It was probably fair to say that Bentham’s 36th minute strike wasn’t without controversy, home players and supporters alike incredulous that the referee overruled the offside flag of his assistant. In truth, it was a minimal discussion between the officials, with a home defender deflecting a long ball forward and thus playing Bentham onside, with the Colls frontman taking full advantage of goalkeeper Connor King deserting his post and making no mistake in slotting the ball in to the unguarded corner of the net. The second half couldn’t have started more differently than the pattern of the first half, Colls doubling their lead within 14 seconds of the restart as Ben Hardcastle screamed a 25 yarder in to the top right hand corner after Bentham had done well to hold the ball up and play his man in. Eleven minutes later and Colls had a third, Danny O’Brien cutting inside on to his right foot and delivering a stinging strike that King could only spill at the feet of Bentham who made no mistake in slotting home his second goal of the evening. O’Brien twice went close late on but there was no further additions to the score as the visitors marched on to the next round. Colls’ absence from league action continues this Saturday (9th November) when divisional rivals Morpeth Town are the visitors for an FA Trophy Second Round Qualifying tie. Atherton Collieries: Greg Hartley, Niall Battersby, Gareth Peet, Dave Sherlock, Daniel Lafferty ©, Josh Thompson, Ben Conway, Michael Brewster (Vinny Bailey 56’), Tom Bentham (Jordan Cover 66’), Ben Hardcastle (Danny Lambert 64’), Danny O’Brien. Substitutes (not used): Clive Smith. Goals: Tom Bentham (36', 57’), Ben Hardcastle (46') Rama Spice Man of the Match: Josh Thompson Attendance: 232 Match Report: Matt Lawton

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