Two goals inside a minute early in the first half set the tone for Colls as they coasted to a 5-0 friendly victory over Ashton Town at the Skuna Stadium on Saturday morning. Following Tuesday's 2-0 home defeat to Vanarama National League newcomers Chorley, Colls' preparations for the new BetVictor Northern Premier League Premier Division campaign continued with this encounter, Town finishing ninth on their return to the North West Counties League First Division North after promotion from the Cheshire League.
Colls went in front on ten minutes when Marcus Perry fired the ball in to the bottom right hand corner of the net, and it was almost in exactly the same spot that the lead was doubled by a trialist barely a minute later.
With the hosts 2-0 in front at the break, a third goal was added on 54 minutes when some lovely build-up play saw Jack Egan exchange passes on the edge of the box before finishing from ten yards out.
The two sides last met three years ago in a friendly at Edge Green Street when Jordan Cover scored four goals in a fixture that saw the black and whites run out 9-2 victors. In goal for Colls that day was youngster Paul Foster, and he lined up in goal for the visitors this afternoon for the second half, but there was nothing he could do about a fourth goal for the hosts on 71 minutes as Oliver Roberts curled a delightful free kick in to the top left hand corner of the goal before another trialist completed the scoring on 83 minutes with a deflected effort.
Pre-season action continues for Colls this coming Tuesday (16th July) when Vanarama National League North side Altrincham are the visitors to the Skuna Stadium for a 7.45pm kick off. Goals: Marcus Perry (10'), Trialist (11'), Jack Egan (54'), Oliver Roberts (71'), Trialist (83') Match Report: Matt Lawton