The Colls travelled to Gorsey Lane on Tuesday evening, with the hosts boasting the best attack so far in the league this season. They arrived on the back of three games unbeaten in the Northern Premier League, against a Rylands side who had failed to win in their last five league games. A couple of half chances fell to Colls in the first half, Aaron Smith had a header that ended going over the bar before Scott Bakkor’s header glanced just wide. The hosts then created their own half chances towards the end of the first period with a tame effort from range being calmly gathered by Nico Defreitas-Hansen and the league’s top goal scorer Callum Dolan’s free kick hitting the wall and the rebound being blazed over.
The second half started with intensity without delivering any clear-cut chances, however Kane Drummond did find himself in a yard of space after a missed header from the Stripes defence saw him race through, however the shot lacked conviction.
The Colls found their rhythm as the game developed and saw some good passing play carve open the opposition resulting in Jay Fitzmartin having a shot saved by Joel Torrence.
As the game entered its final phase, Rylands began to up the pressure and saw a shot hit the side netting from Dolan before Colls had a soft penalty appeal strongly waved away by referee David Burton.
A relatively uneventful game drew to a close, and it is another game unbeaten for Colls who will surely take confidence from their seventh clean sheet of the season, having now lost just one of their last nine league matches. Next up, the Colls welcome Morpeth to the Skuna Stadium on Saturday 22nd October, kick-off 3pm. Your support as we take on one of the division's plentiful frontrunners is much appreciated as always!Colls: Nico Defreitas-Hansen, Clive Smith, Gaz Peet, Adam Rooney, Danny Lafferty, Luca Defreitas-Hansen, Ethan Kershaw, Arran Pettifer, Scott Bakkor, Aaron Smith, Jay Fitzmartin (62' Marcus Cusani) - Sub (Unused): Jesse Ebosele Man of the Match: Ethan Kershaw, sponsored by Paul's Workshop Supplies Match Report: James Thompson Photography: David Featherstone