Enock Lusiama gave Colls fans some festive cheer as he earned the Black & Whites a point in our 1-1 draw against Northern Premier League high-flyers Warrington Rylands.
Former Collsmon Ben Hardcastle opened the scoring for the Blues after eleven minutes, as he managed to squeeze a shot just inside the near post of the outstretched Joe O’Shaughnessy in the Colls goal.
Colls responded well to the early deficit with marauding right-back Josh Solomon-Davies finding himself free just outside the box, but both of his attempted deliveries were cleared well by an astute Rylands defence, whom have conceded the least goals in Northern Premier League so far this season.
The game settled after an action packed first twenty minutes until Joe O’Shaughnessy was called into action denying Rylands their second of the afternoon with a spectacular save following a Rylands corner. Additional opportunities for the Colls came through Oli Putnam and Ben Rydel, who were both key with their creativity from midfield.
In his return to the starting line-up, Lewis Mansell was proving to be a handful for both of the Rylands central defenders as he played a great ball across the Rylands area, which was once again removed by the Blues defence.
Just after the half time interval, central defender Jordan Boon took a quick freekick which was expertly taken down by Nathan Caine, who managed to find a yard of space to unleash a goal bound effort that was well saved by Luke Pilling. A further opportunity came through Adam Dawson, who fired narrowly high from a close range free-kick.
Less than ten minutes later, Nathan Caine would again find himself with the ball in the Rylands area, but this time he fired the ball across to an on-rushing Lewis Mansell who couldn’t quite reach the ball across.
But the pressure from Rylands stepped up and another trademark great save from Joe O’Shaughnessy denied the ever-dangerous Adama Sidibeh, who looked to add to his fourteen goal tally for the campaign. Credit must likewise go to defender Mo Ali, who kept the free-scoring Rylands forward at bay throughout the afternoon.
In the second half, Lewis Coulton made his return to Colls action following a short absence, and looked raring to go as he returned to his natural left-back position.
With ten minutes left in the game, a ball in behind the defence from Sidi Fofana found Josh Solomon-Davies, who managed to get a great cross across to Enock Lusiama who fired home with aplomb to restore parity between the sides, scoring his third goal from his last four appearances.
The remaining ten minutes were tense as both sides pushed for a winner but honours even at Gorsey Lane, with the Colls keeping Rylands at arms length whilst fighting for a winner of their own.
The Colls are back in action on boxing day, welcoming Workington for what will be a festive treat at the Skuna Stadium. Come along and give the lads your backing as they look to go one step further following yesterday's performance!
Colls: Joe O'Shaughnessy, Josh Solomon-Davies, Jack Evans, Ben Rydel, Jordan Boon (68' Lewis Coulton), Mo Ali, Oli Putnam (81' Jordan Scanlon), Sidi Fofana, Lewis Mansell (71' Enock Lusiama), Adam Dawson & Nathan Caine - Subs (unused): Dylan Moonan, Dylan Thompson
Man of the Match: Ben Rydel, sponsored by MPD Built Environment Consultants
Match Report: Josh King