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Colls stay top of the league after losing two-goal lead
12:28pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in Sport
Colls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Hanley Town . . . . . . . . . . . 2
ATHERTON Collieries sit top of the North West Counties League Division One despite a draw at new boys Hanley Town on Saturday.
Strikes by Paul Prescott and Gareth Peet established a first-half lead for the hosts, but Michael Morton’s header and Joel Stair’s leveller shared the points.
The Black and White Stripes took the lead on nine minutes when Peet’s through ball found Prescott via a Town defender and allowed the forward to finish from 10 yards for his first goal of the campaign.
Colls doubled their lead with four minutes of the half remaining, when Mark Truffas’ cross enabled Peet to steal in at the back post and grab his first of the game.
Colls survived a couple of scares from the recently promoted side after an effort was cleared off the goal line and shortly after a Town player fired over from close range.
Then on the stroke of half time Morton connected unmarked from six yards out to direct his header into the Colls net.
Colls failed to recognise the threat the Potteries side were causing from setpieces and it proved costly early in the second half.
On 50 minutes a dangerous delivery was whipped into the hosts’ box and Stair’s flick somehow evaded a packed six-yard box to nestle into the far corner of the net.
Colls failed to muster any real chances in the remaining 40 minutes, but had keeper Joe Brobbin to thank for a fine point-blank save to salvage a point.
Daisy Hill . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Colls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
COLLS succumbed to a derby defeat to Daisy Hill in midweek which briefly saw their neighbours go top of the North West Counties League Division One.
Brad Cooke’s effort had sent Colls in level at the break after a Sakeel Abdullah strike, but second-half goals from Niall Callaghan and Andrew Buckley meant Hill snatched the points.
Colls had shuffled their pack, with Paul Prescott, Mark Truffas, James Halpin and leading goal scorer Gareth Peet being replaced by Robert Swanton, Jake Patton, Charlie Stoker and Karl Atherton.
Abdullah almost created an opener for the hosts with six minutes played when he turned his marker and whipped in a dangerous cross that was turned away from the on-rushing attacker.
Deputising Atherton set up twin Paul for a chance minutes later, but he could not direct his shot on target from 20 yards.
Daisy Hill found a breakthrough on the half hour when Abdullah seized on a poor Colls throw and smashed past Joe Brobbin with the aid of a wicked deflection.
However, Colls were level two minutes later when Cooke beat the offside trap to coolly slot home from eight yards out.
A dream start to the second half for Hill again saw Abdullah showing off his trickery, before crossing for Callaghan to fire in at the far post.
With 20 minutes to go the Black and White Stripes found themselves nursing a two-goal deficit, as Buckley’s deflected effort sailed beyond the despairing Brobbin.
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