The Purps suffered defeat for the first time under new manager Michael Ellison at the hands of high flying Colne on Saturday.

Ellison’s options were somewhat depleted in the build up to the match with Jack Hazlehurst, Ian Kearney and Jordan Barrow all missing out with injuries picked up in Tuesday’s win over Trafford.

New signings Ethan Cartwright, Rhain Hellawell and Jack Hinnigan all came straight into the matchday squad, starting on the bench.

The match started in appalling conditions as driving rain and wind made the playing surface turn into a bog within minutes of the game kicking off.

As such, it was a cagey opening with neither side really able to make an immediate impression on the game.

The Purps did have the ball in the back of the net early on courtesy of Stephen Rigby but this was ruled out as Jamie McDonald ran the ball out of play before cutting it back for Rigby to tap in.

The hosts took the lead after 22 minutes courtesy of in-form Scouse forward Jamie Cooke who took advantage of a long ball forward to deftly nod over the advancing Owen Wheeler to notch his sixth league goal of the season.

The striker almost doubled the lead before the interval but his brilliant long range free kick cannoned back off the post before it was sliced wide by a Colne team mate who should have done better.

HALF TIME: Colne 1-0 City of Liverpool

The Purps were gifted an equaliser early in the second half as a woefully short backpass from a Colne defender was capitalised on by Jamie McDonald. The Purps forward took full advantage, cutting in from the left of the box and emphatically hammering a right footed effort beyond Colne goalkeeper Hakan Burton into the net.



Parity was short-lived however as Reece Webb-Foster hammered a well placed finish across Wheeler from the right hand side of the area to restore the hosts lead.

Colne then made sure of the points with a quick-fire double taking the game beyond the Purps. Firstly Anthony Williams planted an unstoppable header beyond Wheeler after a great ball in from the left wing to make it 3-1 after 71 minutes.

Two minutes later the hosts had a fourth through Reece Webb-Foster who curled a brilliant left footed finish on the turn from just inside the area, to conclude a devastating counter attack for the Reds.

The Purps were given the chance to add reduce the arrears from the penalty spot late on after lively substitute Rhain Hellawell was tripped in the box by a Colne defender.

Top scorer Nathan Burke stepped up to send Hakan Burton the wrong way and make it 4-2 but it was Colne who took the points on a difficult afternoon in dreadful conditions.



FULL TIME: Colne 4-2 City of Liverpool

CITY OF LIVERPOOL: Wheeler, Sharrock (Hellawell), Stephens, McCarten, Corrigan, Kinsella (Cartwright), Burke, Reid, Gray, Rigby, McDonald.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Gerry Kinsella. The midfielder was at the heart of the engine room throughout the match until going off late on. Kinsella was a constant option on and off the ball and didn’t deserve to be on the losing side.