Coote double decides Colne derby

DERBY DELIGHT: Match action from Earls Colne's 2-0 win over local rivals Colne Engaine & Bell United at the Rec on Saturday.
DERBY DELIGHT: Match action from Earls Colne's 2-0 win over local rivals Colne Engaine & Bell United at the Rec on Saturday.

KENT BLAXILL ESSEX AND SUFFOLK BORDER LEAGUE

DIVISION ONE

Earls Colne 2

Colne Engaine & Bell United 0

A STEVE Coote brace sealed the first competitive Colne derby in 37 years in Earls Colne’s favour in front of a crowd of 125 at the Rec on Saturday.

Only goal difference separated the sides in the league table prior to this clash and it was goalless after 45 minutes.

On 70 minutes Earls Colne’s Aidan Theedom pinged a crossfield ball out to left back Mel Nice, and with the visitors’ defence turning, his cross into the box was met by Coote who got in front of the keeper to head home the opener.

Soon after, Colne Engaine saw a goalmouth scramble pounced on by keeper Felton.

With 10 minutes left on the clock, striker Coote was played in by Casey Johnstone, and from the edge of the box he jinked past three players, staying on his feet to smash the ball into the roof of the net.

The home side nearly added a third when they hit the upright off an Engaine player’s head, but it was already game over.

Earls Colne: Felton, Theedom, Nice, Lesiak, O’Brien (White), Johnstone, Davies, Hill (Mead), Robinson, Coote, Exley. Unused subs: Taylor, Vince, Pudney.

n Earls Colne travel to Mersea this weekend, while the reserves, who had no game last week, entertain Dedham.