The 'A' side made a trip to a very blustery Leven for a match against a strong side. With an already weakened side due to unavailability of a number of players, they didn't need the additional headache of extremely late withdrawals to change the starting line up. But full credit to the players that made the effort and decency to turn up as planned, they turned in a courageous and hard working team performance with many positives despite the scoreline.
With the shortage of players, manager Allan Moody and treasurer Ewan Baillie were named amongst the substitutes but they would have breathed a big sigh of relief that neither were needed.
It was always going to be a tough game for the Colts, but Andrew Reade had the game's first chance in the 7th minute when his turn and shot from a long Andy Gourlay throw was blocked about 5 yards out.
The home side took the lead with 14 minutes on the clock when Lornie run onto a through ball to slip his effort past Mark Robertson, before Leven doubled their lead just two minutes later when Anderson netted from the spot after a foul.
It took a little bit of time for the Colts to recover from this but Callum Grindlay tested keeper Snaddon with a rasping drive from the edge of the area which twisted in the wind and the keeper was able to palm it away. The wind was at the Colts back in the opening period and a long range free kick caught the keeper scrambling back to tip over for a corner. Moments later a Grindlay corner flashed across the face of goal with a stretching Charlie Marshall unable to make contact to divert home.
Leven also had chances with Mitchell pulling his shot past the far post and Fleming having a header well saved by Robertson.
The second half looked like it might test the Colts with the wind in their faces, but they got off to the perfect start when Marshall headed home a Grindlay corner from close range to give the visitors a lifeline.
It was fairly short-lived, though, when Leven restored the two-goal advantage with a well taken goal after a one-two saw Mitchell slotting home. O'Sullivan made it four on 64 minutes with a debatable tap in after a offside looking break from the home side.
Never say Colts games are uneventful as the game was brought to a halt in the 68th minute when the referee left the field for a call of nature. His absence extended to nearly 10 minutes and thankfully for the hosts he was well enough to conclude the game - we just hope he remembered to wash his hands!
Robertson was in action in the 80th minute with a very good double save from Anderson and Fleming, and former Fossoway foe Jordan Austin had a couple of chances denied by Robertson before in stoppage time his header from a free kick looped over the keeper into the net to complete the scoring.
Despite the scoreline, it was a very hard-working and courageous performance by the Colts all over the park. If that level of work and dedication can be maintained, results on the park will surely pick up very soon.