Dowling injury blow in home draw

Unlucky Shaun Dowling suffered what could be a broken ankle.

Unlucky Shaun Dowling suffered badly damaged ankle ligaments

THE Seagulls ended a three match losing run, but couldn’t force a win against bottom side Goole in a 2-2 home draw at the 4 Crosses Construction Arena.

 After going a goal behind  in eight minutes when they were down to ten men with Shaun Dowling off the field having a serious ankle injury assessed, the Bay turned it round with two goals in the space of three minutes to lead 2-1 – only to concede an equaliser  right on half-time.
 Although they pressed hard for a winner in the second half, they couldn’t find their way through a determined Goole defence – although the point has lifted the Bay out of the bottom three on goal difference.
 Of most concern will be the injury in the first five minutes to the unlucky Dowling who, after getting his first start of the season, left the ground on crutches for an x-ray which revealed no break, but badly damaged ligaments.
 Manager Paul Moore now has five of his squad unavailable for various reasons – Shaun Pearson, Gaz Grant and Dowling all injured, Danny Andrews suspended and Kyle Armstrong away on honeymoon.
 “It doesn’t make life easy, and although you can say we should be beating the side that are bottom of the table, they were playing for a new manager today with three new signings in their side, while we are a bit low on confidence and missing nearly half a team,” said the manager, who also gave local lad Adam Whitlock a first start.
 “Losing Shaun so early with what looks like a bad injury, didn’t help us today, and its shame for him because he has just got back in the side. But, look, we didn’t get beat and have stopped the run of defeats, so that gives us something to build on and we have to stay positive.
 “We know we need to strengthen the squad. We need better delivery into the box and we need to address midfield where are getting over-run at times, but hopefully we’ll have two or three new faces in by next weekend.”
 Goole’s new skipper Derry Robson gave Goole that early lead with a shot into the top corner, but the Bay looked to be on their way when Gaz Burnett turned in the box to fire past Goole keeper Jamie Green and three minutes later Scott Bakkor did well to get to the bye-line before pulling the ball back for Chris Gahgan to score the second.
 There only looked one likely winner at that stage, but Goole, after having a goal disallowed for offside, snatched an equaliser with almost the last kick of the first half when a ball across the Bay goalmouth was turned in by Curtly Martin-Wyatt.
  The Bay, with too many poor balls into the danger area, struggled to create a clear opening against a massed Goole defence in the second half.
 A back header by Will Jones which landed on top of the net was the closest they came, with Bakkor and Mark Keddie (twice) also off target.
 Colwyn Bay: Simon Williams, Shaun Dowling (Mark Keddie 8mins), Louis Corrigan, Will Booth, Tom Hardwick (c), Luke Denson, Adam Whitlock (Rhys Bowers 65mins), Tom Schofield, Gary Burnett, Scott Bakkor, Chris Gahgan (Will Jones 79mins). Subs not used: Chris Bibby and Drew Matthews.
 Attendance: 233.
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THE Reserves lost a nine goal thriller 5-4 against Llanberis at Llandudno.  Greg Hall scored twice for Colwyn Bay, with Adam Carpenter and Kyle Taylor getting the other goals.