THE Seagulls were left to rue missed chances, including another penalty, as they lost 2-0 at home to full-timers Ilkeston.
The late spot kick for a trip to Rob Hopley offered a lifeline, but Robbie Booth’s attempt at a second spot success in five days, was saved by Ilkeston’s Brazilian keeper Evandro Rachoni, to make it three out of the last four penalties that the Bay have had saved by opposition keepers.
They had started the game well, with Cory Williams a real threat on the right, and Rachoni kept his side in the game by deflecting shots from Kevin Holsgrove and Chris Sharp away for corners, while Holsgrove had another effort blocked in the goalmouth, Carl Rodgers headed a great chance inches over the bar from a Wes Baynes cross and Luke Denson got his head to a Robbie Booth corner but could only direct it straight at the keeper.
Against the run of play Ilkeston then took the lead on 34 minutes when a deep cross from Joe Doyle over Bay’s back four was headed back across goal by former West Bromwich Albion and Coventry striker Lee Hughes for Jonathan Edwards to score.
Colwyn Bay did not deserve to be behind at that point, but conceded a second five minutes into the second half when Hughes cut in from the left and hit a tremendous dipping shot from 30 yards into the far top corner of Chris Sanna’s net.
The 35-year-old Hughes later shot narrowly wide when Ilkeston broke quickly from a Colwyn Bay corner.
Rachoni, before saving the penalty, made another excellent block from a storming run and shot by Cory Williams, and right at the death Rodgers put a free header from a free kick over the bar from eight yards to sum up Bay’s finishing.
Disappointed manager Ash Hoskin admitted: “Once again we’ve not been good enough in the final third.
“Defenders get criticised for conceding goals, but for me its the top end of the pitch where we have lost the game today.
“Bruno has had two great headed chances which he only has to get on target to score and another penalty failure is certainly a concern.
“Like at Halesowen I thought – and their manager Gavin Strachan said the same afterwards – if we score the penalty then we are back in it.
“We’ve started well, got in amongst them and created chances, but got nothing. They’ve not created much at all and scored two goals!
“But I thought Lee Hughes was magnificent for them up front and his goal summed up his afternoon’s work.”
Hoskin added: “Its early doors for us and you are going to get ups and downs with a new squad, but we’ve got to do better in the final third and that is something we will be working on, absolutely.
“We know we can do better, we have to do better and from my side of things we WILL do better.”
Holsgrove, who fitted in well in midfield on his return to the club, had to go off in the second half when he tired due to lack of games and suffered a touch of cramp, but he is expected to be available for Tuesday’s game at Salford City, when John Dillon should also be fit again.
Colwyn Bay: Chris Sanna, Wes Baynes, Luke Denson, Kevin Holsgrove (Archie Love 68 mins), Sam Barnes, Jordan Fagbola, Robbie Booth, Carl Rodgers, Chris Sharp, Rob Hopley, Cory Williams. Subs not usedL: Mike Lea, Zac Corbett, Brandon Zibaka, John Dillon.
THE manager has added Portuguese winger Varta Fernandez to his squad.
“He’s been over here for quite a few years and is a good lad who plays wide right and has good pace. He knows the situation that at the minute he won’t be in the match day 16 but he has been training with us, has signed, and we’ll see how it goes,” reported the manager.
THE Reserves opened their league campaign with a 3-0 victory away to Prestatyn Sports, thanks to goals from Dylan Humphreys, Sean Sheridan and Ash Seddon.