‘A lot of work to do,’ says new manager

Tim ChannonFirst Team

THE Seagulls could not build on a 1-0 lead after dominating the opening 30 minutes  and ended up losing 2-1 at Kendal Town after a disappointing second half.

 Bay keeper Matt Cooper had to make a smart early save to tip a shot from Kendal’s Paul Dawson over the bar, but the team started to play really well after that with Danny Andrews, Will Booth, Kyle Jacobs and Jack Hindle all having shots at goal while home keeper Charlie Whittingham, made a flying save to turn another shot from Hindle round the post.

Danny Bartle scored his first goal of the season.

The Bay were moving the ball around well on the heavy surface and the lively Danny Bartle had a good shout for a penalty turned down after he looked to be tripped in the area.

  The Seagulls then deservedly took the lead on 30 minutes when Bartle cut in from the right and took a return pass from Jack Hindle before firing an angled shot into the far corner of the net.
 The lead, however, lasted  only nine minutes before Kendal were awarded a fairly harsh free kick on the edge of the Bay area and Ben Thomas curled a shot over the wall and past a motionless Matt Cooper.
  Danny Andrews brought a sprawling save from the home keeper just before half-time, but Kendal were much the better side in the second half, playing up the slope, and the Bay struggled to create anything going forward.
 On 65 minutes the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot when Kendal’s Connor Gaul went down in the box under a challenge, and Charlie Bowman made no mistake with the penalty for what proved the match winner.
  Cooper made a couple of good saves in the closing minutes to prevent a third Kendal goal as the Bay, having made all three substitutions, were forced to play the last 15 minutes or so with virtually ten men as Jamie Rainford struggled after suffering a thigh injury shortly after coming on  and putting a late chance to equalise narrowly wide.
  The defeat drops the Bay to 14th in the table and new manager Alan Morgan, who watched from the stand with assistant Craig Hogg as Anthony Griffith and Jack Horner took charge from the dug out, admitted there is a lot of work to do.
 That starts with two big  training sessions planned this  week before the new manager  takes charge of his first game at home to Mossley next Saturday.
 After five defeats in the last six games he has quickly seen that confidence amongst the players is quite fragile right now.
  “There are good points and I am happy with the personnel,” he said afterwards.
  “The first half hour was good, but there is clearly a confidence thing at the moment. We were doing well until they scored, then we seemed to go into our shell  and there was no reaction when we went 2-1 down. I don’t think their keeper had a shot to save second half.
 “We badly need to get the players on the training pitch and sort out a few things.
 “We’ve got to make sure everybody kicks on, works hard and hopefully we will be alright.”
  The manager will need to check on  Jamie Rainford’s injury to see if will be able take part in what are likely to be  two very intense training sessions before the next game
 “Jamie felt a pull at the top of his quad shortly after coming on and we’ll have to see how that is,” added the manager..
Colwyn Bay: Matt Cooper, Josh Brizell (Jamie Rainford 70mins), Louis Barnes, Sam Barnes (c), Gareth Grant, Luke Horrocks (Lassana Mendes 74mins), Kyle Jacobs, Will Booth, Jack Hindle (booked), Danny Andrews, Danny Bartle (Astley Mulholland 70 mins). Subs not used: Kris Leigh, Danny Collins.
Attendance: 120.
TOP PHOTO: Danny Bartle’s shot finds the net  to give Bay a 30th minute lead at Kendal. Photo by DAVID THOMAS

Jack Hindle hits a shot that was beaten away for a corner by the Kendal keeper. PHOTO BY DAVID THOMAS