DANNY ANDREWS stabbed in an 84th minute equaliser to rescue a point for the Bay in a 1-1 draw at Lancaster City – and deny the Giant Axe side a win that would have put them top of the table.
In a scrappy first half in which neither keeper had a save to make, it was an unlucky own goal by Gaz Grant which separated the teams at half-time.
He sliced an attempted close range clearance from a low right wing cross into his own net to gift the home side the lead.
City’s in-form striker Jordan Connerton was close to adding a second as he squeezed an angled shot past Bay keeper Kieran Wolland only to see it roll inches wide of the far post.
The game became more open in the second half with chances at both ends.
Wolland did well to block a Ryan Winder shot with his outstretched leg in a one-on-one and then made a good diving catch from Craig Carvey’s well-hit shot.
At the other end Scott Bakkor headed a good chance over the bar from Corrigan’s cross, after a superb diagonal pass from Will Booth had opened up the home defence, and in one incredible goalmouth scramble substitute Jack Kelleher and Bakkor both had shots blocked before Kelleher’s second effort from the rebound was cleared off the line with the keeper beaten
Home keeper Michael Hale dived to turn a Michael Roddy shot round the post then made a fantastic one-handed save to keep out a Louis Corrigan free kick, but Lancaster struggled to clear the ball from the corner and when it was played back into the goalmouth it produced another scramble in which substitute Andrews finally nudged the ball over the line.
Both sides chased a winner in the closing minutes Josh Westwood heading over the bar from almost on the line from a City corner and Connerton volleyed a chance over the top for the home side, while for Bay Andrews pulled a first time shot wide from the edge of the area.
Manager Paul Moore said, in the end, he was happy with the performance and a point.
“We had chances and they had chances, so 1-1 was probably a fair result overall – although we were unlucky to have one scrambled off the line,” he said.
“We changed it at half-time as they lads were saying we needed to go two up top, so we did that and it worked for us. Some games it doesn’t, but today it did and we had chances to even win it.
“At the moment we are struggling to turn one goal into two or three, but we will keep working at that and we have a run of games now (which includes four games against teams currently in the bottom six) which can turn our season round.
“We are only seven points off the play-off places with games in hand, and have only lost twice in our last 11 league games, so there is still an awful lot to play for.”
Colwyn Bay: Kieran Wolland, Luke Denson, Louis Corrigan, Gareth Grant, Tom Hardwick (c), Michael Roddy, Tom Schofield, Will Booth (Danny Andrews 70mins), Will Jones (Jack Kelleher 60 mins), Jack Phillips (Gaz Burnett 85 mins), Scott Bakkor. Subs not used: Kyle Armstrong, Liam Turner.
Updated League table on www.colwynbayfc.co.uk/league