THE Seagulls suffered defeat to a 90th minute goal for the second time in five days as they lost 2-1 at Rushall Olympic in Kevin Lynch’s first game in charge.
Colwyn Bay matched the home side in the first half and after Lloyd Ellams and Luke Denson had shots saved, they took the lead on 35 minutes when Robbie Booth beat a defender and shot into the bottom corner of the net from the edge of the area.
They rarely threatened in the second half, however, and Rushall equalised on 58 minutes through Luke Benbow, who was a handful all afternoon, and although the Bay looked like hanging on for a point, Benbow broke free to score the winner from a quickly taken throw in as the game went into added time.
The new boss said: “It was a disappointing result, but on the whole what I saw from the players was commendable.
“Its a difficult place to come because the pitch is not conducive to good football and Rushall put you under immense pressure with long balls. I thought we stood up to that well for the most part, scored a great goal to take the lead, but just a little bit naivety has cost us.
“We switched off when we thought we should have had a corner and got caught out of shape by a long ball for their equaliser.
“Then for the second goal right at the end, we’ve switched off again when we were expecting a throw in to be given to us, and they’ve taken it quickly and scored.
“But I don’t want the lads to feel down. There is obviously stuff we have to work on and we didn’t play as well as we could in the second half, but overall I was quite pleased and the signs are there that we can turn the corner with a bit of hard work on the training pitch.
“At the moment I’m still getting to know the players and these first two or three games is chance to access the squad and see what we need and what we don’t need.”
Colwyn Bay: Louis Gray, Shaun Dowling, Mike Lea, Sam Barnes, Rob Hopley, Luke Denson, John Marsden (Joe Newton 65mins), Carl Rodgers, Lloyd Ellams, Robbie Booth (Kev Holsgrove 75mins), Cory Williams. Subs not used: Jordcan Fagbola, Glenn Matthews and James Graham.