Another draw retains league record

Tim ChannonFirst Team

THE Seagulls extended their unbeaten league record to five games with a goalless draw at Trafford (Sept 5).

Manager Phill Hadland changed the formation of his side and was pleased with a clean sheet after conceding four goals at Droylsden four days earlier, but with four draws and a win in the five games played, he knows the side have to start turning draws into wins.

“After last Saturday the priority was to be a lot tighter at the back and I thought we achieved that with the changes we made, but then we lacked a cutting edge up front,” he said.

“Trafford brought in a couple of key new signings  and in the end a draw is not a bad result, although part of me is disappointed we didn’t quite do enough up front to force the win.”

Luke Horrocks took the captain’s armband and played well before being forced off with cramp.

Only a flying save by Trafford keeper Grant Shenton kept out a 30 yard screamer from Louis Barnes in the first half and the Bay got in plenty of shots which were blocked or off target , without really working the keeper enough.

 At the other end Matt Cooper had to make a diving save to turn a Scott Sephton shot round the post and Jason St Juste (on loan from Halifax), who was a threat on the left, hit the post and James Dean missed the target with two good headed chances.
In the second half Bay substitute Jamie Menagh hit the bar and Jack Hindle (top picture) put in some great runs down the right but couldn’t find a Bay colleague with his crosses.
 Trafford finished the game strongly and Dan Collins cleared a goalbound header from Dean off the line as Bay held out for the point.
 With Sam Barnes ruled out with a badly bruised thigh, Luke Horrocks took the captain’s armband and played well before being forced off with cramp in the second half.
 Louis Barnes also had an excellent game on his return to the side at left back.
 Colwyn Bay: Matt Cooper, Liam Turner, Louis Barnes, Luke Horrocks (Anthony Griffith 78 mins), Dan Collins, Gaz Grant, Jack Hindle, Will Booth, Jamie Rainford (Jack Kelleher 69 mins), Astley Mulholland, Danny Andrews (Jamie Menagh 66 mins). Subs not used: Kris Leigh and Shaun Holden.
Attendance: 174