Two first half goals for Danny Bartle took his tally to six in four games, while in a late goals flurry top scorer Astley Mulholland ended his nine-game goal drought, Danny Andrews (top picture) scored his fourth goal in five games and there was a sensational introduction for new loan signing Nathan Brown.
The 19-year-old came on in added time, was brought down as he put in speedy run to the edge of the Glossop area and then coolly lifted the free kick over the wall and into the top corner of the net for a super debut goal.
Nathan Brown, on loan from Chester, scored with a super free kick on his debut
Dan Bartle had earlier swooped to open the scoring after just 12 minutes when the Glossop keeper couldn’t hold onto a shot from Jack Hindle, who ended up with four assists, and although Ben Deegan equalised for Glossop from Callum Spooner’s low cross, Bay were back in front on 35 minutes when a Sam Barnes headed pass was touched on by Jack Hindle and Dan Bartle beat his marker for pace before driving a shot through the legs of the advancing keeper.
The Bay, in fact, could have been two or three ahead at the break with Hindle, Mulholland and Danny Andrews all missing good chances and while it stayed at 2-1 in the second half Glossop were always a threat.
Colwyn Bay needed a third goal and it finally came on 81 minutes when another Jack Hindle shot was blocked and Danny Andrews smacked in the rebound.
In the 90th minute Astley Mulholland got the fourth, running onto a loose ball after a fine one-handed diving save by the keeper had pushed aside Hindle’s goalbound shot, before Nathan Brown added that fifth with the last kick of the game.
Manager Alan Morgan was delighted with a second five goal haul in three games in charge, although he admitted: “It wasn’t a 5-1 game and I don’t think it was the best performance since I’ve been here. Second half we didn’t pass the ball as well as we could and took some wrong decisions in the final third, but if you’d given me 5-1 before the game I’d have happily taken it.
“They are a big side who pose a threat at set pieces and corners, and I thought we dealt with that and defended well, but at 2-1 they were always in it and the next goal was always going to be massive – fortunately we got it and that killed them off a bit.
“It was good for Astley to get his goal (after a bit of a drought) and hopefully that will get him going again and it was nice for Nathan to get his goal right at the end. When he won the free kick the lads told him to take it as we were 4-1 and in the last minute – and he’s put it in the top corner, so I’m delighted for him. He’s off for a night out in Dublin now so he’ll enjoy that even more!”
Danny Bartle was again pulled off before he could complete his first hat-trick for the club, but he had just been booked and the manager added: “We need to look after Danny. He’s not 100 per cent yet after his injury so I’ve got to be careful with him. He’s started the last four games and we really need to give him a rest for a week, but when he’s scored five goals in three games for me its very difficult to leave him out!”
Louis Barnes missed the game as he was away for the weekend and Jamie Rainford was left on the bench to aid his recovery from a troublesome thigh injury.
Colwyn Bay: Matt Cooper, Kyle Jacobs, Josh Brizell, Lassana Mendes, Gaz Grant, Sam Barnes (c), Danny Andrews, Will Booth (Dan Collins 88mins), Jack Hindle, Danny Bartle (Luke Horrocks 75mins), Astley Mullholland (Nathan Brown 90mins). Subs not used: Kris Leigh and Jamie Rainford.
TOP PICTURE: Danny Andrews gets the congratulations after scoring the crucial third goal. PHOTO BY DAVID THOMAS
Danny Bartle celebrates after scoring the first of his two goals.PHOTO BY DAVID THOMAS
Astley Mulholland taps in Bays fourth goal to end his nine-game drought. PHOTO BY DAVID THOMAS