ASTLEY MULHOLLAND scored two goals and set up another as the Seagulls won 4-0 against Brighouse Town to move into the top eight of the Evo-stik North table.
After a sluggish start in what was a fairly scrappy game, Tom McCready’s strong run and defence-splitting pass sent Astley clear to score the first goal on 28 minutes and then a horrible mix-up in the Brighouse defence, which left the keeper stranded yards out of his goal, presented a gift goal to Danny Andrews who was able to walk the ball into an unguarded net.
Danny Andrews then provided a clever pass which put Astley Mulholland clear to set up a tap in for Elliot Rokka for the third goal four minutes into the second half, and ten minutes later Astley got on the end of a long throw into the Brighouse area from Louis Barnes, which got the Brighouse defence in another tangle, to nudge the ball past the keeper for his second goal of the game and 16th of the season.
Billy Sass-Davies made his Bay debut as a second half substitute.
Colwyn Bay rather took their foot off the pedal after that with Tuesday’s game at Ramsbottom in mind, and Brighouse were awarded a controversial penalty for what looked like a dive by substitute Mohammad Ibrahim, but justice was done when Matt Cooper made an outstanding one-handed diving save to keep out Dan Grimshaw’s spot kick and maintain a second successive clean sheet.
New loan signing Billy Sass-Davies was very unfortunate to get booked for the alleged foul for the penalty, but generally he did well when he came on for Gaz Grant.
Manager Alan Morgan commented: “It wasn’t the prettiest of games and was a bit scrappy. We got a bit sloppy and took our foot off the gas after the fourth goal with Tuesday’s game in mind, but at the end of the day it is a good win for us and I’ll take that.
“Unfortunately we’ve got a few knocks which we will need to check on for Tuesday.
“Gaz Grant is struggling with what could be a bit of concussion and we’ll have to see how he is, while Tom McCready took quite a whack and we had to take Elliot (Rokka) off because he was tightening up a bit – but I was pleased with Billy (Sass-Davies) when he came on and it also meant we were able to give Jack Hindle some good minutes from the bench as well.”
Danny Collins leaves the Bay pitch for the last time after being made captain for the day.
Dan Collins was made captain for the day in what is likely to be his final game before returning to Australia. He is working in Leicester on Tuesday and may not make the Ramsbottom game before he flies home to Sydney next Saturday.
The result moves Colwyn Bay up to eighth, three points behind sixth-placed Trafford with four games in hand and one behind Tadcaster with one game in hand.
Colwyn Bay: Matt Cooper, Kyle Jacobs, Louis Barnes, Dan Collins (c), Gaz Grant (Billy Sass-Davies 63mins), Sam Barnes, Danny Andrews, Tom McCready, Elliot Rokka (Jack Hindle 56 mins), Astley Mulholland, Luke Horrocks (Will Booth 72 mins). Subs not used: Kris Leigh, Lass Mendes.
Richard McMurray (centre) and his sons Scott and Andrew travelled all the way up from Swansea to support the Seagulls in their win over Brighouse.