Give ¬£1 for kids in March campaign ūü϶

Sports Traider March social mediaCOLWYN BAY FOOTBALL CLUB is teaming up with the rest of the EVO-STIK Northern Premier League’s clubs and official charity Sports Traider to mount a month long campaign in March to give disadvantaged children a sporting chance in 2017.
  To build on the success of Sports Traiders’ inaugural season as the EVO-STIK NPL’s official charity in 2015-16 when a mountain of kit was donated for youngsters who can’t compete through no fault of their own, fans will be able to make a £1 voluntary donation at all fixtures throughout the month before a summer kit collection amnesty kicks off ahead of the new season.
 Sports Traider is funding 40 bursaries for students at the NPLFA again this season and youngsters from the EVO-STIK NPL’s ground-breaking league-wide academy are also set to take part again.
 Like last term, more than 200 students will run their own mini fundraising campaign to the top up the pooled efforts of all EVO-STIK NPL’s 68 clubs using the online charity fundraising platform
Using the #donateapound to mobilise friends, families and local communities on social media, clubs and fans will be encouraged to engage with their schools, community groups and other clubs to maximise donations for Sports Traider and the charity‚Äôs latest initiatives like the ‚ÄėWheel Power‚Äô programme to provide wheelchairs for disabled young people.
Founded in 2009 in Bedford by Lance Haggith, the 2010 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Unsung Hero winner, Sports Traider is dedicated to helping UK youngsters discover and fulfil their sporting potential, whatever their background, ability or disability.
  Haggith said: “We are very proud of our association with the Northern Premier League and in particular the direct aid we give to NPLFA clubs, where our support helps disadvantaged youngsters participate in getting their academic qualifications along with playing sport.
“But our work goes far beyond that into communities across the country as the ethos of our charity is to help and support less fortunate youngsters and allow them to overcome any obstacles by creating a level playing field for all. 
‚ÄúWe saw a fantastic effort last season when so much kit was collected and we hope you can help us fund our work again in March through the donate a ¬£1 campaign.‚ÄĚ
¬†EVO-STIK NPL chairman Mark Harris said: ‚ÄúThe league was proud to be able to help our official charity do so much good work last season thanks to the efforts and generosity of all our clubs and their fans. We hope they will give it their full support again this season before we head into the third season of our fantastic charity partn ership with the start of the summer kit amnesty.‚ÄĚ
Apart from their growing number of permanent collection points and recycling banks for unwanted sports kit and equipment in strategic locations and links with schools and sports centres around the country, Sports Traider also works with local sports brands and retail outlets who are invited to donate surplus, end-of-line or seconds stock directly.
 As well as being recycled and distributed locally, the donations are sold in the charity’s nationwide retail outlets with the money generated then re-invested into grassroots sport for disadvantaged children and young people.
 For more information, visit the home page league’s official website and click of the Sports Traider button or visit the charity’s site direct at


Disallowed goal foils victory hopes

IN a game of few chances the Seagulls were  unlucky to have a late goal ruled out for offside as they drew 0-0 at home to Tadcaster Albion.

Video apparently shows Danny Bartle was just onside as he raced clear onto a long ball from the back and fired past Tadcaster keeper Chandler Hallwood – but the flag went up to deny the Bay their first league win in over two months.

Earlier Bartle missed a better chance when he beat the keeper to another long ball on the edge of the area, but skied a hurried shot high and wide of an open goal.

Tadcaster missed the best opportunity of tight first half when  Tom Corner headed over the bar from six yards from a right wing cross, while in the second half  Conor Sellars was left one on one with Kieran Wolland (getting his chance in goal because Karl Wills has had an operation on his nose) but the Bay keeper did well to trap the shot between his legs.

For the Bay Dan Collins, who did well on his debut playing in front of a much changed back four, was off target with a good headed chance from a corner and in the second half Jamie Rainford  had a late chance after coming on as a  substitute, but shot straight at the keeper.

Manager Phill Hadland commented: “My number one aim was to be solid because we’ve been conceding too many goals lately – and I thought we achieved that.

“I thought Sam Barnes came back in and led well at the back, while Liam Turner and Matt Regan did well¬† as the fullbacks so I was pleased with the back four.

“We just didn’t quite have that cutting edge up front and we know that is something we have to work on and improve.

“But we have trained very well over the last two or three weeks and I believe we have the foundations to build on once the new lads who have come in have bedded in and got use to the players around them.

“Keeping a clean sheet was the most pleasing thing today. Apart from the away game at Tadcaster, when they played most of the game with ten men, I don’t think we’ve kept a clean sheet since Droylsden in November. That’s a long time ago and if you can start keeping clean sheets it always gives you chance.”

Responding to a question on why Luke Denson was not in the squad, the manager said: “Luke was rested today. ¬†I like Luke and I have stuck with¬†him, but he has been making mistakes lately that have cost us goals and I can’t keep giving¬†him chances when there are other players¬†waiting to show what they can do.

“Luke ¬†trained well last week and is still a big part of the squad if he is prepared¬† to fight for his place.”

Colwyn Bay: Kieran Wolland, Liam Turner, Matt Regan, Dan Collins (Mike Roddy 78 mins), Gaz Grant, Sam Barnes (c), Chris Gahgan (Julian Williams 73mins), Tom Schofield, Scott Bakkor (Jamie Rainford 73mins), Danny Bartle, Danny Andrews. Subs not used: Will Booth, Mike Pino.

Attendance: 288.


THE Reserves had their game against Denbigh Town postponed.

Re-scheduled league fixtures

THE away game at Ossett Town which was postponed on February 11th due to a waterlogged pitch has been rescheduled for Saturday March 18 (3pm kick off).

Both sides had a free day that weekend so it avoids a midweek trip for the Seagulls.

THE away game at Radcliffe Borough, which was postponed on January 28th because of a waterlogged pitch, has been re-scheduled for Tuesday March 14th (7:45pm kick off) at Stainton Park.



Reserves hit nine in big win

Michael Taylor was named Man of the Match,

Michael Taylor was named Man of the Match with two goals and three assists.

THE Reserves hit the goals trail with a runaway 9-1 victory over Llanrwst United at The Oval in Llandudno.

The Bay got off to a flying start and were ahead inside 10 minutes when Michael Taylor found space out on the right wing and showed great awareness to square the ball across the six yard box where the predatory Luke Elden was on hand to score with a simple finish.
 Five minutes later and it was 2-0 as Edward Parry calmly stroked home from just inside the area after some good link up play between Elden and Jack Nettleton.
 Before Llanrwst could show any sign of recovering, they were futher behind as an exceptional turn and strike from Taylor from 20 yards bounced in off the post to make it 3-0.
 Llanrwst then pulled one back as their striker scored after an inch perfect through ball, but Bay controlled the majority of the remainder of the half, demonstrating their ability to maintain possession across the defensive and midfield thirds.
Half Time: Colwyn Bay 3 – 1 Llanrwst
It didn’t take long for the second half to follow in the same pattern as the first, and more fantastic work out on the wing from Taylor resulted in an unfortunate own goal from one of the visiting centre backs, as¬†he tried to cut out the wingers’ ball into the box.
 As the game progressed past the hour the floodgates really started to open.
  Bay top scorer Greg Hall stylishly rounded the keeper before finishing into the unguarded goal to make it 5-1 and Hall scored again seven minutes later after a good save from the away goalkeeper fell kindly into his path to make it 6-1.
 It was proving to be one of those days were simply everything went right for the Bay. An over hit cross from the ever advancing Parry caught out the back peddling goalkeeper as it dropped in at the far post to make it 7-1, and a brace for the right back.
 With ten minutes to go, there was still time for two more goals with the impressive Taylor involved in both.
¬†The first was scored by himself as he controlled a stray clearance from a corner, before casually placing an inch perfect right footed strike across the ‘keeper.
 Substitue Ole Desay then compoleted the scoring when a lovely ball from Taylor  saw him advance on goal from the left hand side, before scoring with a low and precise finish across goal and into the far corner.
Final Score: Colwyn Bay 9 – 1 Llanrwst
Manager James Perkins commented:¬†¬† “Obviously I’m delighted with the scoreline.¬†To score so many goals and to have them come from all areas of the team is fantastic. That being said, the most pleasing thing about today was the nature of our performance. We applied ourselves brilliantly from the very start of the game and made sure that we were clinical and precise in our decision making, as well as our finishing. We’ve got a couple of very difficult games towards the end of the month, so the timely confidence boost is great for everyone.”
COLWYN BAY: Matt Brookes, Edward Parry, Huw Jones (Callum Ellis 65′), Liam Jones, Jac Pardanjac; Owen Jones, Matt Jones; Michael Taylor, Jack Nettleton (Ole Desay 60′), Greg Hall; Luke Elden (James Williams 70′)
Colwyn Bay Man of the Match: Michael Taylor

Junior Tournament scheduled for May ‚öĹ

BOOKINGS are now being taken for the annual Colwyn Bay FC Junior tournament which is scheduled to be held on the first team pitch  at the 4 Crosses Construction Arena on Saturday and Sunday May 6th and 7th 2017.

All competing players will receive medals and there are competitions for teams from  Under 7s up to Under 11s. LP

For more information and entry forms, email Chris Thompson at

The club are also looking for stall holders to sell new and old items on one or both days of the tournament. The fee for a stall is £10 per day. Call 07796475454 for more information.

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Seagulls lose to ten man Kendal

THE Seagulls conceded two goals in the last five minutes as ten man Kendal Town snatched an astonishing 2-1¬†victory to extend the Bay’s winless run in the league to nine games.
 Kendal had trailed from the seventh minute, when Scott Bakkor put Bay ahead with a 25 yard shot following a corner, and they then had midfielder Martin Grundy sent off for violent conduct on 61 minutes.
¬†Colwyn Bay had hit the post with a Gareth Grant header and missed several opportunities to kill the game off before Kendal’s Steve Yawson turned the match on its head with those two late goals.
 Bay were caught out at the back as they chased an elusive second goal and Yawson dribbled into the area to equalise with a smart finish on 85 minutes.
 Two minutes later he hit the winner with a shot off the underside of the bar to make it five goals in two games since arriving on loan from Morecambe.
¬†Colwyn Bay had their two new strikers Jamie Rainford and Danny Bartle making their home debuts, but despite new faces and new expectations it was the same old failings –¬† unable to kill off the game when in front, even against ten men,¬†and then conceding late goals to miss out on another victory opportunity.
 Its the longest winless run in league games by a Colwyn Bay side since 2014, during which Frank Sinclair left the club, and sees them drop into the bottom eight Рalthough fortunately still 15 points clear of any relegation threat.
 Colwyn Bay: Karl Wills, Luke Denson, Louis Corrigan, Mike Roddy (c) (Will Booth 66mins), Gaz Grant, Matt Regan, Scott Bakkor, Tom Schofield, Danny Bartle  (Julian Williams 77mins), Jamie Rainford (Chris Gahgan 86mins), Danny Andrews. Subs not used: Kieran Wolland and Dan Collins.
Attendance: 193.
THE Reserves won 9-1 against Llanrwst United Reserves with Mike Taylor, Ed Parry and Greg Hall all scoring twice.
Luke Elden and Ole Desay also scored and there was also an own goal.

Seagulls sign Jamie Rainford

Jamie Rainford is returning for a second spell at the Bay

Jamie Rainford is returning for a second spell at the Bay

SEAGULLS boss Phill Hadland has added another new addition to his squad by completing the signing of 28-year-old goal poacher Jamie Rainford from Glossop North End.

¬†He is now awaiting international clearance, but the manager is delighted to have agreed terms with the player who has¬†already hit 18 goals in all competitions this season for Glossop and was the Evostik Divison One North’s second top scorer in the league last season behind Warrington’ Ciaran Kilheeney¬†with 29 goals.
  Jamie had a short spell at the Bay in 2012 on loan from Halifax when he scored four goals in seven appearances, and we are delighted to welcome him back.
¬†He has also had spells at Chester, Fylde, Marine, Gap Connah’s Quay and Witton.
  He replaces Will Jones who has left the club this week to join Witton Albion and the club wish him well.
 Will made 29 appearances for the Bay this season, scoring three goals.

Reserves suffer second half collapse

Matt Brookes was named manager James Perkins' Man of the Match despite first half error.

Matt Brookes was named manager James Perkins’ Man of the Match despite first half error.

THE Reserves, after dominating much of the possession, gifted Llanrug United the lead and then suffered a second half collapse as they crumbed to a disappointing 5-1 home defeat in their latest game in the Welsh Alliance Reserve Division (January 28).

They missed two or three opportunities to score before keeper Matt Brookes allowed a shot to slip through his hands to gift Llanrug the lead against the run of play.

The visitors then added a second with a header following a set piece, but Colwyn Bay looked to have got themselves back in the game when Jack Nettleton scored with a neat finish just before half-time.

The Bay pressed hard and missed two good opportunities to equalise at the start of the second half, but Llanrug then¬†broke with a long ball over the top of Bay’s defence to score a third.

Brookes made a fine save to keep out the first effort, but had no chance as Llanrug scored from the rebound.

Brookes made an excellent diving one handed save to keep out another goalbound effort, but minutes later Llanrug added a fourth from a free kick, with a big deflection off the defensive wall leaving Brookes wrong-footed.

Late in the game Llanrug broke out  again to add a fifth with another shot from a rebound following another good block by the keeper.

Manager James Perkins commented: “I thought our first half performance was excellent with the way we dominated territorially and controlled the game, and it was hard to believe that we were behind at half-time.

“The second half collapse came out of nowhere. We simply weren’t good enough. We let ourselves down and didn’t respond at all well to conceding the third goal.

“The players share both my frustration and disappointment and we are all desperate to put things right against Llanrwst next weekend.”

COLWYN BAY: Matt Brookes, Liam Jones, Callum Ellis, James Williams, Davey Algieri, Owen Jones, Adam Carpenter, Jack Nettleton, Matt Jones (Jac Pardanjac 65mins), Ole Desay (Ollie Mason-Lane 55 mins), Greg Hall (Michael Taylor 75mins).

Manager’s man of the match:¬† Matt Brookes


Evostik  Division One North table (February 21 2017)

# Team Pl HW HD HL AW AD AL W D L F A Pts
1. Lancaster City 31 11 2 3 10 2 3 21 4 6 54 28 67
2. Farsley Celtic 28 10 1 2 8 3 4 18 4 6 62 28 58
3. Trafford 32 6 5 4 9 6 2 15 11 6 63 32 56
4. Ossett Town 31 9 2 5 8 2 5 17 4 10 49 32 55
5. Clitheroe 32 7 5 5 7 4 4 14 9 9 53 40 51
6. Colne 32 5 2 7 10 3 5 15 5 12 49 43 50
7. Scarborough Athletic 33 10 2 4 4 4 9 14 6 13 51 46 48
8. Glossop North End 29 10 2 2 4 3 8 14 5 10 50 47 47
9. Ramsbottom United 30 8 4 3 5 3 7 13 7 10 50 47 46
10. Brighouse Town 30 6 6 2 5 6 5 11 12 7 40 32 45
11. Bamber Bridge 32 8 2 7 5 3 7 13 5 14 44 41 44
12. Droylsden 31 5 5 6 6 3 6 11 8 12 53 61 41
13. Hyde United 31 6 8 2 4 2 9 10 10 11 51 45 40
14. Kendal Town 30 7 4 4 4 3 8 11 7 12 43 43 40
15. Tadcaster Albion 30 7 4 5 3 4 7 10 8 12 40 42 38
16. COLWYN BAY 30 4 7 5 5 3 6 9 10 11 40 39   37  
17. Ossett Albion 32 5 2 9 5 4 7 10 6 16 36 57 36
18. Radcliffe Borough 30 6 0 8 4 5 7 10 5 15 47 51 35
19. Prescot Cables 31 5 3 6 4 3 10 9 6 16 45 67 33
20. Mossley 31 5 1 10 5 1 9 10 2 19 55 68 32
21. Goole AFC 31 3 4 9 3 2 10 6 6 19 27 67 24
22. Burscough 31 4 2 11 1 4 9 5 6 20 21 67 21