Away point could have been three

Tim ChannonFirst Team

COLWYN BAY gained a battling point away to top five opponents Chorley – and in the end might even have nicked all three.
Marc Williams had a header from Rob Hopley’s cross clawed out from under the bar by home keeper Sam Ashton and then saw his follow up header cleared off the line by a defender, while Hopley was put through one on one with the keeper by Marc Williams’ pass but shot wide as Ashton came out to meet him.
Ashton also did well to making a diving save from an Anthony Stephens shot, while the Bay claimed unsuccessfully that the ball had crossed the line before being cleared in a goalmouth scramble following a corner and Hopley and Chris Noone both shot wide with other good chances.
Chorley have one of the best home records in the division, but struggled to break down a solid Bay rear=guard who played well, despite losing new signing Jack Truelove in the opening half hour after getting a hefty whack on the side of the shin.
Stephens was excellent in the centre of defence, but picked up his fifth booking of the season which means he will miss the next game with a one match suspension.
Chorley named their keeper as their man of the match which tells a story and Seagulls boss Frank Sinclair commented: “It was a great point against a side that are flying high and have been very strong at home, but I am bit disappointed because if we’d been more clinical in front of goal we would have won the game.
“I said to the players after the game they didn’t get what they deserved. They deserved to win it.
“I don’t think Chorley will have come second best in many games at home this season, but for me they were second best today.”
On Truelove’s injury, the manager reported: “He got a whack on the side of his shin early on and couldn’t put his full weight on his foot so we brought Louis Moss on and he played superbly after the disappointment of being left out of the starting line-up.
“Jack will report back to Oldham on Monday to get the injury assessed and we’ll see how he is at training on Tuesday.”
Marc Williams was named Bay’s man of the match.
Colwyn Bay: Sharpe, Taylor, Truelove (Moss 26mins), Stephens, Royle, Noone, Mendes (Buckley 68mins), Anoruo, Hopley, Williams, Haywood. Subs not used: Ollerenshaw, Hodgson, Baynes.
Attendance: 1,004.

The Colwyn Bay mascot, leading the team out for the special First World War commemorative photo before the game was 12-year-old Nial Dunn.

The Colwyn Bay and Chorley players took part in the special First World War centenary event before the game to mark the Christmas truce of 1914 when  fighting stopped for a game of football.

The Colwyn Bay and Chorley players took part in the special First World War centenary event before the game to mark the Christmas truce of 1914 when fighting stopped for a game of football.