Away record hit for six

Tim ChannonFirst Team

COLWYN BAY’S proud unbeaten away record was hit for six as they collapsed to a 6-3 defeat at Gainsborough after twice being in front.
The Seagulls took an early lead through Tom Buckley on 20 minutes when his dipping cross shot from the right touchline dropped over the keeper and into the far side of the net.
Goals from Paul Beesley and Simon Russell, both set up by the outstanding Curtis Bateson who is on loan from Scunthorpe, put Trinity 2-1 up before Rob Hopley equalised with a cracking header from a Wes Baynes corner, and both sides went close before half-time.
Liam Davis hit the bar for Trinity, Josh Ollerenshaw blocked a close shot with his legs and at the other end Marc Williams hit the post with a header from a Baynes free kick before home keeper Jan Budtz made a fantastic one-handed save to keep out a close range header by Obi Anoruo.
Tom Buckley scored direct from a free kick for his second goal of the game seven minutes into the second half to put the Bay 3-2 up, but it was all downhill from there.
Tom Davie equalised with a header from a free kick on the hour and then, after fullbacks Danny Taylor and Louis Moss were withdrawn in a bid to introduce fresh legs, the Bay collapsed defensively with three goals conceded in the last 13 minutes through Beesley, Jake Picton from a corner and a Simon Russell penalty after a foul by substitute Paulo Mendes.
Disappointed manager Frank Sinclair put the blame squarely on his side’s poor defending at set pieces.
“When you score three goals away from home you expect to get something from the game, but if you can’t defend set pieces or crosses and keep giving people free headers in the box then you are going to get punished,” he said.
“To concede four goals from set pieces and crosses is ridiculous and I am very unhappy about that.
“Now we have to regroup, work on stuff in training and prepare ourselves for next Saturday.
“There could be changes. We’ve got a strong bench with players waiting to come in and I’ve told everybody they have to perform well to stay in the team. We will have to think about it and try and pick a side that is big enough and strong enough to cope with these sort of games because we certainly didn’t do that today.”
Colwyn Bay: Ollerenshaw, Taylor (Olapade 71mins), Moss (Mendes 71 mins), Stephens, Royle, Haywood, Buckley, Anoruo, Hopley, Williams, Baynes (Mukendi 83mins). Subs not used: Sharpe, Noone.
Attendance: 344