Battling point against Ramsbottom

Tim ChannonFirst Team

THE Seagulls twice came from behind to take a point and maintain a top six place in the table on goal difference with a 2-2 draw against Ramsbotom United (Aug 15).

Two fine headers by Will Booth and Astley Mullholland registered the Bay goals.

Ramsbottom got off to a great start with a goal inside the first three minutes when recent signing Jerome Wright broke into the area on the left and lifted a shot over keeper Matt Cooper and in off the far post.

Jack Hindle then forced a diving save from Ramsbottom keeper Martin Fearon before the Bay equalised on 16 minutes when Jamie Rainford crossed from the left and Will Booth rose superbly to plant a great header into the top corner.

But Ramsbottom regained the lead on 22 minutes with a Gregg Daniels penalty after an mis-timed tackle by Louis Barnes and they held that lead until half-time, thanks to a fine save from Fearon in a goalmouth scramble.

Jack Kelleher was introduced from the bench early in the second half and he put in a lively hard-working performance up front with Bay getting level again on 61 minutes when Mulholland put his head on a fiercely struck cross from the rightby Jack Hindle to score his third goal in four days.

Bay had to withstand a period of intense Ramsbottom pressure,  but an excellent game ended in thrilling fashion with near misses at both ends as both sides chased a winner.

For the Bay Jack Kelleher and Louis Barnes were narrowly wide with good efforts. Jack Hindley also shot just wide after Liam Turner looked to be fouled in the area for the second time in the game (the referee ignoring both penalty shouts) and Will Booth had a goalbound shot on the volley blocked  as a defender threw his body in the way.

Colwyn Bay: Matt Cooper, Liam Turner, Louis  Barnes, Will Booth, Sam Barnes (c), Dan Collins, Jack Hindle, Luke Horrocks (Anthony Griffith 62mins), Jamie Rainford (Jack Kelleher 53mins), Astley Mulholland (Danny Andrews 72mins), Shaun Holden. Subs not used: Kris Leigh and Gaz Grant.

Attendance: 230


TOP PHOTO: Will Booth scores with a great header in the 2-2 draw with Ramsbottom. Photoy b y DAVID THOMAS

Jack Hindle fires in a shot that was saved by the keeper. Photo by DAVID THOMAS

Liam Turner was wrestled to the ground in the area, but was denied a penalty by the referee. PHOTO by DAVID THOMAS