THE Seagulls paid a high price for a missed second half penalty as they suffered a 2-1 Easter Monday defeat at play-off chasing Trafford.
The Seagulls had gone behind after 12 minutes to an Aaron Burns penalty after a shot hit Sam Barnes’ arm, but they were level on 29 minutes when Barnes made amends by sliding in to the score as a Bay free kick was played back across the face of the goal.
Colwyn Bay looked well in the game at half-time, despite crucially losing top scorer Jamie Rainford with a hamstring injury, and Louis Corrigan was only denied a goal by a flying one-handed save from home keeper Terry Smith.
The game then turned dramatically after Bay m Early in the second half Danny Bartle should have scored, but turned Corrigan’s excellent cross the wrong side of the post, and Chris Gahgan had a shot tipped round the post at full stretch by the keeper.issed a 67th minute penalty for a push on Astley Mulholland.
Danny Andrews saw his spot kick well saved by the home keeper diving to his left and straight from the clearance Trafford broke away and Jack Dorney found space to fire the match winner past Karl Wills, who had returned to the side for first time in 11 games.
Trafford held out against late Colwyn Bay pressure for three points that keeps them in with a chance of making the play-offs.
They will now be hoping the Bay can beat top five rivals Scarborough on Saturday while they look for three points at Ossett Town.
Seagulls boss Phill Hadland will feel it was a game that the Bay should not have lost and he was disappointed to fall to a sucker punch from the penalty save.
“I’m not blaming Danny Andrews, but they were busting a gut to get up field after the save and we didn’t show the same desire to get back and defend,” he said.
“That told me a lot about one or two players as we plan and look ahead for next season,” he added.
“It was another game of fine margins we’ve narrowly lost and we know we have to turn those games into wins next season – but I’m sure we will.”
Colwyn Bay: Karl Wills, Will Booth, Louis Corrigan, Warren Bellew, Dan Collins, Sam Barnes (c), Tom Schofield (Mike Roddy 65mins), Danny Bartle, Astley Mulholland, Jamie Rainford (Chris Gahgan 30mins), Danny Andrews. Subs not used: Kieran Wolland, Luke Denson and Iwan Cartwright.
- Top photo: Astley Mulholland jinx through the Trafford defence. Photo by DAVID THOMAS