James Walshaw’s hat-trick saw Altrincham beat Colwyn Bay 3-1 in the Skrill North on Saturday. The Seagulls got off to a dreadful start, conceding two goals in the opening 10 minutes, and things got worse when they missed a second half penalty.
Walshaw took advantage of sloppy defending to score after five minutes and then added a second five minutes later.
The home side dominated much of the first half after that with Colwyn Bay’s only shot on target coming on 33 minutes from Sean Williams, who forced a good save from the home keeper.
Colwyn Bay did well not to concede again before half-time, but Walshaw completed his hat-trick on 56 minutes.
The Bay had a chance to make it 2-1 but Gaz Evans saw his shot blocked by the keeper’s legs, after Rob Hopley had hit a post, and from the rebound Altrincham broke quickly for Walshaw to score.
Bay missed a great chance to get back in the game with a penalty when Marc Williams was brought down in the box, but with usual penalty taker Jamie Ellison having just been substituted, Jonathan Royle saw his spot kick saved the keeper.
Colwyn Bay did pull a goal back on 81 minutes with a shot from Sean Williams, but it was too late to make any difference.
At the other end Mike Lea cleared off the line from Reeves and Chris Sanna made an excellent one-on-one save to prevent a fourth Altrincham goal.
The result drops the Bay a place to 10th with Barrow going above them after their 1-1 draw against Oxford.
Manager Frank Sinclair, however, said there was a lot of positives to take out of the game.
“Slack defending in the opening ten minutes cost us. With the quality of strikers they’ve got you can’t afford that, but from then on I thought we played really well and caused them problems,” Frank said.
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