Bay lose on final day of season

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The Bay lost 2-1 at Leamingtgon in their final game of the Skrill North season on Saturday. The Seagulls finished outside the top 10, but 12th place equals their highest finish in the Conference North – and is six places higher than last season.
Cameron Darkwah gave the Seagulls the lead after 13 minutes when he cut inside two defenders to fire past home keeper Tony Breeden, who then did well to tip a shot from Gaz Evans onto the bar.
Evans also broke clear and had the ball in the net with a chip over the advancing keeper = only to be flagged offside.
Leamington’s Joe Magunda then hit the Colwyn Bay bar before the home side equalised with a Reece Flanagan free kick on 31 minutes.
It looked a soft decision, but Josh Clark, making his league debut in goal, was well beaten by an excellent free kick.
A double save by Breeden from Darkwah and then Marc Williams prevented Colwyn Bay taking the lead again before half-time, but Leamington were the stronger side in the second half with the wind behind them.
They were unlucky when fullback Ryan Higgins thundered a shot against a post, and got their winner on 77 minutes when Danny Newton beat Clark inside his left hand post from 25 yards.
In a spirited finish Colwyn Bay had a penalty shout for a trip on Darkwah turned down and then appealed strongly that the ball had gone over the line before being cleared from Tom Smyth’s shot in a goalmouth scramble.
The linesman was not interested, but both the players and Bay fans behind the goal were adamant afterwards that the ball was well over the line.
Manager Frank Sinclair agreed: “We could have got something out of the game but for those two late decisions going against us.
“It is disappointing to end with a defeat, and I would have liked to have taken more than six points from our last six games, but we have been safe for a long time after a very successful middle third of the season and it is hard not to take your foot of the gas.”
That was particularly so once any realistic chance of making the play-offs had gone.
“But in all the boys have been a credit to themselves this season,” added the manager.
“I asked the boys who were here last season if they could step up a level and they have done that, while the lads who have come in like Sean and Mark Williams and the two lads on loan from Wrexham (Stephens and Royle) have improved the squad.
“From where we were last season to where we are now has seen a big improvement.
“The important thing now is continue to improve the club and the team so we can make an impact on this league next season and nobody will be working harder than myself and the board through to summer to try and achieve that.”
With Chester and Tamworth being relegated from the Conference Premier and the possibility of FC United coming up for the Evostik (they play Ashton United in their play-off semi-final next Tuesday) we should see some big crowds at the Bay next season – although we have lost Telford who are promoted as champions.