Anthony Wilson’s hat-trick gave Colwyn Bay a lesson in finishing as they lost 3-0 at home to top four side North Ferriby United.
The big striker scored three goals from four chances, while Colwyn Bay failed to score at all from at least four gilt-edged opportunities.
Three of those came in the first half after Wilson had give the Humbersiders the lead inside six minutes, as Colwyn Bay were caught out by a deep right wing cross.
Rob Hopley shot into the sidenetting from close range when North Ferriby keeper Adam Nicklin couldn’t hold onto an angled shot from Cameron Darkwah and then Darkwah had the goal at his mercy when Nicklin could only parry a fierce shot from Hopley straight to him – but his shot hit the post and rebounded into the grateful keeper’s arms.
At this level you have to put away chances like that, and right on half-time Colwyn Bay missed another.
Hopley’s cross from the left found Jamie Matthews totally unmarked in front of goal, but he headed wide from only five yards out.
Wilson made Colwyn Bay pay for those misses seven minutes into the second half when he beat the offside trap to run unchallenged into the area and rifled a shot past Chris Sanna.
Substitute Jamie Ellison had a chance to pull a goal back almost immediately when he broke clear one-on-one with Nicklin inside the area but failed to get the ball past the keeper who blocked the shot with his body.
Colwyn Bay wilted badly after that and it needed a couple of good saves from Sanna and an outstanding headed clearance off the line by Danny Taylor to deny the visitors further success.
Right at the end Hopley headed another chance straight at the keeper from a good run and cross by Taylor, but in added time a long ball upfield found Wilson all on his own in the Bay half and he expertly lobbed the ball over a stranded Sanna from nearly 30 yards to complete his man of the match treble.
Seagulls boss Frank Sinclair admitted the wasted chances were costly.
“Chances change games and we could have been 2-1 up or even 3-1 in the first half if we’d taken our chances, but to be honest I thought we were second best today,” Frank told Tim Channon.
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