Bay miss out on big opportunity

Tim ChannonFirst Team

FOR the second week running the Seagulls missed the chance to move into the top eight and to within  two points of the play-offs as Atherton Collieries scored two late goals to snatch a 2-1 victory and end their ten-game winless run.

After the defeat at Mossley, who ended a nine-game winless run, seven days earlier  this was another huge opportunity missed and what was virtually a game in hand wasted with so many of their main rivals without a match due to the weather.

They went in front on 13 minutes with an Astley Mulholland penalty, Bay’s 50th league goal of the campaign, after his goal bound shot had been deflected over the bar by a defender’s arm in the goalmouth. On another day the defender could have been sent off for that, leaving the visitors to play for over an hour with ten men, but he got away with a yellow and Colwyn Bay failed to kill the game off with two three good chances to score wasted by poor finishing.

That second goal continued to be elusive in the second half and with Atherton gradually gaining in confidence they equalised from a corner on 79 minutes when a shot was deflected to Ian Howard at the far post.

Visiting keeper Greg Hartley then made a brilliant diving save to keep out a goal bound header from Danny Andrews and with virtually the last kick of the game Atherton’s Ben Hardcastle snatched victory with a screamer from 25 yards.

A massively disappointing result in the circumstances and manager Alan Morgan admitted: “We weren’t as bright and as sharp as we have been and we didn’t look on it – and that is a worrying thing for me.

“We’ve got to be on it every single week and if we are not we don’t win games.

“We’ve switched off a bit for their first goal and we’ve got to be better at finishing off chances. If we get the second goal we win the game.

“Should there have been a red card when their defender on the goal line keeps the ball out with his hand? I’m not going to harp on about that. I’m a great believe that if you work hard you get what you deserve and today we didn’t work hard enough as a group – and that has to change.”

Colwyn Bay: Matt Cooper, Kyle Jacobs, Louis Barnes, Luke Horrocks ( Will Booth 74mins), Gaz Grant, Dan Collins, Danny Andrews, Tom McCready, Lassana Mendes (Jack Hindle 83 mins), Astley Mulholland, Elliot Rokka. Subs not used: Kris Leigh, Sam Barnes and Josh Brizell.

Attendance: 202.

  • TOP PICTURE: Astley Mulholland, who scored Bay’s 50th league goal of the campaign from the penalty spot, attacks the Atherton defence. Photo by DAVID THOMAS

TUESDAY’S GAME IN DOUBT

THE re-arranged league game at Ramsbottom United on Tuesday (Feb 13) is in doubt with four inches of snow reported on the Riverside Stadium pitch and more forecast for Tuesday. Keep checking for update.