Bay win at Bradford Park Avenue

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Marc Wliams headed a 74th minute winner as Colwyn Bay completed a hat-trick of wins at Bradford Park Avenue with a 2-1 success in the Skrill North.

James Ellison put the Seagulls in front on 27 minutes after Sean Williams and pulled the ball back from a Rob Hopley cross, but Bradford equalised seven minutes later when Paul Beesley broke clear to score.
Colwyn Bay then had the better of the second half and had a number of good scoring chances.
Home keeper John Lamb beat away a header from the outstanding Danny Taylor, made a good diving save at the feet of Gaz Evans and dived to his right to beat away a shot from Sean Williams.
But the winning goal finally came on 74 minutes when Hopley broke on the right and from his cross Marc Williams got in front of his marker to bury a diving header into the bottom corner of the net.
Marc Williams then had two more great chances to complete a hat-trick, but on both occasions he beat the advancing keeper only for the ball to trickle wide of the target.
Their ninth away win of the season lifts Colwyn Bay up to ninth place in the table and within six points of the top five play-off places.
Fellow top ten sides Hednesford, Boston, Brackley, Solihull and Barrow were all beaten.
The only negative side was a thigh injury to Mike Lea which forced him out of the game after only 14 minutes. But Tom Smyth did an excellent job as his replacement.
Manager Frank Sinclair reported: “We think Mike has pulled a muscle in his thigh so we got him off straight away and will assess him during the week. But we’ll make sure he is right and won’t rush him back because we have got cover as Anthony Stephens can play left back and Tom Smyth went in there today and never put a foot wrong. He wa
Sinclair was delighted with another three points and said: “With other results going our way it has put us back amongst it again,” Frank told Tim Channon.
“I’ve always said if we can get on a good run at the back end of the season we’d be there or there abouts.
“Two wins on the spin is brilliant because we needed that to get back to winning ways after a bit of a sticky patch.
“The bad weather cost us because we lost a bit of momentum, but hopefully we can get that back now.
“I thought was a great team effort today on a bad surface. We tried to play football in the first half but found it hard to get out and we knew in the second half we’d have to pin them back and play in their half of the pitch.
“The boys ran their socks off again to achieve that, with the even the subs coming on and doing their bit.
“Theo (new loan signing Bailey-Jones) has not played much football in a little while, but came on and was straight at it with some good runs and I was pleased with him.
“I was also delighted that Marc Williams got the winner. He has been disappointed with his goal return over the last seven or eight games, but I keep telling ‘keep working as hard as you are and you’ll start hitting the back of the net, don’t worry about that.”