THE Seagulls suffered a 5-0 defeat against a very slick Colchester United squad in their second pre-season friendly, which assistant manager Craig Hogg agreed was a big learning curve for the players..
The Bay squad was depleted somewhat by work commitments, players called in to shift work and others coming from work being delayed in heavy traffic.
Colchester kindly agreed to delay the kick off for half an hour, but Colwyn Bay were caught cold by going a goal down inside the first two minutes and conceding two more in the next 20 minutes, one a gift from a careless back pass, before gradually growing into the game.
They further improved in the second half when they defended well, with Matt Cooper making some good saves, and they showed some good attacking play to create a few chances of their own.
Ashley Ruane came closest to getting a consolation goal for the Bay with a fine shot from 25 yards which flashed inches wide , but a Colchester side playing with great pace and drive, added two late goals in the 72nd and 90th minute to complete their second 5-0 victory of the week.
Craig Hogg commented: “I was extremely impressed with how Colchester operated. They possess so much strength and so much pace and power that I thought the scoreline to some extent flattered us.
“But there were some positives for us. I felt our play at times was good and although they pressed very high and aggressively we were able to play through that at times and cause a certain degree of problems.
“On the whole it was a huge learning curve for us which I hope will prove valuable. What the players must learn most is that if you make mistakes against very good teams you will get punished.
“The majority of their goals were down to individual mistakes, but I will take players making those mistakes in pre-season all day long – as long as they learn from them.
“The players were able to get some very good minutes into their legs which was good for their conditioning and hopefully we’ll have a few more bodies available on Tuesday against Caernarfon Town who will probably reflect more the opposition we will be playing in the league campaign. At the same time I know Caernarfon well and I am expecting a very difficult game.”
Colwyn Bay’s starting line-up against Colchester was: Matt Cooper, Kyle Jacobs, James Joyce (trialist), Danny Shaw, Josh Brizell, Lassana Mendes, Ryan Edwards, Ethan Devine, trialist, Danny Bartle and Craig Pritchard. Half-time substitutions included Tom McCready, Danny Andrews and Ashley Ruane, plus a couple more trialists.