BIRTHDAY boy Cory Williams scored an 87th minute equaliser to rescue a point in a 1-1 draw against high-scoring Nantwich Town.
His first goal for the club on his 20th birthday, after coming on as a second half substitute, helped knock Nantwich off the top of the table and end a run of four successive home defeats for the Seagulls.
Colwyn Bay had more than held their own in an entertaining first half and might have led but for Chris Sharp shooting wide from their best chance before the break.
Sharp was also just off target with a header, while Robbie Booth had a shot tipped round the post at full stretch by visiting keeper Terry Smith.
The Seagulls struggled to adjust for a while after losing centre back Jordan Fagbola with a tight hamstring at half-time, but with Rob Hopley again outstanding at the back , they seemed to have battled through that with Hopley preventing a certain goal by throwing his body in the way of Matt Kosylo volley.
Russ Griffiths also made a block with his body to deny Kosylo and Hopley later made another goal-saving tackle in the area on substitute Osbourn. But after all the hard defensive work, they conceded a soft goal from their own free kick in the Nantwich half on 71 minutes.
Bay’s defenders had moved forward to challenge for Luke Denson’s ball into the area, but Chris Sharp lost possession on the edge of the box and Nantwich broke for Steve Jones to run clear from half-way and shoot past Griffiths.
The former Northern Ireland international’s seventh goal of the season looked to have won the points, but with three minutes of normal time left, Chris Sharp’s deep cross from the right was turned into the net at the far post by Williams.
“I gambled a bit when Sharpy put in the cross and luckily was there to put it in,” said Cory. “Its nice to get my first goal, especially on my birthday. Its been a long time coming, but hopefully there is a lot more to come.”
Manager Ash Hoskin commented: “I was so disappointed with their goal. We get a free kick in their half and ten seconds later we are 1-0 down! But I was delighted with the effort and desire we showed throughout and I thought we deserved the equaliser.
“We lost Jordan at half-time and had to mix it up again, bringing Luke Denson on who hasn’t played for three weeks because of injury and has never played alongside Hopley in the centre of the back four before, but he did well and I thought Robert Hopley was magnificent.”
The manager added: “I’d also like to mention Zac Corbett, who has had to be very patient . Leggy (Mike Lea) phoned me at half-past-ten this morning to say he was unwell and couldn’t play so Zac has been given his chance in there (at left back) against a very good player and has come out of it with a lot of credit.”
Colwyn Bay: Griffiths, Dowling, Corbett, Dillon, Fagbola (Denson 45mins), Holsgrove (Brewster 67 mins), Booth, Marsden, Sharp, Hopley, Matthews (Williams 67 mins). Subs not used: Love, Rodgers.
THE Reserves had no match today, but the Youth team had an excellent 5-0 win against Cerrig-y-Drudion.