MANAGER Ash Hoskin took the blame for his first half team selection as the Seagulls suffered a 4-2 home defeat against Darlington 1883.
Another poor first half saw Colwyn Bay 3-0 down at the interval, and although half-time changes again worked well and saw them win the second half 2-1, they had left themselves too much to do.
Darlington used 38-year-old centre half Alan White as a centre-forward and that proved a matchwinner as he scored two first half headed goals and caused all sorts of problems to Bay’s injury-hit defence.
The Bay really struggled in the air in that first half, with visitors skipper and centre back Kevin Burgess heading against the bar from Darlington’s first corner and then heading his side in front following a second corner on 22 minutes.
White was then left unmarked at the far post to head the second from a good run and cross by Thomas Portas, and a minute before half-time White outjumped his marker to head a third goal from a left wing cross.
The Seagulls made three substitutions and switched to three at the back for the second half, like they did at Salford in midweek, and improved.
The Bay were pressing for a second, but were caught on the break for Darlington substitute David Dowson to run through and score his side’s fourth on 69 minutes.
Sanna made a good save to beat away a shot from Steve Thompson, but Colwyn Bay kept going and Chris Sharp made it 4-2 12 minutes from the end when he mopped up the rebound after Darlington keeper Peter Jameson could only parry Archie Love’s strong shot.
Jameson then made a flying to save to turn away Robbie Booth’s free kick to deny Colwyn Bay a late third goal.
Ash Hoskin afterwards admitted: “Sometimes a manager has to hold his hand up and say he got it wrong.”
He said he was torn between sticking with the 3-5-2 formation that did so well in the second half at Salford in midweek or reverting back to a 4-4-2.
“I got my head turned thinking about what they might do to us instead of what we could do to them and maybe I should have stuck with the 3-5-2,” he said.
“Its a learning curve for me as a manager and I’m not afraid to say I got it wrong, but I will learn from it,” he added.
Not that the players escaped his critcism.
“Even with 4-4-2 the way we conceded the goals were very poor, and it was just a poor first half performance,” he said.
“The injured lads were a big miss, but I’m not using that as an excuse. There was no communication between the keeper and the back four. They’ve got a centre half playing up front for them who has bullied us and our centre backs have not done the job I asked them to do.
“But it starts from the front because their second goal has come from our throw in 10 yards from their corner flag. We’ve given the ball away, their lad has run from the half-way line without really meeting a challenge and has just dinked the ball to the far post.
“That’s not acceptable and the Colwyn Bay supporters deserve better and I promise we will get better.
“The first five games we’ve had have been extremely difficult. Three of the teams we’ve played are expected to be challenging for honours and I am confident once we’ve got settled and got our injured players back we’ll be fine.”
Colwyn Bay: Chris Sanna, Shaun Dowling (Valter Fernandez 45mins), Mike Lea (Zac Corbett 45mins), Kev Holsgrove, Luke Denson, Jordan Fagbola, Robbie Booth, Carl Rodgers (Archie Love 45mins), Chris Sharp, Rob Hopley, Cory Williams. Subs not used: Brandon Zikabaka, Wes Baynes.
THE Reserves made it two wins out of two with a 1-0 away victory at Llandyrnog United.
Dylan Humphreys got the only goal in the first half, while the team defended well with Gaz Rees making some good saves to keep a second successive clean sheet.
The Bay stay top of the table on goal difference from Meliden.
The Reserve team was: Gaz Rees, Dewi Algeiri, Liam Jones, Matt Sampson, Ste O’Neill, Will Frost, Owen Jones, Michael Taylor, Ashley Seddon, Adam Carpenter, Dylan Humphreys. Subs: Scott Williams, Callum Ellis, Ben Roberts, Kyle Taylor, Pierce Jones.
THE Reserves are looking for a volunteer to act as secretary. Anyone interested should email manager Chris Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07738764274.