Buckley goal gains battling point

Tim ChannonFirst Team, General

Tom Buckley's free kick gave Bay the early lead.

Tom Buckley’s free kick gave Bay the early lead at Guiseley.

COLWYN BAY got an excellent point in a 1-1 draw at Guiseley to make it four games unbeaten away from home this season.
They took the lead after only 73 seconds when Tom Buckley’s deflected free kick beat home keeper Stephen Dickinson – and in the end the Bay players felt disappointed not to have won.
They could not have come closer, with Marc Williams hitting a post in an incredible goalmouth scramble late in the game, in which two other efforts were blocked by the grounded keeper before he finally grabbed the ball.
The fact that Dickinson was named man of the match by Guiseley tells a story.
He was certainly the busier keeper in the first half, saving shots from Obi Anoruo, Tom Buckley and Jonathan Royle and showing good hands to claim a number of balls into the area.
Apart from Josh Wilson equalising for Guiseley from close range after six minutes, when Adam Boyes headed on a corner, Colwyn Bay keeper Josh Ollerenshaw did not have a shot to save before half-time.
In the second half Dickinson did well to push a fierce shot from substitute Prince Haywood away for a corner while Rob Hopley, a first half substitute for an out of touch Aaron Rey, opted to hit an angled shot straight at the keeper when he had Anoruo was racing up in support.
Williams, who again worked tirelessly in midfield, also headed a difficult chance wide from a Louis Moss cross before hitting the post after brilliant play by him had set up the chance.
Ollerenshaw saved at full stretch from Boyes, but so well did Bay defend that apart from that he was not seriously tested.
Manager Frank Sinclair commented: “This is a tough place to come. A lot of teams will come here and get beat this season, so I am pleased with a point – although we could have nicked a win towards the end when he had a couple of great chances.
“We came with a game plan because I wasn’t convinced about our energy levels after a hard game on Saturday and the boys stuck to it really well although I think the energy levels were a big factor in us not picking the right pass in the final third at times.
“We had to make an early change because Aaron was struggling and I thought Rob Hopley gave us a bit more energy because he is fresher.”
Central defenders Filipe Anjos and Joel Bembo-Leta were excellent in a solid back four and the manager says he has high hopes of them.
“They are both big and powerful but the understanding between them is not quite where I want it to be at the moment and I keep on at them about how important it is for centre backs to communicate and talk to each other. Once that understanding improves I believe they will help us keep a lot of clean sheets this season.
“I also thought the two fullbacks (Lanre Olapade and Louis Moss) were outstanding dealing with two of Guiseley’s best players (Brooksby and Rothery) and pretty much nullifying them.
“But above all this was another team effort with everyone working for each other. There is a really good spirit gathering in the camp, and that is great for a new set of players only seven or eight games into the season.”
Colwyn Bay: Ollerenshaw, Olapade, Moss, Anjos, Bembo-Leta, Noon, Buckley (Haywood 73mins), Anoruo, Rey (Hopley 41mins), Williams (c), Royle, Subs not used: Sharpe, Hodgson, Saiel.
Attendance: 429