Buckley goal gets a point at Lowestoft

Tim ChannonFirst Team

THE Seagulls ended their five-game losing run with a point in a 1-1 draw at Lowestoft Town.
Tom Buckley gave them the lead after just five minutes when he ran onto a long ball from Jonathan Royle to shoot past home keeper Ashley Jones, but Lowestoft equalised eight minutes later through Jake Reed after the Bay had given the ball away in their own half with a wayward pass as they were turning defence into attack.
Honours were even at half-time with Buckley having a shot cleared off the line at one end and Mike Lea heading a Sam Gaughran header of the Bay line at the other, while Rob Hopley also had a shot scrambled round the post by the home keeper.
In the second half Lowestoft had skipper Dan Gleeson sent off for a second yellow card after 58 minutes but they came closest to scoring a second with a shot from Jack Ainsley which was cleared off the line by Mike Wilson.
The Bay pressed hard at the end and Obi Anoruo was racing clear towards the area when he was pulled down from behind to prevent a great chance of a late winner. The Lowestoft defender escaped with a yellow card.
Manager Gus Williams was pleased with the side’s performance on a heavy pitch and was not too perturbed that his side had possibly missed an opportunity to take all three points against ten men.
“The key thing today was to end the losing run,” he said.
“It would have been magical to get a win straight away, but the plan was always to make small steps – turning defeats into draws and then draws into wins. Today was hopefully the first step in that process.
“The lads put in 100 per cent effort again and you can’t ask for more than that.”
The result takes Bay to within one point of Stalybridge Celtic, who lost at Stockport, and they stay within two points of Leamington, who drew at Harrogate.
Colwyn Bay: Sanna, Taylor, Moss, Wilson, Lea, Royle, Anoruo, Noone (Haywood 79mins), Hopley, Baynes, Buckley. Subs not used: Rees, Olapade, Saiel, Bove.
Attendance: 571.

COLWYN BAY Reserves beat Llandudno Junction Reserves 4-0 in a game played at Conwy Borough’s Y Morfa ground.
Ashley Seddon scored twice and Bay’s other goals came from Josh Grant and Chris Frost.
The win moves the Bay back into third place, above Llandudno Junction, and they remain eight points behind leaders Llandyrnog with three games in hand.