Disallowed goal foils victory hopes

IN a game of few chances the Seagulls were  unlucky to have a late goal ruled out for offside as they drew 0-0 at home to Tadcaster Albion.

Video apparently shows Danny Bartle was just onside as he raced clear onto a long ball from the back and fired past Tadcaster keeper Chandler Hallwood – but the flag went up to deny the Bay their first league win in over two months.

Earlier Bartle missed a better chance when he beat the keeper to another long ball on the edge of the area, but skied a hurried shot high and wide of an open goal.

Tadcaster missed the best opportunity of tight first half when  Tom Corner headed over the bar from six yards from a right wing cross, while in the second half  Conor Sellars was left one on one with Kieran Wolland (getting his chance in goal because Karl Wills has had an operation on his nose) but the Bay keeper did well to trap the shot between his legs.

For the Bay Dan Collins, who did well on his debut playing in front of a much changed back four, was off target with a good headed chance from a corner and in the second half Jamie Rainford  had a late chance after coming on as a  substitute, but shot straight at the keeper.

Manager Phill Hadland commented: “My number one aim was to be solid because we’ve been conceding too many goals lately – and I thought we achieved that.

“I thought Sam Barnes came back in and led well at the back, while Liam Turner and Matt Regan did well  as the fullbacks so I was pleased with the back four.

“We just didn’t quite have that cutting edge up front and we know that is something we have to work on and improve.

“But we have trained very well over the last two or three weeks and I believe we have the foundations to build on once the new lads who have come in have bedded in and got use to the players around them.

“Keeping a clean sheet was the most pleasing thing today. Apart from the away game at Tadcaster, when they played most of the game with ten men, I don’t think we’ve kept a clean sheet since Droylsden in November. That’s a long time ago and if you can start keeping clean sheets it always gives you chance.”

Responding to a question on why Luke Denson was not in the squad, the manager said: “Luke was rested today.  I like Luke and I have stuck with him, but he has been making mistakes lately that have cost us goals and I can’t keep giving him chances when there are other players waiting to show what they can do.

“Luke  trained well last week and is still a big part of the squad if he is prepared  to fight for his place.”

Colwyn Bay: Kieran Wolland, Liam Turner, Matt Regan, Dan Collins (Mike Roddy 78 mins), Gaz Grant, Sam Barnes (c), Chris Gahgan (Julian Williams 73mins), Tom Schofield, Scott Bakkor (Jamie Rainford 73mins), Danny Bartle, Danny Andrews. Subs not used: Will Booth, Mike Pino.

Attendance: 288.


THE Reserves had their game against Denbigh Town postponed.

Re-scheduled league fixtures

THE away game at Ossett Town which was postponed on February 11th due to a waterlogged pitch has been rescheduled for Saturday March 18 (3pm kick off).

Both sides had a free day that weekend so it avoids a midweek trip for the Seagulls.

THE away game at Radcliffe Borough, which was postponed on January 28th because of a waterlogged pitch, has been re-scheduled for Tuesday March 14th (7:45pm kick off) at Stainton Park.



Seagulls lose to ten man Kendal

THE Seagulls conceded two goals in the last five minutes as ten man Kendal Town snatched an astonishing 2-1 victory to extend the Bay’s winless run in the league to nine games.
 Kendal had trailed from the seventh minute, when Scott Bakkor put Bay ahead with a 25 yard shot following a corner, and they then had midfielder Martin Grundy sent off for violent conduct on 61 minutes.
 Colwyn Bay had hit the post with a Gareth Grant header and missed several opportunities to kill the game off before Kendal’s Steve Yawson turned the match on its head with those two late goals.
 Bay were caught out at the back as they chased an elusive second goal and Yawson dribbled into the area to equalise with a smart finish on 85 minutes.
 Two minutes later he hit the winner with a shot off the underside of the bar to make it five goals in two games since arriving on loan from Morecambe.
 Colwyn Bay had their two new strikers Jamie Rainford and Danny Bartle making their home debuts, but despite new faces and new expectations it was the same old failings –  unable to kill off the game when in front, even against ten men, and then conceding late goals to miss out on another victory opportunity.
 Its the longest winless run in league games by a Colwyn Bay side since 2014, during which Frank Sinclair left the club, and sees them drop into the bottom eight – although fortunately still 15 points clear of any relegation threat.
 Colwyn Bay: Karl Wills, Luke Denson, Louis Corrigan, Mike Roddy (c) (Will Booth 66mins), Gaz Grant, Matt Regan, Scott Bakkor, Tom Schofield, Danny Bartle  (Julian Williams 77mins), Jamie Rainford (Chris Gahgan 86mins), Danny Andrews. Subs not used: Kieran Wolland and Dan Collins.
Attendance: 193.
THE Reserves won 9-1 against Llanrwst United Reserves with Mike Taylor, Ed Parry and Greg Hall all scoring twice.
Luke Elden and Ole Desay also scored and there was also an own goal.

Seagulls sign Jamie Rainford

Jamie Rainford is returning for a second spell at the Bay

Jamie Rainford is returning for a second spell at the Bay

SEAGULLS boss Phill Hadland has added another new addition to his squad by completing the signing of 28-year-old goal poacher Jamie Rainford from Glossop North End.

 He is now awaiting international clearance, but the manager is delighted to have agreed terms with the player who has already hit 18 goals in all competitions this season for Glossop and was the Evostik Divison One North’s second top scorer in the league last season behind Warrington’ Ciaran Kilheeney with 29 goals.
  Jamie had a short spell at the Bay in 2012 on loan from Halifax when he scored four goals in seven appearances, and we are delighted to welcome him back.
 He has also had spells at Chester, Fylde, Marine, Gap Connah’s Quay and Witton.
  He replaces Will Jones who has left the club this week to join Witton Albion and the club wish him well.
 Will made 29 appearances for the Bay this season, scoring three goals.

Seagulls get a victory in friendly

THE Seagulls twice came from behind to win a friendly at Prescot Cables 5-3 (Jan 24).

Manager Phill Hadland took the opportunity to give a full game to squad players  Kieran Wolland, Mike Pino and Dan Collins who have not been in the side recently, while a number of players (including Julian Williams) were rested as they were carrying slight knocks.

The game also saw a first run out for new signing Danny Bartle and he looked very promising in the hour he was on the pitch and was unlucky not to score with a strong shot which the home keeper tipped over the bar.

The Bay were behind after only eight minutes when they conceded from a corner, and although the Bay equalised on 32 minutes when a Prescot defender turned a low cross from Danny Andrews into his own net under pressure from Chris Gahgan, the home side were gifted a second goal just before half-time when their striker latched onto an poor header by Collins as he tried to get the ball back to his own keeper.

Danny Andrews rounded the keeper to equalise five minutes into the second half, after Prescot had made a number of changes at the break, and then two goals in the two minutes put the Seagulls in charge.

Chris Gahgan lobbed the young keeper from outside the area to make it 3-2 before Will Booth scored from the penalty spot after he had been brought down in the area.

Prescot, who missed a two or three good chances,  pulled a goal back on 80 minutes, but two minutes later Chris Gahgan got Bay’s fifth following a corner as the ball rebound to him off the post from a Dan Colllins header.

Colwyn Bay: Kieran Wolland, Liam Turner, Louis Corrigan, Mike Roddy (Luke Denson 60mins), Kyle Armstrong, Dan Collins, Chris Gahgan, Mike Pino, Danny Bartle (Will Jones 60mins), Tom Schofield (Will Booth 60 mins),  Danny Andrews. Sub not used: Karl Wills.


New signing to play in friendly

THE Seagulls have signed another new striker and he will play in a friendly away to Prescot Cables arranged for Tuesday evening (January 24th, 7:45pm).

Danny Bartle, 23, has scored 18 goals this season for Sandbach United in their first season in the North West Counties League after helping the club win promotion last season.

Manager Phill Hadland commented: “I know he has been playing at a level two divisions below us, but he has been scoring regularly and we feel he is worth a gamble.”

Admission to the game at Prescot on Tuesday is just £1 for adults.

Seagulls lose to added time goal

Louis Corrigan scored his second goal of the season with a free kick.

Louis Corrigan scored his second goal of the season with a free kick.

A GOAL in the third minute of added time saw the Seagulls beaten 2-1 at home by mid-table rivals Ramsbottom United, who leapfrog over Colwyn Bay into the top ten of the table as a result.

But the visitors owe a debt of thanks to their keeper Martin Fearon who kept his side in the game with a string of  saves in the second half.

In a goalless first half  new signing Julian Williams had the best chance of a goal when he latched onto a poor defensive pass, but was denied by a last ditch tackle in the area.

In the second half Fearon leapt to tip a Will Jones header over the bar,  made a point black range block to keep out Matt Regan’s close range shot and made another brave block at the feet of Williams.

Gaz Grant also headed wide from a corner and Danny Andrews had a shot blocked in the area before Ramsbottom broke on 71 minutes  and Gareth Seddon split the defence with a perfect pass for Ryan Salmon to score with a great finish.

Karl Wills did well to tip a Josh Asken shot over the bar, while Danny Andrews brought another good block save from Fearon before Louis Corrigan equalised for the Bay on 82 minutes with a free kick into the corner of the net for his second goal of the season after substitute Tom Schofield had been  brought down on the edge of the area.

The Bay pressed for a winner with Williams unluckily seeing his shot beat the keeper but rebound off the foot of the post, while Fearon made another outstanding diving save to beat a Will Jones volley away for a corner.

Then  deep into added time Ramsbottom broke again and Askew was left unmarked  inside the Bay area to rifle home the winner.

Manager Phill Hadland commented: “We’ve had enough chances to have won it – and good chances that we really need to be taking. But in the end poor decision making has cost us with two defenders going for the same ball and leaving their winger unmarked in the area to score. ”

Colwyn Bay: Karl Wills, Luke Denson, Louis Corrigan, Mike Roddy (c) (Kyle Armstrong 79 mins), Matt Regan, Gaz Grant, Julian Williams, Will Booth, Chris Gahgan (Tom Schofield 68mins), Will Jones, Danny Andrews. Subs not used: Kieran Wolland, Liam Turner and Dan Collins.

Attendance: 224




Seagulls sign Porthmadog hot shot

SEAGULLS manager Phill Hadland has today signed 21-year-old striker Julian Williams from Porthmadog and hopes his registration goes through in time for him to be involved in Saturday’s home game against  mid-table rivals Ramsbottom United.

 Williams, who has also played for Llandudno and was on loan at Rhyl for a while, has scored 11 goals for Porthmadog this season and was their top scorer last season.
    Bay’s top scorer Scott Bakkor is a major doubt for Saturday with a knee injury and with forward players Jack Phillips, Rob Doran (suspended) and Jack Kelleher unable to commit fully to the club due to work and travel difficulties, the  attack has become a concern for the manager with the Bay having scored only four goals in the last  six games (one of those being an own goal)  during their seven game winless run.
  Williams is described as a fast, skilful player with a strong left foot shot and Hadland says he has been looking to bring in more locally based players who will be 100 per cent committed to playing for Colwyn Bay FC.
Defender Dan Collins, who came in on loan from Wrexham last weekend,  could also be in line for his debut, while midfielder Tom Schofield returns after missing the last three games.
 The Bay face a tricky game today against a Ramsbottom side that have been showing improved form since Colwyn Bay won 3-1 at the Riverside Stadium in September and have suffered only two defeats in their last 12 league games (six wins and four draws).
 Last weekend’s home win over Bamber Bridge put them within two points of  tenth-placed Colwyn Bay with three games in hand and manager Mark Fell has further strengthened his squad this week by signing former Blackburn Rovers striker Andy Bell, whose previous clubs also include Wycombe Wanders, York City, Fleetwood and AFC Fylde,  and 18-year-old midfielder Joe Rathbone from Accrington Stanley.
THE club will be screening the Liverpool v Swansea game in the clubhouse before the game and the bar will be open from 12:30pm, with a special promotion on with Wrexham Lager being served at just £2 a pint!
THE Reserves lost 4-1 away to Caernarfon Town in the Welsh Alliance Reserve Division on Friday night (Jan 20).




Bay miss out against 10-man Albion

THE Seagulls played for 80 minutes against ten men but couldn’t force a goal to end their winless run in a 0-0 draw away to Tadcaster Albion (Jan 14).

The home side had their skipper Jonathan Greening straight red carded in the 12th minute for a high tackle on Bay’s Mike Roddy and that clearly affected the game, with ten-man Tadcaster immediately adopting a defensive formation with two banks of four which the Bay, for all their possession, struggled to break down.

The nearest they came to a goal in the first half was a glancing header by Gaz Grant from a Luke Denson free kick which brought a diving one-handed save from home keeper Chandler Hallwood.

The keeper easily collected a weak shot from Luke Denson and a backward header by skipper-for-the-day Kyle Armstrong, while Danny Andrews was off target with the only other effort at goal.

In the second half substitute Will Jones had a far post header from Scott Bakkor’s cross cleared off the line, but again that was the nearest Bay came to scoring, with Liam Turner having a strong shot well held by the keeper, while Denson (twice), Danny Andrews and Jones were off target with other efforts and Jones also had a shot deflected high over the bar off a defender.

Seagulls keeper Karl Wills punched away a corner and  a dangerous free kick played into the area, but did not have a direct shot of note to save in the game as the home side concentrated on packing players behind the ball and launching the odd break when they could.

Wills first clean sheet in six games meant the Bay took home a point, but manager Phill Hadland and the few travelling fans were left disappointed it wasn’t more.

COLWYN BAY: Karl Wills, Luke Denson, Louis Corrigan, Mike Roddy (Will Jones 56mins), Matt Regan, Gaz Grant, Liam Turner (Chris Gahgan 72mins), Kyle Armstrong (c), Scott Bakkor, Will Booth, Danny Andrews. Subs not used: Kieran Wolland, Mike Pino, Dan Collins.

Attendance: 323

Updated table on www.colwynbayfc.co.uk/league


THE Reserves had an excellent 4-1 victory over Caernarfon Town in the Lock Stock Welsh Alliance Reserve Division with goals from Ollie Mason-Lane, Adam Carpenter, Edward Parry and Jack Nettleton.

Wrexham defender signs on loan

Dan Collins

Dan Collins

THE Seagulls have signed Australian Under 21 international defender Dan Collins on loan from Wrexham in time for Saturday’s away game at Tadcaster Albion.

The 21-year-old, who has recently been on loan to Rhyl, was born in South Africa but raised in Sydney, Australia, where he played for Marconi Stallions, before moving to North Wales to sign for Bala Town in 2014.

He joined Wrexham under the Glyndwr Wrexham Football Academy where he is studying for BA degree in accounting.

He links up with a depleted Colwyn Bay squad that is without four of their potential first choice eleven for the game at Tadcaster.

  Manager Phill Hadland reports recent centre back signing Sam Barnes could be out for a number of weeks with the ankle injury sustained in last weekend’s 4-0 home defeat to Mossley.
  Striker Rob Doran starts a three match ban for the red card he received in the same game, ruling him out for the rest of January, while winger Jack Phillips may be unavailable for the foreseeable future due to work commitments and midfielder Tom Schofield is away until next week.
 That drastically reduces the manager’s options as he looks for a response to the side’s defeat last weekend and a six-game winless run.
Having won promotion last season, Tadcaster have had a poor run of late themselves, dropping into the bottom eight of the table with only one win in their last nine league games and losing four and drawing one of their last five of those at home.
 However, they gave themselves a boost by reaching the semi-finals of the West Riding Cup with a 4-1 home win over North West Counties side Silsden on Tuesday evening.
In prolific striker Carl Stewart, who has recently returned to the club from Scarborough Athletic, they also  have one  the Evostik Divison One North’s top four goal scorers this season with 17 goals in all games (12 of them with Scarborough)
 Stewart scored a club record 32 goals for Tadcaster in 2013/14 and was part of their promotion winning squad last season.
The Reserves are scheduled to play Caernarfon Town at The Oval in Llandudno (2pm kick off).