Reserves hit nine in big win

Michael Taylor was named Man of the Match,

Michael Taylor was named Man of the Match with two goals and three assists.

THE Reserves hit the goals trail with a runaway 9-1 victory over Llanrwst United at The Oval in Llandudno.

The Bay got off to a flying start and were ahead inside 10 minutes when Michael Taylor found space out on the right wing and showed great awareness to square the ball across the six yard box where the predatory Luke Elden was on hand to score with a simple finish.
 Five minutes later and it was 2-0 as Edward Parry calmly stroked home from just inside the area after some good link up play between Elden and Jack Nettleton.
 Before Llanrwst could show any sign of recovering, they were futher behind as an exceptional turn and strike from Taylor from 20 yards bounced in off the post to make it 3-0.
 Llanrwst then pulled one back as their striker scored after an inch perfect through ball, but Bay controlled the majority of the remainder of the half, demonstrating their ability to maintain possession across the defensive and midfield thirds.
Half Time: Colwyn Bay 3 – 1 Llanrwst
It didn’t take long for the second half to follow in the same pattern as the first, and more fantastic work out on the wing from Taylor resulted in an unfortunate own goal from one of the visiting centre backs, as he tried to cut out the wingers’ ball into the box.
 As the game progressed past the hour the floodgates really started to open.
  Bay top scorer Greg Hall stylishly rounded the keeper before finishing into the unguarded goal to make it 5-1 and Hall scored again seven minutes later after a good save from the away goalkeeper fell kindly into his path to make it 6-1.
 It was proving to be one of those days were simply everything went right for the Bay. An over hit cross from the ever advancing Parry caught out the back peddling goalkeeper as it dropped in at the far post to make it 7-1, and a brace for the right back.
 With ten minutes to go, there was still time for two more goals with the impressive Taylor involved in both.
 The first was scored by himself as he controlled a stray clearance from a corner, before casually placing an inch perfect right footed strike across the ‘keeper.
 Substitue Ole Desay then compoleted the scoring when a lovely ball from Taylor  saw him advance on goal from the left hand side, before scoring with a low and precise finish across goal and into the far corner.
Final Score: Colwyn Bay 9 – 1 Llanrwst
Manager James Perkins commented:   “Obviously I’m delighted with the scoreline. To score so many goals and to have them come from all areas of the team is fantastic. That being said, the most pleasing thing about today was the nature of our performance. We applied ourselves brilliantly from the very start of the game and made sure that we were clinical and precise in our decision making, as well as our finishing. We’ve got a couple of very difficult games towards the end of the month, so the timely confidence boost is great for everyone.”
COLWYN BAY: Matt Brookes, Edward Parry, Huw Jones (Callum Ellis 65′), Liam Jones, Jac Pardanjac; Owen Jones, Matt Jones; Michael Taylor, Jack Nettleton (Ole Desay 60′), Greg Hall; Luke Elden (James Williams 70′)
Colwyn Bay Man of the Match: Michael Taylor

Reserves suffer second half collapse

Matt Brookes was named manager James Perkins' Man of the Match despite first half error.

Matt Brookes was named manager James Perkins’ Man of the Match despite first half error.

THE Reserves, after dominating much of the possession, gifted Llanrug United the lead and then suffered a second half collapse as they crumbed to a disappointing 5-1 home defeat in their latest game in the Welsh Alliance Reserve Division (January 28).

They missed two or three opportunities to score before keeper Matt Brookes allowed a shot to slip through his hands to gift Llanrug the lead against the run of play.

The visitors then added a second with a header following a set piece, but Colwyn Bay looked to have got themselves back in the game when Jack Nettleton scored with a neat finish just before half-time.

The Bay pressed hard and missed two good opportunities to equalise at the start of the second half, but Llanrug then broke with a long ball over the top of Bay’s defence to score a third.

Brookes made a fine save to keep out the first effort, but had no chance as Llanrug scored from the rebound.

Brookes made an excellent diving one handed save to keep out another goalbound effort, but minutes later Llanrug added a fourth from a free kick, with a big deflection off the defensive wall leaving Brookes wrong-footed.

Late in the game Llanrug broke out  again to add a fifth with another shot from a rebound following another good block by the keeper.

Manager James Perkins commented: “I thought our first half performance was excellent with the way we dominated territorially and controlled the game, and it was hard to believe that we were behind at half-time.

“The second half collapse came out of nowhere. We simply weren’t good enough. We let ourselves down and didn’t respond at all well to conceding the third goal.

“The players share both my frustration and disappointment and we are all desperate to put things right against Llanrwst next weekend.”

COLWYN BAY: Matt Brookes, Liam Jones, Callum Ellis, James Williams, Davey Algieri, Owen Jones, Adam Carpenter, Jack Nettleton, Matt Jones (Jac Pardanjac 65mins), Ole Desay (Ollie Mason-Lane 55 mins), Greg Hall (Michael Taylor 75mins).

Manager’s man of the match:  Matt Brookes


Reserves miss chances in defeat

Jack Nettleton was named Bay's Man of the Match,

Jack Nettleton was named Bay’s Man of the Match,

THE Reserves suffered a 4-1 defeat on Friday evening (January 20)  against a more experienced Caernarfon Town side than that which lost by the same score when visiting the Oval last Saturday.

 They set about their business quickly, controlling the possession of the game from the get go and creating some dangerous early opportunities.
 The Bay looked dangerous on the counter attack, despite not having much of the ball to begin with, and after a great opportunity went begging for the returning Luke Elden, the home side took the lead.
 A well worked pull back to the edge of the area resulted in a low curling effort across goal that just found the corner, in spite of the best efforts of ‘keeper Williams.
 There were more nearly moments for the Bay in the first half, with Parry, Elden and Nettleton all having opportunities to be played through on goal but were denied by the choice of final pass.
 Caernarfon were the better side as the half came to an end, but there was plenty for the away team to be positive about going into break.
Half Time: Caernarfon 1 – 0 Colwyn Bay
 Colwyn Bay then started the second half very well, and had good opportunities to level the game as Nettleton, Carpenter and Taylor all went  close in quick succession.
 As so often happens those missed chances came back to haunt them, as Caernarfon scored a second goal out of absolutely nowhere.
 A hopeful lofted effort from 25 yards looped over the stranded Williams to double the home side’s advantage.
 This sucker punch really knocked the wind out of the visitor’s sails.
 To concede in such a fashion was hard to take after doing so well since the restart, and it was soon made worse as slack marking from a corner resulted in a Caernarfon player poking the ball home from close range to make it 3-0.
 As the game progressed into the final 15 minutes, Elden received the ball on the edge of the area before shifting it quickly onto his left foot and firing low and hard into the far corner to give the Bay hope of a comeback.
   Unfortunately it just wasn’t to be as the hosts added a very late fourth goal to give them, a slightly flattering scoreline.
   Reserves manager James Perkins summed up: “Overall it was a fairly similar game to the reverse fixture played last week. This time around Caernarfon were probably worthy winners, but on another day things could have been very different if our decision making in the final third had been better.”
Full Time: Caernarfon 4 – 1 Colwyn Bay
COLWYN BAY: James Williams, Kyle Taylor (Ole Desay 55′), Liam Jones, Huw Jones, Jac Pardanjac; Adam Carpenter, Sam Carrier (Callum Ellis 75′); Edward Parry, Luke Elden, Michael Taylor (Greg Hall 65′); Jack Nettleton
Colwyn Bay Man of the Match: Jack Nettleton


Late goals give Reserves victory

Liam Jones was named Bay's man of the match.

Liam Jones was named Bay’s man of the match.

THE Reserves, after two previously scheduled fixtures against Caernarfon Town were postponed, made it third time lucky at The Oval in Llandudno (Jan 14), as they came from behind to claim an excellent 4-1 victory with a late goal rush.

  The Bay side featured three changes from last weekend’s line-up, but found themselves a goal down after just three minutes as the visitors got off to a flying start.
 With a powerful run from central midfield, their right winger tricked his way into the area and as he reached the bye-line, squared across the six yard box for the central striker to tap into the open goal.
Despite the early set back Bay kept their cool and equalised midway through the half as Oli Mason-Lane’s curling free kick from just outside the area took a deflection off the wall to beat the Caernarfon keeper.
 It was a much deserved first goal of the season for the attack minded midfielder, but he unfortunately had to be  substituted due to injury moments later.
 The remainder of the half was a tight affair, both teams battled hard to try and take control of the game but clear cut chances were at a premium.
Half Time: Colwyn Bay 1 – 1 Caernarfon Town
 Caernarfon started the second half very well, producing some slick passing moves, generally down the left flank, and Bay centre backs Liam and Huw Jones had to be at their best to deny the opposition on numerous occasions.
 Town then went on to miss a golden opportunity as a brilliant ball into the area was twice flicked towards goal, only for the ball to skim the outside of the post before going just wide. In the end the away team would be made to pay for their profligacy in attack.
 With 10 minutes to go Bay got their reward for weathering the storm. Following some sharp interplay out on the left hand side, the ball was cut back to the edge of the area, where Adam Carpenter arrived late to hammer a strike low into the bottom corner to make it 2-1.
 Fired up by taking the lead, Bay took full advantage to kill the game off.
Ole Desay capped off a fine individual performance by providing a deft touch for the onrushing Ted Parry to lash home from close range and make it 3-1 a couple of minutes later.
 And there was still time for the Bay to add a fourth, scored by Jack Nettleton who had performed excellently since entering as an early sub.
 The tenacious striker beat the opposition goalkeeper to a hopeful forward pass about 30 yards from goal, allowing him to roll the ball into the empty net.
  Manager James Perkins added: “In truth the final score was harsh on a Caernarfon side who had played well throughout. That being said, the Bay produced an excellent defensive performance, which provided the base for a fantastic display of attacking football during the final 15 minutes.”
Full Time: Colwyn Bay 4 – 1 Caernarfon Town
COLWYN BAY: Matt Brookes. Edward Parry, Liam Jones, Huw Jones, Jac Pardanjac; Adam Carpenter, Owen Jones (Sam Carrier 75′); Oli Mason-Lane (Jack Nettleton 30′), Matt Jones, Ole Desay; Greg Hall (Callum Ellis 83′)
Colwyn Bay Man of the Match: Liam Jones.

Reserves out of luck in defeat

Adam Carpenter scored a spectacular individual goal

Adam Carpenter scored a spectacular individual goal

THE Reserves were beaten 3-1 at Llanberis in the Lock Welsh Alliance Reserve Division after twice hitting the post in the second half.

 This was the third time these two teams have met this season, with both previously taking a victory each.
 Against the initial run of play Jack Nettleton almost gave Bay the lead with a clever header from a Matt Jones free kick which dropped just over the bar.
 The home side, however, took the lead on 15 minutes when a corner from the right hand side was met by a looping header at the front post.
 Before Bay had a chance to settle, Llanberis delivered an almost identical cross into the box and the referee adjudged there was a push on the home striker and awarded a penalty – much to the confusion of almost everybody close to the incident.
 The penalty was converted, although keeper Matt Brookes went the right way but  just couldn’t keep it out.
 Bouyed by their fast start, Llanberis dominated the majority of the first half proceedings, with  their midfield pair linking well with their tricky wingers to create some further good opportunities before the Bay gained a foothold in the game with a fantastic solo run and finish from Adam Carpenter.
 The attacking midfielder picked the ball up just inside the final third, skillfully weaved his way through the opposition defence and lashed a strike across the goalkeeper to make it 2-1.
Half Time: Llanberis 2 – 1 Colwyn Bay
 For the second consecutive away game Bay changed formation at half time, this time to try and take advantage of pulling a goal back just before the break.
  Jac Pardanjac came on to replace the unfortunate Jack Nettleton, who had played well up to this point.
 Pardanjac had been on the field no more than two minutes before receiving the ball out on the left wing, and unleashing a thunderous first time strike from 25 yards which unluckily came back off the post.
 Moments later, however, the Bay cheaply gave away possession in the opposition half before being duly punished on the break.
 Llanberis’ pacey right winger burst forward and delivered an inch perfect cross to his striker whose sliding effort bounced in off the post to make it 3-1.
  Close to the end of the game Bay created a couple more opportunities, one of which saw top scorer Greg Hall hit the base of the post after turning sharply inside the area.
 Overall, the required performance level just wasn’t there for the majority of this game, and the home side came away with a deserved victory.
 Manager James Perkins commented that there is plenty for the young Bay side to improve upon before heading into the home clash with Caernarfon next Saturday.
Full Time: Llanberis 3 – 1 Colwyn Bay
COLWYN BAY: Matt Brookes, Ole Desay, Callum Ellis, Liam Jones, James Williams (Sam Carrier 75′); Adam Carpenter, Matt Jones, Owen Jones, Oli Mason-Lane (Michael Taylor 60′); Jack Nettleton (Jac Pardanjac 45′), Greg Hall.
Colwyn Bay Man of the Match: Liam Jones

Reserves beaten without a keeper

Liam Jones filled in as stand in keeper and was named Bay's man of the match.

Liam Jones filled in as stand in keeper and was named Bay’s man of the match.

THE Reserves were beaten 3-0 away to Treaddur Bay (Dec 17)  after a difficult fixture  proved to be even tougher as the Bay  went into the game without a recognized goalkeeper due to the unavailability of both regular stoppers Matt Brookes and Jordan Allen-Jones.

Manager James Perkins reports that Trearddur started the game like a house on fire, committing to a high press inside Bay’s half which worked to great effect.

At almost every opportunity they won back possession very quickly early on, and the game was only 10 minutes old when a looping header to the back post from a right wing cross gave stand in ‘keeper Liam Jones no chance.

Bay went close to an equaliser almost instantly, as Oli Mason-Lane curled an effort off the base of the far post, but soon after it was 2-0. A powerful run from deep inside the oppositions half should have been brought to end long before it became a problem, but Bay’s defending wasn’t strong enough and a Trearddur forward lashed a powerful drive high into the roof of the net from close range when the ball landed at his feet.

Colwyn Bay then conceded a third first half goal to compound the disappointment of such an unusually poor performance.

Half Time: Trearddur Bay 3 – 0 Colwyn Bay
The Reserves made a tactical alteration at half time, sacrificing a defender for a forward as Jack Nettleton came on to replace Liam Lewis.
 Despite having a mountain to climb Bay started the half really well, showing early glimpses of the sharp attacking play that was on show against Junction last weekend. Trearddur’s territorial advantage disappeared as the away team gave it their best efforts to make up for the first half showing.
  A goalmouth scramble after an awful mix-up between the home ‘keeper and centre back was somehow cleared, when it seemed inevitable that Bay would score.
  Mason-Lane was desperately unlucky not to get one back for the visitors as his strike was initially saved by the home goalkeeper who then seemed to spill the ball over his own goal line, but  the referee decided otherwise and no goal was given.
 Playeve began to even out towards the end, as Matt Jones went close from a deflected free kick and Liam Jones saved brilliantly from a one-on-one situation. Trearddur would then waste a couple of counter attacking opportunities as Bay left numbers up field, still trying to reduce the deficit right up until the referee brought proceedings to an end.
  Trearddur Bay were deserved winners after such a dominant first half performance, but the manager will take many positives from Bay’s spirited second half performance.
 Full Time: Trearddur Bay 3 – 0 Colwyn Bay
 Colwyn Bay XI: Liam Jones, Liam Lewis (Jack Nettleton 45′), Callum Ellis, Huw Jones, Edward Parry; Matt Jones, Owen Jones; Ole Desay, Adam Carpenter, Oli Mason-Lane (Sam Carrier 75′); Greg Hall
Colwyn Bay Man of the Match: Liam Jones

Hall hits two in Reserves win

Greg Hall scored twice in Reserves win.

Greg Hall scored twice in Reserves win.

TWO second half goals by Greg Hall sealed an excellent 3-1 victory for the Reserves against Llandudno Junction in the Lock Stock Welsh Alliance Reserve Division (December 10).

Manager James Perkins reports that Colwyn Bay set the tempo of the game from the first whistle with some crisp passing moves which created early crossing opportunities for both Michael Taylor and Oli Mason-Lane.

As Junction struggled to deal with the early high pressure  it wasn’t long before they were behind.

Callum Ellis fired a long ball over the top of the Junction backline, picking out the late run of Adam Carpenter, who controlled brilliantly before slotting home for 1-0 on the 15th minute mark.

That is goals in consecutive games for Bay’s attacking midfielder and it gave the team a much deserved lead after an excellent start.

 The hosts kept up their high intensity, pressing high in the final third at every opportunity and it wasn’t until the last 15 minutes of the half that Junction could muster up some half chances and begin to relieve the pressure.
 During this period, Bay’s short sharp possession game in the midfield was interrupted on more than a few occasions by some rather fiesty challenges from some of the frustrated away players.
 This succeeded in breaking up the rhythm of the game and allowed Junction to gain a bit more of a foothold in the contest going into half time.
Half Time: Colwyn Bay 1 – 0 Llandudno Junction 
 The second half, however, was less than 60 seconds old when a perfect through ball from Matt Jones sent Greg Hall through one on one with the goalkeeper, and even though the angle was tight, Hall fired low and hard across the ‘keeper into the far corner to make it 2-0.
  The Bay’s midfield partnership of Owen and Matt Jones dictated the majority of the play from this point onward, providing a base for the attacking players to really press home the advantage.
   A free flowing break away saw Greg Hall bearing down on goal again, and he rounded the goalkeeper before trickling the ball over the line to make it two for him, and 3-0 to the Bay.
 Llandudno Junction freshened things up with a couple of substitutions and it didn’t take long for them to make an impact.
 Their newly introduced striker showed an excellent touch on the edge of the box before rifling an effort which was denied by a superb save from Matt Brookes. Unfortunately he could only parry the ball into the path of an onrushing attacker who slotted home a late consolation for 3-1.
  A near perfect performance from the Bay, marred only by the late concession of the clean sheet. Nonetheless a thoroughly deserved three points, and a repeat scoreline of the reverse fixture earlier in the season.
Full Time: Colwyn Bay 3 – 1 Llandudno Junction
Colwyn Bay: Matt Brookes, Edward Parry, Callum Ellis, Huw Jones, Liam Jones; Owen Jones, Matt Jones; Oli Mason-Lane (Jac Pardanjac 55′), Adam Carpenter (Robert Elden 80′), Michael Taylor (Ole Desay 70′); Greg Hall.
Colwyn Bay Man of the Match: Adam Carpenter

Late goal is bitter pill for Reserves

Adam Carpenter was named Bay's Man of the match.

Adam Carpenter was named Bay’s Man of the match.

THE Reserves saw a 2-0 half-time lead away to Llanrug disappear in the second half as the home side hit back to level the scores and then hit a late winner two minutes from the end.

Fired up by the disappointing result in the cup last time out, Colwyn Bay started the game with a real purpose, applying some great early pressure, with some brilliant link up play between Liam Jones and Jac Pardanjac down the left  a sign of things to come throughout the half.

 Bay top scorer Greg Hall missed a couple of golden opportunities to break the deadlock after being played through by Matt Jones and Adam Carpenter, but the visitors eventually took the lead after 20 minutes.
 After some backs to wall defending, the ball fell to Adam Carpenter on the edge of the Llanrug area and he made no mistake with the finish, rifling the ball low and hard into the bottom corner to put his side 1-0 up.
 Five minutes later the Bay doubled their lead when a scrappy clearance from a corner fell to centre back Callum Ellis, who bobbled a finish low into the corner and just out of goalkeepers grasp.
 More chances came and went, including an incredible missed opportunity to make it 3-0  after a poor decision during a three against one counter attack.   That proved to be very costly, as moments later the hosts halved the deficit with a curling effort from the angle of the area to beat goalkeeper Matt Brookes.
Half Time: Llanrug 1  Colwyn Bay 2
 The goal so close to half time clearly inspired the home side, who changed formation at half time to try to take advantage of being allowed back into a game that should really been way out of sight at this point.
 Bay struggled to display the same composure and confidence when in possession of the ball and found themselves in a real battle as Llanrug stepped up the pressure.
 Not many clear cut chances were created by either team throughout this half, but as the clock ticked down the pressure eventually told.
 An expertly guided through ball from deep in the midfield saw the Llanrug striker through on goal, and he fired into the top corner to level the scores at 2-2, despite the best efforts of defender Kyle Taylor who so nearly succeeded with a last ditch sliding tackle.
 With just a couple of minutes left on the clock there was one final twist as Llanrug broke quickly after Bay carelessly lost the ball in the midfield, and a perfect left wing cross was met by a diving header inside the six  yard box to make it 3-2.
 The Bay were made to pay dearly for not killing the game off before half time when they had the chance. Many positives could be taken from the display but overall a harsh lesson, and a result that was incredibly hard to take for everyone involved.
Full Time: Llanrug 3 Colwyn Bay 2
Colwyn Bay Man of the Match: Adam Carpenter.
COLWYN BAY: Matt Brookes, Kyle Taylor, Callum Ellis, Huw Jones, Liam Jones; Adam Carpenter, Matt Jones, Ole Desay, Jack Nettleton (Sam Carrier 70 mins), Jac Pardanjac, Greg Hall.

Late goals sink Reserves’ cup hopes

Greg Hall scored Bay's goal to put them level at half-time.

Greg Hall scored Bay’s goal to put them level at half-time.

A DISAPPOINTING second half for the young Reserves saw them concede three goals in the last 15 minutes to lose 4-1 to Treaddur Bay in the quarter-finals of the Lock Stock Fireworks League Challenge Cup at The Oval.

The visitors came out of the traps quickly and went ahead after only five minutes from a hopeful ball forward that eluded the Bay defence.

The windy conditions made it difficult for both teams to settle into a rhtym, but Colwyn Bay equalised when a perfectly timed through ball from Michael Taylor enabled Greg Hall to bear down on goal and made no mistake from a tight angle

Trearddur  Bay hit the angle of bar and post shortly afterwards following an impressive attacking move, but there were no other clear cut chances created and the teams went in at half-time  level at 1-1, with Colwyn Bay finishing the half the better.

There were early signs that the Bay  were going to take control of the game in the second half,  but the away team nullified Bay’s attacking threat very well throughout the majority of the half, and with every passing minute started to look the more likely winners.

Sure enough, they went on to take the lead in the 75th minute. when keeper  Matt Brookes, who had previously made some outstanding saves,  was eventually beaten by a scuffed finish into the corner of the net following a scramble in the penalty area
 The Bay reacted by making two quick substitutions, allowing a change in formation to commit bodies forward in an attempt to salvage something out of this game, but unfortunately things just didn’t work out as planned.
 Trearddur went on to score two brilliant counter attacking goals in the 80th and 85th minutes, one of which was a perfectly timed left foot volley from 10 yards out that no goalkeeper would have saved, and ending up deserving winners of the day.
Full Time: Colwyn Bay 1  Trearddur Bay 4
Colwyn Bay Man of the Match: Matt Brookes
COLWYN BAY: Matt Brookes, Edward Parry, Huw Jones, James Williams, Jac Pardanjac; Liam Jones (Oli Mason-Lane 60 mins), Owen Jones; Ole Desay (Jack Nettleton 75 mins), Adam Carpenter, Michael Taylor (Sam Carrier 80 mins); Greg Hall.