THE Reserves hit the goals trail with a runaway 9-1 victory over Llanrwst United at The Oval in Llandudno.
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
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.
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 Reserves were beaten 3-1 at Llanberis in the Lock Welsh Alliance Reserve Division after twice hitting the post in the second half.
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.
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 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.
THE Reserves scheduled league game at Prestatyn Town on Wednesday (Nov 9) has had to be postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.
The next scheduled game is away to Llanrug on November 19.
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.