THE club have announced they have parted company with manager Paul Moore after the Seagulls let two more points slip from their grasp in a 1-1 home draw against Bamber Bridge today (December 10).
Assistant Phil Hadland is to take over as interim manager.
Against a side that had lost eight of their previous nine games, the Bay led through a super strike by Danny Andrews after 26 minutes from 25 yards and had a couple of excellent chances to kill the game off before half-time.
They then had a Scott Bakkor goal ruled out for offside, after the referee had allowed the Bay player to run clear and round the keeper to score. The official initially awarded the goal, only to change his decision after being urged by the visiting players to consult a linesman who had raised a very late flag.
That proved a key moment in the game as nine minutes later Bamber Bridge substitute Regan Linney, who helped change the momentum of the game when he came on, skipped past a couple of Bay defenders to fire into the bottom corner of the net and rescue a point for his side.
Seagulls chairman Dave Titchiner said afterwards the board had not been happy with some team selections or the points that have been dropped in games against struggling sides that, in some cases, could have been won by half-time with the chances missed.
Today’s inability to close out the game against a side whose manager quit only 24 hours earlier, followed the failure to beat bottom eight sides Radcliffe Borough, Ossett Albion and Goole in the last eight weeks from winning positions.
The points dropped in those games would have seen the Bay top of the table now.
Paul Moore said later he was “gutted” and felt the side had been playing some excellent football.
In a statement he said: “I started the season with a completely new side after the club had been relegated twice and it was very much a rebuilding process with certain goals agreed which I thought we were achieving.
“We brought in a great set of lads and I believe I have left the club in a far better position than when I came into it, and competing at the top end of the league.
“The lads know they are eight points shy of where they should be, but they have supported me and my backroom team all the way.
“We won the Fair Play League for November with the best record in the whole NPL, and are in seventh position in the table only five points from top. I’m sure whoever goes in will have a great chance (of going up).
“I wish the club and everyone connected with it all the best for this season and beyond. Its a great club and I’ve enjoyed working for the chairman and the board.”
Phil Hadland will now prepare the team for next Saturday’s game at top eight rivals Clitheroe, who ironically were Paul Moore’s previous club.
Today’s point has actually lifted the Bay one place up the table to seventh, only two points off the top five and still only five behind new joint leaders Lancaster City and Ossett Town. However, five of the top eight have games in hand – including Farsley Celtic with five and Lancaster with three.
A win against Bamber Bridge would have seen the Bay level on points with teams in the play-off places, but once the visitors had made a couple of early second half substitutions, they always looked likely to score – with the Bay delaying any changes in response to the final 17 minutes when the damage had been done.
Gareth Grant headed narrowly wide from a free kick late in the game, but that was the closest they got to snatching a winner.
Colwyn Bay: Kieran Wolland, Luke Denson, Louis Corrigan, Gaz Grant, Tom Hardwick (c), Kyle Armstrong, Chris Gahgan (Jack Phillips 73mins), Will Booth, Will Jones (Jack Kelleher 84mins), Scott Bakkor, Danny Andrews. Subs not used: Michael Roddy, Liam Turner, Tom Schofield.
League table on www.colwynbayfc.co.uk/league
THE Reserves won 3-1 against Llandudno Junction with two goals from Greg Hall and one by Adam Carpenter.