Cooper is star of the night as Bay draw

Tim ChannonFirst Team

SEAGULLS keeper Matt Cooper picked up two Player of the Season awards after being Man of the Match in  a 1-1 draw with Trafford in the final home game of the season (April 26).
 Coops was voted Players’ Player and also picked up the Supporters’ vote, ahead of Will Booth in second place and Astley Mulholland in third, after an excellent season in which he has not missed a single league game.
 Astley Mulholland was named  the Directors’ Player of the Season and also picked up the Golden Boot award as top scorer with 18 goals, while  Kyle Jacobs was named by Alan Morgan as Manager’s Player of the Season.
The award winners are pictured above with the manager , from  left Kyle Jacobs, Alan Morgan, Astley Mulholland and Matt Cooper (photo by Dave Thomas)
 Matt Cooper  had earlier played a huge part in securing a point for the Bay that keeps them in with a chance of the play-offs.
 He made an excellent double save in the first half and then capped a fine performance with a breathtaking flying save to turn a diving header from Trafford’s Sean Miller round the post for a corner.
 Trafford also hit the bar and had a headed goal corner ruled out for a foul.
  The Seagulls started slowly and were behind after 19 minutes when Miller danced through on the right to rifle an angled shot past Cooper.
 The Bay improved as the half progressed and Jack Hindle had one effort dip narrowly over the bar and another saved by the keeper before equalising right on half-time with a sharp finish from Danny Andrews’s lay off.
  Colwyn Bay pushed hard late in the game but couldn’t force a winner, although Jack Hindle did get the ball in the net again – only for the goal to be ruled out for an earlier foul in the build-up.
   With Colne winning at Clitheroe, the Bay have dropped out of the top seven play off places and now have to win at Hyde on Saturday and hope Colne lose at champions South Shields in order to snatch the final play-off spot.
 “Its not over and its a shoot out now on Saturday,” said Alan Morgan afterwards. “We’ve both got hard games but we’ll go to Hyde and give it our best shot to get a win.
 “Whatever happens I can’t praise the lads enough and I’ve loved every minute of being here. I think we were 15th or 16th when I came in, but the players have given me everything and some have been playing through the  pain barrier with injuries in the last few games.
“The last couple of results are not what we wanted, but we go into the final game on Saturday still with a chance of the play-offs, so hopefully the season won’t end for us there.”
 He admits, however, his squad will be down to bare bones with Astley Mulholland and Danny Bartle unlikely to play due to injury and several other players carrying knocks.
 Colwyn Bay: Matt Cooper, Kyle Jacobs, Bill Sass-Davies, Luke Horrocks (Liam Dawson 68mins), Gaz Grant, Sam Barnes (c), Danny Andrews, Tom McCready (Jamie Rainford 83mins), Jack Hindle, Lass Mendes, Will Booth. Subs not used: Kris Leigh and Josh Brizell.
Attendance: 319


Jack Hindle (9) is congratulated by team-mates after scoring the equaliser (photo by Dave Thomas)

The Academy Under-11s were mascots for the game and are pictured with the senior players before the kick off.