LOUIS CORRIGAN celebrated his first goal in 37 games for the club, played over two spells, as the Seagulls won 3-0 at Burscough (Nov 19) to end a seven match winless run and close the gap on the top five to four points.
A late pitch inspection allowed the game the go ahead after a heavy hail storm and the Bay started well, dominating the early stages, and might have been in front inside two minutes from a corner, only for Scott Bakkor to put a free header wide from four yards.
Bakkor and Jack Kelleher both had shots blocked and Kelleher hooked a shot narrowly over the bar from Luke Denson’s cross, before Jack Phillips, who was a real threat down the left in the first half, opened the scoring with his first goal for the club on 27 minutes when he cut in from the left and glided a shot into the top corner from 25 yards.
Burscough missed a good chance to equalise when Conor Smith headed over from four yards out, but Bay continued to create chances with some excellent approach play.
Kelleher, who put in some good runs, and Bakkor had two more efforts blocked by the keeper and Chris Gahgan burst through the middle from Kelleher’s clever lay off only to be crowded out before he could get his shot away.
The Bay, however, doubled their lead on 51 minutes when a swift attack saw the ball played across the area for the supporting Corrigan to score off the post.
Substitute Will Jones had a goal ruled out for offside and Chris Caghan should have increased the lead when he was left free in the area, but shot wide from 12 yards.
Burscough kept trying and forced a couple of good saves out of Kieran Wolland, but deep into added time another swift Bay attack saw substitute Danny Andrews played in to score the third.
Manager Paul Moore commented: “The important thing was to get a result. I’d have been happy with 1-0 and in the end it was 3-0, so I’m not to worried about the chances we missed.
“It was tough for both sides because of the state of the pitch, but I wanted us to work hard as a unit, which we did, and let the football take care of itself.
“I made a couple of changes and played Boothy (Will Booth) and Schoey (Tom Schofield) to get on the ball and make it a quick game, which they did, but credit to Dave Powell (Burscough manager) and his team because they kept going and never allowed us to relax.
“There are no easy fixtures in this league and Tuesday against Droylsden will be another tough one, but we’ve got a few options now, particularly in attack with both Danny Andrews and Will Jones coming off the bench today and contributing.
“I would also like to put on record a big thanks to Gaz Burnett (who has now left the club) for his efforts. He has served us well, been a good lad and I wish him all the best in the future. I just felt with the abundance of attacking players we now have at the club his opportunities were going to be limited.”
Colwyn Bay: Kieran Wolland, Luke Denson, Louis Corrigan, Gaz Grant, Tom Hardwick (c), Scott Bakkor, Tom Schofield, Will Booth, Chris Gahgan (Kyle Armstrong 85mins), Jack Kelleher (Will Jones 62mins), Jack Phillips (Danny Andrews 75mins). Subs not used: Michael Roddy and Liam Turner.
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