DANNY ANDREWS scored his first goal for the Seagulls in a spirited second half effort that nearly rescued a point from being two goals down at half-time in the opening pre-season friendly against National League North outfit AFC Telford.
The experienced Lee Fowler scored from the edge of the area for the visitors after just six minutes and Bay keeper Shaun Pearson did well to tip efforts from Sean Williams and Dwayne Samuels over the bar before ex-Wrexham forward Danny Reynolds headed Telford’s second from a corner on 37 minutes.
In difficult windy conditions, Colwyn Bay came back well in the second half, pulling a goal back on 66 minutes with Andrews’ neat finish, while only an acrobatic goal line clearance by Telford keeper James Montogomery denied Chris Gaghan a goal and in the dying seconds new signing Will Jones , who looked sharp when he came on, was inches away from equalising with a header that was just wide.
At the other end former Halifax and Guiseley striker Josh Wilson forced a good save out substitute keeper Simon Williams and also had a header cleared off the line by Louis Corrigan.
It is very early days and this was a tough first test for a new look Bay side, minus five likely first choice players due to holidays and injury, against a strong Telford side who had six of their ten summer signings in the starting line-up.
But manager Paul Moore, who took the chance to look at two or three trialists late in the game, will have taken a lot of positives from it as he looks to mould his new squad into a competitive unit in the remaining pre-season games.
Colwyn Bay: Shaun Pearson (Simon Williams), Shaun Dowling, Louis Corrigan, Gareth Grant, Kyle Armstrong, Will Booth (Chris Bibby), Chris Gaghan (Jamie Hodgkinson) , Tom Schofield (George Mannion) , Gaz Burnett (Fergus Grogan), Rhys Bowers (Will Jones), Danny Andrews (Drew Matthews).
THE next game is away to Irlam FC (post code M44 6HR) on Tuesday (July 12th, 7.45pm)
PRIOR to the game the manager added to his squad by signing centre midfielder Chris Bibby from Warrington.
The 20-year-old captained Warrington Town Reserves to promotion last season and his performances earned him a first team call up towards the end of the campaign.