A SUPERB free kick by Luke Denson gave the Seagulls their first win in eight games as they came from behind to claim a huge three points against Stamford to move out of the bottom four.
They had to come from behind to do it, after the visitors started the better and took the lead on 18 minutes when a good move ended with Nathan Hicks hitting a sweetly-struck shot into the corner of the net from 18 yards.
But the Bay were level within two minutes with a penalty.
Cory Williams was brought down in the area by Nathan Fox and John Dillon equalised from the spot.
Then on 31 minutes, after Chris Sharp have been fouled, Denson struck a 25 yard free kick into the top corner of the net for what proved to be the winner.
He had another free kick well saved by Richard Knight low down to his right, but in a nervy second half, Colwyn Bay struggled to test the visitors keeper further and in the end Stamford were denied an equaliser by two excellent close range saves from Everton loanee keeper Russ Griffiths as the Bay held on for a very welcome win.
Manager Ash Hoskin admitted his overwhelming feeling was relief.
“Relief for everybody in the dressing and relief all round from the top of the club to the tea ladies,” he said.
“I think we’ve played better and lost, if I’m honest, particularly in the second half, but that’s what happens when theiris tension and you’re desperate for a win.
“Again we gave away a sloppy goal, but I was pleased with the character we showed to come from behind and get the win, and if we keep showing that desire, and be better on the ball, which I think we can be, then hopefully we’ll turn the corner.”
New signing Alfons Fosu-Mensah came on for the last 11 minutes but failed to impress and the manager expressed his disappointment afterwards.
“I made some big decisions to leave Mike Lea, who runs through a brick wall for you, and Glenn Matthews out of the squad so as to give him an opportunity. I would have expected him to go on and really have a go, but I was disappointed in him and he needs to show me a lot more than that.
“I’ve got a big decision to make now about the 16 for Tuesdsay.”
Colwyn Bay: Griffiths, Dowling, Corbett, Dillon, Denson, Brewster (Holsgrove 67 mins), Booth, Marsden, Sharp (Fosu-Mensah 79 mins), Hopley, Williams (Rodgers 71 mins). Subs not used: Barnes, Love.
THE Reserves made it five wins out of five with a 3-1 victory at Llandudno Junction with second half goals from Sion Noble, Fabian Ellis and Dylan Humphreys and stay top of the table, a point ahead of Denbigh Town with two games in hand.