Disallowed goal foils victory hopes

Tim ChannonFirst Team

IN a game of few chances the Seagulls were  unlucky to have a late goal ruled out for offside as they drew 0-0 at home to Tadcaster Albion.

Video apparently shows Danny Bartle was just onside as he raced clear onto a long ball from the back and fired past Tadcaster keeper Chandler Hallwood – but the flag went up to deny the Bay their first league win in over two months.

Earlier Bartle missed a better chance when he beat the keeper to another long ball on the edge of the area, but skied a hurried shot high and wide of an open goal.

Tadcaster missed the best opportunity of tight first half when  Tom Corner headed over the bar from six yards from a right wing cross, while in the second half  Conor Sellars was left one on one with Kieran Wolland (getting his chance in goal because Karl Wills has had an operation on his nose) but the Bay keeper did well to trap the shot between his legs.

For the Bay Dan Collins, who did well on his debut playing in front of a much changed back four, was off target with a good headed chance from a corner and in the second half Jamie Rainford  had a late chance after coming on as a  substitute, but shot straight at the keeper.

Manager Phill Hadland commented: “My number one aim was to be solid because we’ve been conceding too many goals lately – and I thought we achieved that.

“I thought Sam Barnes came back in and led well at the back, while Liam Turner and Matt Regan did well  as the fullbacks so I was pleased with the back four.

“We just didn’t quite have that cutting edge up front and we know that is something we have to work on and improve.

“But we have trained very well over the last two or three weeks and I believe we have the foundations to build on once the new lads who have come in have bedded in and got use to the players around them.

“Keeping a clean sheet was the most pleasing thing today. Apart from the away game at Tadcaster, when they played most of the game with ten men, I don’t think we’ve kept a clean sheet since Droylsden in November. That’s a long time ago and if you can start keeping clean sheets it always gives you chance.”

Responding to a question on why Luke Denson was not in the squad, the manager said: “Luke was rested today.  I like Luke and I have stuck with him, but he has been making mistakes lately that have cost us goals and I can’t keep giving him chances when there are other players waiting to show what they can do.

“Luke  trained well last week and is still a big part of the squad if he is prepared  to fight for his place.”

Colwyn Bay: Kieran Wolland, Liam Turner, Matt Regan, Dan Collins (Mike Roddy 78 mins), Gaz Grant, Sam Barnes (c), Chris Gahgan (Julian Williams 73mins), Tom Schofield, Scott Bakkor (Jamie Rainford 73mins), Danny Bartle, Danny Andrews. Subs not used: Will Booth, Mike Pino.

Attendance: 288.

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THE Reserves had their game against Denbigh Town postponed.