Disastrous home defeat for Seagulls, but reserves win after being 1-3 down

Tim ChannonFirst Team

A DISATROUS day for the Seagulls saw them slip back into the relegation positions as they lost 1-0 at home to Lowestoft Town, while main rivals Stalybridge Celtic and Brackley Town both won.
That leaves everything resting on the final weekend of the season.
The Seagulls must now win at Worcester City and hope Brackley lose or draw at home to Hednesford if they are to be saved from relegation after a four-season long adventure in the Conference North.
Stalybridge, who came from behind to hit an injury-time winner at Hednesford, will be safe if they win their game in hand at home to Bradford Park Avenue on Tuesday.
In a nervy start Chris Sanna produced an outstanding save to prevent Lowestoft taking an early lead from a free kick, and Obi Anoruo was Bay’s only real threat up front, having a couple of penalty shouts waved away and then bringing a fine save out of Lowestoft keeper Aslee Jones with a strong shot on the run just before half-time.
For the most part Bay’s passing was poor, with an Ellison free kick and a Tom Buckley header, which were comfortably saved by the keeper, the only other efforts on target in the first half.
The game was then decided in a nightmare 30 seconds for the Bay early in the second half.
They should have taken the lead on 55 minutes when Obi Anoruo broke free and drew the keeper before setting up a dream chance for James Ellison, but with the keeper out of his ground Ellison shot straight at a lone defender on the line when a shot either side of him would have scored.
To make that miss even worse, Lowestoft launched a quick counter-attack from the clearance and Lee Smith broke clear to lob the ball over Chris Sanna for the only goal of the game.
Instead of being 1-0 up, the Bay were 0-1 down inside a minute.
Anoruo set up another chance for Marc Williams, eight yards out, but rather than hit it first time, the skipper took a touch before trying to thread a sidefoot shot through a crowded goalmouth – and it was blocked and cleared.
Prince Haywood had a fierce shot blocked by a defender and neither Rob Hopley or Ellison could make contact with low balls across the face of the goal.
Dejected manager Gus Williams commented: “Its a game we could have won. We’ve had three, four chances which we haven’t taken and that was the difference.”
He agreed Ellison’s miss was a pivotal moment and added: “Sometimes it is a very fine line between being a hero or a villain in situations like that, but we don’t view it in that way. We look at the player’s contribution and commitment in all games and all of them have been superb.
“It is very disappointing for our final home game to end as it has, especially when the crowd support today was fantastic.
“But the result is not going to change. Its gone; its history. Now and we have to address next week when nothing less than a victory will do and we have to start work now on how we are going to achieve that.”
Gus resisted the temptation to throw on young reserve attackers Ashley Seddon or Ryan Watson to try and rescue the game in the closing minutes.
“It wouldn’t have been fair to throw them on in that situation when there was so much riding on the result. When you are just one down and are chasing the game like we were you need players with experience out there.”
Colwyn Bay: Sanna, Baynes, Lea, Noone, Royle, Haywood, Anoruo, Buckley, Hopley, Williams, Ellison. Subs not used: Rees, Saiel, Seddon, Bakker, Watson.
Attendance: 443.

Match mascot: Will Smith.

THE Reserves won a seven-goal thriller 4-3 at Llanrwst United after being 1-3 down at one stage.
They are now only three points behind second-placed Llandyrnog with three games in hand after Llandyrnog were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Glan Conwy.
Sean Sheridan, Pierce Jones, Liam Jones and Chris Frost got the Bay goals.
Manager Chris Thompson reported: “Sloppy defending in the first half meant we were 3-1 down, but we dug deep with only 11 players available due to injuries and four players being with the first team.
“Liam Jones stepped up from the Under-18s and had a brilliant game as well as getting on the scoresheet. He has made me really think about what he can offer over the upcoming weeks.”