Gift goal leads to heavy defeat

Tim ChannonFirst Team

THE Seagulls never really recovered from gifting the visitors their opening goal on 17 minutes  and went on to lose 4-0 at home to top five opponents Barwell.

A  weakly hit back pass left Barwell’s Anthony Carney clear on goal and although he was brought down as he tried to go past onrushing Bay keeper Connor Hunt just outside the area, the referee allowed play to carry on so Jamie Towers could follow in and slide the ball into an unguarded net.

Connor escaped with a yellow card.

The  deteriorating conditions then played a big part in Barwell’s second goal on 39 minutes when a ball that was running out of play for a goal kick was stopped by puddle of standing water near the bye-line and Nigel Julian was able to get to it and cross for Owen Story to fire a shot that hit team-mate Towers and was deflected past the wrong-footed keeper.

Johnny Gorman was unlucky with a shot that struck the bar in Bay’s only attempt on target in the first half, but after Jordan Fagbola had cleared off the line from Carney, Brady Hickey rifled Barwell’s third goal on 43 minutes from an Alex Tomkinson cross.

Hickey then headed his second goal of the game at the far post from a corner four minutes into the second half to complete the scoring.

Colwyn Bay, who  four players ruled out by injury, did have their best spell of the match after that, but Jack Kelleher, Luke Denson, Johnny Gorman, Brad Bauress, Liam Gibson and Jordan Harper all had efforts well saved by Barwell keeper Liam Castle as the visitors kept their sixth clean sheet in a run of nine successive victories.

Manager Kevin Lynch commented: “I know it sounds like sour grapes but I don’t believe the game should have been played. The conditions became too dangerous, with standing water forming on parts of the pitch, and the last thing we need right now is more injures.

 “I didn’t think Barwell were four goals better than us on the day, but we didn’t play the conditions well in the first half and conceded goals from our own errors. We have to learn from that.”

COLWYN BAY: Connor Hunt, Connor Roberts-Nurse, Liam Gibson, Jordan Fagbola (Shaun Dowling 58 mins), Carl Rodgers (c), James Graham, Josh Sumner (Jordan Harper 34 mins), Bradley Bauress, Jack Kelleher, Steve Boothman (Luke Denson 45mins), Johnny Gorman. Sub not used: Kieran Wolland.

 Attendance: 205.

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THE Reserves had their game at Porthmadog postponed due to the weather, but the Youth team won 2-0 at Y Glannau and have climbed into the top five of Division One in the Vale of Clwyd and Conwy League. Pierce Jones and Oliver Mason-Lane scored for Colwyn Bay.