Gift goal sees two points slip away

Tim ChannonFirst Team

THE Seagulls had to settle for a point after gifting their opponents a second half equaliser in 2-2 draw with Radcliffe Borough (Oct 18).
 Manager Paul Moore was hit by a double pre-match blow when both  Danny Andrews and Kyle Andrews, who was taken ill overnight, were unable to make it to the game. That forced last minute changes to the line-up  as both would probably have started.
 Even so the team got off to a flying start and were in front after just 68 seconds as Will Jones  got to the byeline and pulled the ball back for Liam Turner to rifle a shot past visiting keeper  Matthew Johnson.
  Tom Schofield had a shot blocked and Scott Bakkor put a header wide as Bay bossed the opening stages, but they were pegged back on 15 minutes when Radcliffe centre forward Aboubakar Sanogo was left unmarked to score with a diving header at the far post from a right wing cross.
   After Will Jones had a shot well held by the keeper and  Bakkor was denied by a brilliant block tackle inside the area, Colwyn Bay looked to have retaken lead on 34 minutes when Gaz Grant headed into the net from a corner – only for the goal to be disallowed.
 But nine minutes into the second half Scott Bakkor scored with a spectacular effort from near the right touchline. The keeper got a hand to the ball as it dropped over his head, but couldn’t prevent it going in off the post to put the Bay 2-1 up.
 They had the three points in their grasp at that stage, but saw victory slip away on 70 minutes when they were caught out by a long ball and a mix up on the edge of the area involving keeper Shaun Pearson and Tom Hardwick allowed Radcliffe substitute Raul Corriea to roll the ball into an unguarded net.
  The Bay survived two or three close calls after that with Radcliffe revitalised,  and although the home side finished the game strongly with four corners in quick succession in the dying minutes, they couldn’t force a winner, with Bakkor driving the ball across the face of the goal and  nobody able to get a final touch.
 The draw means the Seagulls slipped six points behind league leaders Brighouse, but with only one defeat in the last nine games they are only a point adrift of  the play off places with a huge game away to fourth-placed Glossop North End to come on Saturday.
 Colwyn Bay: Shaun Pearson, Luke Denson, Louis Corrigan, Gaz Grant, Tom Hardwick (c), Tom Schofield, Liam  Turner, Will Booth, Will Jones (Michael Pino 84 mins), Scott Bakkor, Chris Gahgan (Gary Burnett 64mins). Subs not used: Kieran Wolland, Shaun Dowling and Drew Matthews.
Attendance: 173
Match day mascot: Dylan Laing aged 10.
Seagulls director Bill Murray (right) made a special presentation to Luke Denson, who made his 200th competitive appearance for the Bay last weekend, before the Radcliffe the game. Photo by Caroline Thomas

Seagulls director Bill Murray (right) made a special presentation to Luke Denson, who made his 200th competitive appearance for the Bay last weekend, before the Radcliffe the game. Photo by Caroline Thomas