ONCE again the Seagulls were unable to convert a half-time lead into a victory as high-flying Trafford grabbed a second half equaliser in a 1-1 Boxing Day draw to extend their unbeaten run to 12 games.
The Bay took the lead after 16 minutes when a move created by Tom Schofield’s strong run put Scott Bakkor clear inside the area to score his ninth goal of the season with a cool finish.
Trafford, however, had their chances and Karl Wills did well to save in a one-on-one situation to keep Bay’s lead intact at the break.
The visitors, however, came on strongly in the second half after making a couple of key substitutions and were rewarded with a 69th minute equaliser when substitute Mark Derbyshire converted a left wing cross from close range.
After surviving a tough period in which Trafford forced a number of corners, the Bay finished the game well but Trafford keeper Terry Smith made a good diving save from Luke Denson’s free kick to deny them a winner.
Interim manager Phill Hadland said he was disappointed not to have gained his first win since taking charge.
“The bottom line is we didn’t hurt them enough going forward in the second half and I wasn’t happy with how we conceded the goal.
“These are things we need to go away and look at.
“Trafford are the form team, are no mugs and have gone 12 games unbeaten, but that doesn’t stop me being really disappointed that we didn’t win after going in front.
“It could turn out to be a good point – but only if we win at Hyde on Thursday. That is now a massive game and the players really have to step up and get three points.”
Hyde is the first of two tricky away games in five days, followed by a trip to top ten rivals Brighouse Town on Monday – with both sides ending winless runs with good away victories on Boxing Day.
“Hyde also play on a 4G pitch which will be a bit different, but I’m sure we can cope with that,” added Hadland, who expects to have a full strength squad available.
New signing Rob Doran made his debut against Trafford and Hadland said: “I thought he gave us a slightly different dimension and took some of the weight off Scott Bakkor.”
With his signing the club have now released Drew Matthews from the squad so he can get some games elsewhere.
They have also put Will Booth on a contract.
Colwyn Bay: Karl Wills, Luke Denson, Louis Corrigan, Liam Turner (Will Booth 79mins), Tom Hardwick (c), Gareth Grant, Jack Phillips, Tom Schofield, Scott Bakkor, Rob Doran, Danny Andrews (Chris Gahgan 85mins). Subs not used: Kieran Wolland, Will Jones, Kyle Armstrong.
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