Inconsistent Bay lose at Atherton

Tim ChannonFirst Team

FOR the second time in  ten days the Seagulls followed up a battling victory with a hugely disappointing defeat as their inconsistent form continues.

The Bay went into the game with a chance to move into the top five after their 3-1 win at Clitheroe two days earlier, and they got off to a great start with a Jack Hindle penalty inside the opening four minutes after Will Booth was tripped as a powerful run took him into Atherton area.

The Bay, in fact, could have been two or three up inside 20  minutes with Booth going agonisingly close with two efforts from the edge of the area and Jamie Rainford firing  over the bar when left one-on-one with the keeper.

Atherton grew in belief from that reprieve and never looked back once they had equalised with an angled shot from Ashley Woods on 22 minutes. They also had a goal ruled out for offside and missed two other great chances to take the lead before half-time.

Rainford shot weakly straight at the keeper from a chance to put Bay back in front early in the second half, but without  the injured Sam and Louis Barnes, Bay’s defence were carved open far too easily and although Matt Cooper made two outstanding saves he  had no chance when Jordan Cover ran clear through the middle to give the home side a 65th minute lead.

Cover then added another at the far post from a left wing cross eight minutes later to put the game out of  reach.

Colwyn Bay: Matt Cooper, Kyle Jacobs (Liam Turner 64mins), Josh Brizell, Luke Horrocks (c), Dan Collins, Gareth Grant, Jack Hindle, Will Booth, Jamie Rainford (Jamie Menagh 64), Astley Mulholland, Danny Andrews (Jack Kelleher 74). Subs not used: Kris Leigh and Anthony Griffith.

Attendance: 281

  • TOP PICTURE:  Atherton turned up the pressure on a struggling Bay defence in the second half. Photo by David Featherstone @Fabphotographic