Injuries cap another frustrating day

Tim ChannonFirst Team

FOR the second time in three days the Seagulls appeared to be denied a point by controversial refereeing decisions as they lost 2-1 at home to Brighouse Town.

And to add manager Paul Moore’s frustration, Gaz Grant (Achilles) and keeper Shaun Pearson (knee) both suffered injuries that look certain to rule them out of next Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Morpeth.

After going 2-0 down following a disappointing first half performance, the Bay got a goal back with a Luke Denson penalty after Tom Schofield was tripped in the box, and then dominated the last 20 minutes or so with Tom Hardwick’s volley inches wide and Gaz Burnett’s chip over  the keeper  dropping wide of the gaping goal.

The introduction of Scott Bakkor and Adam Whitlock from the bench made a big difference up front and Whitlock looked to have bundled in the equaliser – only for the referee to rule the ball had gone out of play before being played back into the goalmouth following a point blank range block by the keeper.

Then in added time Bakkor appeared to be brought down after going past two defenders into the area – but to the crowd’s dismay the referee booked him for diving.

“I thought it was a goal and I thought it was a penalty, but we are getting no luck at all with decisions at the moment,” said manager Paul Moore.

Will Jones also had a goal disallowed in the first half, apparently for using his hand, before Brighouse took the lead with an Adam Field  header following a free kick into the Bay penalty area.

Bay posed little threat going forward with too many players off their game and Brighouse doubled their lead on 51 minutes when Jamie Frost scored after his first effort had been blocked by the struggling Pearson, who was injured in a first half collision with Brighouse’s Ernest Boafo.

“I thought about replacing him at half-time only Shaun said he wanted to play on, but now I fear he has very little chance of playing at Morpeth,” said the manager, who is hoping Simon Williams will return early from holiday to play.

“Its tough at the moment, but our luck will change and we will turn things around,” he promised.

Colwyn Bay: Shaun Pearson, Luke Denson, Louis Corrigan, Gaz Grant (Will Booth 55mins), Tom Hardwick (c), Tom Schofield, Chris Gahgan, Stephen Wilson, Gary Burnett (Adam Whitlock 77 mins), Will Jones, Danny Andrews (Scott Bakkor 67 mins). Subs not used: Rhys Bowers and Chris Bibby.

Attendance: 302.