Injury blows in latest defeat

Tim ChannonFirst Team

THE Seagulls suffered more injury problems as goals towards the end of each half condemned them to a 2-0 defeat at home to Ashton United.

Defenders Will Bell and Jordan Fagbola both suffered ankle ligament damage during the game and Glenn Matthews had to go off with a knee injury.

We’ll assess them at training on Wednesday, but at the moment all three look doubtful for the weekend,” reported manager Kevin Lynch.

Apart from an early shot on the turn from John Marsden, which Ashton keeper Paul Phillips saved dropping to his right, Colwyn Bay never really tested the visitors custodian and struggled  on a difficult pitch to put any real sustained pressure on a side that were able to adapt better to the conditions, especially in the second half, and extended their unbeaten league run to nine games.

Eddie Toner scored from 20 yards to give Ashton a 43rd minute lead and after they had dominating possession for much of the second half, skipper Jason Gorton headed their second from a 74th minute corner.

The manager  admitted the heavy Llanelian Road pitch is not helping his plans to build a footballing side after all the rain that has fallen in the past month or so.

 “The players we have brought in are footballers and we looking to play a brand of football that excites the crowd, but unfortunately the pitch is not allowing us to do that,” he said.
 “The players are frustrated because they want to play football but they say the pitch is difficult to play on.
 “Hopefully it will improve once we get some drier weather, and in the meantime we are trying and bring a few people in to help us.
 “This is a tough, physical league and I just feel at the moment we haven’t got the players who can adapt to that physicality in the current heavy conditions.
 “We need to address that and address it quickly.”
 With Shaun Dowling unavailable and Carl Rodgers still injured, there were rare starts for Antonie Boland and Zac Corbett, while new signing Bradley Bauress made his debut in midfield.
 “I thought the lads who came in did themselves credit and that is a positive that we can take from the game,” added the manager.
  Colwyn Bay: Shaun Pearson, Antonie Boland, Mike Lea (Kev Holsgrove 71 mins), Will Bell (Joe Newton 85 mins), Jordan Fagbola, Zac Corbett, Luke Denson, Bradley Bauress, Shaun Tuck, John Marsden, Glen Matthews (Josh Sumner  57 mins). Sub not used: John Dillon.
Attendance: 196
Since this game Ashton United have been named the Evostik Premier Team of the Month for December.