Injury-hit squad suffer big defeat

Tim ChannonFirst Team

FRANK SINCLAIR’S injury-hit squad were beaten 5-0 at home by Dave Challinor’s AFC Fylde – the club’s heaviest league defeat in the Conference North for nearly two and half years.
They struggled defensively from the start, particularly down the flanks, and four of Fylde’s five goals came from crosses which the defence failed to cut out.
They also had to replace Louis Moss before half-time after he struggled having suffered an injury in the pre-match warm-up.
Colwyn Bay were a goal down after only three minutes when Michael Potts scored from a low cross from the right that should have been cleared, and after missing a great chance with a header from six yards, Potts made no mistake from a Richie Allen cross just before half-time for Fylde’s second.
Fylde keeper Ben Hincliffe was possibly a little fortunate to get away with a yellow card after wrestling Obi Anoruo to the ground in a one-on-one outside the area, but an Anoruo shot deflected over the bar and a Jonathan Royle header from a corner which hit the bar, were the only goal threats that Colwyn Bay could manage in a first half in which Fylde also had a goal from Allen’s thumping finish disallowed when the linesman ruled the ball had narrowly gone out of play in the build up.
The second half was pretty much damage limitation for the Bay, but they collapsed defensively in the last 15 minutes when Fylde scored three more goals, including one from ex-Seagull Danny Lloyd, and only two outstanding saves by Josh Ollerenshaw prevented an even worse scoreline.
The manager described the performance later as “totally unacceptable” and promised there will be new faces for Saturday’s trip to Leamington.
“What I can’t get my head around is that we were so bright and full of energy at Hyde on Saturday and then put in a performance like this. It was like chalk and cheese.
“I can’t accept that and I won’t accept that.
“I have said it would take four or five games to see if the young players we have could adapt to this level of football, and show the consistency needed, and this match answered a lot of questions for me.”
Colwyn Bay: Ollerenshaw, Olapade (Pilliner 85mins), Moss (Haywood 38mins), Clarke, Bembo-Leta, Noone, Parker, Royle, Anoruo, Williams, Rey (Hodgson 62mins). Subs not used: Clark, Mendes.
Attendnance: 310