Lack lustre display is costly

Tim ChannonFirst Team

Keeper Craig Ellison won a Man of the Match award for a series of fine saves

Keeper Craig Ellison won a Man of the Match award for a series of fine saves

A NERVY and lack-lustre performance by the Seagulls saw them lose their big basement battle at Whitby Town 2-0 and leave themselves still nine points from safety at the foot of the table.

After a long  trip to the North Yorkshire coast, the team went behind inside the first five minutes  when a long diagonal ball into the area beat Bay’s back four and was driven into the net by David McTiernan

Only keeper Craig Ellison, and poor finishing by Whitby, kept the Bay in the game,  but a second Whitby goal always looked likely and Andrew McWilliams got it on 37 minutes from a right wing cross.

The Seagulls  did not manage one shot on target in that first half, and were little better in the second when Ellison again excelled in goal with a series of fine saves to pick up one of the Man of the Match awards.

Colwyn Bay did press briefly towards the end of the game, but created only one real chance, which Adam Morgan, on his debut, fired wide from Josh Sumner’s set up.

On a day when Bay were the only one of the bottom four to lose, it was very disappointing for the fans who made the near five-hour journey and manager Kevin Lynch admitted: “I am disappointed in the performance, but more disappointed for the fans who travelled all this way – and I apologise to them.

“You can do all the prep in the world  and plan accordingly and everything, but when you concede goals like we did in the first half it makes it difficult.

“Once again we’ve been done by the one ball over the top and that is becoming our Achilles heel.

“We’ve tried to rectify it but it keeps happening. You can talk and talk about it but the players need to start taking responsibility  and be a bit stronger and bit more physically aware to stop conceding silly goals which are really hurting us.

“You can say that we missed Carl Rodgers (calf injury), but players who come in have to step up to the plate and they haven’t done.

“The front two got no service so it is hard to make a judgement on Adam Morgan on his debut. We didn’t get behind their defence to open things up and when we did get amongst them a bit in the second half their experienced defenders put their necks on the line by throwing bodies in the way to prevent us testing their keeper – you have to give Whitby some credit for that.”

The Seagulls must now regroup ahead of Tuesday’s game at third-bottom Mickleover (updates from Mickleover will be on twitter @ColwynBayFC).

Colwyn Bay: Craig Ellison, Shaun Dowling, Liam Gibson, Jordan Fagbola, Antonie Boland, Luke Denson (c), Josh Sumner (Steve Wilson 56mins), Bradley Bauress, Jack Kelleher, Adam Morgan (Cory Williams 75mins), Johnny Gorman (Carl Lamb 56mins).  223.Subs not used: Jordan Harper, Ben Cartwright.

Attendance: 223