Last gasp goal denies Seagulls

Tim ChannonFirst Team

COLWYN BAY were denied victory by an equaliser in the fifth minute of added time in a 1-1 draw with Warrington Town in the FA Cup, and must now replay on Tuesday.
After a goalless first half, in which Warrington keeper Karl Wills made good saves from Tom Buckley, who had a excellent game, Obi Anoruo and Wes Baynes, Marc Williams put two headed chances into the keeper’s waiting hands before Colwyn Bay took the lead with a disputed 66th minute penalty.
Wes Baynes went down as a strong run took him into the area and Obi Anoruo scored from the spot – although Wills got his hand to the ball to turn it onto the inside of the post before it went into the net.
Tempers frayed after that with five players booked and Warrington manager Shaun Reid ordered from the dug out by referee Peter Wright, but his side battled hard to get back in the game.
Ben Wharton was inches away from equalising with a header and Steve Foster put another chance wide, but Colwyn Bay should have wrapped up victory as the game edged into added time.
Paulo Mendes, on as a sub when Lanre Olapade pulled a thigh muscle in the first half, set up a tap in for Rob Hopley, but somehow he miskicked under a defensive challenge a yard out from an open goal – and that was to prove a costly miss.
Warrington launched one last attack and when Colwyn Bay failed to clear, the ball fell for Chris Gahgan to score from 20 yards with almost the last kick of the game.
The Seagulls were 35 seconds away from going through, but must now do it all again in Tuesday’s replay.
Manager Frank Sinclair commented: “That’s the FA Cup for you. We thought we were through, but we’ve made a mistake right at the death and they’ve capitalised on it.
“It was always going to be a tough, difficult game. The FA Cup is all about spirit and that is what makes the competition so great.
“Teams from lower divisions up their game and find something a bit extra and we had that today.
“For all that Josh Ollerenshaw has not had much to do and we’ve had chances to finish the game off. We haven’t taken them, so we have to roll our sleeves up and do it all again.
“The main thing is that we are in the hat for Monday’s draw and with our good away record I remain fairly confident we can go to Warrington and win.”
Colwyn Bay: Ollerenshaw, Olapade (Mendes 40mins), Stephens, Royle, Bembo-Leta, Noone, Buckley, Anoruo (Haywood 81mins), Hopley, Williams, Baynes (Anjos 90mins). Subs not used: Sharpe, Hodgson, Pilliner, Sinclair.
Attendance: 453.