Last minute goal denies battling Bay

Tim ChannonFirst Team

Lloyd Ellams scored his first goal for the Seagulls

Lloyd Ellams scored his first goal for the Seagulls

THE Seagulls were so close to becoming the first side this season to take a point off Salford City on their travels, only to be denied by  a 90th minute goal in a cruel 3-2 defeat.

The team showed great character to twice come from behind and level the scores and then defended superbly in the second half.

Salford took the lead after 12 minutes when James Poole stabbed home a right wing cross from close range.

Colwyn Bay equalised on 24 minutes when Luke Denson fired a free kick on the edge of the area, for a foul on Lloyd Ellams, into the bottom corner of the net, but Salford were back in front within two minutes by another goal from Poole.

That would have deflated many sides, but Colwyn Bay hit back again and Ellams headed his first goal for the club from a corner, won by Cory Williams, to level the scores again five minutes before half-time.

Salford, having won all seven of their previous away games this season, were striving for an amazing 18th consecutive away victory  2015, and really stepped up the pressure in the second half.

Colwyn Bay, with young James Graham making his debut, defended superbly with keeper Louis Gray pulling off couple of outstanding saves and  the game was in the 90th and last minute of normal time when the experienced Danny Webber, who came off the bench midway through the second half, headed the late winner from a Joseph Mwastle cross.

Joint caretaker manager Mike Lea, who missed the start of the game because he was stuck in traffic after a big accident closed the M56, later tweed “Deserved a point, lads worked so hard for each other. Gutted, but we are improving #seagulls”

The club hope to be announcing the appointment of a new manager on Thursday.

Colwyn Bay: Louis Gray, Shaun Dowling,  Luke Denson, James Graham, Rob Hopley, Kevin Holsgrove, Cory Williams, Robbie Booth (c), Lloyd Ellams,  John Marsden, Joe Newton. Subs not used: Gaz Rees, Mike Lea, Sam Barnes, Jordan Fagbola, Glenn Matthews.

Attendance: 239