Late Ellison header rescues point for Bay

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James Ellison headed an equaliser four minutes into added time to rescue a point for Colwyn Bay in a 2-2 draw at Brackley Town in the Skrill North on Saturday.

The Bay led at half-time with a cracking volley by Jamie Crowther from Rob Hopley’s cross on 22 minutes and had the better of the first half.

Brackley did not manage a single shot on target in that opening 45 minutes, while Gaz Evans had a shot on the turn saved by the keeper at the near post and both Marc Williams and Cameron Darkwah were narrowly off target.

In the second half Evans had a close range shot deflected wide off a defender after great play by Hopley and Marc Williams had opened up the home defence and then Cameron Darkwah and substitute Jamie Tolley, who was set up perfectly by Rob Hopley’s downward header, fluffed golden chances to score.

The Bay looked like paying for those misses as Brackley equalised on 77 minutes through substitute Ryan Rowe’s stooping header from a right wing cross and then Steve Diggin added a second at the far post from a low left wing cross with just two minutes of normal time remaining.

Heads could have gone down, but Colwyn Bay showed their character and deep into added time Ellison headed them level from a long diagonal free kick into the area.

That takes the 22-year-old’s league goals tally this season into double figures and with skipper Rob Hopley leading the way with 16, it is the first time since winning promotion to the Conference North that the Seagulls have had two players in double figures.

The point equals the club’s previous highest points total in the Conference North (53), but manager Frank Sinclair admitted he was very disappointed that his side had not won the game.

“I’m as sick as a parrot really because we’ve outplayed them for much of the game and deserved to win,” he told Tim Channon.

“They (Brackley) played quite a direct game which we expected them to, but we dealt with that well for the most part. We played some good football and if we’d taken our chances they would never have been in the game.

“Unfortunately we keep getting done at the back stick from crosses. It is something we have talked about a lot, but it has happened again which is disappointing.

“But these group of lads never give in and we’ve shown great character to come back from going behind so late in the game to get another good point away from home.”

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