THE Seagulls were on course for a top six spot only to be denied victory by an 86th minute equaliser in a 1-1 home draw against Tadcaster Albion.
Sam Barnes gave Bay an 19th minute lead from a corner and the Bay missed opportunities to double their lead before Tadcaster rescued a point through Josh Barrett from a free kick with just four minutes of normal time remaining.
Bay stay in ninth place, two points behind the top six.
Guest Blog – Match Report by ORANGEADE
“If you wanted to see an open, entertaining game of non-league football then the Four Crosses Construction Arena was the place to be.
With both sides trying to come to terms and take advantage of the strong westerly wind, neither team could fully master the conditions and consequently a 1-1 draw was a fair result.
Colwyn started the game the brightest and had Tadcaster on the back-foot until the nineteenth minute when Sam Barnes broke the deadlock, poking home a loose ball in a goalmouth scramble. It came from Jack Hindle’s corner kick who picked out Danny Andrews at the far post. His downward header towards the eight yard box caused havoc in the Tadcaster defence with the result that Sam Barnes poked home from close range.
Immediately from the restart, the visitors went straight on the attack and penetrated the Bay defence all too easily with Josh Barrett hitting the post when it would have been easier to score. However, the Bay rode their luck and got the ball upfield where they always looked positive going forward, playing some excellent passing football.
It was end-to-end football which can sometimes make a game unpredictable with missed chances against the run of play but this encounter lived up to it’s expectations and in the thirty second minute, Jack Hindle broke clear of the Tadcaster defence and brought out the best in Greg Hartley which for me, was the save of the game. Both side’s chances were few and far between but the visitors free kick, taken by Cameron Murray on the edge of the Bay box, was squandered by Josh Barrett.
Half time saw the Bay one goal the better, courtesy of SamBarnes.
Tadcaster came out for the second half with far more determination than they had in the first and on forty six minutes, Laurence Hunter took a free kick by way of a foul by Luke Horrocks and Sam Barnes dealt with the incoming cross with some excellent defending.
On fifty two minutes Bay broke clear down the middle, again with some good flowing football, but the final pass didn’t reflect the team’s performance.
Tadcaster hit the Bay on the break and Aaron Hardy put in a good cross which was well taken by Matt Cooper in the Bay goal. From his clearance the ball is picked up in midfield and the final pass to Will Booth almost paid dividends when he shot narrowly wide.
A rare mistake by Bay keeper Matt Cooper gifted Tadcaster a corner but the Bay defence easily dealt with the threat.
The only downside to what was a very entertaining game of football was a foul by Luke Horrocks, for which he got a yellow card, sparked a slight skirmish which amounted to nothing. It was a very competitive game and in the eighty-sixth minute Josh Barrett took advantage of some lax Bay defending to level the score.
From a Colwyn Bay viewpoint they would see this as two points dropped which would have lifted them into sixth spot in the league. Tadcaster however will see this result as a job well done although they would consider themselves somewhat fortunate.
The way they played, make no mistake Colwyn Bay are more than capable of finishing the season in with a shout for the play-offs with their sometimes open and flowing football. It will be interesting to see the league positions come the end of the season.”
Colwyn Bay: Cooper, Brizell, L Barnes, Horrocks (Hughes 69), Griffith, S Barnes, Kelleher (Rainford 63), Booth, Hindle, Mulholland, Andrews. Subs not used: Leigh, Turner, Grant.
The next game is at home to Warrington Town in the Integro League Cup on Tuesday (7:45pm).