Late equaliser denies Bay victory

Tim ChannonFirst Team

A GOAL in the last four minutes of normal time denied the Seagulls all three points as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Ossett Albion (Nov 5).
 The Bay, with Jack Phillips impressing on his debut, and Michael Roddy also playing his first game for the club, had the better of the first half but again couldn’t put away the chances that came their way.
 Scott Bakkor was unlucky to see his shot brilliantly cleared off the line by young defender Oliver Yates after taking the ball past keeper Jordan Bradshaw, who then did well to save from Gaz Burnett in a one-on-one.
 On a couple of other occasions Bay players were in good positions running onto ball into the area, but failed to shoot early enough and were crowded out by a hard-working Albion defence.
 Ossett were not too much of a threat going forward, although Kieran Wolland had to dive to his right to palm a shot from James Eyles away for a corner.
  The Bay then took the lead on 58 minutes when  WILL BOOTH rifled a shot into the net from the edge of the area as the ball rebounded to him after a Phillips effort had been blocked.
  For a while the Bay looked good for a second goal, but it didn’t come and after Ossett Albion introduced substitute Connor Bower to their attack they started to take control.
  Bower had a shot turned onto the post one-handed by Wolland and Nicholas Matthews put an excellent chance over the bar from 12 yards before Albion equalised on 86 minutes.
 Matthews’ strong run on the left took him almost to the bye-line, but from the tightest of angles he lifted the ball over Wolland into the far corner of the net.
  At the end Albion were pressing the hardest for a winner.
   Manager Paul Moore took some responsibility for making two  second half substitutions which he felt hadn’t worked.
  “After they brought the extra forward on we made the changes to try and tighten us up a bit, and for Will Jones to try and hold the ball up for us, but it didn’t really work and in hindsight I should probably have left it as it was.
 “Its disappointing not to get the three points, but they are a resilient side who are on a good unbeaten run at the moment.”
 COLWYN BAY: Kieran Wolland, Luke Denson, Louis Corrigan, Gaz Grant, Liam Turner, Kyle Armstrong, Michael Roddy, Will Booth, Scott Bakkor  (Tom Schofield 80 mins), Gary Burnett, Jack Phillips (Will Jones 78mins). Subs not used: Danny Andrews, Tom Schofield, Will Jones, Shaun Dowling, Michael Pino.
Attendance: 183
Seven-year-old Seagulls fan Riley McMillan, who plays for Llysfaen Juniors Under 8s and hopes to play for the Bay one day, took part in the warm-up before the Ossett Albion game with first team keepers Kieran Wolland (left) and Shaun Pearson and was presented with a pair of signed goalkeeper gloves by Shaun.

Seven-year-old Seagulls fan Riley McMillan, who plays for Llysfaen Juniors Under 8s and hopes to play for the Bay one day, took part in the warm-up before the Ossett Albion game with first team keepers Kieran Wolland (left) and Shaun Pearson and was presented with a pair of signed goalkeeper gloves by Shaun. His favourite player is Manchester United’s David de Gea.