THE Seagulls scored two goals in two minutes right at the death to pull off an amazing 2-1 victory at promotion-chasing Workington.
A goal down at half-time through Conor Tinnion’s sweetly-struck free kick, the Bay were kept in the game by a string of outstanding saves by keeper Shaun Pearson.
Then three minutes from the end of normal time, John Marsaden side-stepped a defender in the area to score the equaliser and two minutes later Luke Denson ran clear onto substitute Josh Sumner’s neat pass to hit the 89th minute winner.
Workington, who had earlier also hit the bar, had Scott Allison sent off in added time for a jump tackle and Pearson made another fine save to tip a goalbound header over the bar to give manager Kevin Lynch his first league win.
But although he said it was pleasing to get his first victory he added: “Its not about me, its about the players. They never let their heads drop and deserve a huge pat on the back. I thought they were outstanding.”
Colwyn Bay lost Zac Corbett at half-time with a hamstring injury, after he had earlier thrown his body in the way of Gareth Arnison pile-driver to prevent a certain second Workington goal, and Mike Lea was limping heavily at the end with a dead leg after Bay had used up their three substitutions, but the players showed real grit to see out seven long minutes of added time to secure the win.
With Jordan Fagbola out injured, Antonie Boland and Will Bell did an excellent job as a makeshift centre back pairing.
“We said to the lads at half-time to keep believing,” said the manager. “Shaun (Pearson) made some great saves to keep us in it and while it stayed at 1-0 I always thought as we got later and later into the game we would get a chance.
“We made a couple of substitutions, with the lads who came on (Josh Sumner and Joe Newton) doing well, and the finishing for the two goals was tremendous.”
Colwyn Bay: Shaun Pearson, Shaun Dowling, Zac Corbett (Mike Lea 45 mins), Will Bell, Carl Rodgers (c), Antonie Boland, John Marsden, Bradley Bauress, Shaun Tuck (Josh Sumner 58 mins), Carl Lamb (Joe Newton 78 mins), Luke Denson. Subs not used: Jordan Fagbola, Glenn Matthews.