Late rally fails to rescue a point

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Danny Reynolds made a promising debut as a second half substitute

Danny Reynolds made a promising debut as a second half substitute

A SPIRITED late rally wasn’t enough to save the Seagulls from a 2-1 home defeat to Rushall Olympic.

 The Midlanders dominated much of the game, but their two goals both came after the Bay had given away possession.
 From a Bay attack deep in the visitors’ half, a wayward pass allowed Rushall  to break down the left and Alex Reid’s cross teed up top scorer Luke Benbow for his 14th league goal of the season.
 Benbow had another shot turned round the post by Shaun Pearson and Benbow and Kris Taylor were both narrowly off target with other efforts, while Colwyn Bay’s only threat in the first half came from a Cory Williams shot which Rushall keeper Dean Coleman palmed away for a corner.
 The game continued in the same vein in the second half with the Bay struggling to string any attacking moves together.
 Benbow hit the bar with a header and Reid curled a shot narrowly wide, before Rushall doubled their lead on 67 minutes.
 Again the ball was given away sloppily and  Reid ran clear to round the keeper and score.
  The Seagulls improved after Wrexham loanee Danny Reynolds came off  the bench and he had a shot deflected over the bar off a defender and was unlucky when he closed down and blocked an attempted clearance and saw the rebound drop agonisingly wide of a gaping goal.
 The Bay, however,  were given a lifeline with a John Marsden penalty on 80 minutes after he had been brought down by a rash challenge in the area.
 That sparked the late rally in which Cory Williams had another big shout for a penalty  turned down as he looked to be felled as a strong run took him into the area.
  Carl Rodgers and Reynolds both shot wide and right at the death Luke Denson put a great chance to equalise over the bar from six yards.
 Manager Kevin Lynch admitted it was very disappointing.
 “We never got going in the first half and it was only in the last 20 or 25 minutes we started to show signs of what we’ve shown in the previous games.
 “We found it difficult against a well organised, tough side, but having said that two mistakes have led to their goals and that is frustrating.
 “I think we possibly lost momentum from the Halesowen game by having last weekend’s game at Hyde postponed, but I’m not here to make excuses.
 “We’ve trained well over the last fortnight and  we made some changes to bring people in, but when players are given a chance in the team they have to demonstrate that they’ve got a future here or not.
  “I thought Danny Reynolds, however, was outstanding when he came on. He has a bright future and that’s the type of young player we are trying to bring in to enhance us.
 “All in all today was very disappointing,  but it is no good feeling sorry for ourselves. We are where we are and we’ve  got to regroup and keep working to turn results around.”
 Colwyn Bay: Shaun Pearson, Luke Denson, Glenn Matthews (Joe Newton 72mins), Will Bell, Jordan Fagbola, Carl Rodgers (c), Josh Sumner, Antonie Boland (Shaun Dowling68 mins), Kevin Holsgrove (Danny Reynolds 68 mins), John Marsden, Cory Williams. Subs not used: Zac Corbett, Mike Lea.
Attendance: 209
A BAD day for the club was capped by the Reserves losing their unbeaten record with a 3-1 defeat at Meliden, with Adam Carpenter getting their only goal. Denbigh Town won and have cut Bay’s lead at the top of the table to seven points.
 The Reserves next match is at home to Llandudno Junction on Friday November 27th (7.30pm kick off)
 COLWYN BAY Youths drew 1-1 with Cerrig-y-Drudion.