‘Lots of positives’ in Bangor draw

Tim ChannonFirst Team

 Chris Sharp scored inside two minutes

Chris Sharp scored inside two minutes

SEAGULLS boss Ashley Hoskin said he felt there were “lots of positives” to take out of his side’s 1-1 draw with Bangor City – despite them missing out on victory when the Bangor keeper saved a late penalty.
“There were a lot more positives than negatives and overall I was quite pleased,” said the manager.
“In the second half particularly, when he we had a better balance, some of our passing and movement was very good and if we’d scored the penalty then we would have got the win.
“Bangor probably reflected more of what we will come up against in the league and so it was a useful exercise for us. They have had a settled side for a couple of years now while we have had to put together almost an entirely new side and we can only progress as we get more games.
The Seagulls got off to a great start by taking the lead after just 80 seconds when Chris Sharp broke clear and rounded City keeper Connor Roberts to score.
But the lead lasted only four minutes before Les Davies equalised with a shot from 20 yards that beat the diving Chris Sanna.
Sanna saved well from new Bangor signing Sam Jones while for the Bay Brandon Zibaka saw his lob over the keeper drop wide of the target and Wes Baynes (twice) and Robbie Booth (twice) were both off target with further efforts.
In the second half Colwyn Bay stepped up their game and the impressive Booth shot just wide and also brought a flying save from the Bangor keeper following a corner.
The Seagulls should have won the game on 78 minutes when Harry Clayton, who did well when he came on for his debut, was brought down in the area trying to go round the keeper, but then saw his spot kick saved.
Bangor were unlucky with a shot that hit the post in the closing minutes.
Jordan Fagbola at the back, John Dillon and Robbie Booth all impressed, while trialists Carl ‘Bruno’ Rodgers and Glen Belezika came on in the second half and the manager said he will have another look at them in the forthcoming games.
Chris Sharp was withdrawn before half time as a precaution after getting a knock, but is expected to be fit for the game against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday (3pm).
The Bay squad used was: Chris Sanna, Wes Baynes, Sam Barnes, Jordan Fagbola, Mike Lea, John Dillon, Archie Love, Shaun Dowling, Brandon Zibaka, Chris Sharp, , Robbie Booth, Luke Denson, Harry Clayton, Rob Hopley, Carl Rodgers, Glen Belezika, Zac Corbett and Archie Holt.
LOANEE keeper Connor Hunt, who impressed against Wrexham, has sadly been recalled from his month’s loan by his parent club Everton due to an injury to one of their other keepers.