SEAGULLS boss Alan Morgan has called on the players to show mental strength after the disappointment of a 3-1 defeat at Droylsden (April 24).
With other results going against them, it means Thursday’s final home game against sixth-placed Trafford is now a must win game – and it could be that a weary looking Bay may also need to win at Hyde on Saturday, as Colne and Tadcaster are both back in contention for the play-offs after their wins on Tuesday.
Defeat for the Bay against a side that hadn’t previously won at home this year, was a massive setback to their hopes, but the manager commented: “There are two games left which are going to really big for us and we’ve got to see who is the strongest now both mentally and physically.
“The players have to dust themselves down and not worry about the knocks and strains they are carrying; anyone feeling sorry for themselves might as well not turn up.”
He refused to blame tiredness for the defeat. “I’m not going to make excuses. Droylsden played Saturday like us, but we struggled against their pace and we struggled against their legs and we’ve got to make sure that doesn’t happen again.
“The problem we have is that we are not putting two performances together. We win one and then lose one and we have to sort that out.”
The Bay would have gone into sixth place with a win at Droylsden, but after a promising start they really struggled against the home side’s pace and height and in the end they could not argue with the result as Droylsden completed an FA Cup and league treble over the Seagulls this season.
The home side lost their keeper Will Jones ( stretchered off with a suspected broken foot on 36 minutes) following a challenge from Jack Hindle, which the home side felt deserved a red card rather than a yellow. Although they had to put full back Ben Barber in goal for the rest of the game, Colwyn Bay couldn’t put him under any sustained pressure.
Apart from one good save from Danny Andrews, he wasn’t seriously tested.
The home side showed great resolve and energy after that incident and took the lead on 44 minutes with Liam Caddick’s angled shot into the bottom corner of the net after strong play by Sefton Gonzales had set up the chance.
Matt Cooper made two fine point blank saves and Droylsden also hit the bar, before Bay broke from that let off for Jack Hindle to equalise from Lass Mendes’ pass with an angled shot that went in off the inside of the post on 69 minutes.
A minute later, however, Droylsden were back in front through Levi Phillips and with Bay throwing men forward in a desperate bid to save the game, they were caught out at the back for Gonzales to run clear and score Droylsden’s third in added time.
Now it is Trafford on Thursday (7:45pm) and club are calling for supporters to turn up in numbers to get behind the team.
Gaz Grant is a big doubt after missing the Droylsden game through concussion and Astley Mulholland is still struggling with a hamstring strain.
Colwyn Bay: Matt Cooper, Kyle Jacobs, Louis Barnes, Billy Sass-Davies, Josh Brizell (Jamie Rainford 57 minutes), Sam Barnes (c), Danny Andrews, Tom McCready, Jack Hindle, Lass Mendes, Will Booth (Danny Bartle 86 minutes). Subs not used: kris Leigh, Luke Horrocks and Neil Coverley.
THE Academy Under-11s will be the dedicated mascots for Thursday’s final home game against Trafford and will lead the team out before the game, although most of the Academy lads will be there to help cheer the team on.