Manager sacked after Marine defeat

Tim ChannonFirst Team

THE Club have announced that following today’s 3-0 home defeat to Marine, which leaves the Seagulls nine points adrift of safety, they have parted company with manager Kevin Lynch.

Club captain Carl Rodgers and vice-captain Luke Denson will take charge of the squad for Thursday’s home game against Mickleover Sports (7.45pm) while the club decide on their next move.

Vice chairman Kurtis Chapman said: “The board feel that despite all the changes Kevin has made to the squad, things have not improved since he came in. He has had plenty of time, but a lot of the performances, particularly at home, have been well below the standard required.

“It is very disappointing because we thought Kevin would prove a good appointment and had been in talks with him about planning for next season, but it has become clear for a while that things were not working.

“We hope that Bruno (Rodgers) and Luke (Denson) will now be able to foster the same spirit in the team that we had when Rob Hopley and Mike Lea were briefly in charge, until a new manager is appointed.

“It may be that some players will want to leave, but we will have no hesitation in bringing in some of the Reserves (they won 10-1 today to take another step towards winning their championship) if needed.

“We would ask the supporters to stick with us and give the team and the club all the support they can during this very difficult period.”

The team were behind after only seven minutes against Marine and once the visitors had added a second 15 minutes later, there was only going to be one winner.

Marine added a third direct from a corner in the second half and only three fine saves from Craig Ellison prevented further goals.

Colwyn Bay:  Craig Ellison,  Connor Roberts-Nurse, Shaun Dowling, Ben Cartwright (Jordan Fagbola 45mins), Antonie Boland, Carl Rodgers (c), Josh Sumner (Luke Denson 69mins), Bradley Bauress, Carl Lamb, Adam Morgan (Steve Wilson 80mins), Jordan Harper. Subs not used: Nathan Quirk.

Attendance: 302


THE Reserves had another excellent win, beating Blaenau Ffestiniog 10-1 at Llandudno with Michael Taylor leading the way with five goals.

Adam Whitlock scored three (taking his tally to nine in four games), while Ashley Seddon and Adam Carpenter were the other scorers.

With Trearddur Bay and Denbigh Town both having their games postponed due to waterlogged pitches, Colwyn Bay are now 11 points clear at the top of the table.