SEAGULLS boss Kevin Lynch has issued a rallying call to his injury-hit squad to “stand up and be counted” as they face a huge week with two games in five days against bottom three rivals.
They play Ramsbottom on Tuesday and third-bottom Mickleover Sports at home next Saturday at the start of a crucial period in which nine of the last 14 games are against teams in the bottom eight.
“We’ve got a good run of games now which puts our fate in our own hands. The players have to roll their sleeves up and stand up and be counted,” said the manager.
“I believe we’ve got the players, despite all the injuries, to do that.”
The injury situation, in fact, has worsened with three more players added to the list in the 3-0 defeat at league leaders Blyth – the most serious being Jordan Harper who left the ground on crutches after a dreadful tackle saw him carried from the field on a stretcher.
Shaun Dowling and Bradley Bauress also had to be substituted with injuries to add to Jack Kelleher, Johnny Gorman, Antonie Boland and Stephen Wilson who all missed the game with injuries.
The manager was unhappy that referee Craig Dean didn’t take firmer action.
“Brad (Bauress) has got stud marks right down his shin from a bad challenge and the tackle on Jordan shortly afterwards was a leg-breaker. I thought the referee could have dealt with those incidents a little bit better,” he said.
Blyth’s Alex Nicholson, escaped with a yellow card for the tackle on Harper which infuriated the Bay players.
The Seagulls, who now have Cory Williams back at the club from Rhyl, were well in the game for an hour and had a fair share of the attacking play in the first half.
Harper sent two shots dipping just over the bar, Carl Lamb found the net but was flagged offside, and Shaun Dowling had an effort brilliantly tipped over the bar by home keeper Adam McHugh.
But without their two main central defenders (Boland injured and Jordan Fagbola suspended) the Bay allowed Blyth to score two goals from long balls down the middle.
Michael Richardson scored the first on 39 minutes from Rob Dale’s flick on and Wilson Kneeshaw beat new Bay keeper Craig Ellison to another long ball flick on for the second on 61 minutes.
“It was route one football for the two goals and we haven’t dealt with it,” sighed the manager.
” I thought we were well in the game first half, and even at 1-0 I felt if we could contain them and not give away a silly goal we were always in with a shout – but the second goal really took the wind out of our sails.”
Dale added a brilliant individual third goal in the 90th minute to complete Blyth’s victory, while Ellison made good saves from Arran Wearmouth and Kneeshaw.
Colwyn Bay: Craig Ellison, Shaun Dowling (Cory Williams 50mins), Liam Gibson, James Graham, Carl Rodgers (c), Luke Denson, Connor Roberts-Nurse, Bradley Bauress (Steve Boothman 65mins), Josh Sumner, Carl Lamb, Jordan Harper (Adam Carpenter 75mins). Sub not used: Connor Hunt.
THE Reserves won their top of the table clash with Trearddur Bay in emphatic style with a 9-1 romp at Llandudno to go three points clear of their rivals with two games in hand.
Adam Whitlock and Sean Sheridan scored three goals each, while Will Frost got two and Michael Taylor one.