Marc on target in 1-1 draw

Tim ChannonFirst Team

Marc Williams gave Bay a ninth minute lead at Brackley.

Marc Williams gave Bay a ninth minute lead at Brackley.

MARC WILLIAMS gave the Seagulls a ninth minute lead but they conceded a penalty three minutes later in a 1-1 draw at Brackley.
Although they missed out on a win that would have put them within three points of the top five, they now boast the only unbeaten away record in the league (four wins and four draws) following Guiseley’s defeat at Barrow.
Rob Hopley just failed to connect with a Louis Moss cross before the Bay took the lead.
Hopley headed on a long throw from Anthony Stephens and Marc Williams turned well in the box to fire past home keeper Billy Turley.
But the lead lasted only three minutes as Bay struggled to clear a determined Brackley attack and when Stephens was adjudged to have handled Ryan Rowe’s header on the line, Rowe equalised from the penalty spot.
Paulo Mendes and Obi Anoruo were both off target with Bay’s only other attempts on goal in the first half, while they had a couple of narrow escapes at the other end, with Josh Ollerenshaw making a fine double save and Jonathan Royle throwing his body in the way of a shot from the rebound.
The second half saw chances squandered at both ends with Hopley, Stephens and Wes Baynes all narrowly off target, and Williams heading over the bar from Baynes cross, while Brackley also missed the target with three good chances, Ollerenshaw made a spectacular save from Rowe and Royle made another crucial block with Ollerenshaw out of his ground.
The Bay might have snatched victory in the closing minutes, however, with Anoruo putting a good chance over the bar from Hopley’s lay off and Vinnie Mukendi, who came on for his debut as a second half substitute, hit a fierce shot from nearly 30 yards which the keeper could only parry and a Brackley defender just beat Williams to the rebound.
With four of the top eight losing, a win would have put the Seagulls within three points of the top five, but manager Frank Sinclair was content with a point.
“When you come off the back of a 5-0 defeat like they have you expect a response and we have to give them credit because they made it difficult for us, especially in the second half,” he said afterwards.
“We had a few opportunities to put the game to bed, but they’ve had chances as well and in all its a good point away from home – and to have the only unbeaten away record in the league is something to be proud of.
“I am pleased with the players’ efforts again. The final ball let us down at times and we still lack a bit of conviction in front of goal. I don’t know it that is anxiousness or a confidence thing, but we are creating chances and the belief will come.”
Colwyn Bay: Ollerenshaw, Bembo-Leta (Mukendi 61 mins), Moss, Stephens, Royle, Mendes (Buckley 77mins), Anoruo, Hopley, Williams, Baynes. Subs not used: Sharpe, Haywood, Olapade.
Attendance: 220.

THE reserves came from a goal down at half-time to make it five wins in a row with a 3-2 win over Glan Conwy, thanks to a 90th minute penalty from Damian Ketley.
They were 1-0 down at half-time, but Ketley equalised from a good passage of play and Aaron Rickards added a second before Glan Conwy equalised with a lob over the Bay keeper.
Colwyn Bay missed several chances in the windy conditions and on a slippery pitch before their third penalty claim of the game was successful and Ketley won it from the spot.
That puts the reserves into second place in the Welsh Alliance Division Three table, three points behind leaders Llandyrnog with three games still in hand.