Missed chances cost FA Trophy exit

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Shaun Pearson made three fantastic first half saves.

Shaun Pearson made three fantastic first half saves.

THE Seagulls paid the price for missed chances as they bowed out of the FA Trophy with a 3-1 defeat in their replay at Witton Albion (Nov 1).

 On the back of failing to score from the penalty spot in the 1-1 draw at the weekend, Scott Bakkor and Will Jones were guilty of two bad misses, while Gaz Burnett and Danny Andrews spurned other good opportunities.
 Having said that, only three fantastic saves by Shaun Pearson in the first half kept Colwyn Bay in the tie.
  Two former Bay players were among the home scorers with Michael Wilson getting the first after just seven minutes with a sweetly-hit volley after Rob Hopley had headed on a corner.
   The Seagulls equalised two minutes later with a good finish by Burnett, but as Colwyn Bay struggled to contain Witton’s pacey attacks, Steven Tames saw a shot rebound of a post and Brad Bauress was inches wide with another effort.
  The Bay were then unlucky when Bay hit the bar with the home keeper beaten, and straight from the clearance Tames broke clear at the other end to put the home side 2-1 up.
  Bakkor then had a great chance to equalise when a defender’s mistake left him clear on goal, but he shot straight at the advancing keeper in a one-on-one situation.
   After that it was keeper Shaun Pearson who  kept Bay in the game, flying to his left to turn a Paul Williams shot round the post, leaping to tip a Town Owens effort over the bar and then diving to his left to keep out a Williams free kick with a brilliant one-handed save.
  Late in the half  Bay had another half chance when then ball fell for Burnett inside the area, but he spooned the chance high and wide.
  In the second half the Bay should have been level on 67 minutes when Burnett latched onto a weak back pass and rounded the keeper before setting up a perfect chance for Will Jones – only for him to slice his sidefoot finish horribly wide of an open goal from 12 yards.
 Danny Andrews then shot straight at the keeper from another good opportunity
   When Jones then did get the ball in the net from Louis Corrigan’s low cross, the flag went up for offside – the third time in four games the Bay have had what could have been a key goal disallowed.
   Bay’s hopes of saving the tie went with it as Witton finished strongly after that with Owens hitting the post again and Rob Hopley securing victory by sliding in the home side’s third goal on 82 minutes.
  Colwyn Bay: Shaun Pearson, Luke Denson, Louis Corrigan, Gaz Grant, Tom Hardwick (c), Kyle Armstrong (Will Booth 83mins), Tom Schofield, Scott Bakkor, Will Jones, Gaz Burnett, Danny Andrews (Michael Pino 86mins). Subs not used: Kieran Wolland, Liam Turner, Shaun Dowling.
Attendance: 257