Missed chances costly in Boxing Day defeat

Tim ChannonFirst Team

THE Seagulls put in a strong second half performance, but in the end paid for missed chances and costly errors as their four match unbeaten run ended with a 3-1 Boxing Day defeat at in-form Prescot Cables.
The kick off was delayed by ten minutes  because of a power failure at Volair Park, but when the game did start Colwyn Bay were immediately presented with a gift chance to take the lead in the first two minutes as a misplaced defensive pass left Jack Hindle  clean through on goal – but his weak finish was saved by the advancing keeper.
 Four minutes later and the Bay were behind as the dangerous Chris Almond started and finished a move which saw him feed Dan Burn on the right and then move  into the area to steer the low cross past Matt Cooper.

Sam Barnes scored his third goal of the season to put Bay level at 1-1.

Bay might have been awarded a free kick for a shove on Sam Barnes just before that goal, but the skipper got his revenge with an equaliser nine minutes later when Hindle’s shot was deflected for a corner. From the flag kick Gaz Grant directed the ball goalwards for Sam to get the final touch and turn it over the line.

 The game became quite tetchy leading to six bookings, including Bay’s Luke Horrocks, Jack Hindle, Louis Barnes and Will Booth, but Prescot were always  a threat in the first half and they went back in front on 33 minutes.
 Lloyd Dean’s pass sent Chris Almond clear and although Matt Cooper did well to well to block his first shot, Prescot’s top scorer made no mistake from the rebound.
 Dan Burn’s header was inches away from increasing Prescot’s lead before half-time, but Colwyn Bay came out strongly in the second half and felt a big decision went against them when Danny Bartle looked to be brought down from behind by ex-Seagull Valter Fernandes as he was breaking clear into the area. A foul would surely have to meant a red card for Fernandes, but the referee ruled there was NO  foul.
 “I was definitely clipped and for me it should have been a penalty and a red,” protested Dan Bartle afterwards.
   Astley Mulholland somehow failed to connect with a ball driven across the face of the goal when he unmarked at the far post and Danny Bartle was narrowly wide with a good effort on the run as Bay strived for an equaliser.
  But they were finally undone when Luke Horrocks  lost possession on the half-way line to allow  Jordan Wynne to run clear, and although Matt Cooper did well to beat his shot away for a corner with a flying save, Lloyd Dean rose to head Prescot’s third and match-killing goal from the flag kick on 82 minutes.
  Jack Hindle then missed out on another one-on-one with the keeper to complete a frustrating day.
  “I’m disappointed with the goals we gave away and disappointed with some of our decision-making at vital moments,” said manager Alan Morgan afterwards.
 “I thought we created a few chances but couldn’t put them away and in games like these against teams doing well in the league you’ve to take your chances.
 “Overall we could have scored before they got their first, which would have been a great start, and there have been a lot of balls played across the six yard box which we haven’t capitalised on and when we had better options.
 “I couldn’t fault the effort the lads put in second half, but we’ve clearly got some work to do and we’ve got to make sure our decision-making is better.”
  COLWYN BAY: Matt Cooper, Kyle Jacobs, Louis Barnes, Gareth Grant, Sam Barnes (c) (Jamie Rainford 79mins), Danny Andrews (Nathan Brown 72mins), Will Booth (Lassana Mendes 72 mins), Jack Hindle, Danny Bartle, Astley Mulholland. Subs not used: Kris Leigh, Dan Collins.
Attendance: 353.