ONE lapse of concentration at a corner early in the second half proved costly as the Seagulls lost a tightly fought match 1-0 away to a Clitheroe side that have now won six league and Cup games in a row and are unbeaten in eight.
The Bay had the better of the first half, forcing six corners to none by the home side, but once again they could not take the chances they created.
Home keeper Chris Thompson, who was named the home side’s man of the match, made good saves from Jack Kelleher, Scott Bakkor and Louis Corrigan, while an inswinging corner from Corrigan was headed off the line and Bakkor put in a strong run into the area to beat the advancing keeper with an angled shot that rolled inches wide of the gaping goal.
Karl Wills, making his debut in goal for the Bay had not had much to do, but two minutes into the second half a Clitheroe corner produced a scramble on the goalline from a Ryan Ellison header which the Bay were unable to clear before Dimitri Tuanzebe knocked it in.
That gave the home side a big lift and they dominated for a while with Brad Carroll hitting the Bay bar with a long range effort.
Colwyn Bay, however, finished the game quite strongly, but with Clitheroe packing men behind the ball, a shot by Bakkor, which the keeper tipped onto the bar and over, was the closest they came to an equaliser.
Interim manager Phill Hadland said everyone in the dressing room was gutted by the result.
“Everyone was united in trying to get a result today. I can’t fault the players for effort and we tried to be hard to beat – but we’ve switched off for one set piece and it has cost us,” he said.
“Its not the first time we have conceded a goal straight after half-time and that is something we need to address. I don’t know if it is a concentration thing or what, but we may think about coming out for the second half a bit earlier and going through some routines to get concentration levels back up instead of sitting in the dressing room.
“We certainly missed Jack Phillips (suspended) today and in the second half only Scott Bakkor looked like carving out an opening against a very well organised side who keep things tight and give very little away.
“You can see why they have been on such a good run, but I think today proved that we need to bring in another forward with pace and I’m also looking for another defender.”
Colwyn Bay: Karl Wills, Luke Denson, Louis Corrigan, Kyle Armstrong, Tom hardwick (c), Gaz Grant, Liam Turner (Will Jones 90 mins), Will Booth (Chris Gahgan 73 mins), Scott Bakkor, Jack Kelleher, Danny Andrews. Subs not used: Kieran Wolland, Michael Roddy and Michael Pino.