THE Seagulls conceded two goals in each half and missed a penalty as they lost 4-0 at Colne – their heaviest league defeat for over a year.
It was very much “after the Lord Mayor’s show” with the Bay at times looking a pale shadow of the side that did so well to win at Scarborough at the weekend.
A back four that had to be rejigged due to the injury to Gaz Grant, was opened up with too easily at times and although Bay did have chances, their finishing was poor.
Even when they were awarded a penalty for handball deep in the second half, Astley Mulholland saw his spot kick saved by the home keeper.
The Bay played down the slope first half, but Colne were much the brighter side and after Alex Curran had put them ahead on 27 minutes, the home attack watzed through the Bay defence again for Harry Pratt to add a second two minutes before half-time.
Bay’s best chance fell to Jack Hindle who blazed it over the bar and other shots from Hindle and Elliot Rokka, in his last game before returning to Tranmere, were also off target.
Bay improved in the second half and had early chances including a goalmouth scramble in which they had three attempts to force the ball in from close range and failed to do so.
Elliot Rokka had a towering header from a Louis Barnes cross well saved by the diving keeper as Bay finally got some sustained possession, but Colne were always a threat and they broke quickly to add third goal from Oliver Crankshaw on 76 minutes.
The introduction of Danny Bartle, new signing Liam Dawson and Jamie Rainford from the bench made little difference and Colne added a fourth goal in the 90th minute through top scorer Alex Curran.
Manager Alan Morgan pulled no punches afterwards.
“Not good enough,” he said. “We were a million miles away from how we were at Scarborough, where we worked hard a battled for 90 minutes.
“Colne were brighter, sharper and quicker than us; they worked hard and won the battles.
“Its a big wake-up call. Its up to me now and we’ve got to make changes. I’m not having players doing well one minute and not the next. Some of them have to realise they have to do better.
“Even at 2-0 down at half-time we had chances in the first eight minutes of the second half to be level at 2-2 and then its a different game – but you have to take your chances.”
Colwyn Bay: Matt Cooper, Kyle Jacobs, Louis Barnes, Luke Horrocks (Liam Dawson 78), Will Booth, Sam Barnes (c)Danny Andrews (Jamie Rainford 85), Tom McCready, Jack Hindle (Danny Bartle 68), Astley Mulholland, Elliot Rokka. Subs not used: Kris Leigh and Josh Brizzell)