Penalty save caps superb Bay win

Tim ChannonFirst Team

THE Seagulls pulled off a fantastic 4-2 home victory on Saturday to end an amazing 45-match unbeaten run by South Shields going back to last November.

 The Tynesiders had won 44 and drawn one of those league and cup games since losing 1-0 to local rivals North Shields on November 5 last year, but they found themselves 3-0 down at half-time against a Bay side that defended superbly and struck clinically on the break.
 The visitors pulled a goal back just after the hour, but were then denied by a brilliant penalty save from Bay keeper Matt Cooper, who had an outstanding game.
  The Seagulls were in front after 10 minutes when Sam Barnes scored in a goalmouth scramble after Jack Hindle’s shot from a corner was blocked, and seven minutes later Astley Mulholland showed his pace by breezing past a defender into the area from Danny Andrews’ headed pass and rifling a shot past visiting keeper Liam Connell.

Jack Hindle scored his first goals of the season playing in a more central role.

Bay had some luck on their side when South Shield twice hit the frame of the goal, with a looping header and a deflected shot, but they were 3-0 up when Jack Hindle scored from the penalty spot after he had been tripped on a run into the area.

  He just about managed to stay on his feet, but the foul clearly lost him momentum and it was a good decision by the  referee to award the spot kick.
 Hindle, who did well in a more central role, shot narrowly wide early in the second half before South Shields pulled a goal back on 62 minutes through Alex Nicholson and they looked set to make it 3-2 when they were awarded a penalty on 73 minutes – but Cooper flew to his right to pull off a superb save from substitute Michael Richardson.

Matt Cooper capped good performance with crucial penalty save.

That was a big moment in the game. At 3-2 Bay would have been under huge pressure in the remaining 20 minutes.

 Instead that save, and another minutes earlier to turn away a goalbound shot,  must have deflated South Shields and the Bay made sure of victory on 87 minutes when Will Booth played a free kick out wide to Jack Hindle, who beat a defender and cut inside to fire a low angled shot past the keeper into the far corner of the net.
  South Shields did get a late consolation from substitute Luke Sullivan deep into added time, but nothing could take the gloss off an outstanding result for the Bay.
 Manager Phill Hadland was obviously delighted, but was keeping his feet firmly on the ground.
  “It was a great performance and a super result and showed what we are capable of doing, but you learn in this game not to get too high over one result. We  have a big game now coming up on Tuesday (against unbeaten Hyde) and football has a habit of bringing you down to earth very quickly, so it is important we don’t get ahead of ourselves and we make sure we follow this up and deliver another performance on Tuesday.
 “I thought this was a very good squad performance, with the lads who came  off the bench also doing a job. We got the rub of the green a little bit today, but there have been plenty of occasions when we haven’t so it evens itself out.”
 The decision to play Jack Hindle in the middle in place of Jamie Rainford worked well as he had an excellent game and netted his first two goals of the campaign.
 “We knew South Shields would have a lot of possession and we just thought with the pace of Jack and Astley Mulholland up front we could hit them on the break – and that worked out pretty well,” added the manager.
Colwyn Bay are now one of only three sides still boasting unbeaten league records in the Evostik North and have moved up to seventh in the table.
 Colwyn Bay: Matt Cooper, Liam Turner, Louis Barnes, Luke Horrocks (Jack Kelleher 81mins), Danny Collins, Sam Barnes (c), Jamie Menagh (Danny Bartle 74mins), Will Booth, Jack Hindle, Astley Mulholland, Danny Andrews. Subs not used: Kris Leigh, Jamie Rainford, Shaun Holden.
Attendance: 309
  •  Match day mascot was Kieron Smith.
  • TOP PICTURE: Sam Barnes (No 6) cores sBay’s opening goal. PHOTO BY DAVID THOMAS
  • Match video highlights

    Matt Cooper flies to his right to save the 73rd minute penalty.

    Jack Hindle scores Bays third from the penalty spot. PHOTO BY DAVID THOMAS