THE Seagulls continued their revival with a second win in four days as they claimed an excellent 4-2 away victory at Droylsden (March 14).
Jamie Rainford got the Man of the Match award with two goals and there was one apiece for Danny Bartle and Tom Schofield as the Bay climbed above Droylsden on goal difference and out of the bottom eight.
The new attacking spearhead of Rainford and Bartle have now scored six goals between them in the last four games and are starting to form a really exciting partnership up front.
They combined to open the scoring after only eight minutes as Bartle broke on the left from Danny Andrews’ pass and crossed low for Rainford to fire past home keeper James Coates.
The lead lasted only four minutes before Scott Metcalfe put Droylsden level, but after Bartle and Rainford had both missed out on good chances, Bartle scored with a brilliant stooping header from Louis Corrigan’s corner to put the Bay back in front five minutes before the break.
The Bay then could have been out of sight with Rainford and Bartle both missing the target after breaking clear of the home defence with just the keeper to beat, and Colwyn Bay looked like paying for those misses when Droylsden equalised again through Domaine Rouse’s deflected shot on 65 minutes.
But the Seagulls displayed their new spirit and character to hit back straight away and when a corner produced a goalmouth scramble, Tom Schofield rifled in his first goal of the season to put his side back in front on 68 minutes.
Five minutes later Rainford broke on the left and cut inside before driving a right foot shot past the keeper for Bay’s fourth.
Colwyn Bay had to defend sternly against a late Droylsden onslaught, with Luke Denson coming on and doing a good job in helping to shore up the centre of defence and seeing the game out.
That’s the first back to backs wins for the Bay since mid-November.
Manager Phill Hadland was delighted with the win, but said what pleased him most was the way the side responded to being pegged back at 2-2 midway through the second half after missing two or three good chances to put the game to bed.
“Three or four weeks ago I fear we would have crumbled at that point, but we showed a really good spirit and real character, with people all working for each other, to get back in front.
“There is a real togetherness in the team at the moment and that is the most pleasing thing.
“The front two are starting to look very good, working hard and scoring goals. We scored four and could have had seven or eight. I’m particularly pleased for Danny because he was playing at a level two divisions lower and has adapted really well.
“The important thing now is to keep that momentum going.
“We had a strong bench tonight and that will help. Everybody knows they have to perform because there are players just as good as them waiting to take their place.”
Colwyn Bay: Kieran Wolland, Will Booth, Louis Corrigan, Danny Collins (Luke Denson 76mins), Gareth Grant, Sam Barnes (c), Mike Roddy, Tom Schofield (Warren Bellew 70 mins), Danny Bartle, Jamie Rainford, Danny Andrews (Iwan Cartwright 88 mins). Subs not used: Chris Gahgan and Liam Turner.