Rainford double as Bay win again

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Will Booth scored for the second successive game

TWO goals from Jamie Rainford took his season’s league tally to 20 and into plthe top six in the Evostik Division One North goal scorers list as the Seagulls won 3-0 at Mossley (April 8).

It was Jamie’s eighth goal in ten games for the Bay since signing in January and his 26th in all games this season (18 of those with Glossop).

Will Booth also scored for the second consecutive game, as well as providing the pass for Rainford’s first goal.

It lifts the Bay up to 14th, with a chance of moving into the top half of the table on Tuesday if they can win at Radcliffe Borough and Bamber Bridge fail to win at Clitheroe.

The Seagulls, however, do have injury worries for that game with Tom Schofield and Danny Andrews both picking up knocks against Mossley, while Gaz Grant had to pull out at the last minute after feeling some pain in the pre-match warm-up.

Dan Collins was drafted in from the bench as a late replacement and did well in the back four alongside skipper Sam Barnes.

Warren Bellew also had to pull out of the game, with Iwan Cartwright getting his first start, but Warren should be available for Tuesday.

Colwyn Bay were in front inside 13 minutes at Mossley when Rainford got to Will Booth’s long pass ahead of home keeper Will Jones and drilled the ball past a defender on the line from a narrow angle.

Kieran Wolland made a good save falling to his left from Mossley’s Keenan Quansah before Bay went 2-0 up 24 minutes.

Will Booth’s run and cross forced the first corner of the game and from Louis Corrigan’s flag kick, Booth won a great header under pressure at the far post to score his fourth goal of the season.

It needed an excellent save by Wolland, and goal-line clearance from Danny Andrews from the resulting corner, to keep the two goal lead intact at half-time and the Bay then added a third goal on 64 minutes.

A free kick on the right was only half cleared and when the ball was played back in Rainford was left unmarked to shoot past the keeper for his second of the game.

Mossley had much the better of the remainder of the half   as Bay’s attacking game fell away, but they dug in well at the back and Wolland made two excellent saves diving to his right and Dan Collins cleared another goalbound effort off the line to secure Bay’s second successive clean sheet and the third in six games.

Manager Phill Hadland agreed the second half performance was scrappy, but commented: “We had next Tuesday’s game at Radcliffe in mind and needed to hold back a bit for that – especially with two or three players picking up knocks.

“But we came to get three points and did that, so it was job done and I’m pleased with that.”

Colwyn Bay: Kieran Wolland, Will Booth, Louis Corrigan, Iwan Cartwright, Dan Collins, Sam Barnes (c), Mike Roddy, Tom Schofield (Danny Bartle 63 mins),  Astley Mulholland (Chris Gahgan 74 mins), Jamie Rainford, Danny Andrews (Mike Pino 83mins). Sub not used: Luke Denson.

Attendance: 167.

Mike Roddy gets in a tackle during the win at Mossley. Photo courtesy of Mossley AFC.

  • Top Photo: Jamie Rainford (right) and Dan Collins (left) both played big parts in Bay’s win at Mossley. Photo by DAVID THOMAS