THREE goals from Jamie Rainford helped the Seagulls hit bottom-of-the-table Burscough for six in a 6-0 victory – the biggest league win by a Colwyn Bay side in over seven years.
The previous highest win was a 7-0 success against Radcliffe Borough in August 2009 under Neil Young.
Burscough were out of luck early on when Rob Doran headed against the bar and Anthony Donaldson saw his shot hit a post with Kieran Wolland beaten, but then three goals in 12 minutes blew them apart.
Rainford scored the first on 22 minutes after taking a return pass from Danny Andrews, in a quick-passing move started by Warren Bellew, and then Astley Mulholland, who impressed on his home debut with his pace down the left, cut inside his fullback and fired past the keeper to make it 2-0 on 32 minutes.
Two minutes later Mulholland and Rainford combined to set up Danny Andrews for his seventh goal of the campaign and a minute before half-time Will Booth arrowed a 25 yarder into the bottom corner of the net to put Bay four up at the break.
Rainford brilliantly brought down a right wing cross from Tom Schofield and fired home on the turn to make it 5-0 on 58 minutes and after Bellew had hit the bar from the edge of the area and both Andrews and substitute Chris Gahgan had squandered good chances, Rainford completed his treble from a corner with three minutes remaining after Will Booth’s shot had been blocked.
See all the goals on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86lY_V7Ibyo&feature=youtu.be
Jamie’s opening goal has been selected by Pitcheroplay as the Evo-stik Goal Of The Week.
Delighted manager Phill Hadland singled out Astley Mulholland for special mention, and commented: “I thought he gave us a new dimension and his pace was a real threat.”
Mulholland had to go off in the second half with cramp, but will be fine for next week.
Hadland added: “We’ve not been scoring enough goals so that was the focus today and we changed our formation a little bit with that in mind. A combination of that and Burscough playing a youthful and inexperienced side played a part in us winning 6-0, but I don’t think the scoreline flattered us. We could have hit double figures if we’d taken all our chances.
“The important thing now is to take that into our last five games and build some momentum to take into next season so we can hit hit the ground running with, hopefully, the nucleus of this same squad.”
Colwyn Bay: Kieran Wolland, Will Booth, Louis Corrigan, Warren Bellew, Gaz Grant, Sam Barnes (c), Mike Roddy (Iwan Cartwright 56mins), Tom Schofield (Michael pino 63 mins), Astley Mulholland (Chris Gahgan 66mins), Jamie Rainford, Danny Andrews. Subs not used: Dan Collins and Luke Denson.
THE Reserves drew 3-3 with second-in-the-table Denbigh Town with two goals from Jack Nettleton and one from Matt Jones.
The Bay led 3-1 at one stage, but Denbigh scored two goals in the last 14 minutes to rescue a point.