A PENALTY and a red card for Luke Denson early in the second half proved the turning point as Colwyn Bay lost 2-0 at Buxton.
The Bay had done pretty well first half against the top four side, but it all went wrong in the opening two minutes of the second half when Denson brought down Liam Hardy as he raced clear inside the area.
Hardy scored from the spot and Denson got a straight red card.
With the defence disrupted and the Bay still trying to re-organise, Buxton quickly added a second goal through Alistair Taylor, but after that Colwyn Bay had good chances to get back in the game, only to waste them with wayward finising – especially by substitute Chris Sharp who put three good chances over the bar, including two headers from six yards out.
Frustrated manager Ash Hoskin commented: “The first half was the best we’ve played. We got the ball down, passed it, caused them problems and never looked in any trouble.
“They put us under a bit of pressure just before half-time but we saw that through. The last thing I said before we went out for the second half was don’t make any early mistakes to give them a lift – and what happens? One long ball, Luke gets the wrong side of his man and that’s changed the game.
“Its a red card, no argument and then they score again right after when we are still trying to re-organise, but after that we’ve been the better side with ten men and had three absolute fantastic chances, two from six yards and one from around the penalty spot and have missed the target with all three!
“Its so frustrating, but there are a lot of positive to take out it and the work ethic of the players was unbelievable.”
Colwyn Bay: Griffiths, Dowling, Corbett, Dillon (Lea 52mins), Denson, Brewster (Rodgers 83 mins), Booth, Marsden, Holsgrove (Sharp 63 mins), Hopley, Williams. Sus not used: Love, Matthews.