A NEEDLESS red card for Scott Bakkor proved so costly as the Seagulls, forced to play for most of the second half with ten men, lost 2-1 at Glossop North End (Oct 22) to a goal scored in the FOURTH minute of added time.
Bakkor had been the star of the first half with some outstanding play on the left, and the Bay looked well in with a chance of coming home with all three points – until his ill discipline after 51 minutes changed the game.
He was clearly annoyed that the referee took no action when he was barged into the advertising hoardings by a home defender and was booked soon after for taking his own revenge on the player with a strong challenge.
He was then immediately shown a second yellow for dissent – leaving his team to play for over 40 minutes with ten men.
The Bay had played really well in the first half, with home keeper Matt Cooper saving with his legs when Will Booth’s pass played in Bakkor, and Gaz Grant was narrowly wide with a header from one of three early corners.
Bakkor had been causing the home defence all sorts of problems, so it was rather against the run of play when Glossop took the lead with a Mike Norton header from their first corner of the game on 29 minutes.
Bay thought they had cleared it off the line, but the linesman flagged it had gone over and the referee gave the goal after consulting with his assistant.
The Seagulls hit back, however, and equalised on 37 minutes when Bakkor latched onto Louis Corrigan’s long ball and cleverly cut into the area before scoring at the third attempt after his first two efforts were blocked.
Things looked good at half-time with Kieran Wolland, who was given his first start in goal, rarely troubled, but the sending off meant the Bay had to rein back on their excellent attacking play and look to hit on the break.
Even so, although Glossop hit the bar through Norton, Bay defended well, with Grant and Tom Hardwick outstanding, and Bay probably had the best chances to take the lead with the home keeper making a diving save to keep out a Gaz Grant header from Luke Denson’s free kick and then deep into added time Gaz Burnett, who worked really hard up front in the second half, set up a chance for Tom Schofield only for the keeper to make another diving block.
For a moment it looked as though Schoey was going to win it for the Bay, but cruelly, straight from the clearance, Glossop went up the other end and when a bad bounce thwarted Grant’s attempt to clear, the ball ran through for Max Leonard to score and break Bay hearts.
Furious manager Paul Moore pulled no punches afterwards when he said: “If Scott stays on the pitch we win the game!
“We were doing well and they couldn’t contain him (Bakkor). He was virtually unplayable and then to lose such a vital player straight after half-time for ill discipline?
“I hit the roof in the dressing room afterwards.
“Unfortunately that took the gloss off the fantastic work the other ten lads put in because they absolutely grafted for the club today and they deserved to come away with something.
“But this season we’ve lost Danny Andrews through ill discipline (red carded at Scarborough), now we lose Scott through ill discipline and we’ve got bookings through ill discipline that are going to cost us suspensions – and it has got to stop!
“Unless certain individuals take that on board it is going to cost us dear.
“I can’t bring people in just to cover for players who want to fight and moan at the referee.
“Some referees give good decisions and some give bad ones, but you have to keep your discipline.
“Today their keeper has handled well outside the area and gets away with it. The linesman, who gave their first goal when we thought we had cleared off the line, was right in line with him and did nothing.
“But I’m not going to go on about that because in the end it is ill discipline that has cost us the game and that is what I’m most disappointed about.”
On the positive side, although the Bay now drop to tenth place, they are still only two points off the top five play-off places and three of their next four league games are against teams currently in the bottom six.
Colwyn Bay: Kieran Wolland, Luke Denson, Louis Corrigan, Gaz Grant, Tom Hardwick (c), Kyle Armstrong, Liam Turner (Tom Schofield 78 mins), Will Booth, Will Jones, Gaz Burnett, Scott Bakkor. Subs not used: Shaun Pearson, Danny Andrews, Chris Gahgan, Michael Pino.
League table on www.colwynbayfc.co.uk/league