Reserves beaten without a keeper

Tim ChannonReserve Team

Liam Jones filled in as stand in keeper and was named Bay's man of the match.

Liam Jones filled in as stand in keeper and was named Bay’s man of the match.

THE Reserves were beaten 3-0 away to Treaddur Bay (Dec 17)  after a difficult fixture  proved to be even tougher as the Bay  went into the game without a recognized goalkeeper due to the unavailability of both regular stoppers Matt Brookes and Jordan Allen-Jones.

Manager James Perkins reports that Trearddur started the game like a house on fire, committing to a high press inside Bay’s half which worked to great effect.

At almost every opportunity they won back possession very quickly early on, and the game was only 10 minutes old when a looping header to the back post from a right wing cross gave stand in ‘keeper Liam Jones no chance.

Bay went close to an equaliser almost instantly, as Oli Mason-Lane curled an effort off the base of the far post, but soon after it was 2-0. A powerful run from deep inside the oppositions half should have been brought to end long before it became a problem, but Bay’s defending wasn’t strong enough and a Trearddur forward lashed a powerful drive high into the roof of the net from close range when the ball landed at his feet.

Colwyn Bay then conceded a third first half goal to compound the disappointment of such an unusually poor performance.

Half Time: Trearddur Bay 3 – 0 Colwyn Bay
The Reserves made a tactical alteration at half time, sacrificing a defender for a forward as Jack Nettleton came on to replace Liam Lewis.
 Despite having a mountain to climb Bay started the half really well, showing early glimpses of the sharp attacking play that was on show against Junction last weekend. Trearddur’s territorial advantage disappeared as the away team gave it their best efforts to make up for the first half showing.
  A goalmouth scramble after an awful mix-up between the home ‘keeper and centre back was somehow cleared, when it seemed inevitable that Bay would score.
  Mason-Lane was desperately unlucky not to get one back for the visitors as his strike was initially saved by the home goalkeeper who then seemed to spill the ball over his own goal line, but  the referee decided otherwise and no goal was given.
 Playeve began to even out towards the end, as Matt Jones went close from a deflected free kick and Liam Jones saved brilliantly from a one-on-one situation. Trearddur would then waste a couple of counter attacking opportunities as Bay left numbers up field, still trying to reduce the deficit right up until the referee brought proceedings to an end.
  Trearddur Bay were deserved winners after such a dominant first half performance, but the manager will take many positives from Bay’s spirited second half performance.
 Full Time: Trearddur Bay 3 – 0 Colwyn Bay
 Colwyn Bay XI: Liam Jones, Liam Lewis (Jack Nettleton 45′), Callum Ellis, Huw Jones, Edward Parry; Matt Jones, Owen Jones; Ole Desay, Adam Carpenter, Oli Mason-Lane (Sam Carrier 75′); Greg Hall
Colwyn Bay Man of the Match: Liam Jones