Reserves celebrate first victory

Tim ChannonClub News

Greg Hall scored twice in Reserves win.

Greg Hall scored twice in Reserves win.

TWO Goals from Greg Hall helped the Reserves celebrate their first win under new manager  James Perkins with a 3-1 away success at Llandudno Junction (Sept 24).

Robert Elden was the Bay’s other scorer.

The Bay started the match in a really positive fashion, pressing Junction back into their own half straight from the kick off and maintained a decent level of possession in the final third of the pitch for a large period of time.

The pressure paid off when Matt Jones fired a long diagonal pass from deep inside his own half, expertly picking out the forward run of Greg Hall. and the striker took a great first touch on the edge of the Junction penalty area, before chipping the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper.

Junction responded well and Bay keeper Matt Brookes was  forced into an incredible reaction save, following a goalmouth scramble towards the end of the first half.

The second half started in a similar way to the first, with the Bay having plenty of possession in dangerous areas, and they quickly doubled their lead.
 A wide delivery into the area saw James Williams power a header against the crossbar and Robert Elden was quickest to react to the rebound and head past the keeper.
  Junction made a couple of substitutions which allowed them to change formation and from a quick throw-in on right a well executed finish, which bounced in off the post, pulled a goal back.
  Brookes made another great save to keep his side in front, but with Junction commiting bodies forward in search of an equaliser, they were caught by a late Bay counter attack which saw Greg Hall go one on one with the goalkeeper, and he rounded off a superb individual performance with a low strike into the far corner to secure Bay’s victory.
Colwyn Bay XIMatt Brookes, Kyle Taylor, Callum Ellis, Robert Elden, James Williams; Matt Jones, Owen Jones; Ole Desay, Jack Nettleton, Michael Taylor; Greg Hall.

FOLLOWING three successful seasons managing the Reserves, Chris Thompson has moved this season to help manage the Llandudno Junction first team.

Chris, who has almost completed his UEFA ‘A’ coaching licence, needed the opportunity to coach at a higher level and the Directors recognised this and wish him well for the season to come. Chris will continue to be in charge of the Colwyn Bay FC Academy.

With Chris’s departure as Reserve team boss the club’s Directors took the decision to ask James Perkins to take over for this season, as he had previously been manager of the Youth Team.

With a number of last year’s cup winning reserve team leaving with Chris,  the club have not entered a team in the youth league for this season as they now make up much of the Reserve squad, and the club fully understands that it will take James some time to develop and strengthen the squad.