THE Reserves were beaten 3-1 at Llanberis in the Lock Welsh Alliance Reserve Division after twice hitting the post in the second half.
This was the third time these two teams have met this season, with both previously taking a victory each.
Against the initial run of play Jack Nettleton almost gave Bay the lead with a clever header from a Matt Jones free kick which dropped just over the bar.
The home side, however, took the lead on 15 minutes when a corner from the right hand side was met by a looping header at the front post.
Before Bay had a chance to settle, Llanberis delivered an almost identical cross into the box and the referee adjudged there was a push on the home striker and awarded a penalty – much to the confusion of almost everybody close to the incident.
The penalty was converted, although keeper Matt Brookes went the right way but just couldn’t keep it out.
Bouyed by their fast start, Llanberis dominated the majority of the first half proceedings, with their midfield pair linking well with their tricky wingers to create some further good opportunities before the Bay gained a foothold in the game with a fantastic solo run and finish from Adam Carpenter.
The attacking midfielder picked the ball up just inside the final third, skillfully weaved his way through the opposition defence and lashed a strike across the goalkeeper to make it 2-1.
Half Time: Llanberis 2 – 1 Colwyn Bay
For the second consecutive away game Bay changed formation at half time, this time to try and take advantage of pulling a goal back just before the break.
Jac Pardanjac came on to replace the unfortunate Jack Nettleton, who had played well up to this point.
Pardanjac had been on the field no more than two minutes before receiving the ball out on the left wing, and unleashing a thunderous first time strike from 25 yards which unluckily came back off the post.
Moments later, however, the Bay cheaply gave away possession in the opposition half before being duly punished on the break.
Llanberis’ pacey right winger burst forward and delivered an inch perfect cross to his striker whose sliding effort bounced in off the post to make it 3-1.
Close to the end of the game Bay created a couple more opportunities, one of which saw top scorer Greg Hall hit the base of the post after turning sharply inside the area.
Overall, the required performance level just wasn’t there for the majority of this game, and the home side came away with a deserved victory.
Manager James Perkins commented that there is plenty for the young Bay side to improve upon before heading into the home clash with Caernarfon next Saturday.
Full Time: Llanberis 3 – 1 Colwyn Bay
COLWYN BAY: Matt Brookes, Ole Desay, Callum Ellis, Liam Jones, James Williams (Sam Carrier 75′); Adam Carpenter, Matt Jones, Owen Jones, Oli Mason-Lane (Michael Taylor 60′); Jack Nettleton (Jac Pardanjac 45′), Greg Hall.
Colwyn Bay Man of the Match: Liam Jones