Rodgers signs as Bay draw again

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SEAGULLS boss Ash Hoskin has made another signing by bringing experienced Carl ‘Bruno’ Rodgers back to the club on a night when his side drew 1-1 with Bala Town.
The 32-year-old was a key member of the Bay team in the 2005/6 season, when the club was in the old Unibond Division One, before signing for Conference club Telford where he spent six seasons.
He has also had spells at Altrincham, TNS and Chester.
“We’ve had a chat with Carl and he’s agreed to join us which is great because he is a very good addition to the squad,” said the manager. “He’s experienced, has a great attitude and fits in well in the dressing room.”
Rodgers didn’t play against Bala because of blistered feet, but a lot of older Bay fans will be delighted to see him back at the club.
He watched the team draw for the third time in four pre-season games after taking the lead through Rob Hopley’s excellent turn and shot inside the area after 56 minutes.
The lead, however, lasted only four minutes before Anthony Stephens put Bala level, beating the diving Chris Sanna with a low shot from nearly 35 yards.
Both sides went for the win in an entertaining second half, with both denied strong penalty claims, but in the ended it needed two fine saves by Sanna, turning shots from Ian Sheridan and Kenny Lunt round the post, to prevent Bala snatching a late winner.
Neither keeper was really tested in the first half, although Sanna did well to block a strong downward header from Tony Davies with his feet.
Ash Hoskin admitted he was disappointed not to have won the game, but said he was happy with the progress being made and that things were probably slightly ahead of where he planned to be at this stage.
“I was very pleased with some of the football we played, although disappointed with the goal we conceded,” he said.
“It was a game I thought we could have won, but results at this stage don’t matter. it is all about fitness and building blocks. We’ve built another block tonight and I believe we are on course to be where I want us to be come the start of the season,” he said.
Jordan Fagbola (hamstring) and Wes Baynes (Achilles) both picked up injuries and are unlikely to be risked in next Tuesday’s game at Llandudno.
Colwyn Bay: Sanna, Baynes, Denson, Dillon, Fagbola (Corbett), Barnes, Booth, Dowling, Sharp (Rainford), Hopley (Ketley), Love (Clayton). Sub bot used: Rees.