A FIRST half goal from Scott Bakkor gave the Seagulls a second away victory in four days with a 1-0 success at Prescot Cables (Sept 20) which lifted them into the top half of the table.
With skipper Tom Hardwick failing to recover from a knee injury, the Bay had to play Luke Denson and Will Booth out of position in a reshuffled back four, but they battled well to secure a second successive clean sheet.
The Bay dominated the early stages, forcing five corners in the opening nine minutes and taking the lead when Bakkor took a return pass from Gaz Burnett and finished with a well-struck shot past home keeper Tom Brocklehurst.
Bakkor could have had a second when he broke clear but saw his shot deflected wide off the keeper’s outstretched leg, while Chris Gahgan shot wide from Tom Schofield’s pull back and Will Jones and Gaz Burnett both failed to convert other chances.
Having failed to kill the game off, the Bay had to dig in against strong Prescot pressure in the second half with the home side twice narrowly off target with good efforts and Shaun Pearson making a diving save to turn another shot round the post.
Bay did have chances to grab a second late on, but couldn’t take them.
Manager Paul Moores said he was delighted with the result and the effort his team put in, but was disappointed with his side’s game management and their failure to kill the game off.
“The game should have been over at half time and that made the second half much harder than it should have been. We have to do better in the final third than we did tonight and manage games better; so there are things I have to go away and think hard about,” he said.
“Having said that, a lot of teams will come here (to Prescot) and drop points this season, so we have to be happy that we’re going home with all three.”
Colwyn Bay: Shaun Pearson, Will Booth, Louis Corrigan, Gaz Grant, Luke Denson, Danny Andrews, Chris Gahgan (Adam Whitlock 76mins), Tom Schofield, Will Jones (Rhys Bowers 88 mins), Gary Burnett, Scott Bakkor (Danny Byrnes 61 mins). Unused subs: Chris Bibby and Drew Matthews.
Updated League table on www.colwynbayfc.co.uk/league