Seagulls back in top ten with battling draw

Tim ChannonFirst Team

THE Seagulls twice came from behind to rescue a point in a 2-2 home draw against promotion-chasing Bamber Bridge – a result which has lifted the team back into the top ten of the Evo-stik League table.

Tranmere loanee Elliot Rokka scored on his debut and Will Booth hit a 90th minute equaliser after Bamber Bridge had taken a 2-1 lead with ten minutes left.

New signing Sam Ilesanmi came on for the last 17 minutes and made an impact with some good runs on the right.


Will Booth is all smiles after scoring a 90th minute equaliser. PHOTO BY DAVID THOMAS

In a goalless first half Dan Bartle could have put the Bay in front when he broke clear one-on-one with Bamber Bridge keeper Lloyd Rigby but failed to get the ball past him, while Rigby made a flying one-handed save to tip a fierce shot from Kyle Jacobs over the bar.

At the other end Matt Cooper made an excellent save to turn a shot away for a corner while Gaz Grant cleared another effort off the line with Cooper beaten.

The visitors, however, took the lead five minutes into the second half with a Jamie Milligan penalty after Matthew Dudley had been tripped.

The Seagulls equalised 12 minutes later when Rokka scored from close range after Jack Hindle’s shot had been half-blocked and they pressed hard for a second, only for Bamber Bridge to go 2-1 up on 80 minutes with Alistair Waddecar’s header from a free kick.

That looked like winning the game until in the 90th minute substitute Will Booth fired a curling, looping cross into the area from near the left touchline and it  went through everybody and bounced in front of and through the diving keeper for a second equalising goal.

Bay went for a winner in the four minutes of added time and Kyle Jacobs had a shot blocked by a defender in the goalmouth.

Manager Alan Morgan commented: “It was one of those games we could have won and we could have lost, but at the end of the day when you are 1-2 down with four minutes left, you’ll take a point – even though we were still going for a win in added time.

“I thought it was a really entertaining game in difficult conditions and I really enjoyed it. They are a good side, but I think we are too and we have to keep on building and striving to get better and better.”

The manager added he was pleased with the two new signings making their debuts.

“Elliot (Rokka) did well and scored and Sam (Ilesanmi) came on and made an impact. I’ve said to Sam when he comes on and gets a chance he’s got to make an impact and that’s what he did.

“I know what Elliot can do and I just want him to play with smile on his face and enjoy his football while he is with us. It doesn’t matter if you are in full-time training, you need your match fitness and that’s why he’s come to us. He was cramping up towards the end which is why we took him off.

“Astley (Mulholland) didn’t start today because he has a bit of a groin strain and that pitch today would have found him out. We brought Danny Collins in because he did well when he came on against Skelmersdale and has deserved a start.”

COLWYN BAY: Matt Cooper, Kyle Jacobs, Louis Barnes, Luke Horrocks (c) (Will Booth 85mins), Gaz Grant, Danny Collins, Danny Andrews (Sam Ilesanmi 73mins), Lassana Mendes, Jack Hindle, Danny Bartle, Elliot Rokka (Astley Mulholland 83mins). Subs not used: Kris Leigh and Sam Barnes.

Attendance: 213

  • TOP PICTURE:  Tranmere Rovers loanee Elliot Rokka scores Bay’s first goal on his debut. PHOTO BY DAVID THOMAS

    Kyle Jacobs went close to getting a late winner when he broke into the area and saw his shot blocked by a defender in the goalmouth. PHOTO BY DAVID THOMAS

    Sam Ilesanmi made an impact when he came on for the last 20 minutes on his debut. PHOTO BY DAVID THOMAS