THE Seagulls came from 0-2 down to pull off an outstanding 3-2 victory over Clitheroe (Sept 24) to make it three wins in eight days and lift themselves to within one point of the top five play-off places.
They had the better of a goalless first half but couldn’t make the most of a strong wind at their backs, with a diving save by Clitheroe keeper Chris Thompson from a Louis Corrigan free kick, and a good catch from a Will Jones header, the only saves of note he had to make.
At the other end Shaun Pearson made a good diving stop from an Alex Newby free kick right on the stroke of half-time, but the visitors then stunned the Bay by scoring twice in the opening nine minutes of the second half.
Bradley Carroll’s shot from outside the area hit the underside of the bar and bounced down and in on 47 minutes and then Alex Newby’s shot beat the diving Pearson with the help of a deflection seven minutes later.
Things looked bleak at that stage, but Scott Bakkor began the fightback on 57 minutes with a good angled shot on the run across the keeper and into the far bottom corner of the net.
Chris Gahgan. who had earlier had a strong penalty shout turned down when he appeared to be tripped from behind after taking the ball past the keeper, then broke clear to drill home the equaliser on 69 minutes.
Substitute Gaz Burnett completed the recovery with a sharp shot on the turn from seven yards on 79 minutes.
Clitheroe, who also had a strong penalty shout, went close with a couple of late efforts, but the Bay held on for three excellent points.
Manager Paul Moore praised his side’s attitude after conceding those two quick goals early in the second half.
“I think when we went two down the lads just looked at it and thought ‘We’re not getting beat here today”.
“They were resolute, determined and showed a lot of character to turn it around.
“Overall I thought we were better side and deserved to win it. They got lucky with their two goals, one off the bar and the other with a deflection, but once Scott scored we had the momentum and I felt if we put Gaz (Burnett) on we might open them up even more – and he’s gone on and scored the winner for us.
“Everybody has put in a shift, but I thought Will Booth was outstanding in midfield and was man of the match – closely followed by Will Jones and Scott Bakkor.
“Now its on to Ramsbottom on Tuesday and we’ve got a chance of completing back to back six pointers for the second time in 11 days. Twelve points out of twelve? That would be fantastic, and put us right in the mix.”
COLWYN BAY: Shaun Pearson, Luke Denson, Louis Corrigan, Gaz Grant, Tom Hardwick (c), Tom Schofield, Chris Gahgan (Kyle Armstrong 81 mins), Will Booth, Will Jones, Scott Bakkor (Liam Turner 90 mins), Danny Andrews (Gaz Burnett 72mins). Subs not used: Adam Whitlock and Danny Byrnes.
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