Seagulls beaten by late goals

Tim ChannonFirst Team

THE Seagulls were unable to build on a half-time lead and then conceded three goals in the last 20 minutes to lose 3-1 to league leaders Blyth Spartans.

They defended well in the first half and took the lead five minutes before the break when Zac Corbett scored his third goal in two games following a cross from Joe Newton.

Newton then shot wide with a chance to make it 2-0 just before half-time and the Bay missed the target with three other chances early in the second half.

Corbett shot high over the bar from Robbie Booth’s good run and cross, Cory Williams’ angled shot went wide of the far post, and  John Marsden’s shot on the turn also went the wrong side of the post from Williams’ pass.

Blyth then made three  substitutions and dominated the last 25 minutes to turn the game around.

Danny Park equalised in a goalmouth scramble on  70 minutes and then Blyth won it with two goals in the last 11 minutes as substitute Michael Richardson curled a shot into the top corner of the net from the edge of the area on 79 minutes and added a third on 89 minutes at the third attempt after the unlucky Louis Gray had blocked the first two efforts.

Rob Hopley felt the turning point was failing to score a second goal from the chances they had either side of half-time.

“If we’d gone 2-0 up I think it would have been a different result. We felt their first goal was offside, but that gave them the momentum to go on and win it.

“Its disappointing, but overall they were the better team and are probably the best side we have played this season.”

Colwyn Bay: Louis Gray, Shaun Dowling, Mike Lea, Sam Barnes, Rob Hopley, Mike Brewster, Joe Newton (Lloyd Ellams 85 mins), Robbie Booth (c), Cory Williams (Kev Jolsgrove 63mins), John Marsden, Zac Corbett (Glenn Matthews 71 mins). Subs not used: Luke Denson and Gaz Rees.

Attendance: 234.