Seagulls denied again by late equaliser

Tim ChannonFirst Team

John Marsden scored his first two goals for the club.

John Marsden gave the Bay a 77th minute lead against Halesowen.

ONCE again the Seagulls were unable to hold onto a lead and were denied victory by a late set piece equaliser in 1-1 draw with Halesowen Town

At least it ended a run  of five successive defeats and there were a lot of positives to come out of the game, with the new look side playing some excellent passing football at times and dominating much of the first half without being able to get the goal their play deserved.

John Marsden was twice denied by fine saves from Halesowen keeper Daniel Platt and was inches too high with another fierce shot, while Luke Denson saw a goal bound volley hit a defender and deflect away for a corner.

Halesowen had only one shot at goal in  the first half, but improved after the interval and it needed a couple of great blocks by new signing Will Bell and brilliant defending by Josh Sumner, who made up tremendous ground to get in a goal-saving tackle on dangerman Aaron Daniels to prevent the visitors taking the lead.

For the  Seagulls  Denson and Kev Holsgrove both had shots deflected for corners and James Graham, who was being watched by his cousin and  former Seagulls favourite Glenn Graham, headed narrowly wide from a corner.

The Bay then looked to have won it on 77 minutes when John Marsden’s shot on the run from the edge of the area arrowed inside the far post to give his side the lead.

But new boss Kevin Lynch will have to wait a bit longer for his first victory since taking charge as substitute Robbie Booth’s rash tackle just outside the area on 84 minutes gave away a free kick from which Reece Hales thumped in the equaliser.

It might have been worse, but Bell put in another crucial block to deny Halesowen substitute Jean-Michel Gueyes a possible late winner.

Manager Kev Lynch commented: ” I thought we played some good football at times, our energy levels have improved no end and I thought the commitment of the players was first class – but we’re still not quite there.

“It was so disappointing to concede so late on and that is what we need to try and eradicate.

“Once we take the lead we need to keep our concentrations levels high right to the end.

“Lack of goals, of course, is a concern. John (Marsden) scored a good goal today and we have challenged him to score more often and I thought Kev Holsgrove worked his socks off up front as well today, but we need more  players wanting to get in the box to score goals

“At the moment it is very much work in progress.  There are pleasing signs, but still a lot of hard work to be done.”

Zac Corbett, who scored three goals in two games just before the new manager took over, has not so far been given a chance, but the manager commented: “I’ve had a good chat to Zac and he is very much part of my plans. It was a flip of a coin today whether he was involved or not, but his attitude and commitment in training has been first class and if he keeps that up he will get his chance soon.”

Colwyn Bay: Shaun Pearson, Shaun Dowling, Glenn Matthews, Will Bell, Jordan Fagbola, Luke Denson (captain), Josh Sumner, James Graham (Robbie Booth 75mins), Kevin Holsgrove (Lloyd Ellams 87mins), John Marsden, Cory Williams (Joe Newton 64mins). Subs not used: Sam Barnes, Mike Lea.

Attendance: 235