Seagulls end Skem’s unbeaten run

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TWO first half goals from Will Booth and Danny Bartle earned the Seagulls their first back to back league wins of the season and ended Skelmersdale United’s six-match unbeaten run in the league(Dec 2).

 The 2-0 also puts the Bay within five points of sixth-placed  Trafford, with games in hand, and three behind seventh-placed Glossop North End who are the visitors to the Four Crosses Construction Arena in a huge game next Saturday.
  The squad was hit by suspension and injury, meaning a recall in defence for Dan Collins and Josh Brizell, while Lassana Mendes got only his second start in midfield, but the team put in a strong performance on a heavy pitch and were a goal up on 13 minutes.

Will Booth’s back heel opened the scoring.

Danny Bartle saw his angled shot diverted for a corner by home keeper Lee Callum Roberts and  Danny Andrews’ flag kick produced a goalmouth scramble in which Will Booth provided the scoring touch with a close range back heel.

 Astley Mulholland had a shot well saved by the keeper before providing the pass, after some good play on the left, for Danny Bartle to make it 2-0 on the half hour with his fourth goal in three games – albeit with the help of a deflection.
  Astley Mulholland and Louis Barnes both had other shots blocked, but Skem upped their game in closing stages of the first half with Matt Cooper forced into a couple of diving saves.
 Skelmersdale switched to a four man attack and pressed hard in the second half, but Seagulls defended well, often with a back five and with Collins, Gaz Grant and Sam Barnes doing particularly well in middle against the threat of Skem’s top scorer Andy Owens, who brought another good diving save from Matt Cooper in the closing minutes
  Bay looked to play on the break in that second half, but Astley Mulholland was close to adding a third goal and Danny Bartle broke free from the halfway line but fired the chance over the bar from the edge of the area as defenders closed in.
  That’s two wins and two clean sheets since the new management team took over and gaffer Alan Morgan enthused: “Absolutely fantastic; I’m made up.
  “We were down to our bare bones today, but the lads who have come in have done absolutely tremendous and given me food for thought for the next couple of game.
 “The players have given me everything again; they’ve worked hard, put their bodies on the line, got the first contact when balls have come into the box and won first and second balls in midfield.
  “Winning games is the best habit to have in the world, but the lads have to realise I’ve had two performances like that from them now and if they give me anything less they will be kidding me and kidding themselves.”
 Colwyn Bay: Matt Cooper, Josh Brizell, Louis Barnes, Dan Collins, Gaz Grant, Sam Barnes (c), Danny Andrews, Will Booth, Lassana Mendes, Danny Bartle (Jamie Rainford 86 mins), Astley Mulholland. Subs not used: Kris Leigh, Kyle Jacobs and Luke Horrocks.
Attendance: 136