Seagulls floored by Spencer double

Tim ChannonFirst Team, General

Cory Williams scored just before half-time to give the Seagulls a 2-1 lead.

Cory Williams scored just before half-time to give the Seagulls a 2-1 lead.

TWO goals in four second half minutes by the league’s top scorer Scott Spencer floored the Seagulls in a 3-2 defeat at Hyde United, after they had led 2-1 at half-time.

The home side were in front inside five minutes when Rob Hopley lost the ball to Spencer, who set up the chance for Ayrton Bevins to score, and it needed two full length diving saves by keeper Louis Gray to prevent Spencer and Reece Gray increasing the lead, while  Hyde also twice hit the bar.

But the Bay equalised out of the blue with a Robbie Booth penalty on 27 minutes after Cory Williams had been pushed to the floor in the area, and then a minute before half-time John Marsden crossed low for Williams to put the Seagulls 2-1 up from eight yards.

They couldn’t defend the lead, however, and Spencer, who has now scored 19 goals in cup and league for Hyde this season, equalised with a cracking strike into the far top corner following a free kick for a foul by Sam Barnes, and four minutes later he hit the winner from a narrow angle after some sharp attacking play by the home side.

Mike Lea produced a brilliant headed clearance off the line to deny Spencer his second hat-trick in three days, before Luke Denson’s well struck shot produced a flying save by home keeper Josh Broadbent to prevent a late Bay equaliser.

Manager Kevin Lynch, who has this week brought in former Marine stalwart Peter Cumisky as his assistant, again blamed naivety and a lack of concentration at times for the defeat and knows there is a lot of work to be done.

“These two games have been good for me to assess things. I’ve got an idea now of what we’ve got, what we need and what we need to work on. There is not much between the teams in this league from top to bottom and now its case of rolling our sleeves up and working hard on the training pitch to get the positive results that I’m sure are only around the corner.”

The manager  brought Jordan Fagbola on in the second half for Rob Hopley, who he felt was looking a bit leggy after two tough games in three days, and said: “Jordan has not played for a while due to his injury, but I was pleased with him. He is cool on the ball, quick, strong and athletic and hopefully he can now get a run of games to help us start keeping some clean sheets.”

Colwyn Bay: Louis Gray, Shaun Dowling, Mike Lea, Sam Barnes, Rob Hopley (Jordan Fagbola 55mins), Luke Denson, Robbie Booth (Kevin Holsgrove 85mins), Carl Rodgers, Lloyd Ellams, John Marsden (Joe Newton 71mins), Cory Williams. Subs not used: James Graham and John Dillon.

Attendance: 396