Seagulls held in 0-0 draw

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COLWYN BAY failed to score at home for the fifth time in eight games this season as they were held to 0-0 draw by struggling Bradford Park Avenue.
And it could have been worse as Avenue’s Ryan Qualter was unlucky not give his side their first away win of the campaign when his header in added time hit a post with Bay keeper Josh Ollerenshaw beaten.
The Seagulls, who lost Wes Baynes with a tight hamstring early in the second half, struggled to impose themselves on a heavy pitch, although Bradford keeper John Danby had to make two flying one-handed saves from an Anthony Stephens free kick and a Tom Buckley volley, and also made a sprawling save from Joel Bembo-Leta, while Obi Anoruo (twice) and Paulo Mendes were both narrowly off target with good efforts.
Rob Hopley just failed to connect with Buckley’s low cross in front of goal and Stephens was off target with a couple of headers from corners.
The Seagulls thought they had got a penalty in the first half when Buckley went down after a strong run into the box, but instead he was booked for diving.
Bradford, having lost eight of their previous 12 games, defended well and had three good chances themselves towards the end to win it, but put them all wide.
Manager Frank Sinclair admitted his side had not deserved to win.
“I think a draw was probably a fair result; I couldn’t walk off the pitch and say we deserved to win that today,” he said.
“Its very disappointing because we want to win our games at home and we are finding that very difficult to do.
“I can’t fault the boys for effort, but we were a bit naive at times and not clinical enough when we had opportunities.
“You have to give Bradford Park Avenue some credit for the way they played. They are fighting for their lives at the bottom of the table, but rolled their sleeves up and have had a few opportunities towards the end to win it – so although I’m disappointed we haven’t won I’m also happy that we haven’t got beat.”
Colwyn Bay: Ollerenshaw, Baynes (Bembo-Leta 53 mins), Buckley, Stephens, Royle, Noone, Mendes (Mukendi 70mins), Anoruo, Hopley, Williams (c), Haywood. Subs not used: Sharpe, Olapade, Hodgson.
Attendance: 301
Match mascot: Caitlin Williams (9).

Louis Moss missed the game after his flight back from attending his grandmother’s funeral in Barbados was delayed.