THE Seagulls got the new management team off to a flying start with a 5-0 romp against ten-man Mossley.
Danny Bartle (pictured above after scoring his first goal) and Jack Hindle, who also had two big assists, both scored twice and could have had hat-tricks, while Danny Andrews was the other Bay scorer in a very encouraging performance.
The Bay were already a goal up with Dan Bartle’s cool finish from Hindle’s clever pass inside five minutes before Mossley’s Jamie McLellan received a straight red card on 20 minutes after an altercation in the Bay goalmouth which left Bay skipper Sam Barnes on the floor holding his face. The Bay took full advantage of the extra man.
Dan Bartle added a second from Jack Hindle’s excellent low cross on 30 minutes and could have completed a first half hat-trick when he was put clear on goal just before the break but saw his shot blocked by the advancing Mossley keeper in a one-on-one.
Danny Andrews made it 3-0 three minutes into the second half, diverting a Louis Barnes cross past the keeper from close range and Jack Hindle then added two goals in the space of eight minutes, running onto Danny Andrews’s return pass to score the first on 58 minutes after some excellent Bay possession play, and then beating a defender and cutting in from the left to score with an angled shot past the keeper.
Jack could also have had a hat-trick, missing with a fresh air kick when set up by Danny Bartle and then putting a first time shot wide from close range from Astley Mulholland’s cross.
Astley also went close with a curling shot inches over the bar and Will Booth missed out on another opening.
Manager Alan Morgan was delighted with the result, but warns there is still plenty of work to do.
“I definitely didn’t expect a 5-0 before the game, but the lads put in a great, great shift,” he said afterwards.
“It is now about how hard they work in training over the next six weeks. If we get the working side right then we’ve got the players who can do these kind of results more often.
“We’ve got to make sure we work hard and win our battles, but that takes nothing away from today.
“They (Mossley) are a threat because they get the ball forward quickly and their set pieces are dangerous because they are a big side, but we dealt with it well and could have scored one or two more goals, so it is a very, very pleasing day.
“Yes, they were down to ten men, but I’ve seen it loads and loads of times where you can switch off and let the ten-men get a foothold in the game, but we never gave them the chance to do that.
“If I had one little moan it would be that we could have kept the ball better at times against ten men, but at the end of the day we’ve got a very, very good result and can now look forward to Scarborough next Saturday.”
The win moves the Bay back to within six points of the play-off places.
Unfortunately Sam Barnes had to come off after feeling his hamstring again, although Dan Collins did well as his replacement, and Dan Bartle was also taken off as a precaution after he felt his hamstring tighten, so both will need to be assessed during the week.
Keeper Matt Cooper had to go for stitches inside his mouth after the game following a blow in the face, but he should be fine for next Saturday.
Meanwhile, the management team have done well to secure the use of Wrexham’s Colliers Park training pitch for the next few weeks and the players will be having a big session there on Tuesday and will train again Thursday in preparation for the Scarborough game.
Colwyn Bay: Matt Cooper, Kyle Jacobs, Louis Barnes, Luke Horrocks, Gaz Grant, Sam Barnes (c) (Dan Collins 51mins), Danny Andrews (Lassana Mendes 72mins), Will Booth, Jack Hindle, Danny Bartle (Jack Kelleher 55mins), Astley Mulholland. Subs not used: Kris Leigh and Josh Brizell.
PLAYERS from the Academy Under 8s and Under-9s formed a guard of honour before the game and acted as ball boys, with the Under-8s fresh from an 8-3 win over Airbus that morning.
A group of spectators who came by coach supporting Mossley caused some disruption in the first half throwing a flare and smoke bombs, with one encroaching on the pitch in just his underwear, but most were ejected by stewards and police at half-time.