A WHIRLWIND start of three goals in the opening 12 minutes launched the Seagulls to a 5-0 home victory over Goole, which has lifted us to within one point of the play-off places.
The Bay were in front after just 51 seconds when Josh Brizell’s cross found an unmarked Danny Andrews who hooked a left foot shot in off the post for his first goal of the season.
Only two minutes later it was 2-0 as Jack Hindle dispossessed a defender and ran on to round the keeper before squaring the ball across goal for Astley Mulholland to turn in his tenth of the campaign.
Hindle went close with a looping header before Will Booth, on his 50th appearance for the club, headed the third goal on 12 minutes after Jamie Menagh’s shot had been palmed out by the keeper.
Boothie had actually started that last move with a storming run from deep in his own half and was there to finish it with the header.
Goole went close with George Gomersall hitting a post after Matt Cooper had made a great block from his first shot, but Astley Mulholland also hit the post after Goole’s keeper had made a sprawling save from Danny Andrews .
Andrews put another angled shot narrowly wide.
The second half became a scrappy and tetchy affair with five yellow cards (four of them to Goole, who really targeted Astley Mulholland) and, disappointingly, a straight red for Jamie Menagh for what the referee deemed a dangerous tackle.
Matt Cooper threw his body in the way of a Terry Barwick volley and two more Goole efforts were well blocked by defenders in the goalmouth to help ten men Bay secure a fifth clean sheet of the season, before second half substitute Jamie Rainford grabbed two goals at the end to complete the victory.
He had shot wide when clear on goal minutes earlier, but made no mistake when he got a second opportunity from Jack Kelleher’s flick header on 90 minutes and then added another when the keeper could only parry Will Booth’s strong shot.
Mulholland had earlier also volleyed a great chance over the bar from Danny Andrews’ cross and Kelleher had a shot well saved at point blank range by the keeper.
Manager Phill Hadland admitted he was disappointed at a third red card in four games, and said: “All I would say is the tackle was no worse in my view to one on Astley Mulholland, so if Jamie is sent off then so should their guy; its that inconsistency in decisions again.
“But I’m not going to let it spoil what was a very good result against a side that had had an excellent 2-0 win over Tadcaster in midweek.
“I am very happy we kept a clean sheet while scoring five goals, which really helps our goal difference – and in all honesty we should have scored more.
“What makes it even sweeter is that we were without six players today for various reasons (physio Tom Rutter had to make up the subs bench). We couldn’t play Lass (new signing Lassana Nalatche Mendes) as his clearance has not come through even though we signed him on Tuesday – yet Goole were able to sign four players yesterday and play all of them today. The system is unfairly stacked against us in that respect.”
Colwyn Bay: Matt Cooper, Liam Turner, Josh Brizell, Luke Horrocks (c), Dan Collins, Gaz Grant, Jamie Menagh, Will Booth, Jack Hindle (Jamie Rainford 58mins), Astley Mulholland (Jack Kelleher 75mins), Danny Andrews. Subs not used: Kris Leigh, Sam Barnes and Tom Rutter.
- MEMBERS of the Colwyn Bay Under-12s Academy team acted as lucky mascots for the game.
- TOP PICTURE: Jamie Rainford scores Bay’s fifth goal and his second. PHOTO BY DAVID THOMAS