Seagulls hold Wrexham to a draw

Tim ChannonFirst Team

Goalscorer Robbie Booth

Goalscorer Robbie Booth

ROBBIE BOOTH got the goal that earned the Seagulls an excellent 1-1 draw against full-timers Wrexham, who paraded all their big summer signings, in front of near 800 crowd.
Manager Ash Hoskin said afterwards he was “extremely pleased” with the performance in his new look side’s first competitive game together. They defended well to keep Wrexham, who had beaten Lex 7-1 in their previous game, to just one goal.
“Two and half weeks ago many of these players didn’t even know each other and we’ve had only five training sessions together, but their work ethic and desire to stay in the game against a very good Wrexham side was outstanding,” said the manager.
“Obviously there is a lot of work to do because we haven’t really had a chance to work on our shape yet, but this result was very encouraging.”
The Bay started well with Rob Hopley forcing new Wrexham keeper Cameron Belford to turn a shot round the post for a corner in the opening 30 seconds, and they should have been in front in the first half when Booth broke clear, but his lob over the keeper dropped over the bar.
The Bay immediately paid for that miss as Wrexham broke upfield and star signing James Gray headed them in front from Wes York’s right wing cross.
Hoskin made a slight tactical switch in midfield in the second half, when Wrexham fielded an entirely new eleven including new signings Dominic Vose and Kayden Jackson, and with the Bay starting to have more of the play they equalised on 70 minutes.
Wrexham’s substitute keeper Liam Sharpe (who was at the Bay on loan last season) hit an attempted clearance against the closing Robbie Booth, who pounced on the rebound to fire into an unguarded net.
Connor Hunt, making his debut in goal on loan from Everton, made a couple of outstanding saves late now to keep the Bay on level terms.
The next game is at home to Bangor City on Wednesday July 15.
Colwyn Bay: Connor Hunt, Wes Baynes, Luke Denson, John Dillon (Charlie Holt 85mins), Jordan Fagbola, Sam Barnes (Shaun Dowling 6omins), Robbie Booth, Zac Corbett (Archie Love 60mins) Chris Sharp (Brandon Zibaka 70mins), Rob Hopley (Damian Ketley 80mins).
Attendance: 784