Seagulls lose at the double

Tim ChannonFirst Team

GOALS at the end of each half condemned the Bay to a fourth home defeat out of five as  Workington won 2-0 to complete an FA Cup and league double over Ash Hoskin’s team in the space of 11 days.

Colwyn Bay started well and should have scored in the opening two minutes when Glenn Matthews was set up perfectly by John Marsden’s pull back, but his sidefoot shot from six yards out was too close to the keeper who was able to kick the ball off the line.

There were other half chances in the opening 15 minutes, but their game gradually fell away and they went behind five minutes before the break when Workington skipper Gari Rowntree’s low cross was turned into the net by Matthew Tymon running in  behind a defender at the far post.

Despite changes at half-time with two substitutions, Colwyn Bay created anything  nothing from open play in a poor second half display, with their only threat coming from free kicks and corners, and Workington tied up the points on 83 minutes with a 30 yard strike by Conor Tinnion after a miskicked clearance by new keeper  Russell Griffiths.

Rob Hopley had a late headed goal from a corner ruled out for a foul.

Manager Ash Hoskin, whose bad night got even worse when he heard his baby grandson had been rushed into hospital, admitted there are major issues that need addressing.

“If you give that early chance to Glenn (Matthews) 100 more times he would probably score every time. A goal then would have settled us down, but we’ve conceded a poor goal when we haven’t squeezed their man with the ball and allowed him to get in the cross.

“When a goal goes in against us the body language of the whole team seems to deflate and that is something we are going to have to look at.

“We changed it at half-time because we were getting bossed in midfield, but then we get punished for a miskick by the keeper, who was otherwise excellent.

“When you are down nothing seems to go right.

“Its been a bad night all round, but we have to stay positive, get our heads up and get switched on for Saturday against a very, very good Nantwich side.”

Colwyn Bay: Griffiths, Dowling, Lea, Brewster (Williams 58 mins), Fagbola, Love (Rodgers 45mins), Booth, Marsden, Sharp, Hopley, Matthews (Holsgrove 45mins). Subs not used: Dillon, Corbett.

Attendance: 172.