Seagulls miss chance to close on top six

Tim ChannonFirst Team

ON a day when four of the teams immediately above them all lost, the Seagulls missed their chance to move to within two points of the play-off places with a disappointing 2-0 defeat against a Mossley side who had previously gone nine games without a win.
 Conditions were not easy on a mudbath of a pitch, but the Bay still had 70 per cent of the possession,  yet created few clear cut chances and, as the game progressed,  looked increasingly vulnerable on the break.
  The defence, without Gaz Grant, who had been ill all week, and Louis Barnes who was injured by a tackle in training, struggled in the conditions and Matt Cooper had to make three or four good saves, with Dan Collins and Josh Brizell clearing other efforts off the line
 But manager Alan Morgan said: “We didn’t lose because Gaz and Lou weren’t playing, we lost because we weren’t good enough in both boxes.
 “The pitch was a big plus for them with the way they play, but we gave away a poor first goal and although we had a lot of the ball we were weren’t good enough with our decision making or final pass in the final third.
 “It is disappointing, but it is not the end of the world. It is only the second defeat in ten, so we dust ourselves down and go again for what is now a massive game against Atherton Collieries next week.”
  The Bay did find some joy down the left  in the first half through Brizell and Astley Mulholland, but lacked a quality final ball or shot, and although Tom McCready looked unlucky to be flagged offside when he broke clear to put the ball in the net, the only decent save home  keeper Johnny Diba-Musangu had to make was at the foot of his post from a Kyle Jacobs header.
  Dan Collins had already cleared off the line before Mossley’s Mike Fish broke clear inside the area to put the home side ahead on 25 minutes and Matt Cooper then did well to save from Liam Ellis in a one-on-one to prevent a second.
  With their noses in front Mossley were happy to pack their defence in the second half and play on the break, which they did really well to draw more good saves from Cooper.
  For all their possession and some decent approach play, the only clear chance Bay created was when Astley Mulholland put Elliot Rokka clear inside the area, but he screwed his shot wide.
 That was the big chance to level  at 1-1, but within a minute Mossley’s Mason Duffy had broken clear at the other end to score Mossley’s killer second goal on 79 minutes.
 Colwyn Bay: Matt Cooper, Kyle Jacobs, Josh Brizell (Gaz Grant 80mins), Luke Horrocks (Jack Hindle 80mins), Dan Collins, San Barnes (c), Danny Andrews (Lassana Mendes 80mins), Tom McCready, Will Booth, Elliot Rokka, Astley Mulholland. Subs not used: Kris Leigh and Louis Barnes.
Attendance: 241
  • Top photo courtesy of Mossley photographer Martyn Nolan.
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 FAIR PLAY TABLES
COLWYN BAY  finished top of the table in January for Technical Area Behaviour.
 In 24 games so far this season the Seagulls have now received maximum points for excellent on 19 occasions and have been marked as good for the other five. They top the Evo-stik North table ahead of Bamber Bridge and Droylsden.
 In the Fair Play table sponsored by FWP Architecture, however, Colwyn Bay were only 16th in January with nine bookings in their four games. Scarborough Athletic topped the table with just two bookings.