Seagulls out of the FA Cup

Tim ChannonFirst Team

THE Seagulls suffered another early exit from the FA Cup with a 4-2 defeat away to Northern Leaguers Morpeth Town.

The FA Vase holders were deserved winners in the end as Colwyn Bay showed defensive frailities by conceding three of the four goals from set pieces  played into the area.

Morpeth, with Luke Carr a constant threat up front,  moved the ball well and were happy to shoot on sight in the first half, with numerous efforts at goal, while Colwyn Bay’s attacks continually broke down when they reached the final third, although Chris Gahgan had a shot deflected for a corner and was narrowly wide with another effort.

Scott Williams, making his debut for injured Shaun Pearson,  made a diving one-handed save to turn a Carr shot round the post before Morpeth took the lead from a corner on 37 minutes with Michael Chilton heading in from almost on the goal-line.

Morpeth had two more goalbound shots deflected for corners off  Bay defenders before increasing their lead on 48 minutes when Carr’s free kick into the area was headed in off a post by Paul Robinson.

After a double substitution, Adam Whitlock gave the Seagulls hope when he scored with almost his first touch after the home keeper couldn’t hold on to Mark Keddie’s strong shot, but within seven minutes Bay had conceded from another free kick played into the area from the left and Chris Reid was able to run onto it and divert it first time past Bay’s young keeper.

Williams pulled off a couple of fine saves but could do nothing when Bay’s defence was opened up again to leave Robinson with a tap in at the far post for Morpeth’s fourth on 72 minutes.

Reid had another goal ruled out for a tight offside decision and the home side also hit the post.

Scott Bakkor’s shot came back off the bar as the Bay tried to salvage something from the wreckage and in added time Gaz Burnett beat the keeper to a long ball to make the final score 4-2.

 Colwyn Bay: Scott Williams, Luke Denson, Louis Corrigan, Gaz Grant, Tom Hardwick (c), Mark Keddie, Tom Schofield, Stepohen Wilson (Gary Burnett 59mins),  Scott Bakkor, Will Jones, Chris Gahgan (Adam Whitlock 59mins). Subs not used: Shaun Pearson, Chris Bibby, Rhys Bowers, Will Booth, Drew Matthews.


The Reserves, which is now virtually a youth team with James Perkins as manager, were beaten 5-0 at Holyhead Hotspur.