THE Seagulls were beaten 1-0 by a disputed 10th minute goal at Scarborough Athletic in a tetchy game in which both sides had a player sent off.
Danny Andrews, who had earlier hit the bar, got a straight red for violent retaliation just before half-time when he needlessly got involved in a confrontation between several players from both sides on the half-way line after the award of a Scarborough free kick.
The referee evened things up five minutes into the second half when he dismissed Scarborough’s Craig Nelthorpe for a second yellow card, but the Bay, despite having most of the game, couldn’t put away their chances – including a bad miss by Gaz Burnett when the ball fell to him eight yards out and, with nobody challenging him, he shot wide.
The only goal of the game early on when Paul Beesley ran onto a long ball over the top and although Bay’s defenders immediately appealed for offside, the home striker was allowed to run on and shoot past Shaun Pearson.
The Bay then had a strong penalty shout turned down when Burnett was taken out by home keeper Jordan Porter.
Andrews hit the bar with a shot on the turn from the edge of the area and he should have teed up a tap in for the unmarked Burnett in another big opportunity with the keeper off his line, but instead tried to work space for a shot himself and had the ball taken off him.
After the two sendings off, the Bay were kept in the game when Shaun Pearson saved a 70th minute penalty after Scarborough’s Adam Bolder went down as he tried to go round the keeper in a one on one, but couldn’t capitalise.
They threw everything into trying to force an equaliser but saw Scarborough clear off the line from a corner while the keeper did well to tip a Chris Gahgan hot shot over the bar.
After having so much of the play manager Paul Moore admitted he was disappointed with the result and was critical of his side.
“It wasn’t our day in that their goal was a mile offside and we were refused a clear penalty when the keeper has taken Gaz out after he’s touched the ball past him. That’s a penalty all day long and I just don’t understand why it wasn’t given.
“But our discipline was poor today, it took us to long to sort the midfield out when I’ve got expereinced players in there to do that, and our finishing was woeful. Gaz Burnett has missed a fantastic opportunity that my granddad could have finished.
“On another day if we finish off the opportunities we created we win 3, 4 or 5-1. We’ve had the majority of the play and even when it was 10 against 11 we looked the better side – but we’ve come away with nothing and that is very disappointing.
“I’ve made my feelings clear in the dressing and the boys are under no illusions they have got to get their act together or there will be changes. We’ve brought them in and given them want they wanted and today I feel they have us let down
“This result is another indication that we are still learning and trying to gel as a brand new unit, but if we want to be up their challenging then we have to get something from games like this.”
The manager said he had no problem with Danny Andrews’ red card. “It was a sending off offence and I’m disappointed in Danny because its not in his character and he is important to us. He is an outlet and has that energy and drive when he is on the ball – and we missed that in the second half.
“He has apologised, but we now lose him for three games and it means I have to plan for next week’s FA Cup tie without him, which is a huge blow.”
Danny can play in the Bank Holiday Monday game against Brighouse Town (3pm) before the start of his automatic three-game suspension while Mark Keddie is also available again after holidays.
Colwyn Bay: Shaun Pearson, Luke Denson, Louis Corrigan, Gaz Grant, Tom Hardwick (c), Tom Schofield, Chris Gahgan, Will Booth (Stephen Wilson 59 mins), Gary Burnett (Rhys Bowers 87), Scott Bakkor (Will Jones 69), Danny Andrews. Subs not used: Chris Bibby, Adam Whitlock.