THE Seagulls paid the price for not taking their chances to kill the game off before half-time against ten men and with the wind at their backs as a 61st minute goal condemned them to a 1-0 defeat at Frickley (Match 26).
The Yorshire side were reduced to ten men on 34 minutes after Adam Morgan had been brought down as he broke clear inside the penalty area.
The referee initially tried to send off the wrong player, sparking all sorts of Frickley protests, and it took some time to sort it out before full-back Louis Bruce eventually took the red card.
The delay worked in Frickley’s favour as Morgan, after being kept waiting for several minutes, saw his spot kick turned round the post by the diving Seb Malkowski.
The Bay, however, should have made amends before half-time when Jordan Harper’s cross from the left fell perfectly for Carl Lamb, but he blazed his shot over the bar from little more than 12 yards.
Those misses were to prove very costly, although earlier the Bay had not made the most of the wind and were rescued by a superb double save by Craig Ellison, flying to his right to make a one-handed block from Jacob Hazel and then throwing his body in the way of Tyler Williams’ follow up effort.
The Bay withdrew Adam Morgan at half-time with tightness in his hamstring and struggled at the start of the second half as the wind really picked up making it difficult to reach the half-way line with their clearance kicks.
Frickley twice went close with wind assisted free kicks before taking the lead on 61 minutes when Bay’s defence failed to deal with a high bouncing ball in the wind and Jacob Hazel showed them how to finish with a perfectly-struck volley into the far corner of the net.
Colwyn Bay eventually got the message to keep the ball on the ground and played some neat attacking football at times, but couldn’t create a genuine chance and their three shots on target were all straight at the keeper.
In the end it was a really disappointing result against a side who played with ten men for nearly an hour and on a day when all the other teams in the bottom six, except Stamford, picked up points.
Manager Kevin Lynch admitted it was a big opportunity missed.
“For a side who are ninth in the table I thought they were poor and we should have won it. The wind was really strong into our faces second half which made it difficult, but we knew they would bombard us with long balls and we just didn’t deal with it for the goal.”
Jack Kelleher missed the game through illness and the manager will need to check on him as well as Morgan (hamstring) and Liam Gibson (ankle) before finalising a team for Monday’s home game against Marine (3pm) and ex-Seagull Chris Sharp.
The Merseysiders, whose Saturday game was abandoned in torrential rain, are bringing two coach loads of fans with them for what is a huge game for both clubs, so the Bay are looking for a good response from their fans as they chase three precious points.
Colwyn Bay: Craig Ellison, Shaun Dowling (Nathan Quirk 74 mins), Bradley Bauress, Ben Cartwright (Jordan Fagbola 80 mins), Antonie Boland, Carl Rodgers (c), Connor Roberts-Nurse, Luke Denson, Carl Lamb, Adam Morgan (Josh Sumner 45 mins), Jordan Harper. Subs not used: Connor Hunt, Steve Wilson.
The Reserves earned a hard fought 2-1 win over fourth-placed Llanberis at Llandudno to end their opponents’ eight-match unbeaten run and go eight points clear at the top of the table in the Lock Stock Welsh Alliance Reserve Division.
Goals from Adam Whitlock and Ashley Seddon gave Bay the victory.
The Reserves play Blaenau Ffestiniog on Easter Monday at Llandudno FC (2.30pm) and on Saturday April 2nd play Llandudno Junction at Llandrillo College (2.30pm).
The Youth team, however, lost 2-1 after extra time in their REM Jones Cup semi-final at Cerrigydrudion.