TWO goals in the space of three minutes turned the match and gave Colwyn Bay a 2-1 away win at Ramsbottom United (March 27) which lifted them up to seventh in the Evostik North table.
The Seagulls were a goal down after only four minutes when a speculative long range effort from Jamie Rother caught keeper Matt Cooper slightly off his line and dipped over him into the net.
It took a while to recover from that, with the Bay struggling to keep hold of the ball, but the game was turned upside down by those two quick goals on 27 and 30 minutes.
Danny Bartle’s deflected shot on the turn from the edge of the area, from Jack Hindle’s run and pass, put the teams level, and when the ball was played into the area following a free kick, Dan Bartle touched it on for Gaz Grant (centre of top picture) to get a foot on it to loop it off a defender and inside the far post for the lead.
The Bay finished the half strongly and Louis Barnes rifled a low free kick which the keeper could only block with his legs, but nobody was following in to finish it off.
Ramsbottom regrouped at half-time and pressed for much of the second half with Matt Cooper making one excellent save to tip a firmly struck shot over the bar, but the Bay defended well and held onto their lead for the three points.
Sam Barnes had a chance to kill the game off from a corner, but put his header wide.
With Colne held to a 1-1 draw at home by Mossley and neither Clitheroe or Tadcaster in action, the Seagulls move up three places to seventh – ahead of Colne on goal difference and with a game in hand, and within four points of sixth-placed Trafford with three games still in hand on them.
Manager Alan Morgan admitted: “It wasn’t pretty; in fact it was a pretty awful game to be honest, but its three points and moves us up the table.
“Colne dropping points was a bonus, but I’m not looking at what other teams do. Its all about us and what we do.”
Louis Barnes had to come off in the second half with a tight hamstring, but Josh Brizell came on and did well as his replacement.
“I’m hoping its just fatigue with Louis after all the games we’ve had and its not a pull. We’ll see how he is in a couple of days, but we’ve got Josh who did well when he came on and we’ve also got Daws (Liam Dawson missed this game due to work) so we’ve got cover,” added the manager.
Tom McCready says he also hopes to be fit for the weekend after missing this game with a bruised and swollen foot from last weekend. Initial fears that he may have broken it have proved unfounded.
Colwyn Bay: Matt Cooper, Kyle Jacobs, Louis Barnes (Josh Brizell 61mins), Luke Horrocks, Gareth Grant, Sam Barnes (c), Danny Andrews, Will Booth, Danny Bartle (Jamie Rainford 85mins), Astley Mulholland, Jack Hindle. Subs not used: Kris Leigh, Billy Sass-Davies, Neil Coverley.
SUPPORTERS COACH TO HYDE
THERE are plans to run a supporters coach to the last game of the season away to Hyde United on Saturday April 28th. The cost is £12.50 per person and anyone interested should contact Alex Grimshaw on 07599537718 or email firstname.lastname@example.org