Seagulls sink deeper into trouble

Tim ChannonFirst Team

COLWYN BAY were left four points adrift of safety as they were beaten 5-1 at home by a Leamington side who had not previously won an away league match for nearly six months.
With all the other bottom six sides picking up at least a point, it was a bad day all round for the Seagulls.
They were the better side for the opening 20 minutes, with James Ellison going close with a bullet header just over the bar from a Wes Baynes cross, but once Chris Sanna allowed a Dan Newton shot from the edge of the area to squirm past him, it was pretty much all downhill.
Nathan Hicks scored a second with spectacular strike from near the touchline that dipped over Sanna into the far side of the net before half-time and the Bay also lost Baynes with an injury.
Sanna then had to make a leaping save to turn a rasping shot from full back Connor Gudger over the bar early in the second half.
Things might possibly have changed had Ellison had more luck with a shot that hit the inside of the post and rebounded across the face of the goal before being cleared.
A goal then to make it 2-1 could have given the Bay some momentum, but minutes later Sanna was disappointingly beaten again from the edge of the area by Jordan Goddard’s shot to virtually seal the result.
Tom Buckley’s cross-shot pulled one back on 73 minutes, although Rob Hopley may have got a final touch, but within a minute of that Leamington’s Lee Clifton slid in at the far post to score a fourth for the visitors and in added time Leamington strolled through Bay’s disconsolate defence for Lee Moore to add a fifth.
After the game club captain Hopley tweeted: “Ten cup finals to save the season. Big hearts required.”
Colwyn Bay: Sanna, Taylor, Moss, Wilson, Lea, Royle (Hodgson 85mins), Buckley, Anoruo, Hopley, Baynes (Williams 42 mins), Ellison. Subs not used: Rees, Saiel, Olapade.
Attendance: 326