Seagulls win at Stalybridge

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Colwyn Bay secured their fifth successive league win and are now eighth in the Skrill North following a 3-2 win at Stalybridge Celtic on Saturday.

The Seagulls were ahead after just 89 seconds with a blistering angled shot into the far corner of the net from 25 yards by Sean Williams.

Home keeper Craig Ellison made a full length diving save to push away a shot from Jamie Ellison and then made a double save to deny Sean Williams and Ellison before Stalybridge equalised against the run of play with a James Tunnicliffe header from a corner.

But Bay responded with some stunning football in the last 15 minutes of the half and scored two goals in six minutes to lead 3-1 at the break.

Good passing play down the right ended with a pass from Ellison from which Marc Williams turned and shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the area on 35 minutes and then some brilliant inter-passing, involving seven or eight crisp passes, ended with Ellison laying the ball off for Gaz Evans to rifle a shot past the keeper.

The second half started in the same vein, but the sending off of Anthony Stephens on 55 minutes forced a reshuffle and change of tactics.

With Jonathan Royle coming off the bench for Ellison and Rob Hopley dropping back into a midfield role, Bay’s 10 men looked to play the game out with a Hopley header wide from a free kick their only effort on goal in the last 40 minutes.

Sanna made a fine save to tip a deflected shot from Sean McConville over the bar and did well to save another deflected effort from Phil Marsh, but generally the home side struggled to create clear cut openings.

They did eventually pull a goal back in the 90th minute with a 25 yard shot from Adam Pepper into the bottom corner of the net which set up the anxious six minutes of added time, but the Bay were able to see it out.