THE Seagulls took an early lead at play-off chasing Colne, but then conceded two second half goals to suffer a 2-1 defeat (March 25).
Danny Bartle, with his fourth goal in six games, scored with a good finish after 12 minutes from Danny Andrews run and pass and Colwyn Bay, playing well down the slope, could have doubled their lead before half-time.
Bartle, who was particularly bright, had another shot beaten away for a corner by home keeper Greg Hartley, and Jamie Rainford had a great chance from 10 yards but tried a sidefoot placement instead of putting his foot through the ball and the keeper got down well to his left to palm the ball away.
Bay played three centre backs (Gaz Grant, Sam Barnes and Luke Denson) to combat Colne’s free-scoring forward line and that worked well in the first half with keeper Kieran Wolland never really tested.
It was always going to be more difficult in the second half when Colne had the slope in their favour and it took only two minutes after the break for them to equalise through Adam Morning’s shot across the diving Wolland, who seemed to get his hands to the ball but couldn’t stop it flying into the bottom corner.
Morning proved a constant threat and he also got Colne’s second goal on 70 minutes, running across a number of Bay defenders on the edge of the area, none of whom were able to get in a tackle, before firing left footed into the bottom corner of the net.
Colwyn Bay tried to hit back. with Astley Mullholland introduced from the bench for his debut, and they had a great chance to equalise in the closing minutes when Jamie Rainford broke free inside the area only to blast his shot wide.
Manager Phill Hadland talks about “fine margins” and this added to the long list of games from which the side really ought to have got something.
This result drops Colwyn Bay back into the bottom eight while Colne move into the top five play off places.
COLWYN BAY: Kieran Wolland, Will Booth, Louis Corrigan, Luke Denson, Gaz Grant, Sam Barnes (c) (Astley Mulholland 72mins), Mike Roddy, Warren Bellew (Chris Gahgan 83mins), Danny Bartle, Jamie Rainford, Danny Andrews (Tom Schofield 61 mins). Subs not used: Dan Collins and Iwan Cartwright.