Sharp header earns Bay a point

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Chris Sharp headed his fourth goal of the campaign at Matlock.

Chris Sharp headed his fourth goal of the campaign at Matlock.

THE Seagulls ended their three-match losing run with a 1-1 draw at Matlock Town after Chris Sharp had headed them in front on 17 minutes.

The striker met Robbie Booth’s cross at the back post to give the side an early boost, but  the lead lasted only eight minutes before Matlock skipper Ted Cribley headed Matlock level from a Jordan Deacey cross.

Chris Sharp hit a great shot on the run from 30 yards which dipped just over the bar and in the second half John Marsden put in a strong run from the half-way line only to shoot narrowly wide and had another effort just over the bar.

Neither keeper was overly extended in the second half, but Matlock substitute Joel Purkiss came closest to a winner when a late shot rebounded off a post, while Colwyn Bay might have won it right at the end when the ball fell invitingly for Robbie Booth inside the area, but he scuffed a great chance wide.

With Rob Hopley playing in defence alongside Jordan Fagbola,  the Bay defended well.

Seagulls boss Ash Hoskin commented afterwards: “We’d have taken a point before the game, but now we are a bit disappointed in the dressing room that we haven’t got all three.

“Boothie has had a great chance right at the end and Sharpy also had a good chance, and I feel for John Marsden because he’s been terrific today and just needs a bit of luck to get his first goal.

“Because of the injuries we’ve worked hard all week to try and bring in a centre half, but it hasn’t happened so we had to put Hopley in there today and I thought he was magnificent. Outstanding.

“I’ve had better weeks than the one just gone, but at least I can go home tonight having seen us stop the run of defeats and knowing the injury situation is improving and that we’ll have a strong squad again once everybody is back.”

 Colwyn Bay:  Sanna, Dowling, Lea, Brewster (Rodgers 85), Fagbola, Love, Booth, Marsden, Sharp, Hopley, Matthews (Williams 70). Subs not used: Dillon, Corbett, Holsgrove.

Attendance: 302

THE reserves maintained their 100 per cent league record with a 3-1 home win against Meliden.

After a goalless first half the Bay won  with goals from Aaron Boyle, an own goal and Fabian Ellis.

Colwyn Bay are two points clear at the top of the table and with a game in hand over second-placed Denbigh Town.


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