Spectacular goal denies Bay victory

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Carl Rodgers put Colwyn Bay in front against Burnley

Carl Rodgers put Colwyn Bay in front against Burnley

A SPECTACULAR equaliser from 40 yards denied the Seagulls victory over Championship club Burnley in their latest pre-season game.
Colwyn Bay had come from behind to lead 2-1 with 16 minutes remaining, but Burnley, who fielded a strong Under-21 development side, equalised 12 minutes from the end when Nathan Love’s brilliant long range strike caught Chris Sanna slightly off his line and dipped over him into the net.
Earlier Burnley had taken a 21st minute lead through Jamie Frost, but Colwyn Bay equalised before half-time when Rob Hopley ran onto a long ball from Zak Corbett to clip it over the advancing keeper.
Carl Rodgers then put the Bay in front on 74 minutes after Robbie Booth had been tripped on the edge of the area. Luke Denson’s free kick was blocked, but when the ball was played back into the area, Carl Rodgers saw a shot blocked by the keeper on the line before following up to score from the rebound.
Once again Colwyn Bay defended well against full-time opposition, although Chris Sanna had to make a flying save to beat out a shot from Brandon Wilson and did really well to save again in a one-on-one situation after Luke Denson’s slip had allowed Burnley’s trialist forward to break clear on goal.
In the second half Wes Baynes had a fierce shot from Hopley’s lay off turned over the bar by Burnley keeper Conor Mitchell, who also beat out a late shot from Rodgers.
Manager Ash Hoskin was again delighted with his team’s performance.
“Things are coming together nicely and although we still have a few things to work on, especially at set pieces, the progression we have made in a few short weeks together has been very encouraging.
“We tried out two different systems tonight and the players were comfortable with both which was pleasing for me.
“All credit to Burnley for bringing a strong squad down here on a Friday night and making it a good competitive game.”
Chris Sharp missed the game with a tight hamstring, but the club have brought in Joe Williams on a month’s loan from Wrexham as cover.
The 18-year-old is top scorer in Wrexham’s youth team and has also scored four times for the reserves.
Colwyn Bay’s team was: Chris Sanna, Wes Baynes (Shaun Dowling), Zak Corbett (Mike Lea), John Dillon, Sam Barnes, Luke Denson, Cory Williams (Harry Clayton), Robbie Booth, Rob Hopley (Brandon Zibaka), Archie Love (Jordan Fagbola), Joe Williams (Carl Rodgers). Sub bot used: Gaz Rees.
Attendance: 263