Ten man Bay denied by late equaliser

Tim ChannonFirst Team

James Ellison scored a screamer with a 35 yard free kick

James Ellison scored a screamer with a 35 yard free kick

COLWYN BAY had to play nearly 80 minutes with ten men, but were only denied a victory by a goal deep in to added time in a 2-2 draw at Bradford Park Avenue.
It was a brave, battling point, but they were so close to a win that would have given their relegation battle a massive boost.
The Seagulls had right back Lanre Olapade sent off after only 11 minutes for blocking Paul Walker’s shot with his arm in front of goal.
Although Walker hit the post with his spot kick, Colwyn Bay were forced to defend heroically for the rest of the half and worked hard to keep the score down to a Simon Ainge header, from a needlessly conceded corner, on 27 minutes.
Avenue had numerous shots blacked by Bay bodies and missed the target with two other great chances.
The Bay, however, re-grouped at half-time and then shocked the home side when James Ellison equalised on 48 minutes with a screamer of a free kick from 35 yards into the top corner of the net.
Then, unbelievably the Seagulls took the lead on 76 minutes when Obi Anoruo scored from Tom Buckley’s run and cross.
It looked like being enough to take three fantastic points as the ten men battled heroically to hang on, but deep into added time Simon Ainge got his second of the game with another cracking effort from fully 30 yards to level the scores.
Manager Gus Williams said his side’s performance was “remarkable” after being down to ten men for so long.
“We kept our shape well and made it difficult for them to break us down. They didn’t have any ideas left at the end and it was only a great shot out of the blue that denied us a win I thought our efforts deserved.
“We showed spirit, character and belief that I feared we had lost after last Saturday, but it was back tonight.
“After defending so rigidly under so much pressure on a really heavy pitch, to get men into the box and on the end of Tom Buckley’s cross for the second goal was remarkable when you consider how heavy legged they must have been.
“The only downside was that the fans who watch us struggle at home weren’t here to see it.They must think its a different team. It is really strange that we can fight so hard and score goals away, but not when we play at home!”
Ellison had to hobble off just before the end, but the manager is hoping it was just cramp.
Colwyn Bay: Sanna, Olapade, Moss, Wilson, Lea, Royle, Anoruo, Buckley, Hopley, Williams, Ellison (Hodgson 90). Subs not used: Rees, Saiel, Baynes, Seddon