ON a night when pretty much everything that could go wrong did go wrong, the Seagulls lost their unbeaten league record in a 3-0 home defeat to Hyde United.
Manager Phill Hadland’s problems started before the kick off when Louis Barnes felt his hamstring tighten up in the warm-up. With Shaun Holden not available, Liam Turner had to play out of position at left back and Kyle Jacobs, who has not trained for a month due to a pulled hamstring, had to be thrown in ahead of schedule at right back.
An evening when Kyle expected to be watching from the stand, ended with a second yellow card and an early shower after conceding a 71st minute penalty which ended the game as a contest.
The Bay had just about edged an entertaining first half with Astley Mulholland having a shot cleared off the line, Jack Hindle having a couple of efforts beaten away by Hyde keeper Peter Crook, and Jamie Menagh curling a shot inches wide of the far post.
But inside a minute of the second half Matt Cooper, whose handling last Saturday had been impeccable, spilled a high cross into the goalmouth under pressure from Matt Beadle, and Luke Porritt tapped in the loose ball for a gift opening goal.
The Bay never recovered from that setback and Beadle struck home the penalty, after Kyle’s push in the back on Porritt after Bay had lost possession deep in their own half, to make it 2-0.
Jamie Rainford and Jack Kelleher were thrown on from the bench as Bay tried to chase the game, but a very strong Hyde side were always a threat when they broke and Chris Sutherland turned on the edge of the area to fire in their third goal on 89 minutes.
The manager, who had warned after Saturday’s high of the dangers of that quickly followed by a low if the players were not on top of their game, commented: “It was a bad day at the office. We looked very flat in the second half as though Saturday had taken too much out of us.
“Losing Louis just before kick off did not help against a very confident and strong side, but we cannot use that as an excuse. The second half performance was just not good enough and we need a big response from everybody on Saturday.”
Colwyn Bay: Matt Cooper, Kyle Jacobs, Liam Turner, Luke Horrocks (Jack Kelleher 62mins), Dan Collins, Sam Barnes (c), Jamie Menagh (Jamie Rainford 62mins), Will Booth, Jack Hindle, Astley Mulholland, Danny Andrews. Subs not used: Kris Leigh, Tom Rutter and Anthony Griffith.