Storm Brian hits Seagulls game

Tim ChannonFirst Team

THE Seagulls’  winless run continued as they lost 2-1 in atrocious conditions at Radcliffe Borough.

A goal down at half-time, Danny Andrews equalised after good work by Jack Hindle, but Radcliffe regained the lead almost immediately for a win that drops Colwyn Bay into the bottom half of the table.

REPORT By PAUL EDWARDS:

Radcliife Borough 2 Colwyn Bay 1

ON a difficult surface and Hurricane Brian dictating the playing conditions, it was always going to be an uncertain afternoon where either side could have pinched the three points.

Unfortunately for the Bay it was Radcliffe who earned the spoils. Indeed, they looked the more lively side in the first half when taking advantage of the strong wind by launching long balls towards Matt Cooper’s goal, and as early as the fourth minute Borough’s number nine Akil Grier took advantage of Ryan Jones’s clearance in the Radcliffe goal, and hit a left footed volley into the top corner of Cooper’s net. A strikers goal indeed and most certainly something that perhaps the Bay forwards should take note of.
.There were always going to be more goals in this game but surprisingly no others came in a half where the blustery conditions and the driving rain spoiled what could have been a good open game of football. The Bay once again played some excellent passing football but couldn’t make much impact on the Borough goal with too many good opportunities and half chances squandered.
The worsening conditions made the game difficult to play. A sliding tackle would leave a player thirty yards down the pitch and it was creditable that no silly challenges were made, and a game that referee Mr Simm did well to officiate.
Half Time:  Radcliffe Borough 1  Colwyn Bay 0
The second half brought some renewed optimism from the Bay travelling supporters with the strong wind now blowing on Colwyn’s backs and towards Borough’s goal.
This seemed to be the case when, in the forty eighth minute Danny Andrews put the ball home from close range. A couple of minutes earlier,in the forty sixth minute, Gaz Grant came on for Anthony Griffith and whether this had an impact in producing the goal remains to be seen.
But the teams didn’t stay level for long when in the fifty fifth minute Callum Grogan drove home from the edge of Matt Cooper’s box to retake the lead 2-1.
Disappointing that the game should have finished with that goal. The Bay had plenty of scoring opportunities in the second half but couldn’t convert any of them. Borough’s defensive display was good throughout the game and perhaps a reflection of the management team’s efforts with Frank Sinclair now in Radcliffe’s dug out.
For the Bay, Jack Hindle was always a threat and Sam Barnes at the back organised the defence well.
May I take this opportunity to thank Tim Channon for allowing me to ‘fill in’ for him while he’s been away on holiday and being gracious enough to acknowledge my efforts.