Two goals in a minute secures points

Tim ChannonFirst Team

TWO goals in the space of little over a minute gave the Seagulls their fourth away win of the season with a 2-0 victory at Ossett Town to maintain their top ten position in the Evo-stik North table and make it one defeat in seven games under the new management team.

On a bitterly cold day in Yorkshire and on difficult surface, Colwyn Bay had the better of the first half with home keeper Leon Wigglesworth saving two shots from Danny Andrews and a Danny Bartle header, while both Elliot Rokka and Louis Barnes put other efforts wide before the breakthrough came on 31 minutes.

The keeper dived to his left to push a Danny Bartle shot round the post and from the resulting corner Jack Hindle (see top picture) diverted the ball just inside the upright to put the Seagulls in front with his sixth goal of the campaign.

 

Louis Barnes scored his first league goal and Bay’s 50th of the season.

A minute later some good passing football opened up a chance for Louis Barnes to rifle in the second goal from just inside the area for his first league goal for the Bay and their 50th  of the campaign.

The  home side offered the occasional threat, forcing one good block from Matt Cooper, and came more into the game in the second half, but the Bay still had chances to increase lead with Elliot Rokka firing a shot over the bar, while Hindle, Dan Collins,  Gareth Grant and Danny Andrews all had efforts on target but too close to the keeper.

Ossett Town did produce some late pressure, but the Bay defended resolutely and keeper Matt Cooper made an excellent  diving save to beat away a  header from Josh Snowden as the Bay kept their first clean sheet in five games.

Manager Alan Morgan said later: “It was a good win for us, a good day in the office and after two draws and a defeat it was good to get back to winning ways again.

“The pitch was bobbly and made good football difficult, but on the occasions we produced some we created chances.

” It would have been nice to score one or two more goals, but if you had offered me 2-0 and a clean sheet before the game I  would have taken it.”

He stuck to an unchanged starting line-up with the Sam Barnes and Astley Mulholland again on the bench and Josh Brizell and Jamie Rainford not even making the squad, but the manager agreed: “We’ve got some good players not getting a game, but it is all about the squad and  the players who are in the team at the moment know they have to stay switched on and perform because there are good players are waiting to get their chance.

“Sam Barnes is club captain and yet he has been on the bench for the last couple of games, but he is still a massive presence in the dressing room and a very valuable member of the squad, as are they all.”

 Colwyn Bay: Matt Cooper, Kyle Jacobs, Louis Barnes, Luke Horrocks (c), Gareth Grant, Danny Collins, Danny Andrews, Lassana Mendes, Jack Hindle (Will Booth 88 mins), Danny Bartle (Astley Mulholland 81 mins), Elliot Rokka. Subs not nused: Kris Leigh, Sam Barnes and Sam Ilesanmi.

Attendance: 159

Goalscorer Louis Barnes on the attack at Ossett Town. PHOTOS BY DAVID THOMAS