Unbeaten Bay unable to force a winner

Tim ChannonFirst Team

THE Seagulls maintained their unbeaten record this season, but weren’t able to force a winning goal in a 0-0 home draw against Colne (Aug 26).

Visitors keeper Hakan Burton made a super save to tip an Astley Mulholland shot over the bar and later in the game beat a fierce shot from Jack Hindle away for a corner, but although Hindle and Jamie Rainford also went close with other efforts that were just off taget, the Bay struggled for the most part to get their attacking game into top gear.

Indeed Colne should have taken the lead in the first half, but Dan Wilkins fired over an open goal after keeper Matt Cooper was sold short by an under-hit back pass and did well to block a shot at the feet of Mike Fish.

It took the Bay a while to string a decent passing attack together, but they were only denied a goal shortly before half-time by Burton’s acrobatic tip over  from Mulholland’s header following Jamie Rainford’s pin-point cross.

Will Booth was introduced at half-time for Louis Barnes, who was suffering from blisters, and he did well on the right as the Bay began to step up their game.

Rainford was just too high with a shot from the edge of the area and Jack Hindle fired a shot inches wide before having another fierce effort beaten away for a corner by the keeper.

But in truth there were few clear cut openings for the Bay, with Danny Andrews trying his luck from distance but firing straight at the keeper.

At the other end Matt Cooper did very well to claim the ball as Mike Fish tried to go round him in a one-on-one.

Manager Phill Hadland admitted it was a game that could have gone either way against strong opponents, but was pleased that his defence had kept a third clean sheet in four games.

“If we can keep keeping clean sheets then we are half way there; we just need to be more consistent with our attacking play,” he commented

That will be the main focus for him and coach Anthony Griffith ahead of Monday’s game at Bamber Bridge, who saw their unbeaten run ended with defeat at new league leaders South Shields.

Shaun Holden is likely to come back into the squad  for that game in place of Louis Barnes, along with possibly Liam Turner, but Danny Bartle remains sidelined with a persistent ankle injury.

Colwyn Bay: Matt Cooper, Josh Brizell, Louis Barnes (Will Booth 45 mins), Dan Collins, Sam Barnes (c), Gaz Grant, Jack Hindle, Luke Horrocks (Jamie Menagh 68 mins), Jamie Rainford (Jack Kelleher 73mins), Astley Mulholland, Danny Andrews. Subs not used: Kris Leigh and Anthony Griffith.

Attendance: 232


TOP PICTURE: Matt Cooper made a couple of important saves to help Bay keep a third clean sheet in four games.