WILL JONES celebrated his first goal of the league campaign as he helped the Seagulls to a 2-1 away win at Kendal Town which has closed the gap league leaders Brighouse Town to four points.
After a goalless first half in which Bay had the majority of possession but struggled to create too much in the way of goal chances, Will Booth, Danny Andrews and Liam Turner were all off target and Will Jones had a header smuggled round the post for a corner.
But the Seagulls took the lead two minutes into the second half when Luke Denson played a great ball into the area and WILL JONES got on the end of it to fire past home keeper Will Kitchen.
Scott Bakkor then had a header cleared off the line, but Kendal were pressing hard for an equaliser and were awarded a penalty on 58 minutes when Denson threw his body in the way of a shot at point blank range inside the area and the referee adjudged it to have hit his arm.
It seemed a very harsh decision, but Sam Bailey gratefully accepted the chance to equalise from the spot.
To their credit the Seagulls bounced straight back and within two minutes were in front again when Denson lifted a free kick to the far post where WILL BOOTH, who had another excellent game in midfield, headed in from close range.
Liam Turner sent a diving header narrowly wide from Scott Bakkor’s cross and then put an even better chance wide from substitute Chris Gahgan’s run and cross.
A goal then would have killed the game off, but Kendal threw themselves into a late assault to try and rescue a point, forcing a number of corners and free kicks and hitting the bar with a header in the dying seconds.
Colwyn Bay, however, held on to make it six wins in their last seven games and their fourth in six away league games.
Manager Paul Moore commented: “Not many teams will come here and win so it was a big three points for us.
“Our game plan was to try and stop them playing out from the back which they like to do and I thought we did that well. You can expect to come under pressure in the closing stages of the game when they are trying everything to level it up, but for the most part we stopped them attacking us out wide and prevented them getting in crosses.
“I felt we just needed a bit more quality in the final third in the first half, but we got that in the second with excellent crosses for the two goals – and it was great to see Will Jones finally get his first goal. That will do him good.
“We’ve closed the gap on the top teams and if we can double up again with another three points on Tuesday against Radcliffe Borough it will put us in a very strong position.”
Colwyn Bay: Shaun Pearson, Luke Denson, Louis Corrigan, Tom Hardwick (c), Kyle Armstrong, Tom Schofield, Liam Turner, Will Booth, Will Jones (Chris Gahgan 80mins), Scott Bakkor, Danny Andrews. Subs not used: Kieran Wolland, Gary Burnett, Michael Pino and Drew Matthews.
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