THE Seagulls were able to celebrate a win double today with the first team winning their final home game of the season 3-0 against Sutton Coldfield Town and the Reserves boosting their title challenge with a 4-0 away victory at Porthmadog.
The seniors got a great start with a goal from promoted reserve team player Sean Sheridan after 14 minutes, after Carl Lamb and headed down a deep cross from Josh Sumner.
Sadly Sheridan had to be substituted 11 minutes later with a suspected hamstring strain, but the Bay went close to doubling their lead just before half-time when Bradley Bauress’s deflected shot was tipped over the bar by leaping visiting keeper Lewis Gwilliams.
Sumner, who had an excellent game in defence and attack down the right, also had a shot saved by the keeper and Jordan Harper was narrowly wide, while at the other end Andy Farrimond made a good save from Sutton Coldfield’s Luke Rodgers.
The second Bay goal came seven minutes into the second half when the visitors struggled to clear the ball following two Colwyn Bay corners and Jordan Fagbola scored with a header from Sumner’s cross.
The visitors pressed hard to get a goal back but Farrimond made three more excellent saves and the Bay wrapped up victory with a third goal six minutes from the end.
Jordan Harper was sent clear one on one with the keeper and although Gwilliams did well to block the shot, Harper ran onto the rebound and crossed for Stephen Wilson to fire home.
Carl Rodgers played himself in the back four alongside Fagbola and the defence looked more solid with his organisation. With keeper Farrimond doing well and Ben Cartwright clearing one effort off the line, the Bay kept their first clean sheet in the league since the 0-0 draw at Ilkeston back in October.
Too late, sadly, for the league but it will give fresh hope for the cup semi-final at Marine on April 26th.
Joint caretaker boss Luke Denson said: “There has been tremendous pressure on the team in the last couple of weeks which took its toll, but today the pressure was off and everybody played with more freedom.
“Hopefully we can take that into the semi-final and go on to end the season with a cup!”
Colwyn Bay: Andrew Farrimond, Ben Cartwright, Luke Denson, Carl Rodgers (C), Jordan Fagbola, Stephen Wilson, Josh Sumner, Bradley Bauress (Nathan Quirk 75mins), Jack Kelleher, Carl Lamb, Sean Sheridan (Jordan Harper 25mins). Subs not used: Craig Ellison, Antonie Boland.
THE Reserves extended their lead at the top of their table to 18 points with their 4-0 win at Porthmaog with goals from Adam Whitlock, Pierce Jones, Josh Grant and Michael Taylor.
They travel to second-placed Denbigh Town, who have three games in hand, on Monday (7.30pm kick off).