‘Worst performance for two years’

Tim ChannonFirst Team

THE Seagulls suffered another home shocker with a 4-1 defeat to Solihull Moors which manager Frank Sinclair described as possibly the worst performance since he has been in charge.
Even worse is news of worrying injuries to Marc Williams, who could now be out for a while, and Rob Hopley.
Williams got a whack on the foot he broke a couple of years ago and was limping heavily after the game with the manager fearing the worse.
Hopley started on the bench after injuring his knee in training on Thursday, but had to come on at half-time with the side 3-0 down, and has further aggravated the problem.
Some woeful defending presented the league’s leading marksman Omar Bogle with a first half hat-trick inside 36 minutes and after Ryan Beswick had added a fourth 18 minutes into the second half, only a series of blocks and saves by recalled goalkeeper Josh Ollerenshaw prevented an even more embarrassing score line before Wes Baynes snatched a late consolation goal from a goalmouth scramble.
The Bay badly missed suspended Anthony Stephens at the back, but all over the pitch they gave the ball away far too easily.
A seventh league defeat at Llanelian Road this season leaves Colwyn Bay with the worst home record in the division – even rock bottom Hyde’s is marginally better.
The manager said afterwards: “We went backwards two years today to when I played in a team which showed no desire or care to win a game of football.
“I’ve been brutally honest with the players that it is not good enough and if it doesn’t improve I’ll have to make changes or otherwise the board will make changes.
“I’m going to have to go away and reflect on it and see how I can improve us as a group.
“Obviously we’ve had a couple of big knocks with Tom Buckley going this week (to Salford City) and now the injuries to Marc Williams, who could be out for a while, and Rob Hopley which leaves us up against it, but I wanted to see more characters on the pitch today and people prepared to fight for the cause and we didn’t have it.
“I could have took off any one of eight or nine players who just weren’t at it. We were second best all over the park and got what we deserved.
“Now I have to pick myself up first of all and then try and pick the team up because we’ve got a massive schedule of games and we have to produce some results if we don’t want to get dragged into a possible relegation fight.”
He added: “I will be working hard over the next couple of days to try and bring in some people who can help us out and hopefully improve the group.”
Colwyn Bay: Ollerenshaw, Taylor, Moss (Hopley 45mins), Truelove, Royle, Noone, Mendes (Olapade 45mins), Haywood (Hodgson 66mins), Anoruo, Williams, Baynes. Subs not used: Sharpe, Pilliner.
Attendance: 294.