THE Seagulls’ Yorkshire jinx continued with a 1-0 defeat at play-off contenders Ossett Town (March 18) in a scrappy, untidy and ill-tempered game
In seven league trips to the White Rose county the Bay have picked up just one point out of a possible 21 – and that was the 0-0 draw at Tadcaster, who played for 80 minutes with 10 men.
In 12 league games home and away against Yorkshire sides, the Seagulls have failed to win any of them (eight losses and four draws).
The reasons and answers to that is something that will need to be analysed and seriously addressed next season.
The Bay were not helped this time by a disastrous two minutes for Danny Bartle.
First he was booked for a foul from which Town scored the only goal of the game on 63 minutes, and only two minutes later he was booked again and sent off for another foul.
Ossett Town later also had defender Isaac Assenso dismissed for a second yellow card, but Colwyn Bay couldn’t force an equaliser in the closing quarter of an hour.
In fact, Bay failed to get one shot on target in the game and forced only one corner.
Ossett Town pressed high and hard and never allowed the Bay space or time to settle on the ball or produce the football that defeated Droylsden in midweek.
The players afterwards blamed the poor surface for not keeping the ball on the ground, but too often they resorted to long high balls which were meat and drink for the home side’s two big central defenders.
Ossett Town dominated possession in the first half, but the Bay defended resolutely and apart from a headed goal that was ruled out for offside, the home side had only two half decent chances which they wasted by shooting wide.
Bay had a bit more of the ball second half kicking down the slope, but failed to create a clear cut opening and they fell behind from Bartle’s first booking as the free kick into the area produced a goalmouth scramble for Jason Yates to score from close range.
After Ossenso’s red card, Bay pushed for an equaliser, but the nearest they came was a Louis Corrigan free kick which was narrowly wide.
The result leaves the Bay in 14th place with seven games left, while Ossett Town move back into the top five play-off places.
Colwyn Bay: Kieran Wolland, Will Booth, Louis Corrigan, Dan Collins (Mike Pino 69mins), Gaz Grant, Sam Barnes (c), Mike Roddy, Tom Schofield (Warren Bellew 80mins), Danny Bartle, Jamie Rainford, Danny Andrews (Chris Gahgan 76mins). Subs not used: Luke Denson and Iwan Cartwright.
Top photo by Mark Gledhill of match winning goal