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Match Reports

Saturday 19th January 2019   Colwyn Bay 2 v 1 Trafford   


Colwyn Bay 2 v 1 TRAFFORD

Evo Stik NPL West Division

TEAM: Elliot Wynne, Ally Brown, Chris Palmer, Jack Dorney,

Jimmy Moore, Keil O'Brien, Declan Rydings, Ross Davidson,

Matty Bryan, Danny Wilkins, Darius Palma.

SUBS: Andy Langford for Dorney (53), Lewis Nightingale for Palma (62),

Aaron Burns for Wilkins (76), Laurence Taylor, Liam Ellis.

COLWYN BAY SCORERS: McCready (26), Andrews (90)


Declan Rydings

Danny Wilkins

Trafford had a frustrating day at the seaside on Saturday, suffering an injury-time defeat in a game they should have taken all the points from.  It was an early kick-off at the Red Lion Foods Stadium as the Seagulls were struggling to resolve floodlight issues.  

It was Trafford who started the match brightest utilising the pace of Darius Palma and Declan Rydings down the flanks.  Palma perhaps should have done better with the first chance of the game, a left foot shot that was high and wide from the edge of the box.  Rydingshowever made amends on 15 minutes when he swept the ball home after a Trafford corner was not cleared by the hosts.  A few more chances came and went, the best after good work down the right between Palma and Danny Wilkins resulted in Jack Dorney and then Matty Bryan failing to get their shots away.

Trafford seemed to take their foot off the gas and invited Bay back into the game.  Neat interplay saw Danny Andrews brought down in the box in the 26th minute and Tom McCready gave Elliot Wynne no chance with a firm shot straight down the middle.

The rest of the half was scrappy and saw Trafford pick up a number of needless yellow cards.  The start of the second half saw much of the same and crucially Jimmy Moore picked up a booking that the travelling fans felt was harsh.  Bay stepped up their game and were able to put more pressure on the visiting defence.  

Both teams battled in midfield and exchanged chances with Bryan failing to get a header away.  At the other end Wynne pulled off a great fingertip save from an Astley Mulholland shot.  Wilkins had a good chance to score from Ryding’sright wing cross, but it was slashed wide.

The introduction of Andy Langford and Lewis Nightingale saw the midfield tighten up and it was Langford himself who had a glorious chance to put Trafford ahead on 65 minutes.  Nightingale fed the ball from the edge of the box, but Langford’s shot crashed back off the post.

Trafford were reduced to 10 men on 71 minutes when Jimmy Moore hesitated on the ball and pulled back Ash Woods when he was through on goal.  The second yellow was the easiest decision made by the referee who seemed to struggle for most of the game.  This gave Trafford more resolve and in the 85th minute they thought they had a stonewall penalty.  Ross Davidson drove through the midfield and into the box, only to be bundled to the ground.  The Trafford fans were incensed as the referee adjudged the challenge to be fair.

Bay sensed the game was theirs for the taking and duly obliged when Craig Pritchard's pass opened up the Trafford defence and Ethan Devine crossed low from the right for Danny Andrews to score the winner deep into added time.