THE Seagulls welcomed in 2023 with a 6-0 home victory over Guilsfield in front of a bank holiday crowd of 712.

Tom McCready and Alex Downes both scored twice, with Jamie Cumming and Matty Hill also on target for Bay who were 5-0 up by half-time as they extended their unbeaten league record to 16 games.

They put Guilsfield under immediate pressure and were in front after just four minutes with Cumming getting the final touch in a goalmouth scramble.

Hill shot over the bar from the edge of the box after a run from the halfway line before McCready finished off a fine team move at the near post to make it 2-0 on 20 minutes.

Four minutes later Alex Downes headed home from a McCready corner.

Guilsfield keeper Robbie Williams made a good to deny McCready after good work by Matty Hill and Cameron Darling made a good save from a rare Guilsfield attack before Bay hit two goals in a minute right at the end of the half.

Alex Downes rose at the far post to head his second from another McCready corner and from the kick off Hill intercepted a pass back to round the keeper and score Bay’s fifth.

McCready swept home a Matty Hill cross for number six ten minutes into the second half which saw manager Steve Evans ring the changes with five substitutions.

Bay couldn’t add to their tally after that although Matty Hill and Craig Lindfield both brought good saves out of the keeper and Lindfield was unlucky with a free kick that hit the angle of bar and post.

Bay manager Steve Evans praised his team following the game: “First half I thought we were exceptional, we passed the ball really well but it wasn’t just that it was the all-round performance, the defensive side as well.

“They had one or two breakaways but we dealt with it. I thought every single one of the players were brilliant and they deserve massive praise.

“Second half we were good – we weren’t as good as the first half. We probably took our foot off the peddle, which I was disappointed with.

“But on the whole I’m really pleased.”

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COLWYN BAY: Cameron Darling, Joe Williams, Stefan Edwards (Dylan Allshorn 62), Lewis Sirrell, Sam Downey, Ryan Edwards, Tom McCready (Tom Creamer 65), Jamie Cumming (Craig Lindfield 61), Matty Hill, Kristian Platt (Guto Williams 65), Alex Downes (Cai Owen 54). Subs not used: Ryan Woods and Joel Giblin.

Attendance: 712

Captain Tom McCready was the Pen y Bryn man of the match and received his award from Arwel Clwyd