SAM DOWNEY scored his first goal of the season on his 50th appearance for the club to help the Seagulls to extend their winning league run to 19 games with a 4-2 home victory over Llanidloes town.

Craig Lindfield, Tom McCready and Ryan Edwards were also on target as the Bay completed their seventh league double of the campaign to go 11 points clear at the top of the Jd Cymru North.

They got a flying start to go 2-0 up inside the opening 10 minutes.

Craig Lindfield scored for the third game running from Cai Owen’s cross on five minutes and then Tom McCready netted with a great strike from Tom Creamer’s lay-off.

Jamie Breese pulled a goal back when Bay failed to deal with a cross into their area, before Downey chipped a shot into the far corner of the net from another assist by Cai Owen to make it 3-1 on 26 minutes.

Another defensive mistake allowed Breese to round keeper Jack Crichton to pull another goal back before half-time and the visitors had a bid chance to equalise put fired over the bar.

In the second half Llanidloes keeper Luke Evans made a fine save from a Tom McCready free kick and the Bay had a shout for a penalty waved away when Tom Creamer went down in the box.

Llanidloes missed the target with another big chance to level before Ryan Edwards secured victory with Bay’s fourth goal, firing home from the edge of the box from Tom McCready’s pass.

In the closing minutes Dylan Allshorn was close to a fifth with a good run and shot that was just past the post.

“I thought we started really well – the first 10-15 minutes we were sublime with some of the football and we scored two terrific goals,” said manager Steve Evans.

“We were in control and then we went and made a mistake which they capitalised on and gave them something to fight for when they weren’t even in the game and then it became difficult

“Then we scored another good goal and then we’re in control and then another mistake gives them more impetus and belief and got them back in the game.

“That’s disappointing from our point of view and then we went a bit flat until the end of the first half, not like us.

“We came out second half and I thought we were a lot better. We weren’t fantastic but we were professional and scored another terrific goal.”

See the manager’s post-match thoughts on Manager Interview – CPD Bae Colwyn vs Llanidloes Town 4th February 2023 – YouTube

COLWYN BAY: Jack Crichton, Stefan Edwards (Dylan Allshorn 74), Cai Owen, Sam Downey, Ryan Edwards (Joe Williams 79), Tom McCready, Craig Lindfield, Guto Williams, Sam Hart, Kristian Platt, Tom Creamer (Lewis Sirrell 65). Subs not used: Cameron Darling, Joel Giblin.

Attendance: 520

Sam Downey capped off a goal on his 50th appearance by being voted the Pen y Bryn Man of the Match and received his award from Tony Latchford.