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Match Report

TWO late goals from Udi Akpan couldn’t save the Seagulls from a 2-3 home defeat against Bala Town in front of a Boxing Day crowd of 745.

That is six goals in the last six games for Udi, but the Bay paid the price for an error-strewn display as they trailed 0-2 at half-time and then conceded a third on 71 minutes.

With Sam Hart missing from defence, Bay’s first half performance was well below par and they were a goal down after 12 minutes when Naim Arsen curled a 20-yard free kick into the top corner of the net, with Joe Smith getting a hand to the ball but unable to keep it out.

George Newall added a second nine minutes later as the visitors capitalised on some poor Bay defending.

Bay struggled ot create an opening, although Matty Hill brought a low save from Bala keeper Kelland Absalom from Udi Akpan’s pass.

Bala were well in control and Joe Smith made saves from Ross White and Ryan Rogers, while Sam Downey made a great challenge to prevent Rogers from breaking clear.

In the second half Paulo Mendes had a header deflected wide of the Bay goal, and Joe Smith made good saves from George Newall and Joe Malkin, before Bala added their third goal with Ross White’s back post header from an Aeron Edwards corner.

Cai Owen cleared off the line from Ollie Shannon to prevent a fourth Bala goal, before the introduction of Will McKinley from the bench sparked a late Bay rally.

McKinley’s pass set up Udi Akpan for a close range finish on 79 minutes and then Udi scored from the spot when Bay were awarded an 87th minute penalty.

Manager Steve Evans brought himself on in a late bid to snatch an equaliser, but Bala held out to take the three points in an exciting finale.

COLWYN BAY: Joe Smith, Alex Downes, Stef Edwards, Cai Owen (Steve Evans 90), Sam Downey, Tom McCready, Matty Hill (Sam Turner 66), Nick Rushton, Dan Jones, Tom Creamer (Will McKinley 79), Udi Akpan. Subs not used: Szymon Tyszko, Lloyd Marsh-Hughes. Joel Giblin.

Attendance: 745


Date Time League Season Full Time
26/12/2023 14:30 JD Cymru Premier - Phase 1 2023 - 24 0'


Four Crosses Construction Arena
Old Colwyn, Conwy, Wales, LL29 8UN, United Kingdom

CPD Bae Colwyn

21Dan M Jones Midfielder
13Joe Smith Goalkeeper
44Joel Giblin Defender
12Lloyd Marsh-Hughes Forward
17Nick Rushton Midfielder
20Sam Turner 10 Forward
2Alex Downes Defender
4Cai Owen Midfielder
10Matty Hill 20 Forward
6Sam Downey Midfielder
Steve Evans 4 Defender
43Szymon Tyskzko Goalkeeper
22Tom Creamer Midfielder
8Tom McCready Midfielder
24Udoyen Akpan Forward
William McKinley 22


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