JAMES KIRBY netted a hat-trick as the Seagulls swept to a 4-0 home victory over Holyhead Hotspur to extend their unbeaten league record to 12 games at the top of the JD Cymru North table, in front of another excellent home crowd of 720.

In what was probably his final game before leaving for a new job in Sweden, it took his goals tally for the Bay to a remarkable 35 in just 40 games.

Manager Steve Evans said after the game: “Kirbs has been fantastic for us and we are sad to see him go. We are going to miss him.”

He opened the scoring in the first 15 minutes with a neat turn and finish from Tom Creamer’s cross and Bay should really have had the game won by half-time.

Matty Hill headed just over the bar from a great run and cross by Alex Downes, Holyhead keeper Alex Lynch made a double save to deny Matty Hill and then Tom Creamer, who also saw a shot hit the post with Stef Edwards putting the rebound over the bar.

Downes shot wide after a good link-up with Creamer, who also put Stefan Edwards in on goal only for him to shoot straight at the keeper.

Lynch also made a good save at the feet of Matty Hill to keep the score to 1-0 at the break – and in fact it needed a good save from Cameron Darling in the Bay goal to prevent Holyhead making it 1-1.

The visitors, however, were blown away in the second half, with Kirby converting a penalty on 52 minutes and Stef Edwards firing home from 10 yards to make it 3-0 11 minutes later.

Lynch made a fine save from an Alex Downes shot and two more good saves from James Kirby.

But Bay’s top scorer was not to be denied and he headed his third goal of the night on 90 minutes to complete an emphatic win for the Bay.

See manager’s comments on Manager Interview – CPD Bae Colwyn vs Holyhead Hotspur – 18th November 2022 – YouTube

COLWYN BAY: Cameron Darling, Stefan Edards (Dylan Allshorn 64), Lewis Sirrell (c), Sam Downey, Matty Hill (Guto Williams 78), Craig Lindfield (Cai Owen 64), Sam Hart, Kristian Platt, Alex Downes (Joe Williams 80), Tom Creamer, James Kirby. Subs not used: Ryan Woods (G), Tom McCready.

Attendance: 720

James Kirby (right) was voted the Pen-y-Bryn Man of the Match and received his award from Mark Jones