THE Seagulls were unable to defend a 1-0 lead as they conceded two goals in the last 20 minutes to lose 2-1 at home to Haverfordwest County.

Matty Hill had put the Bay in front 10 minutes after the break, but in the end they were left still awaiting their first league win over the season.

After having to make a late change, with Lloyd Marsh-Hughes replacing Uni Akpan in the starting line-up, Bay began the game quite well with Marsh-Hughes seeing a header held by Haverfordwest keeper Zac Jones and Nick Rushton just failing to latch onto a great ball into the box.

The visitors, however, bossed the last 15 minutes of the half, hitting the bar and the post, forcing a couple of fine saves from Alfie Brooks, and putting a great chance over the bar from six yards.

Manager Steve Evans made changes at half-time and the introduction of Tom Creamer and Cai Owen brought more energy to the Bay side and they took the lead when Matty Hill slotted home after a knock-on by Jamie Cumming.

Tom Creamer had a shot deflected for a corner, but all the good work since the break was undone when Bay gave the ball away in their own half and Jack Wilson rolled a pass across for Kai Whitmore to score at the back post to pull the visitors level on 70 minutes.

That knocked the wind out of the Bay and Haverfordwest snatched an 87th minute winner from Martell Taylor-Crossdale when a corner produced a scramble in the Bay goalmouth.

On a positive note Tom McCready was able to come on for the last 15 minutes for his first appearance of the season following injury.

Bay boss Steve Evans commented: “We probably deserved a draw for the effort and desire etc, but I thought in certain moments we needed to be better.

“Decision making weren’t where it needed to be today. I thought first half we were comfortable, but we looked tired and the last 15 minutes started making silly mistakes, kicking the ball back to them, not clearing our lines.

“Credit to them, they put us under a lot of pressure, but we dealt with it. We rode our luck a few times, but we stuck together and stayed in the game.

“Second half we came out and we were on the front foot, scored a great goal and I didn’t think we looked like we were going to lose the game.

“Two lapses of concentration – that’s been the story of our season at the moment.”

Listen to the manager’s full post-match comments on (1) Manager Interview – CPD Bae Colwyn vs Haverfordwest – 2nd September 2023 – YouTube

COLWYN BAY: Alfie Brooks, Alex Downes, Sam Hart, Stefan Edwards, Dan M Jones (Dylan Allshorn 67), Guto Williams (Cai Owen 46), Sam Turner, Nick Rushton (Tom McCready 79), Jamie Cumming, Matty Hill, Lloyd Marsh-Hughes (Tom Creamer46). Subs not used: Danny Rhys Jones.

Attendance: 740.

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