A BIG second half performance by the Seagulls failed to save them from a 1-0 defeat at Cardiff Met University.
Home keeper Alex Lang, who has yet to concede a goal this season, made some fine saves, but the Bay missed out on two big chances to beat him, while Tom Creamer was unlucky to hit the bar and Bay had a big shout for a penalty waved away.
The Bay had to defend for much of the first half and conceded the only goal of the game on 23 minutes when Archers’ Sam Jones fired into the top corner of the net from 10 yards after good build-up play.
Bay keeper Alfie Brooks had to make several saves to keep his side in the game at half-time, while two other home efforts were blocked by defenders.
Changes at the interval saw a much better performance from the Seagulls in the second half and Tom Creamer was unlucky to see his shot from 20 yards cannon off the crossbar.
Lang had to push away a couple of long range efforts and the referee waved away two Bay penalty appeals, the first for a possible hand ball and then a big shout when Udoyen Akpan looked to be brought down in the box.
Bay should have scored, however, when Akpan put Nick Rushton through on goal, but Lang came off his line and made himself big to save his side.
Lang then saved again when more good work by Akpan played in Lloyd Marsh-Hughes.
The keeper also saved a Guto Williams header from a free kick to deny the Bay a point their second half performance deserved.
Cardiff did threaten to extend their lead in added time, but Alfie Brooks saved from Harry Owen and Brandon Roberts to cap a good performance by him.
“I’m a lot more positive today,” manager Steve Evans said.
“I thought first half we were nowhere near – we didn’t lay a glove on them.
“We changed it at half-time, again the same as last week, the lads that came on made a massive difference.
“We really had a go and had two, three great chances.
“It was almost a game of two halves. First half it was all them, second half it was all us.
“I think a fair result would have been a draw but you don’t always get what you deserve in football.
“We go again but on that second half performance, I’m really, really positive moving forward.
“We’re not a million miles away and I know we’re not. We just need to tidy up on a few things and we’ll be fine.”
Manager’s comments on Manager Interview – Cardiff Met Away – YouTube
COLWYN BAY: Alfie Brooks, Alex Downes, Cai Owen (Sam Hart 89), Lewis Sirrell, Ryan Edwards (Nick Rushton 52), Matty Hill (Lloyd Marsh-Hughes 46), Dylan Allshorn (Sam Turner 46), Guto Williams, Dan Jones, Tom Creamer, Udoyen Akpan (Stef Edwards 89). Sub not used: Joe Smith (G).