TWO first half headed goals from Sam Hart secured a 2-0 away win at Porthmadog to restore Colwyn Bay’s 12 point lead at the top of the table.

That made it 25 league wins in a row and, on the anniversary of their last defeat in the JD Cymru North (at Llandudno one year ago on March 11 2022) it extended their unbeaten league run since then to 30 games.

This turned out to be a tough game, but in the end it was another deserved win for the Seagulls.

They had an early scare when Gareth Jones-Evans shot narrowly wide for the home side, but Matty Hill saw a good effort go narrowly over the bar and Bay saw Jones-Evans scramble the ball off the line, before Bay took the lead on 27 minutes with Sam Hart’s third goal in six games from a Tom McCready set piece.

Four minutes before half-time he doubled the lead with a leaping header from another Tom McCready free-kick into the area to put Bay 2-0 up at the break.

Porthmadog had more of the ball in the second half, but could make little headway against a strong Bay defence and Sam Hart was close to completing his hat-trick with a diving header from Tom McCready’s free kick which went narrowly wide.

McCready was just wide from Dylan Allshorn’s cross and Matty Hall had a shot saved after a good run down the left, with Dylan Allshorn seeing his shot from the rebound blocked in the goalmouth as Bay were denied what would have been their 200th league goal since returning to Welsh football.

Manager Steve Evans described the win as a “professional” performance

“I thought we started quite well and controlled the first half. They had a couple of breakaways in the first 10-15 minutes where they possible could have done a little bit better but we had a couple of chances as well.

“We’ve scored two great goal – two set plays,  two deliveries from Macca and Sam Hart has attacked them perfectly. We deservedly went in at half-time 2-0 up.

“Second half you’ve got to give them credit – they came out, pressed us and I thought we were a little bit negative at times in the second half but we were always in control and we were professional in the end and seeing it out. All in all a good day’s work.”

See manager’s post-match comments on Manager Interview – Porthmadog vs CPD Bae Colwyn – 11th March 2023 – YouTube

COLWYN BAY: Jack Crichton, Cai Owen, Lewis Sirrell, Sam Downey, Tom McCready (Craig Lindfield 88), Matty Hill, Dylan Allshorn (Stefan Edwards 88), Guto Williams, Sam Hart, Kristian Platt, Tom Creamer (Joe Williams 73). Subs not used: Cameron Darling (G), Will McKinley, Joel Giblin.

Attendance: 431