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Colwyn Bay 1 Solihull Moors 4

This is the fourth season Solihull have played Colwyn Bay in the Vanarama Conference North.

This is the fourth season Solihull have played Colwyn Bay in the Vanarama Conference North.

Two wins, two defeats and three draws, plus never having won at Llanelian Road, suggested a close encounter, but this match was anything but that.

The Seagulls’ manager Frank Sinclair described it as possibly the worst performance since he has been in charge, but in reality they were not that bad – it was just that Moors were superb!

With new signing Stefan Moore starting his first match, Moors gave Bay a lesson in one-touch passing from the outset.

Darryl Knights saw his shot go wide in the first minute as the visitors piled on the pressure and the opening goal duly arrived after ten minutes’ play, when a Ryan Beswick free-kick was nodded down in the box by Liam Daly for Omar Bogle to roll the ball into the right-hand corner.

Beswick was unlucky when a 20-yard left-foot bullet seemed destined for the top left-hand corner but the ball veered away in the air, while Bogle headed a Michael Nottingham cross straight at the keeper.

On 28 minutes, Bogle poked home his second of the day when Bay failed to clear in the box following a pulsating move out of defence with Knights, Beswick, English and Moore all playing their part.

Beswick hit the upright from a tight angle with nine minutes of the half remaining but the pressure on the Seagulls’ defence paid dividends when Truelove gave the ball away in his own half and Bogle swept on to the loose ball, curling it around the stranded keeper for his hat-trick and Moors’ third.

Colwyn’s defence reverted to three at the back for the second half, which did enable them to build better in midfield, and Moors’ defence had to be careful with the pace of Obi Anoruo up front. Nevertheless, Bogle was again just off target within two minutes of the restart as he swivelled in the six-yard area.

Then, on 63 minutes, the keeper could only parry Moore’s shot and there was Beswick to convert for Solihull’s fourth.

It was disappointing, with four minutes to run, that Solihull failed to clear a goal-mouth scramble in a rare Bay attack and Baynes netted a consolation for the home side.

 

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