FOOTBALL: Colwyn Bay suffer shock FA Cup defeat at Morpeth

Reporter:

Dean Jones

COLWYN Bay suffered another early exit from the FA Cup with a 4-2 defeat away to Northern Leaguers Morpeth Town.

Paul Moore’s side had nothing to show for their long journey to the North East in a dismal performance, and they will look to get back to winning ways when they host Goole AFC at Llanelian Road on Saturday (3pm).
 
The home side were rewarded for a fine start on 37 minutes when Michael Chilton headed home a corner.
 
Things almost got worse for the Seagulls soon after when two more goal-bound shots deflected for corners off Bay defenders, but they finally doubled their tally after the break when Paul Robinson diverted a free-kick into the net on 48 minutes.
 
After a double substitution, Adam Whitlock gave Bay some hope when he scored with almost his first touch after the home keeper could only parry Mark Keddie’s strong shot, but within seven minutes the two-goal lead was restored from another free kick played into the area from the left and Chris Reid was able to run onto it and divert it first time past the visiting keeper Scott Williams.
 
The stopper pulled off a couple of fine saves to repel the home side following the goal, but he could do nothing when Robinson was set up with a tap in at the far post for Morpeth’s fourth on 72 minutes.
 
Reid had another goal ruled out for a tight offside decision and the home side also hit the post.
 
Scott Bakkor’s shot came back off the bar as the Bay tried to salvage something from the wreckage and in added time Gaz Burnett beat the keeper to a long ball to make the final score 4-2.
 
The promotion hopefuls will be hoping for better fortune when they return to league action this Saturday, and have called for fans to turn out in force for what is a crucial early season contest.

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