Mixed week for Colwyn Bay FC


Matt Jones

COLWYN Bay slipped to a two goal defeat at home to league leaders Lancaster City on Tuesday night (March 9) with goals from Adam Farrell and Paul Jarvis.

The club has announced that promising forward Ian Sheridan has signed a contract to keep him at the club until the end of the 2010/1 season.

The 20-year-old is the side's top scorer this season with 14 goals in his debut season after signing from AFC Liverpool in the summer.



Osset Albion 0

Colwyn Bay 2

SATURDAY ended on a golden note for Colwyn Bay when a two-goal second half late burst meant a 2-0 win at Ossett Albion on a day when top five rivals Lancaster, Skelmersdale and Curzon Ashton all lost.

The Bay's capacity to fight back away after disappointing at home saw them post their eleventh away win to keep them in the top three. Their stamina will also be tested to the full as Saturday was the first of seven fixtures to be played in March including leaders Lancaster City last night (Tuesday) and AFC Halifax away this Saturday.

Manager Neil Young in his usual proactive manner changed things again after the previous game versus Skem with Greg Stones switching to the back alongside Dave Challinor and Danny Meadowcroft, while full-backs Luke Denson and Stuart Graves played advanced roles down the flanks Ryan Williams and James Olsen to midfield and Ian Sheridan partnered Neil Black up front.

It wasn't a great success in potency as with majority of the possession in the first half few chances were created.

Sheridan, Meadowcroft and Denson missed with headed chances in a game that never took off.

At 50 minutes Young brought on James Kelly for Graves, and Alex Titchiner for Williams and things looked up, Kelly, starting late to protect an injury was a live wire in midfield and young Titchiner added pace.

Greg Stones had a header saved from a corner before Sheridan made his presence felt.

Bay's leading marksman won the ball on the by-line and then crossed low for Neil Black to back-heel the ball into the net 72 minutes for his first goal since November and two minutes later Titchiner cut into the area to square for Sheridan's strike for his an amazing 13th goal in the last 13 games, 14 in all.

Anthony Sheehan had a shot saved and substitute Fraser Ablett had another shot wide in an impressive second period but with three substitutions already Titchiner limping heavily for the last ten minutes.

Young admitted the victory wasn't gained in the manner he would have hoped, but most important were three points.

He said: "We had to introduce Alex Titchiner and Jimmy Kelly - although we didn't really want to do that because both are carrying knocks.

"But it was vital that we won this game, and fortunately the two substitutions made quite an impact - particularly so Jimmy Kelly - and helped us get the job done."

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