COLWYN Bay missed the chance to move closer to the playoff places after suffering a 2-0 defeat at Mossley.

The Seagulls were left rueing a host of missed opportunities against a side who had previously gone nine games without success, and matters were made worse by the fact that four of the teams immediately above them were also defeated.

Alan Morgan’s side will look to get back to winning ways this Saturday when they host Atherton Collieries (3pm).

The Bay boss, said: “We lost because we weren’t good enough in both boxes.

“The pitch was a big plus for them with the way they play and we gave away a poor first goal, despite being given a warning only minutes earlier, and we were weren’t good enough with our decision making or final ball in the final third.

“With the other results going our way it is disappointing, but it is not the end of the world. It is only the second defeat in ten, so we dust ourselves down and go again for what is now a massive game against Atherton Collieries next week.”

The home side were unfortunate to have a goal disallowed in the first period when loanee Tom McCready broke clear and finished well but his effort was chalked off for offside, while Kyle Jacobs’ header forced a good save from home custodian Johnny Diba-Musangu.

Dan Collins had already cleared off the line before Mossley’s Mike Fish burst clear to put the hosts ahead on 25 minutes, and Matt Cooper did well to save from Liam Ellis in a one-on-one to prevent a second soon after.

Chances were at a premium with conditions worsening, with Elliot Rokka spurning the visitors’ best opportunity when he fired his shot wide after good approach play from Astley Mullholland.

This proved to be the turning point as the hosts went straight up the pitch and doubled their advantage on 79 minutes as Mason Duffy found himself in acres of space and took full advantage.