COLWYN Bay manager Craig Hogg urged his side to keep their unbeaten run going following their 1-1 home draw with Clitheroe.

The Seagulls had to settle for a share of the spoils as the effects of a busy festive fixture list took their toll in the second period, and the stalemate leaves them five points off the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One West playoff places ahead of their trip to Widnes on Saturday (3pm).

Hogg, said: “It was a laboured performance from our point of view and on the whole it felt like we lacked the zest and tempo in possession that we’ve shown during the last month.

“We looked leggy at times and took that little bit longer to move the ball with a purpose - I feel that probably had some impact on the overall result.

“The big positive is that we’ve gained another very important point towards our target and I think it shows just how far we feel we’ve come in the last three months. We are now in a situation where we are disappointed to draw games and not win them.

“There is absolutely nothing between teams in this league and it’s ridiculously competitive. The challenge for us is to maintain the standards the group have set each other and look to keep this unbeaten run going for as long as possible.

“The young group of players we have are learning all the time and they really are playing this game in the right way. That is so pleasing.

“It’s four games without defeat and that’s massive for us. We’ve got to keep that going for as long as possible.”

The home side got off to the perfect start and went ahead after just five minutes when a superb effort from skipper Tom McCready looped over the visiting keeper and into the net, but they visibly tires after the break and allowed the Lancashire side to level matters through Harry Blackburn with 68 gone after indecision from Bay stopper Andy Coughlin.