A STRONG second half display saw Colwyn Bay secure a 5-2 friendly win over Wrexham U18s at the Four Crosses Constriction Arena.

The Seagulls’ were at their clinical best to produce another positive result in readiness for their return to the Welsh domestic league system, which will not begin until August 23 when they host title rivals Flint Town United.

This is due to Bangor City’s suspension pending their arbitration hearing by the Football Association of Wales, which could see them relegated to the third tier.

Manager Craig Hogg, said: "It was a very useful run out against a good Wrexham U18 side and we are hugely grateful to them being able to accommodate us at such short notice.

"Our performance was okay today and at times we played well. It was good to see us take chances when we had them.

“Another big positive for us was to also see Andy Coughlin back between the sticks in his first game back for us since his injury against Leek last season.

"Andy has worked hard with his rehabilitation and I'm delighted he's got that 90 minutes under his belt.

“We have a tough week ahead of us in terms of training and we have to be patient with no game next weekend.

"The early kick off today allowed me to take in some of the Flint game in the Nathaniel Cup and they were impressive.”

A fixture that was goalless at the break was brought to life when Alex Downes opened the scoring for the hosts on 50 minutes, but their joy was short-lived as Jake Bickerstaffe’s deflected effort levelled matters soon after.

The hosts got themselves back in the ascendancy through a Tom McCready penalty and a Julian Williams strike, but Sam Williams reduced the arrears midway through the half with a powerful header.

Hogg’s side managed to finish the game strongly and confirmed their win with goals from Joe Chaplin and Damian Ketley late on.