Blues beaten at home by the Bay

Gainsborough Trinity v Colwyn Bay. Taylor on the ball for trinity
Gainsborough Trinity v Colwyn Bay. Taylor on the ball for trinity
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Gainsborough Trinity suffered a home defeat at the hands of Colwyn Bay as they went down by two goals to nil.

Strikes from Rob Hopley and Jamie Ellison either side of half-time helped the visitors to secure all three points.

Things could have been very different early on though, as a shot by Bradley Barraclough rolled towards the goal-line.

Unfortunately for him, and all associated with Trinity, the ball stuck in the mud inches from goal and was hacked away.

Blues manager Steve Housham couldn’t believe it.

“Unbelievable,” he told the Standard. “I was stood there with Darryn (Stamp, Trinity assistant manager) and on another day that’s a goal.”

“We were saying in the changing room that them [sic] things change the course of the game.”

“I’ve not seen that in football, I’ve seen it on the telly from years and years ago but to get stuck in the mud like that was a bit of a killer blow for us.”

In awful conditions at the Northolme, both teams exchanged chances after that near-miss by Trinity before Colwyn Bay finally took the lead midway through the first half.

A long free-kick wasn’t dealt with and, after keeper Phil Barnes saved the visitors initial effort, Hopley was left with a simple tap in.

Trinity nearly pulled a goal back when Simon Russell’s cross was inadvertently turned onto the cross bar and behind by a Colwyn Bay defender but they went in at the half-time break a goal down.

The second half was a scrappy affair as, despite the rain stopping briefly, conditions worsened.

The wind was playing havoc with any ball that went in the air but the game was put to bed when Ellison got the away side’s second.

“Second half I just don’t think we showed up,” Housham said.

“The standards weren’t there from the first half that we showed.”

“In the first half I thought we played some good football in terrible conditions. We’ve had a goal that on a normal day was a goal. We’ve hit the bar. Couple of saves but the negative from the first half is probably the way we defended their goal and they scored from it.”

“From where we started the second half I think they could have scored after 15 seconds, so that was a disappointing thing from my point of view.”

“The second goal did kill the game off for a spectacle. The second half has cost us the game.”

The second half was a scrappy affair as, despite the rain stopping briefly, conditions worsened.

The wind was playing havoc with any ball that went in the air but the game was put to bed when Ellison got the away side’s second.

Trinity midfielder Michael Leary shared many of his manager’s views regarding the defeat.

He said: “I thought we played well in the first half. Unfortunately Barra’s (Bradley Barraclough) chance didn’t go in because of the conditions and I think if that had gone in it would have been a different game.”

“I tried to appeal that it had gone in,” said Trinity’s club captain, “but the referee and the linesman had a good view of it also and unfortunately it didn’t go in but that’s part and parcel of the game.”

The game was Leary’s first 90 minutes back from injury and aside from the result he was pleased to be back.

“It was good to be back in the middle of the park. I felt a little bit leggy in the second half but I got through it and I feel okay at the moment.”

Despite the poor second half performance, Trinity boss Housham is hoping his side can bounce right back as they take on high-flying North Ferriby in their re-arranged clash from Boxing Day.

“It’s another interesting one. Is it a league game? Because I think the Conference has classed it as a cup game and we have to share the gate or something like that. No common sense again from their side,” said Housham.

“It’s another tough one; it’s a tough week for us. Ferriby are top of the league and then we have Boston away so we’ve got to look after ourselves, see what bodies we’ve got and pick ourselves up from this. We need a response.”

Gainsborough Trinity: Barnes, Roma, Wilde (Martin 56) Taylor (Burbeary 69), Howe, McKenzie, Russell, Leary, Wootton (Stamp 67), Barraclough, Winfarrah Subs: (not used) Karkach, Wisdom-Lockwood

Colwyn Bay: Sanna, Taylor, Lea, Moss (Baker 86), Smyth, Crowther, Evans (Darkwah 66), S. Williams, Hopley, M. Williams (Tolley 85), Ellison Subs: (not used) Pearson, Sinclair.

Goals: Hopley 23, Ellison 76.