First Team - Report
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Colwyn Bay 0-2 Boston United
Strike duo Spencer Weir-Daley and Marc Newsham struck the all-important goals as Boston United bounced back to winning ways on Saturday afternoon.
Bay’s Frank Sinclair was red-carded in the first half for two bookable offences.
The result was the perfect fillip for the Pilgrims who, like their hosts, had lost their previous four league encounters.
With skipper Gareth Jelleyman back in defence and Jason Stokes chosen to start on the left, United reverted to a 4-4-2 formation with Tom Ward dropping back to a more familiar defensive role.
United got off to a dream start. Ian Ross clipped the ball forward, Newsham nodded it on and WEIR-DALEY lifted the ball over an advancing Chris Sanna before tucking it home from close-range.
The Pilgrims continued to take the fight to their shell-shocked hosts and Sanna had to make a good save to keep out another drive from Weir-Daley.
Experienced campaigner Sinclair was dismissed with only 22 minutes played. Having already been booked for a ferocious challenge on Newsham, he needlessly hacked down Ben Fairclough in full flight and receive a second yellow card from referee Matthew Bristow.
Bay tried to respond and the closest they came before the break was when player-manager Jon Newby saw a cross-shot deflect a fraction wide of Dan Haystead’s far post.
Sanna denied Stokes and Newsham before the end of the half, while Luke Denson was well-positioned to thwart Stokes at the beginning of the second period.
United’s second goal arrived in the aftermath of a Ross corner on 64 minutes. Ward was well-denied by Sanna before being fouled by Michael Thomas as the ball went loose in the box. NEWSHAM rammed home the resulting spot-kick to strengthen United’s grip on the game.
Bay struggled to a muster a response against a United rearguard brilliantly marshalled by Ward and defensive partner Nathan Stainfield.
Winger Danny Lloyd lined up a 25-yard free-kick following a foul from substitute Korey Dyer-Stewart but he sailed his effort a fraction too high.
United could have added to their tally in truth. Newsham’s flying header was only just wide from Fairclough’s cross, while Weir-Daley had a drive deflected wide off Tom Smyth.
And Ross could have added United’s third goal in stoppage time but chipped Sanna and sent the ball wide.
Colwyn Bay (4-4-2): Chris Sanna; Luke Denson, Danny Meadowcroft, Frank Sinclair, Mike Lea; Gareth Evans (Tom Smyth 27), Michael Thomas, David Mannix (Sean Williams 62), Danny Lloyd; Jon Newby (Matthew Berkeley 68), Kevin Holsgrove. Subs (not used): John McKenna, Joel Richardson.
Boston (4-4-2): Dan Haystead; Gary Silk, Tom Ward, Nathan Stainfield, Gareth Jelleyman; Ben Fairclough (Kallum Smith 80), Ben Milnes, Ian Ross, Jason Stokes (Korey Dyer-Stewart 66); Spencer Weir-Daley, Marc Newsham. Subs (not used): James Reed, Jason Field, Travis Munn.
Referee: Matthew Bristow