Match Report by Dave McMillan
Marine’s Wembley suits went back in the wardrobe for another season as they went out of the FA Cup on Tuesday night, losing 2-0 to Colwyn Bay at Llanelian Road in their First Qualifying Round replay.
Ultimately the Mariners were undone courtesy of a mistake at the back and a deflection, small margins being the difference in a tight contest but over both games there can be few complaints over the eventual outcome.
The visitors started strongly and opened up the Bay defence twice early on, Jamie Rainford surging through to force a fine save from Chris Sanna before Kevin Leadbetter’s strong shot was beaten away by the home stopper.
Bay made little headway against a solid Marine back four throughout the first half, only really threatening late on when Joe Fowler had to make a last ditch tackle and Mike McGraa’s turn and volley cleared the bar.
Joe McMahon came closest to opening the scoring for the Yellows on the half hour, getting on the end of Rainford’s corner to head back across goal, the ball bouncing off the top of the crossbar and away to safety as the Mariners enjoyed much the better of the first half.
Sean Doherty had a dipping shot comfortably parried by Sanna before the Welshmen capitalised on some fatal hesitation between the two McMahons, Gareth Evans nipping in to loft a shot in to the empty net after 53 minutes.
Bay almost made it two with Damien Allen’s shot flying narrowly over the top but they soon made the tie safe, Ian Sheridan’s shot taking a wicked deflection to leave Ryan McMahon helpless as the ball flew in to the net on 70.
Marine had plenty of the ball after that with one or two close calls, Sanna pushing one header over the bar and doing well to turn Stephen Johnson’s shot around a post but the home side defended their lead comfortably enough to see out time, with a couple of quick breaks coming close to adding to their tally.
To cap Marine’s misery they finished the game with ten men, John Shaw receiving a straight red card following a rash challenge on Sam Bailey near the half way line.
Colwyn Bay: Chris Sanna, Luke Denson, Michael Lea, David Challinor, Daniel Grannon, Fraser McLachlan, Ian Sheridan, Damien Allen Lee Davey 88), Karl Noon, Gareth Evans (Alex Titchiner 54), Michael McGraa (Sam Bailey 80)
Unused subs: Joe O’Sullivan, Ryan Williams, Andrew Metcalf. Cautions: None.
Marine: Ryan McMahon, Joe Fowler, John Shaw, Tony Davies, Joe McMahon, Chris Butler (Lee Parle 62), Sean Doherty, Jonathan Goulding, Kevin Leadbetter (Stephen Brown 62), Jamie Rainford, Stephen Johnson.
Unused subs: Ian Latham, Shaun Callacher, Joe Doyle, Peter Cumiskey, Tom Soffe (G/K). Cautions: J. McMahon. Sent off: Shaw.
Referee: Mr. Alan Clayton (Hyde); Assistants Mr. Louie Barnett (Altrincham), Mr. Martin Howe (Altrincham).
Match Preview by Richard Cross
Marine visit the North Wales coast tomorrow (Tues) evening to take on Colwyn Bay in the FA Cup sponsored by E.ON first qualifying round replay.
The game finished 1-1 on Saturday at the Arriva Stadium, to read the report click
Colwyn Bay FC have confirmed that roadworks on the A55 are likely to cause delays of 20 - 30 minutes on Tuesday's journey.
ROUTE INFORMATION - Roadworks on the A55 North Wales between junction 28 and junction 26 with a speed limit of 40mph with speed cameras in both directions. Contra-flow system in operation with delays of around 20 - 30 minutes.
DIRECTIONS TO COLWYN BAY FC
By Road - From the A55 (North Wales Expressway). Leave the A55 at Junction 22, sign posted Hen Golwyn/Old Colwyn. Turn left at the end of the slip road and follow the road up the hill to the roundabout at the top. At the roundabout take the second exit (Marine Hotel on the left). Follow the road for half a mile to the brow of the hill and the ground is on the right.
By Train - Nearest station: Colwyn Bay Railway Station,
Princess Drive, Colwyn Bay. LL29 8DF Tel: 0871 200 49 50
The Colwyn Bay Story
A team representing Colwyn Bay played its first match in January 1881. Little is known of Bay’s early history apart from the fact that they competed in the North Wales Coast Football League from 1901 until 1921 when the majority of clubs joined the Welsh National League. The Bay enjoyed some success in this league, winning the League Cup in 1928 and finishing as league runners-up in both 1928 and 1930 - which was to prove the last season for the competition.
In July of that year, a meeting was held at the Albion Hotel in Chester with a view to setting up the Cheshire Football Combination in which clubs from Cheshire and North Wales would compete - the eventual title of the competition was the North Wales Football Combination.
The Bay became founder members - and can rightly claim to have first played in “English” football - in 1930-1931, and duly celebrated by taking the title at the end of the season. They switched to the Birmingham & District League the following year. In 1937 Bay joined the Welsh League (North) taking the league title in 1983 and 1984. In 1984, the club joined the Bass North West Counties League and left their Eirias Park ground for their present Llanelian Road base.
Promotion to the First Division was gained in 1987 and Bay reached the First Round of the FA Cup for the first time in their history. In 1991/92 the club joined the Northern Premier League with the demise of South Liverpool. The Club came under pressure to join the new League of Wales but chose to go into exile before eventually winning the fight against the Welsh FA in 1995 in the High Court.
At the end of the season 2000/2001 manager Bryn Jones stepped down as manager after eighteen years at the helm to be replaced by long serving centre half Colin Caton as player/manager. In his first season at the helm, the Bay maintained their Northern Premier League status, but the following season 2002/2003, they were relegated for the first time in their history and Colin Caton stepped down as manager. A new group of directors took over running the club part way through 2004. A new clubhouse was opened at the ground in 2005. The club appointed Peter Davenport as manager for the 2006-07 season but he left half way through the season to be replaced by ex Witton Albion manager Gary Finley. A strong end of season run saw the club into the play-offs where they were eventually defeated 3-2 by Cammell Laird courtesy of an injury time winner.
In 2008/09 Bay reached the play off finals again but lost on penalties to Newcastle BS who subsequently folded. For the start of the 2009/10 season manager Neil Young strengthened the squad as the Club’s youth and community programmes flourished. Bay reached the play offs again with a fourth place finish and secured promotion with a victory over Lancaster City. Manager Neil Young decided to leave Colwyn Bay for pastures new at the end of the season and Dave Challinor was promoted to player manager for the new season with Colin Woodthorpe as his assistant.