Lowestoft Town 1 Colwyn Bay 1: 10-man Blues held at home
- Credit: James Bass
Lowestoft Town battled back to claim a point at home to Colwyn Bay despite playing the last half-hour with 10 men.
Dan Gleeson was given his marching orders in the second half after pulling down Seagulls' dangerman Tom Buckley. Despite being down to 10 men Lowestoft looked the more likely to claim victory with Jack Ainsley coming close to finding a winner in the closing stages.
It was the Welsh outfit that struck the first blow when Buckley sprung the offside trap to calmly slot home after latching on to Jonathan Royle's through-ball.
Jake Reed got Lowestoft back on level terms before the break with a typically predator's finish but neither side could find a winner.
Lowestoft endured a nightmare start when Buckley struck after just five minutes. There was more than a hint of offside about the goal but as Dan Gleeson and Sam Gaughran forlornly appealed to the referee's assistant, Buckley calmly side-footed the ball home.
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The Trawlerboys responded well to the setback and Lee Smith should have done better after manufacturing some space on his left foot but blazed well over from 10 yards.
Lowestoft got back on level terms though in the 13th minute as Reed struck for his ninth goal of the season. The former Dagenham & Redbridge man latched on to a superb pass from Dean Mason and scuffed the ball home with his left foot.
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The game was developing into an open contest, let down only by the state of the Crown Meadow pitch, which resembled a sandpit in parts.
Buckley forced Ashlee Jones into a good save from range before midway through the half Danny Crow's flicked header flew just wide from Robert Eagle's free-kick.
The tit-for-tat nature of the contest continued with Lowestoft thankful to Mason for clearing Buckley's effort off the line in the 33rd minute before Gaughran spurned a good opportunity just before the break after fine interplay between Robert Eagle and Ainsley.
Lowestoft looked the more likely to break the deadlock at the start of the second half with Reed causing the Seagulls' back four all kinds of problems.
The Blues' hitman jinked past three players on the touchline before crossing to the near post but Crow's flicked effort went just over the bar.
Colwyn Bay had a threat of their own in Buckley though and his pace saw him get the wrong side of Gleeson in the 57th minute and when the former Luton man, who had already been booked, pulled down the striker the referee had no option but to send him off.
Mason was sacrificed in the reshuffle as Fisk came on in central midfield to allow the excellent Rossi Jarvis to fill in at centre half.
Despite being a man down, Lowestoft almost got their noses back in front when Jack Ainsley's solo run saw the former Ipswich man slalom his way through the Colwyn Bay back four. However, his left-footed effort was cleared off the line by Michael Wilson, much to the frustration of the Crown Meadow faithful.
- Lowestoft Town (4-4-2): Jones, Ainsley, Gleeson, Gaughran, Eagle, Lee Smith, Okay, Jarvis (Radomski 87), Mason (Fisk 60), Reed, Crow (Bammant 90). Subs not used: Woods-Garness, Jessup.
- Colwyn Bay (4-2-3-1): Sanna, Taylor, Lea, Royle, Moss, Wilson, Noone (Haywood 79), Anoruo, Buckley, Baynes, Hopley. Subs not used: Rees, Oladade, Saiel, Bove
- Referee: Lee Fissenden
- Attendance: 571