AFTER a lacklustre first half display on Tuesday night, Vauxhall manager Alvin McDonald stormed out of the dressing room leaving the half-time pep talk to assistant Peter Carroll.
McDonald explained: 'I'd said what I'd needed to and left so I didn't say anything I'd later regret. Some of the boys looked like they had one eye on Saturday but I told them that while we're not realistically going to be in the FA Cup after Christmas, this competition could keep our season going.
'I was ashamed by the performance in the first 45 minutes and our second half comeback should be credited to Peter.'
Vauxhall were not at the races in the first half and Colwyn Bay took the lead after 15 minutes when James McIvoge was first to a loose ball from Paul Jones' lofted free kick.
The hosts doubled their lead on 36 minutes as McIvoge swooped for a second time, despatching a powerful header into the net from Jon Cross' right wing delivery.
With the Motormen clearly fired up after their verbal bashing during the interval they started to lay siege to the Colwyn Bay goal after the break.
The introduction of Neil Rigby, Robbie Lawton and Terry Fearns was crucial and Nicky Young pulled a goal back on 62 minutes, firing home from Lawton's left wing corner kick.
Vauxhall were now constantly pushing forward and they grabbed an equaliser through the same two-man combination on 67 minutes.
Lawton escaped down the left wing, beating Stuart Scheuber before dragging a low cross to Young, who screwed a powerful effort past Paul Smith.
The only surprise was that the Motormen did not go on to win the match as Fearns rattled the crossbar after being teed-up by Steve Cross and had a penalty appeal turned down.
Vauxhall: Hogg, Cullen, Thompson (Rigby 60), Brazier, Haddrell, Lynch, Croxton (Lawton 60), Cross, Stanhope (Fearns 60), Young, McDermott.
* Vauxhall's final League Cup group match against Runcorn at Rivacre Park will now take place on November 13.