Colwyn Bay 2 Gresley Rovers 2
MAN-OF-THE-MATCH John Lawless turned on a masterclass to earn beleaguered Bay a brave point to keep their outside interest in the promotion play-offs alive.
And no one appreciated his contribution more than manager Gary Finley.
“I thought they all did superbly again but there was no disguising the quality of John’s contribution,” he declared.
“It wasn’t a classic game but we defended magnificently and looked as if we might win it when John’s superb goal put us in front at half time.”
Again forced to play through the pain, the Seagulls squad of mixed crocks found themselves trailing on 19 minutes when a mix up in the six yard area left lurking Christopher Archer with a soft tap-in beyond replacement keeper Zac Hibbert.
Refusing to let their injury problems dent their effort, the battling Bay were level again on the half-hour when Lawless sent over a made-to-measure cross to the far post for Tim Brandreth to head past keeper Tom Allen.
Lawless himself then produced the goal of the game, cutting inside from the right before hammering a drive into the top corner on 45 minutes.
Gresley were lucky to collect an equaliser on 63 minutes when a loose ball was toed over the line by Barry Woolley. Lawless almost completed a fairy-tale display when he brought the save of the match out of Allen with a powerful drive on 75 minutes.