Colwyn Bay 2 Clitheroe 1
COLWYN BAY pulled off an amazing win to keep their play-off hopes alive, after having goalkeeper Matt Parry sent off at half-time.
The Seagulls had taken an 10th minute lead with an Alex Kevan header from a corner, and their patched up injury-hit team looked comfortable against a Clitheroe side who never threatened the home goal until injury time at the end of the first half.
Then they got a free kick on the edge of the area, and Joel Byrom took a leaf out of Ryan Giggs's book by shooting into an open net while Parry was still by his left hand post lining up the defensive wall.
Just like the referee in France with Giggs's European goal, official Mike Keywood allowed the goal to stand and 30 seconds later blew for half-time.
As the players were leaving the field, Parry angrily approached the referee to vent his feelings and appeared to throw a water bottle at him as other players tried to drag him away.
He was shown the red card in the dressing room and injured Martin Crowder, who was only the bench to make up the numbers.
But for all their possession Clitheroe couldn't capitalise as Colwyn Bay dug deep and defended superbly before snatching victory with an 81st minute Darren Wright strike.
A free kick in the area was taken by Wright on his chest with his back to goal, and swivelled to crash a volley into the roof of the net.