STRIKER Neil Black's second half hat-trick set the seal on a convincing Bay victory in last night's FA Cup preliminary round replay at Booth Street.
However, the Seagulls had to recover from going a goal down and benefited from the highly controversial sending off of Congleton striker Scott Williams just before the break.
Williams and Colwyn keeper Jamie Speare clashed after both sought to reach a through-ball. The referee decided the Town forward had kicked out and brandished the red card.
"I was a bit disappointed we went a goal down from a set piece," said Bay manager Gary Finley. "No doubt the sending off affected them, but sometimes going down to 10 men can galvanise a team, so I was pleased the way we got back into the game. It was a good overall performance."
The North West Counties League hosts took a 24th minute lead when Andy Hurst forced the ball home from a corner.
Three minutes after Williams' dismissal, the visitors equalised when Martin Crowder applied a back post finish.
The tie was all over after 10 minutes of the second half. Kyle Armstrong headed home a corner on 51 minutes, then soon after Black placed the ball home neatly from the edge of the box.
On the hour, Black took advantage of Town keeper Paul Forrester's failure to gather a long ball to slot in number four. In the closing minutes Black added his third with a clinical finish.