Boston United 3 Colwyn Bay 1: Charley Sanders is off the mark and Marc Newsham bags a brace in FA Trophy victory

The Pilgrim's celebrate the opener, scored by Newsham (second right).
The Pilgrim's celebrate the opener, scored by Newsham (second right).

Charley Sanders grabbed his first goal for Boston United as the teenager capped off Boston United’s 3- FA Trophy victory over Colwyn Bay.

Marc Newsham also bagged a brace for the amber and blacks while 10-man Bay gave the hosts some nervy moments after Rob Hopley had drawn his side level.

However, it was all United in the opening exchanges.

Marc Newsham flashed an early header off target and then saw a volley, at full stretch, go the same direction as Colwyn Bay’s early weakness seemed to be Joel Richardson’s right back position.

But back came the Seagulls, and they almost took the lead.

Gareth Evans’ powerful and dipping drive was parried by Dan Haystead.

But as the ball bounced, spin took it onto the post before Tom Ward was called upon for a goal-line clearance, his second in as many matches.

Kallum Smith, replacing the injured Gary Silk, was posing a threat to the Bay on the left flank.

A teasing cross saw Mark Jones volley wide, before Smith found the net.

However, referee Anthony Tankard ended his celebrations, after already blowing for a foul on Conor Marshall.

Tankard had the look of a man who knew he should have played advantage, and Smith was unlucky his daring header didn’t count.

But almost instantly, the Pilgrims were ahead.

Marc Newsham sent Chris Sanna the wrong way before rolling the ball home from 20 yards.

But while Newsham got the credit, his goal owed everything to the hard work of Conor Marshall.

The right back won a a 50-50 challenge with Michael Lea and beat two men before being knocked to the ground.

But this time, advantage was played as the ball fell to Newsham, and the Pilgrims were in front.

And they held on to that lead thanks to Haystead, getting down well to deny Sean Williams’ fierce 20-yard drive.

Bay player-manager Jon Newby then missed a gilt-edge chance, firing a free volley well wide from close range.

The Seagulls’ day then went from bad to worse on 44 minutes when John McKenna was sent off.

He raised an arm to Jones as the two passed one another in the centre circle.

But referee’s assistant Ben Cooke spotted the incident and the defender received straight red.

After the break, United went in search of a second.

Jason Stokes saw a long-ranger saved by Sanna, before Jones saw an effort flash across the goal.

Smith, still looking for his first United goal, saw a header well saved by Sanna from close range.

But then Boston switched off and the Seagulls levelled.

In the 65th minute, Hopley’s skill took him goal-side of Tom Ward, where he slotted beyond Haystead at his near post.

As the Bay pressed, the same player then squandered a curling chance from 20 yards, before Danny Meadowcroft saw a firm header saved by Haystead.

Meadowcroft then did the business at the other end, turning Korey Dyer-Stewart’s effort away from the Bay goalline.

And then Sanna again pulled off a fine block, this time acrobatically tipping away Tom Ward’s goalbound header.

But Newsham put the Pilgrims ahead again in the 83rd minute.

With his back to goal, he turned and rifled high beyond Sanna.

Newsham almost made it a hat-trick in stoppage time, but his 20-yarder hit the outside of the post.

And in the third minute of time added on, United grabbed their third.

Seventeen-year-old Sanders coolly kept his nerve to slot home low from 12 yards out.

UNITED: Haystead, Marshall, Jelleyman, Milnes, Ward, Stainfield, Stokes, Ross, Jones (Sanders 83), Newsham, Smith (Dyer-Stewart 63); Subs (not used): Craven, Reed, Drury.

BAY: Sanna, Richardson (84), Lea, Meadowcroft, Breeze, McKenna, Darkwah, Williams, Hopley, Newby (Lloyd 83), Evans (Taylor HT); Subs (not used): Mannix, Berkeley, Barlow.

Att: 694.

Ref: Anthony Tankard.