THE black n white stripes travelled to Cymru for their first league game in the Principality since April 1982 and left with their first ever Evo-Stik League Division 1 North double.

Michael Clegg had been at his wily best in the transfer market and had landed the signatures of Vinny Bailey and Jack Kenny. Vinny is, off course, one of last season's NWCFL Championship heroes while Jack had play a few games for the club in the 2014/15 pre season.

Both players started with Danny Lafferty returning to the line-up.

The paddock was in wonderful condition giving the inclement weather and had passed the 9.30am inspection with flying colours.

The Seagulls hoped for a victory to further enhance their play-off aspirations.

The hosts started the brighter and gave their supporters something to cheer about in the 13th minute.

Lafferty was adjudged to have deflected a shot wide with his hand and referee Pettit pointed to the spot before cautioning the defender.

Astley Mulholland nonchalantly sent Greg Hartley the wrong way for his 13th league goal of the campaign.

Colls reacted well and Jack Kenny powerfully headed a teasing centre narrowly over.

Minutes later Kenny was out of the game.

He chased down a long pass in the Bay penalty box and was barged off the ball by a defender. Vociferous appeals for a penalty were waved away by the ref but attention soon turned to the stricken Kenny.

He had collided with a metal pole which supported the netting behind the goal and was left with a deep gash on his leg.

He was stretchered off the field and went straight to hospital for treatment.

The Seagulls continued to dominate proceedings and Hartley made a smart save from a Las Mendes point blank header. in all honesty if they hadn't been wasteful in front of goal they could have gone in for the half time brew with the three points already in the bag.

When Colls had possession it was more often and not given away cheaply and clear cut opportunities had been at a minimum . They had run into a worthy opponent.

The hosts continued to dictate the play after the break but could not get that all important second strike.

Although overworked the Colls defence were in a determined mood and custodian Hartley exuded confidence.

The midfield and attack started to tick and with ten minutes an equaliser was crafted.

A corner was only partially cleared to Ben Hardcastle who instantaneously drove the ball back into the crowded penalty box. Ian Howard was 'Johnny on the spot' to toe poke home from a yard out tops.

This shock refocused the Seagulls and Chris Lynch was forced into the foul.

His heart was surely in his mouth as the ref gave a free kick on the edge of the box rather than a penalty which if given there could have been no complaint.

The set-piece was cleared but the pressure kept on coming.

An unmarked Elliott Rokka nodded wide from six yards out before Hartley brilliantly pushed away a Danny Andrews goalbound header.

At the other end Hardcastle has a dangerous free-kick well saved by the Bay keeper. Both teams seemed to have settled for a stalemate until a moment of brilliance won the game. Hardcastle took possession in opposition territory and rode a couple of tackles.

Ignoring Howard to his right he smashed an unstoppable 25 yard left foot rocket into the roof of the net.

Unbridled celebrations ensued.

A goal to win any game at any level.

A first league win in ten outings and a fourth game undefeated. Colwyn Bay should have won the game and will be thoroughly disappointed they didn't but they are a decent outfit and will definitely bounce back.

Clegg's boys rode their luck but were due some and nobody can take away the quality of the winning goal.

Again hats off to the healthy Colls support, the majority of whom celebrated the triumph by dancing the night away in Llandudno.

On Saturday Colls host Mossley in a Evo-Stik Division 1 North fixture, Ko 3pm.