RHYL manager Eddie Maurice-Jones bemoaned his side’s inability to take chances following their 3-0 loss to Colwyn Bay.

The Lilywhites’ were unable to take advantage of Prestatyn Town’s inactivity to close the gap at the JD Cymru North summit, and their first home loss of the campaign leaves them in fourth spot ahead of their next outing at Conwy Borough on Saturday (2.30pm).

Maurice-Jones, said: “We have paid the price for not taking our chances.

“The lads reacted well to going a goal down early on and we’ve created so much in the final third. Another day it might have been a different story.

“Saying that, you have got to capitalise on things like that when you were on top and playing good football, which we didn’t do.

“We didn’t start the second half as well as we would have liked and as the game went on we had to go for it a little bit, but every time we went forward we looked like we were going to created something.

“We just needed a little bit of luck that wasn’t there, and I thought their keeper was absolutely outstanding.”

Things did not begin well for the home side, who fell behind after just three minutes when Damian Ketley latched on to a Mitch Bryant through ball to steer past Keighan Jones, and they almost notched a second soon after when Alex Downes headed narrowly wide from a corner.

The Lilies’ thought they had levelled matters when Sam Molyneux converted a chance only for the effort to be ruled out for offside, and the same player brought a fine save out of Bay stopper Andy Coughlin during another impressive spell of play shortly following the disallowed goal.

A consistent period of pressure towards the end of the first half saw Molyneux, Arek Piskorski and Gethin Maxwell all spurn chances for the home side, and they were made to pay after the break saw Ketley teed up Sion Edwards for Bay’s second of the contest with 52 on the clock.

Craig Hogg’s side had a golden chance to wrap things up on 62 minutes when Jones felled Julian Williams in the box, but skipper Tom McCready was unable to capitalise as his spot kick thundered back off the cross bar.

The introduction of James Murphy provided a fresh sense of creativity for the Lilies, but once again they were found wanting in front of goal as Maxwell, Piskorski and Molyneux again failed to convert good openings.

Th visitors weathered the storm and wrapped up another hugely impressive three points on 81 minutes when prolific striker Mitch Bryant headed past Jones to round off the scoring.