KINMEL Bay were unable to recover from a slow start and fell to a 2-0 home loss against Penmaenmawr Phoenix.

The Lock Stock Welsh Alliance Division Two side were unable to cause a stir at the top of the standings against the current pacesetters, leaving them occupying eighth position ahead of their home encounter with Barmouth and Dyffryn United on Saturday.

A disappointing start from the visitors saw them go behind after just four minutes when James Burgess’ strike found the net, and Bay were denied by two stunning saves from Tom Paddock on the half hour mark that kept them behind.

This proved crucial as a quick counter-attack from the home side saw them double their advantage on 34 minutes, and this time it was Dan Williams who was the beneficiary of some outstanding approach play to convert what was the final goal of the contest.

After the break saw the Bay aim to use the difficult conditions to their advantage in pursuit of a way back into the game, but despite controlling possession for long periods they were unable to find a way past the resolute Phoenix rear-guard and fell to their sixth loss in 15 league outings.

Only two of these have come on home soil, and next up for Kinmel Bay is a Barmouth side who achieved a 3-1 home win over Llandudno Junction in their latest outing.