THE Seagulls, with a number of injury concerns for Saturday’s home game against top five side Barwell, have this week signed experienced goalkeeper Craig Ellison.
Keepers Shaun Pearson and Everton loanee Connor Hunt are both sidelined with knee injuries and although Kieran Wolland has done well, he is coming towards the end of his month’s loan from Wrexham.
The 28-year-old Ellison’s former clubs include Crewe Alexandra, Altrincham, Halifax, Burscough, Vauxhall Motors and Stalybridge Celtic and last year, after coming back from serious injury, he won the North West Counties goalkeeper of the Month award with Congleton Town before joining Droylsden.
He was a goalkeeping coach at Burnley’s academy and founded the Reflex goalkeeper coaching school in Manchester, which is one of the biggest in the country.
You can see him in action on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEFQVqIsNo4
On the injury front Stephen Wilson (hamstring) is definitely out of Saturday’s game against Barwell and Carl Lamb (hip) is a major doubt after being hurt in Tuesday’s League Cup success against Trafford.
Antonie Boland (ankle) and Shaun Dowling (knee) both trained on Thursday but will need to be assessed again before manager Kevin Lynch finalises his line-up, for what will be a very tough game.
Everton loanee James Graham, however, is fit again for selection.
Barwell, under manager Jimmy Ginnelly, are on an amazing run of eight successive league and cup victories, in which they have kept five clean sheets and scored 20 goals, moving them into the top five play-off places.
In all games so far this season they have hit 87 goals with four players in double figures, including midfielders Brady Hickey (who has been interesting Leicester City) and Alex Tomlinson. Strikers Jamie Towers and Anthony Carney are the other two.
Bay’s manager commented: “Unfortunately we have a few injuries, but we believe we have assembled a squad now that can go out and compete with these top teams and we’ve challenged the players to go out and show it.”
THE Reserves, who are currently three points clear at the top of their table in the Welsh Alliance, are scheduled to play away to ninth-placed Porthmadog (2.00pm).
The youth team are away to Y Glannau, who are just one point above them in Division One of the Vale of Clwyd and Conwy League.