THE Seagulls have suffered yet another injury setback ahead of Saturday’s game at Matlock Town with midfielder Kevin Holsgrove ruled out with an ankle injury suffered in training on Thursday night.
Exasperated manager Ash Hoskin sighed: “I don’t know which cat I’ve run over but I can’t believe the bad luck we are getting with injuries.
“Kevin turned his ankle in training and can’t put any weight on it.”
Hoskin, however, will be relieved that with his squad down to the bare bones, international clearance came through late on Friday to allow two new additions to the squad this week, 20-year-old Glenn Matthews and 19-year-old loanee Michael Brewster, to be involved for the first time.
The manager described Matthews as an attacking left-sided wide man who can get past defenders and deliver good crosses.
The club are also awaiting clearance on a major new loan player from a Premiership club.
Although striker Chris Sharp trained on Thursday and is expected to return from injury, defender Luke Denson (calf) broke down again and won’t be involved, leaving the squad short of experienced defenders.
Sam Barnes is already sidelined long-term with a torn hamstring and although John Dillon (knee) was able to train fully for the first time, he is short of match fitness having not played since he was injured against Hyde United six weeks ago.
The injury-hit squad go into the game on the back of three successive defeats, culminating in a devastating 5-0 FA Cup exit to Workington last weekend.
“Its not been the best week of my footballing career,” admitted Hoskin. “We are in a rut and have to battle our way out of it as best we can.”
Matlock are six points and 11 places higher than Colwyn Bay in the table, but are winless in their last four games and suffered a big blow on Tuesday when they also went out of the FA Cup on penalties against nine-man Whitley Bay.
FOR those not travelling to Matlock, the unbeaten Reserves are at home to Meliden on Saturday (2.30pm) looking to maintain their 100 per cent league record.