Big weekend ahead for Seagulls

Tim ChannonFirst Team

AFTER three games unbeaten, the Seagulls will be hoping for continued good vocal support from fans as they face a big bank holiday weekend with a home game against Colne on Saturday (Aug 26, 3pm) followed by a trip to current league leaders Bamber Bridge on Monday (Aug 28, 3pm).

With 10 league games scheduled over the next six weeks, manager Phill Hadland sees this as a crucial part of the season where, with 30 points at stake, there’s a chance to gather momentum and put a good run together.

“You’ve a better chance of putting a good run together and getting points in the bag when you are playing two games a week, than later in the winter when you are only playing Saturday’s and fixtures and training can get disrupted by the weather,  so these next couple of months are hugely important,” he says.

Jamie Menagh is set to be involved for first time.

Colne have had a stuttering start to the league campaign with a home defeat and an away draw, but did have an excellent away win at Tadcaster Albion in the FA Cup last weekend.

   Bamber Bridge top the table having won both their opening league games, scoring eight goals in the process, and also winning in the FA Cup last weekend, so they will provide a big challenge on Monday.
  The Bay will have recent signing Jamie Menagh available for the first time after his international clearance finally came through this week, and although Danny Bartle remains doubtful with a troublesome ankle injury, both Shaun Holden and Louis Barnes are available again after missing last weekend’s cup win through injury.