Dutch striker cleared to join squad

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COLWYN BAY have got clearance to add Dutch striker Alfons Fosu-Mensah to their squad for Saturday’s  massive home game against bottom four rivals Stamford (3pm).

  The 21-year-old  is the brother of highly-rated 17-year-old Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah who was signed from Ajax in the summer, while his younger brother is on the books at Chelsea.
  “Alfons came over to England with his elder brother and has been training with us recently after being at Southport,” said Bay manager Ash Hoskin. “With his clearance coming through its a chance to have a look at him in match situations.”
 The club have also had an initial four-figure fee for Nantwich Town forward Matthew Kosylo turned down by the Cheshire club, but Hoskin commented: “It shows the intent of the club to do whatever we can to strengthen the squad and address the problems we have been having  scoring goals.”
Defender Sam Barnes is available again after injury

Defender Sam Barnes is available again after injury against Stamford.

The Seagulls are also boosted by having central defender Sam Barnes available again after injury.

  Meanwhile,  Everton have come to the rescue after loanee keeper Russ Grifiths was this week called up for the England Under-20s squad to play a three-match tournament in Germany starting next week against Holland, Turkey and Germany.
 Griffiths is clear to play for Colwyn Bay against Stamford, but will then miss the club’s next three fixtures and Everton have agreed to replace him with Louis Gray, formerly at Wrexham, while Russ  is away.
 After seven games without a win, the pressure is on Hoskin’s side to get three points against second-bottom Stamford who are only a point behind them with two games in hand.
 “Its a massive game, but the position we are in then every game is massive,” said Hoskin. “But if we play as well as we did at Buxton on Tuesday when, even with ten men, we should have got something from the game, then hopefully we can get the three points we badly need.”
  Stamford are without a win in their last five games and are averaging nearly four goals a game against them this season (38 conceded in 10 league games), but they are also the league’s second highest goal scorers with 28, lead by St Kitts and Nevis international striker Ryan Robbins, and under new manager Andrew Wilson (ex-Corby Town) they came from 3-1 down to rescue a point with a battling 3-3 draw against  top six opponents  Sutton Coldfield in midweek.
  Colwyn Bay: (from) Griffiths, Dowling, Corbett, Dillon, Denson, Brewster, Booth, Marsden, Holsgrove, Hopley, Williams, Barnes, Sharp, Lea, Love, Rodgers, Matthews, Fosu-Mensah.
THE unbeaten Reserves are away to Llandudno Junction on Saturday (2.30pm) looking to make it five wins out of five, while the youth team play Abergele at the Oval.