THE Seagulls will have Jack Kelleher involved for the first time in Saturday’s Buildbase FA Trophy first qualifying round home tie against high-scoring Witton Albion (3pm).
The former Morecambe striker’s international clearance came through this week and after scoring 10 goals in 19 appearances for the Seagulls during a loan spell last season, manager Paul Moore is hoping he will help the side convert a few more of the chances they’ve been creating.
Moore, however, will be without vice-captain Chris Gahgan who has undergone surgery this week and will be unavailable for two weeks, while new signing Jack Phillips is cup-tied after playing for Prescot Cables in the previous round.
Witton have five former Colwyn Bay players in their squad, led, of course, by Rob Hopley, who scored 100 goals in 250 appearances for the Seagulls before joining Witton last season.
He is a big part of a free scoring Witton side who come to Colwyn Bay unbeaten in their last six games in which they have scored 17 goals and conceded only four.
That includes emphatic 4-0 and 4-1 league wins and an excellent 5-2 victory over Evostik Division One North table toppers Brighouse in the preliminary round of the Trophy three weeks ago.
Paul Moore commented: “It will be tough and Rob Hopley is obviously going to be a threat, but its a chance to progress in a national competition and we are certainly up for it.”
Also in the Witton squad are Karl Noon, who was in the Colwyn Bay squad that won promotion to the Conference North in 2010/11, midfielder Bradley Bauress, who was a regular in the Bay side for the last four months of last season, Prince Haywood who played in the side that were relegated on goal difference from the Conference North in 2014/15 and Michael Wilson, who was also in that side with Haywood for the last four months of the campaign on loan from Wigan.
Witton will also be facing a couple of their former players in Danny Andrews, who played over 250 games and scored 80 goals for the Cheshire club before joining Colwyn Bay in the summer, and midfielder Tom Schofield.
THE Reserves have no game this week.