COLWYN BAY manager Kevin Lynch has asked fans to stick behind the team through a tough transitional period as he prepares for Saturday’s trip to promotion-chasing Darlington 1883.
The Seagulls suffered another disappointing home defeat on Tuesday, but the manager is asking supporters to reserve judgement on the new look squad until they have had a consistent run of games together.
“Tuesday’s performance was not acceptable and the players have been told that, but we are going through a massive transition right now during a stop-start period with so many games postponed, and we need everybody sticking together,” he said.
The Bay have had eight of their last 13 fixtures postponed due to the weather and have seen a big turn over of players in that time.
The manager added: “Any manager will tell you it is very difficult to get any consistency in those circumstances. You can train as much as you like, but nothing beats playing games.
“On Tuesday we had to make five changes from the side that won at Workington, due to players with work commitments and others like John Marsden, Zac Corbett and Joe Newton having left. You are also trying to bed in new players who have not played together before and we have gone over two weeks without a game.
“Losing John Marsden to Stockport has been a massive blow and Mike Lea and Josh Sumner would have played on Tuesday but had to cry off due to work; those are the kind of things you are having to deal with on top of everything else.
“But I have faith in the players we have brought in and I’m 100 per cent confident we will turn the corner. We just need a consistent run of games with the same team.”
Lea and Sumner are available for Saturday’s game and a full strength squad will travel, although Mike Lea was unable to train on Thursday due to work.
Sixth-placed Darlington have lost only twice in their last 13 league and cup games, winning nine of them, although they were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Colwyn Bay’s bottom four rivals Whitby Town on Tuesday night.
Their main danger man is top scorer Lee Gaskell who won the Evostik League’s Golden Boot award in 2013/14 when he helped Ramsbottom, with whom he scored over 100 goals, to promotion from Division One North.
Regular match updates will be on twitter @ColwynBayFC with half-time and full-time summaries on the Forum.