The 26-year-old midfielder missed last Saturday’s FA Trophy defeat at Stockport County with a foot injury but manager Frank Sinclair reported: “Ten days rest seems to have done the trick and he was able to train as normal on Thursday.”
Lanre Olapade is also back in the squad after a thigh injury and the Seagulls expect to have new loan signing Jack Truelove involved for the first time (international clearance permitting) in a 17-man squad, with the manager hoping to avoid a third successive defeat for what would be the first time since taking charge 22 months ago.
That will be tough. Chorley, managed by former Manchester City and Blackburn midfielder Garry Flitcroft, have one of the best home records in the division and in 11 league and cup games at Victory Park this season they have lost only once, to Boston United, with only leaders Barrow and AFC Fylde conceding fewer home goals.
They have a threat up front with top scorer Darren Stephenson and the experienced James Dean (ex-Halifax) and go into the game bolstered by a midweek FA Trophy replay win at Stalybridge Celtic.
Sinclair, who celebrated his birthday this week, commented: “They have carried on the momentum that won them promotion last season and have done well.
“They are a strong, physical side. We will need to match them physically and certainly start the game much better than we did last weekend, but if we can play for 90 minutes like we did in the second half at Stockport then we’ll give ourselves a chance.”
Colwyn Bay: (from) Sharpe, Ollerenshaw, Taylor, Moss, Stephens, Royle, Noone, Buckley, Anoruo, Hopley, Williams, Baynes, Mendes, Truelove, Haywood, Olapade, Hodgson.