The manager has agreed a deal with Telford to take talented right sided player Wes Baynes on loan until January.
The Chester-based player who is 26 next month, came through the ranks at Wrexham and has helped both Chester and Telford to Conference North championship triumphs in the last two seasons. He has been playing at right back at Telford previously this season, but says his preferred position is right wing and has a reputation for a fierce right foot shot from distance which should bring an added goal threat to the Seagulls. .
“When I played with him at Wrexham I remember him scoring three or four 30 yarders,” recalled Frank.
“I know Liam Watson at Telford very well and when he told me that Wes was available it was too good an opportunity to turn down. He can play in two or three different positions, right back, right midfield or up front, so he certainly strengthens the depth of our squad.”
Baynes, who says he can’t wait to get started with the Bay, was at the game today to complete the paperwork and see the Seagulls win a hard-fought cup tie which boiled into life with four goals in the space of eight second half minutes.
The Seagulls lost top scorer Obi Anoruo with a twisted ankle early in the game, but led at half-time with a goal from Anthony Stephens who scored from the edge of the area after Harrogate failed to clear the ball from a corner.
Rob Hopley had a shot well saved by the keeper and Marc Williams shot narrowly wide, while at the other end Harrogate Railway had a header from a corner cleared off the line.
The visitors equalised from close range through Nathan Cartman on 63 minutes and that sparked an amazing scoring spree which saw Colwyn Bay go 3-1 in front with goals from Marc Williams (65 minutes) with a header from a Tom Buckley cross, before Buckley (68 minutes) broke through the middle to score at the second attempt after the keeper had blocked his first effort.
Three minutes later Harrogate were back in the game with a header by Lamin Colley, who proved a handful all afternoon, and he could have equalised late on when he flicked a big chance over the bar from six yards.
The visitors pressed hard to force a replay, but Colwyn Bay held on with Prince Haywood having a goal with virtually the last kick of the game from Adam Hodgson’s cross ruled out for offside.
Manager Frank Sinclair, who used the game to give Liam Sharpe a long-awaited debut in goal, admitted his side hadn’t been at their best, but said: “The main thing was to get in the hat for the next round and we got the job done.
“Give them (Harrogate) credit. They came and had a go, matched us at times and could have got an equaliser late on which would have been a nightmare for us having to go there for a replay on Monday night, but we worked hard to ensure that didn’t happen.
“Too often we tried the difficult pass instead of playing the simple one, made some silly mistakes and gave the ball away in midfield, but I think we played within ourselves a bit today and would probably have played better against stronger opposition.
“It was a blow losing Obi so early, but he twisted his ankle in a challenge with the keeper and he is such an important player for us that we needed to get him off straight away for some treatment to prevent further damage.
“Sometimes you don’t play as well as you want to, but its six games unbeaten now and it is important we keep that run going as long as we can”
Colwyn Bay: Sharpe, Olapade, Moss (Haywood 63mins), Anjos, Bembo-Leta, Stephens, Buckley (Hodgson 90mins), Anoruo (Rey 29mins), Hopley, Williams (c), Royle. Subs not used: Ollerenshaw, Pilliner, Saiel, Mendes.