New signing as Grant gets x-ray boost

Tim ChannonFirst Team

COLWYN BAY will be without central defender Gaz Grant for Tuesday’s crunch game at play-off rivals Colne, but the good news is that x-rays have shown there is no fracture to the foot he injured last Saturday.
 Grant had to be substituted at half-time in the 2-0 win at Scarborough and left the ground on crutches, but  manager Alan Morgan has breathed a huge sigh of relief that the damage has diagnosed as just severe bruising.
 “That’s massive for us, absolutely massive,” he commented. “Gaz will probably be out for a couple of a weeks, but a fracture would have ended his season.”
 With Billy Sass-Davies still away with the Wales Under 19 squad, Kyle Jacobs looks likely to fill in at centre back  alongside skipper Sam Barnes again, which he did well on Saturday, although the manager also has  Josh Brizell  available.
 Meanwhile, with 12 games to cram into the final six weeks, the manager has added to his squad by signing former Rhyl and Llandudno utility player Liam Dawson, although international clearance may not come through in time for him to be involved against a Colne side that are three points and one place below Colwyn Bay in the table.
 “Liam is a good lad with a great left foot and is a very useful acquisition to the squad with games coming thick and fast now,” said the manager.
 Dawson, who started at Oldham Athletic and has also been with Nantwich, Marine and Warrington Town, can play central midfield, fullback or wide left and right.”
  It could be another big night on Tuesday with many of Bay’s nearest rivals also in action and at least three of them certain to drop points.
 After a run of five consecutive victories, Colne have lost three of their last six games and were beaten 2-0 by fifth-bottom Skelmersdale last weekend, but they do have one of the division’s top ten goalscorers in ex-Blackburn Rovers striker Alex Curran.
 Match updates from Colne will be on Twitter @ColwynBayFC