THE Seagulls are back in FA Cup action this weekend and defend their unbeaten record with a tough first qualifying round tie away to a Droylsden side who are on a four-match winning run themselves.
The Bloods, who are currently in second place in the Evostik North table, have averaged three goals a game in those four wins with Ciaran Kileeney, who is back at Droylsden after a prolific spell with Warrington Town, leading the way with four – so it has the makings of a closely-fought cup tie.
Bay boss Phill Hadland reports that everybody is available for selection and that the squad trained well on Thursday and is ready for Saturday’s challenge as they look to make it six games without defeat.
Another victory following the preliminary round success over Stocksbridge Park Steels two weeks ago, would be the first time a Colwyn Bay sided has gained back to back FA Cup wins since Frank Sinclair’s team reached the final qualifying round in 2013 prior to a disappointing home defeat to Corby Town.
Droylsden have lost only twice at the first qualifying round stage in the last 20 years, although both those defeats have come in the last four seasons, and although their manager Dave Pace reported a few knocks after Monday’s win over Mossley, he is expecting to have the majority of his squad available.
“We’ve changed our a shape a little bit this season and apart from the first game (a 2-0 defeat at Clitheroe) things have been going well,” he says.
Match updates from Droylsden will be via the Twitter feed on the club website www.colwynbayfc.co.uk or on Twitter @ColwynBayFC.
SEAGULLS TOP FAIR PLAY TABLES
COLWYN BAY are top of the Evostik North Fair Play table, sponsored by FWP Architecture, after having just three cautions in their four league games played so far.
They head second-placed Colne, with this week’s FA Cup opponents Droylsden in third place. Tadcaster Albion are bottom with 11 cautions and one dismissal.
The club also top the table for Technical Area Marks. Match officials award marks for clubs manager’s and support staff’s behaviour in the technical area during matches, with ratings of excellent, good, satisfactory or poor . Colwyn Bay are the only club to have received maximum marks for “excellent” in all four games played so far.