GUS WILLIAMS expects to have Jonathan Royle back in defence, but will leave his full team selection until the last minute for Saturday’s trip to FA Trophy winners North Ferriby United.
The manager says Royle has been able to train this week and will play, but a couple of players will need late checks and the club heard today (Friday) that Kevin Holsgrove’s appeal, following his controversial red card against Brackley, has been rejected.
His three match ban stands and starts immediately – so his season is over.
Gus described the decision as: “Unreal with the evidence we put forward and there being no written evidence from the referee to quantify his decision.”
The Seagulls will be hoping that North Ferriby’s “Wembley hangover” continues.
After the euphoria of their shoot-out victory over Wrexham in the FA Trophy final, the Villagers, like Colwyn Bay, also conceded eight goals in two defeats over Easter to end any outside chance of them making the promotion play-offs.
North Ferriby manager Billy Heath said this week: “Our defending has not been good in the last couple of games and it has cost us dearly. You get punished for mistakes at this level.
“Colwyn will be tough opponents because they are desperate for points, but we want to finish the season strongly to finish as high up the table as possible.”
They have defender Matt Wilson back after suspension, but goalkeeper Adam Nicklin and forward Danny Emerton are both out injured and midfielder Liam King is doubtful with a leg injury suffered at Harrogate on Monday.
Despite his side’s 6-2 defeat at Fylde on Monday, Gus Williams was pleased with the way the injury-hit side responded to the nightmare start of conceding four goals in the opening 12 minutes after arriving late due to an accident on the M6.
“If we show the same commitment and character, and create as many chances as we did in that game, then we will give ourselves a chance,” he said.
Other key games in the relegation battle on Saturday sees Brackley at home to league leaders Barrow, while Leamington travel to play-off chasing Tamworth and Stalybridge are at home to fourth-placed Boston.
Colwyn Bay (from): Sanna, Rees, Baynes, Lea, Royle, Noone, Anoruo, Buckley, Haywood, Hopley, Williams, Ellison, Saiel, Seddon, Hodgson, Bakker.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to club Patron Roger Speed.