SEAGULLS boss Paul Moore has drafted in reserve team keeper Scott Williams as he takes a depleted squad for Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup tie away to FA Vase holders Morpeth Town.
First choice Shaun Pearson is extremely doubtful after injuring his knee in Monday’s home league defeat to Brighouse Town and the senior squad’s other keeper Simon Williams is away on holiday.
But the manager commented: “Scott has got a bit about him and I’m sure he won’t let us down.”
Danny Andrews is suspended and Kyle Armstrong is also away on honeymoon, but the manager is hopeful that defender Gareth Grant will recover from an Achilles injury in time – although he will need a late fitness test.
“Unfortunately Kyle is a big miss for us defensively because he is such a strong individual and played a big part in us winning at Shaw Lane in the last round,” said the boss, although the management team have been looking at ways to compensate for that.
Colwyn Bay will be making a piece of history as the first side from Wales to play at Morpeth in the 132 years since the Northumberland club was formed, and with no Premier League (or championship football for nearby Newcastle United), the North Easterners are billing this as a huge game for the club on ‘NonLeague Day’ and are calling on people from the town and surrounding areas to come and support them.
The Northern Leaguers were Wembley winners last season when they beat Hereford United 4-1 in the FA Vase final and are unbeaten in their last five league and cup games, so Bay’s boss knows it will be a tough game.
“They’ve brought in a few new players since winning at Wembley and they like to play football,” said the manager,
“They have a couple of big forwards up front and their number seven likes to get on the ball and run at defences, so we need to stay compact as a unit and manage the game as well as we did at Shaw Lane.
“This is just a big a game for our club with a further £3,000 in prizemoney at stake and if it means bringing them back to our place on Tuesday for a replay then so be it. The most important thing in my mind right now is that we don’t lose.”