WITH no Premiership games on Saturday, the Seagulls hope a good home crowd will help them record the club’s first victory in the FA Trophy in five years at home to fellow Evostik Leaguers Hyde United (3pm).
The Seagulls have fallen at the first hurdle in each of the last four years, although they have had only one home draw in that period, and although manager Paul Moore says the league remains the priority this season, he knows how financially important a run in the Buildbase sponsored Trophy is to the club.
Victory on Saturday nets £2,500 in prize money as well as another home tie in the next round against Rob Hopley’s Witton Albion or Brighouse Town, and a run to the first round proper is worth over £12,000.
The Bay have not done that since they lost to Nigel Clough’s Burton Albion in 2007/8, so are overdue a good run in the competition.
Hyde are eight places and five points below Colwyn Bay in the league table and have won only once in their last seven league and cup games, with Tuesday’s League Cup tie against Mossley abandoned after 62 minutes with the score at 2-2 following a serious injury to Mossley’s Callum Warburton.
Hyde did, however, have an excellent 4-0 away win at Prescot Cables a couple of week ago and although Colwyn Bay beat them 3-1 in the league in August, the manager warned: “We know they will be a different proposition from their earlier visit and we know we have to improve on last week’s performance.”
The Seagulls saw their five game unbeaten run ended by Ossett Town, and Moore added: “In hindsight we should have rested some tired legs for that game after playing on a heavy pitch at Ramsbottom in midweek.
“You are damned if you do and damned if you don’t because if we had made changes and lost people would have said we shouldn’t have changed a winning side – but looking back I believe that is what we should have done.
“The players had Tuesday off to help them recharge and trained well on Thursday so we are good to go.”
The manager has a full squad available apart from long term injury victim Shaun Dowling.
George Mannion, who was out on loan, has signed for Ramsbottom United.
THE Reserves game against Llanrug has been postponed as Llanrug only have eight players available.