Seagulls prepare for Ossett Town trip

Tim ChannonFirst Team

THE Seagulls are preparing for Saturday’s trip to face managerless Ossett Town where they will hope to continue an unbeaten start to 2018.

The Yorkshire side, from being in the top four at one stage, have lost eight of their last nine games to drop out of the top ten and this week Grant Black stepped down as  manager following the New Year’s Day home defeat to struggling neighbours Ossett Albion.

Coach Lee Ashworth and assistant manager and midfielder Steve Ridley are taking temporary charge ahead of Saturday’s game and they  are certain to make a rallying call to the players to try and  turn their fortunes around.

Despite boasting the third best away points tally in the division, Town have lost six of their nine home league games at Prospect Road this season and have failed to score in the last three of them, but Seagulls boss Alan Morgan knows his side will need to be on top of their game to get the win that will consolidate their top ten spot.

“Things can change when a manager goes, but we have to make sure we turn up and play to our potential,” he said.

He has a couple of injury concerns to check on, with Astley Mulholland to have a late fitness test on a groin strain, but  Josh Brizell is available again after missing the New Year’s Day game through work commitments.

The club is currently awaiting news of a pending suspension for Luke Horrocks after accumulating five bookings for the second time this season.

  • The game is on with no pitch inspection needed and match updates from Ossett will be on Twitter @ColwynBayFC or via the Twitter feed on the Colwyn Bay FC website.

TOP PICTURE: Sam Barnes and Will Booth in action at Ossett Town last season, when the Seagulls lost 1-0 after having Dan Bartle red carded. Photo by Mark Gledhill.

  • The League have now re-arranged the three games that were postponed due to waterlogged pitches. The new dates are:
  • Tues Feb 13: Ramsbottom Utd (away)
  • Tues March 20: Colne (away)
  • Tues April 17: Scarborough Athletic (home)

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FAIR PLAY TABLES

COLWYN BAY were eighth in the Evo-stik North December Fair Play table, sponsored by FWP Architecture, after eighth bookings in the four games played.

Atherton Collieries were December’s  winners with five bookings in four games.

In  the overall table for the end of season £1,000 prize, Colwyn Bay are in 10th position behind leaders South Shields.

The Seagulls are second behind Droylsden in the latest Evo-stik North table for Technical Area Behaviour.