Seagulls prepare for tough test

Tim ChannonFirst Team

THE Seagulls have Jamie Rainford and skipper Sam Barnes (pictured) available again after injury for Saturday’s trip to a much improved Skelmersdale United.

 Both players were able to take part in training on Thursday and are in contention for a return to the side.
  Jack Hindle, however, is ruled out by a one match suspension and manager Alan Morgan reports there are one or  injury doubts.
  “We’ve got one or two back, but we’ve got one or two who are doubtful and we’ll have to play that by ear and see how they are on the day,” says the manager.
“Jack is suspended which is a shame because he’s a big player for us and did very well in our last game, but it gives someone else a chance on Saturday.”

Michael Roddy is now Skelmersdale’s skipper.

The gaffer is expecting a tough test against a Skelmersdale side that have gone six league games unbeaten under experienced manager Dave Powell and  the captaincy of former Colwyn Bay midfielder Mike Roddy, who made 22 appearances for the Seagulls last season, three of them as captain.

 Although Skem are currently having to ground share at Prescot Cables’ Volair Park during a dispute with their own ground’s landlords, the Merseysiders have recovered from a poor start to the campaign which saw them lose six games in a row, and they go into Saturday’s game only a point behind Colwyn Bay, having played a game more.
 Their main threat up front is former Altrincham, Southport and Stockport County striker Andy Owens, a product of the Glen Hoddle school in Spain, who is currently one of the top three goalscorers in the Evo-stik North with 11 (including four penalties).
  “Its going to be a hard place to go,” admits Bay’s manager. “I went to watch them at Atherton Collieries last week where they got a good point, so we’ve got to be on top of our game and make sure we do things right.
  “Training has gone well, with  Hoggy and Covs taking Tuesday’s session while I was at the supporters meeting which I enjoyed, and on Thursday we looked very sharp, scored lots of goals, and hopefully we can take that in to Saturday.”
 Meanwhile, the manager has gained an agreement with Chester to take exciting young prospect Nathan Brown on a month’s loan.
Nathan, who comes from Rhyl, was named Chester Youth team’s Player of the Season for 2016/17 and signed his first Pro contract in the summer.
A forward or wide player he scored on his first team debut for Chester in a Cheshire Senior Cup game against Hyde.

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SEAGULLS STAY TOP OF TABLE

COLWYN BAY stay top of the Evo-stik North table for Technical Area behaviour following points awarded in November. Overall the Bay have received maximum three marks for ‘excellent’ in 13 of the 16 league games played so far, and two marks for good in the other three.

On the field Colwyn Bay have moved into the top ten of the Fair Play table after finishing in the top four for November with three cautions in the three games played.