Seagulls take on Wembley winners

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THE Seagulls will bid to become the first side this season to take points off table-topping Wembley winners South Shields when they meet at the 4Crosses Construction arena on Saturday (Sept 9, 3pm).

The North Easterners  are hot favourites for a third successive promotion and have won all seven of their league and FA Cup games so far with 18 goals scored.

 Chairman Geoff Thompson has helped transform the club since he took over in 2015 and last season they capped a four-trophy success by lifting the FA Vase at Wembley (top picture) with a 4-0 win over Cleethorpes Town in the final.

 That added to their success of winning Northern League Division One title to secure a second successive promotion, the League Cup and the Durham County Challenge Cup.

Danny Andrews is in line to play his 50th game for the Seagulls

They have former Newcastle, St Johnstone and Dundee striker Carl Finnigan available again after suspension and their squad includes former Newcastle United and South African international Matt Pattison, while another ex-Newcastle player Jamie Holmes has been in hot scoring form recently scoring twice in both last Saturday’s FA Cup win at Witton Albion and Tuesday’s 3-1 league success against Ossett Albion.

 It will be the toughest test so far for Colwyn Bay’s five-match unbeaten league record and unfortunately they will be without central defender Gaz Grant who is unavailable for the next two games
  Sam Barnes, however, is expected to return after missing Tuesday’s draw at Trafford with a heavily bruised and gashed thigh and Danny Andrews is in line to make his 50th appearance for the Seagulls.
The  manager reports that Kyle Jacobs is still a couple of weeks away from recovering from a pulled hamstring but will have been encouraged by his side keeping a fourth clean sheet of the season at Trafford.