Stephens back for FA Cup tie

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Anthony Stephens is back with the Seagulls on loan

Anthony Stephens is back with the Seagulls on loan

COLWYN BAY have re-signed Wrexham defender Anthony Stephens on loan until the end of December ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup home tie against Harrogate Railway Athletic.
The 20-year-old, who spent the last six months of last season on loan at Colwyn Bay, has recently been part of Wrexham’s first team squad, but although he has been on the subs bench a number of times he has not been able to break into the starting eleven and manager Kevin Wilkin has now agreed for him to return to the Bay to get some matches.
“He was a key player for us last season and he brings the ideal competition to left back and centre half positions which can only enhance individual player performances and team performances,” said Frank.
“This is a real statement of intent from the club for this season which for me is a wide open race for the league title and play-off places.”
With clearance going through this morning, Stephens goes straight into the squad for Saturday’s tie.
Another Wrexham loanee, Jonathan Royle, returns after illness, but Chris Noone is unavailable due to personal reasons.
Frank describes this as a massive game for the club as a run in the FA Cup provides a huge financial boost to the club, who will net £24,500 in prize money if they can get through three qualifying rounds to reach the first round proper for the first time in 17 years.
He watched Harrogate Railway lose 2-1 to Brighouse Town in a County Cup game on Monday, but that was their first defeat in six games and they rested a number of their top players, so the Bay are expecting a tough game against the Evostik Division One North outfit.
“This is their cup final and they will be really up for it. We have talked about their strengths and weaknesses, but they will give us a game and we have to be right mentally,” warns the manager.
“There are certain to be some shock results in the cup on the day and we have to make sure we’re not one of them!”
He will have a squad of 18 on duty for the game, with Paulo Mendes and Moustapha Saiel both included after injury.
Colwyn Bay (from) Ollerenshaw, Olapade, Moss, Anjos, Bembo-Leta, Stephens, Buckley, Anoruo, Hopley, Williams, Royle, Sharpe, Haywood, Rey, Mendes, Saiel, Hodgson, Pilliner.

A reminder that the Liverpool v Everton Merseyside derby will be live on the big screen in the clubhouse before Saturday’s game.

FRANK, Ade Akinbiyi, Marc Williams and Adam Hodgson will be at Morrisons in Colwyn Bay on Saturday morning (11.30am) doing some promotional work for the club and hosting a penalty shoot-in.