THE Seagulls must go into their big home game against Darlington 1883 on Saturday (3pm) with three key players ruled out of the starting line-up by injury.
Skipper Wes Baynes and central defender Sam Barnes have not recovered from hamstring strains suffered early in Tuesday’s game at Salford, while play-making midfielder John Dillon is still struggling with a knee injury that has forced him to miss the last two games.
But manager Ash Hoskin is remaining positive. “Its not ideal, but we were without all three for the second half at Salford on Tuesday and still won the half 2-0, so we are looking for the same again.
“We’ve got a strong squad and the players who come in are more than capable of doing a job.
Former Football League club Darlington, who expect to bring a big following, have lost both their opening two away games, at Buxton and Workington, but have just signed left winger Anthony Bell, who was with Cardiff City last season, while right winger Rob Youhill is available again after injury, so the Quakers will pose a threat on both flanks.
They are, however, without attacking midfielder Adam Nowakowski with a facial injury and left back Terry Galbraith faces a late fitness test on a calf injury.
“We’ve had Darlington watched and they like to switch their wingers, but it is all about what we do,” said the Bay manager.
“The minimum requirement is 100 per cent effort and if we give that we’ll always give ourselves a chance – like we did in the second half at Salford.”
Colwyn Bay (from): Sanna, Denson, Lea, Holsgrove, Fagbola, Love, Booth, Rodgers, Sharp, Hopley, Williams, Zibaka, Corbett, Dowling, Dillon.
THE Reserves are away to Llandyrnog United on Saturday (2.30pm kick off).