Truelove fit for festive challenge

Tim ChannonFirst Team

Jack Truelove has recovered from injury.

Jack Truelove has recovered from injury.

THE Seagulls have Jack Truelove fit again after recovering from a badly bruised ankle and gashed shin as they kick off a challenging festive period at home to fifth-placed Solihull Moors on Saturday (3pm).
Four of the five games over the Christmas and New Year fortnight, including two against Stockport County, are against teams in the top seven, but manager Frank Sinclair says confidence in the squad is high coming off the back of a good performance at fourth-played Chorley in their last game.
“It is a really important period for us. We’ve got a run of very tough games, but if we can pull some results out of the bag then it could launch us right back into the mix for a possible play-off challenge,” he says.
Solihull have been beaten only once in their last 14 league games, are the top scorers in the Conference North, and have the league’s leading marksman in England C international Omar Bogle who is interesting a number of Football League clubs.
But Sinclair said: “Bogle is obviously a threat with his pace and eye for goal, but we kept him fairly quiet when we got a good point (0-0) at their place early in the season and hopefully we can do that again.
“The pitch is likely to be very heavy so it could be a battle, but we have prepared for that and are ready for it.”
The Seagulls, however, are without centre back Anthony Stephens through suspension, while midfielder Tom Buckley, of course, who has joined Salford City.
“Being without Stevo is a blow, but we have a few options with a number of players who can fill in there, so I am not too worried,” added Sinclair.
A reminder that free admission and free half-season tickets will be given to all under-12s attending Saturday’s game with an adult.
Colwyn Bay (from): Sharpe, Ollerenshaw, Taylor, Truelove, Moss, Royle, Noone, Mendes, Anoruo, Hopley, Williams, Baynes, Haywood, Hodgson, Pilliner, Sinclair.

THE Reserves have no game, with their scheduled match at leaders Llandyrnog United now postponed until the new year.