TV spotlight on FA Cup clash

Tim ChannonFirst Team

COLWYN BAY manager Frank Sinclair is looking for his side to win in style for the home fans and in front of the TV cameras when they play Warrington Town in the FA Cup on Saturday.
The Seagulls are unbeaten in six away games this season after Tuesday’s excellent league win at Hednesford Town, and yet the side have struggled to impress at home with four defeats out of seven.
“A really good performance at home is long overdue and that is what I want from the team against Warrington,” said the manager.
“The carrot of getting into the next round is massive (£7,500 in prizemoney for the winners), so this is a huge game for the club.”
BT Sports are filming at the ground, talking to fans on camera and filming some of the action for an FA Cup qualifying show, so it would be a great time for the team to produce their best.
Another victory against Evostik Division One North opposition would put the Bay one tie away from reaching the first round proper for the first time in 17 years, but Sinclair is certainly not under-estimating the challenge.
Warrington, who have former Colwyn Bay players Louis Corrigan and David Mannix in their ranks, have lost only once in their last twelve league and cup games (eight wins and three draws).
Manager Shaun Reid has also recently strengthened the squad by signing experienced midfielders Alan Moogan and Robbie Booth, who were both part of Telford’s promotion-winning squad the Conference North last season, but he will be without top scorer Scott Metcalf (11 goals so far this season) through suspension following a red card in the last round two weeks ago.
Sinclair commented: “I know Shaun well and his sides always play with grit and character so we can expect them to come and have a real go. It is going to be a tough game for us, but if we show the same effort we did on Tuesday and play the football we did then, I would like to think we will be a bit too good for them.”
The Seagulls, of course, lost 5-0 at Warrington in a pre-season game, but Frank said: “I’m not discounting that result, but Warrington will be facing a much different team now. Then we had a lot of new players still trying to adapt to how we wanted them to play and getting to know one another. Now we are a settled unit with some good results behind us.”
Colwyn Bay look likely to start with the same side as Tuesday’s excellent win at Hednesford night, but Moustapha Saiel is again ruled out with an ongoing knee problem and Dennis Pilliner will replace him on the bench.
“Every time Mouse tries to step things up he is in pain, so we are sending him for a scan to try and get to the bottom of the problem,” reported the manager.
Colwyn Bay: (from) Ollerenshaw, Olapade, Stephens, Royle, Bembo-Leta, Noone, Buckley, Anoruo, Hopley, Williams (c), Baynes, Sharpe, Anjos, Haywood, Hodgson, Mendez, Pilliner.