Victory could set up top five chance

Tim ChannonFirst Team

VICTORY in Saturday’s big game at home to second-placed Barrow (3pm) could set the Seagulls up for a strong bid over the next month to consolidate a place in the top five Conference North play-off places.
With only five league games scheduled due to the FA Cup, a win could put them within a point of the top five, and their following five games are all against teams currently in the bottom eight of the table.
But manager Frank Sinclair knows his side face a big hurdle against a Barrow side that have lost only once in their last 11 league games – although that defeat was in their last away game at Bradford Park Avenue.
“With the resources they have, they are definitely among the favourites to go up this season and it will be a good test on how we stand in terms of challenging at the top,” said the manager.
“I am expecting an exciting game with chances at both ends, but they have only won once away from home this season (two draws and two defeats) and if we could come out of this game with a win it would be an enormous boost.”
The Seagulls are still without injured trio Tom Buckley (calf), Lanre Olapade (thigh) and Moustapha Saiel (knee) and Sinclair admits that losing three players out of a small squad of 17 makes life difficult. But he added: “We went to Stalybridge last week and got a very good win and I thought our reshuffled back four were outstanding.”
Denis Pilliner is again drafted in from the reserves to make up the numbers on the bench along with the manager.
Barrow come to Llanelian Road on the back of a 5-0 win against struggling Gloucester City last weekend, helped by a hat-trick from Jason Walker which made him the Bluebirds joint top scorer alongside Andy Cook.
Barrow also include former Colwyn Bay striker James Ellison, who was second top scorer for the Seagulls last season, although two other former Colwyn Bay players, Jamie Crowther and Robbie Williams, are currently out on loan.
Colwyn Bay: (from) Ollerenshaw, Bembo-Leta, Moss, Stephens, Royle, Noone, Mendes, Anoruo, Hopley, Williams, Baynes, Sharpe, Haywood, Sinclair, Hodgson, Pilliner.
The reserves have a scheduled league game at Blaenau Amateurs reserves, hoping to make it four wins out of four.