WITH three players ruled out by suspension and Jonathan Royle still sidelined by injury, manager Frank Sinclair has added reserve team defender Jordan Taylor to the squad for Saturday's crunch trip to second-bottom Workington.
He is the 20-year-old brother of fullback Danny Taylor and has been in training with the first team this week after doing well at right back for the reserves.
"He will travel with us and will be involved," reported the manager.
With Louis and Ed Moss also in the squad, the Bay will have two sets of brothers on duty at Borough Park - something I cannot recall happening before.
The Seagulls are without Cameron Darkwah, Charlie Joyce and Sinclair himself due to suspension and with Royle still seven to 10 days away from resuming training after ankle ligament damage, the manager was down to just 13 outfield players before calling up Jordon Taylor.
Tom Smyth missed training on Thursday because of a bug, but the manager is hopeful he will be fit to play.
Despite a depleted squad, he remains upbeat for a game he is targeting for three points.
Workington have won only once in their last eight league games in which they have conceded 20 goals and only Worcester and Barrow have scored fewer goals than the Cumbrian side this season. But although Colwyn Bay are six points ahead of them, the Cumbrians have two games in hand, so it is huge game for both sides.
"They are fighting for their lives and will be desperate to do well against us, but we have trained well this week and if we play like we have done against some of the top teams in recent weeks I would like to think that will be enough to win us the game," said Sinclair.
"Certainly we need to start turning those sort of performances into points."
Workington boss Darren Edmundson, who is being linked with the vacant post at Barrow where ex-Seagull Alex Meechan is currently caretaker boss, is hoping to complete the signing of ex-Southampton and Portuguese Under-21 international Alberto Seidi in time for the game and has also been in talks with a proven Conference North goalscorer.
Colwyn Bay: (from) Sanna, D Taylor, Lea, Stephens, Smyth, Crowther, Evans, S Williams, Hopley, M Williams, L Moss, E Moss, Ellison, Matthews, J Taylor, Pearson.
COLWYN BAY FC are extending their junior section with the addition of Under 12, 14 and 16s teams for boys and girls.
The club already host a very successful Elite Centre for Under 7, 8, 9 10 and 11's which is held every Wednesday at the new Eirias Park Barn facility. In these sessions, UEFA qualified coaches help children with an aptitude towards football new skills, techniques and building their mental awareness within the game.
The elite centre has seen significant improvements from players and have received positive feedback from parents who attend and observe sessions.
Building on this success, the are now going to hold weekly sessions for the new Under 12, 14 and 16's boys teams, which will also include monthly games against different academies and development centres.
Players can play for both the elite centre and their current junior teams as Colwyn Bay FC is in the Welsh system which allows this.
The centre director is Chris Thompson, Colwyn Bay FC reserve team manager, English Premiership Scout and UEFA qualified coach. Other coaches available are Mike Pearson (Airbus first team player), Matt Sampson (Colwyn Bay FC Football in The Community and reserve team player and assistant manager), and Colwyn Bay first team players Gaz Evans and Marc Williams.
Next season the club is eager to turn the Elite Centre into Colwyn Bay FC Academy.
The Under 12's, 14's and 16's will meet every Thursday from 4th February 5.30pm - 6.30pm at the Landrillo College 3G pitch
Over the first six weeks the coaches of each time will select squads from those who attends. Any players who don't make the squads will be offered the opportunity to join Colwyn Bay's development centre.
Any players wishing too attend training or have any queries should contact Matt Sampson on 01492 514680 or email email@example.com.
Colwyn Bay FC are also starting new Under 12, Under 14 and Under 16 girls teams. Sessions for these will be starting in January 2014 and will be building teams ready for the 2014/15 season, with weekly training sessions and organized games against local and national teams.
Any players interested in being a part of any team can contact Chris Thompson on 07738 764274 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
AN equalising goal two minutes into added time denied Colwyn Bay a deserved victory in a 2-2 draw against promotion hopefuls Brackley Town today.
The Seagulls looked to have won it with a great strike from the edge of the box by Marc Williams to go 2-1 up on 86 minutes - but they couldn't hold out.
With just two minutes of added time remaining, a long ball over the top sent Brackley substitute Owen Story racing clear and although Chris Sanna came off his line to block his shot and then dived to parry a follow up effort from Steve Towers, the second rebound fell kindly for Story to lift his second shot into the roof of the net.
That was cruel for the Bay after they had recovered from the shock of conceding a goal after just two minutes play, to produce one of their best home performances of the season.
Steve Diggin gave Brackley their early lead after a right wing cross beyond the far post was headed back by Gary Mulligan.
But the Seagulls dominated much of the game after that with Danny Taylor, in particular, putting in some great work down the right and Anthony Stephens and Frank Sinclair looking secure in the centre of the back four.
Mike Lea curled a free kick against the angle of post and bar, Cameron Darkwah fired a great chance into the side-netting after a Sean Williams shot had been blocked and Sinclair ventured forward to have a shot saved by Brackley keeper Billy Turley.
But the equaliser came on 36 minutes from a penalty when Gaz Evans was felled during a penalty area scramble, and Darkwah rifled the spot kick into the corner of the net.
In the second half Rob Hopley put a header inches over the bar and had a shot cleared off the line in another goal area scramble, while Marc Williams shot wide from Hopley's lay off.
At the other end Sean Williams cleared a header off the line, but it looked as though Marc Williams had won it with his goal four minutes from the end of normal time.
He got himself a booking for peeling off his shirt and waving it above his head as he reeled away in excited celebration - but that last gasp equaliser meant the anticipated victory was not to be.
"It was a sucker blow right at the end," agreed player-boss Sinclair afterwards.
"In hindsight do we bring Hoppy (Rob Hopley) back with the centre backs to see out those last few minutes when they were going gung-ho to try and save the game? But then we'd looked comfortable and the only saves Sanna has had to make were right at the end leading up to the goal.
"The two rebounds have fallen straight to their guys and thats the way our luck has been going.
"But we can take a lot out of this game. We've had 70 per cent of the play at least and although we'd have taken a point before the game, the way it panned out we are disappointed not to have won it.
"I believe we are playing the right type of football now, with players who can do that and work hard.
"As performances go I've been happy for the most part with the last five or six games, but it doesn't help you if you can't keep 11 players on the pitch.
"Today the discipline was good and they (Brackley) were the ones doing all the complaining to the referee - which is a compliment to how we've played."
Brackley, who have only been beaten once in the league this season, would have gone clear at the top of the table if they had won, but their manager Jon Brady admitted "We weren't at the races today. We didn't match Colwyn Bay's industry."
Colwyn Bay: Chris Sanna, Danny Taylor, Mike Lea, Anthony Stephens, Frank Sinclair, Jamie Crowther (Charlie Joyce 81mins), Gareth Evans, Sean Williams, Rob Hopley, Marc Williams, Cameron Darkway (Jamie Matthews 80mins). Subs not used: Shaun Pearson, Louis Moss, James Ellison.
COLWYN BAY are virtually back to full strength for Saturday's challenge at home to FA Cup headline makers Brackley Town (3pm).
Defenders Danny Taylor and Tom Smyth both come back into the squad after suspension, leaving Jonathan Royle (ankle ligaments) as the only first choice absentee.
Suspensions for Charlie Joyce and Cameron Darkwah don't come into effect until next weekend for the away game at Workington.
Shaun Pearson retains his place in the squad as goalkeeping cover in place of Danny East (glandular fever).
With a much reduced league programme this weekend because of the FA Carlsberg Trophy, Brackley, whose FA Cup heroics saw them beat League One Gillingham last weekend to set up a second round tie at Macclesfield next week, will go clear at the top of the Skrill North table if they win.
But Bay boss Frank Sinclair has faith in his squad.
"It will be a good test, but we have held our own for the most part against other teams at the top in recent weeks and if Brackley have done their homework on us they will know we are no pushovers," he said.
The Seagulls were unlucky not to take something from their games away to current joint leaders Hednesford and Boston United and Sinclair is looking for that level of performance again.
"We have worked on a few things in training this week, and have talked about the importance of keeping 11 men on the field," he said.
Colwyn Bay have lost three of their last four fixtures after having players dismissed, but Sinclair added: "In all three of those games we were doing well (winning 1-0 in one and drawing 0-0 in the other two going into the second half) and only conceded goals after players were sent off."
Brackley paid the price for fielding a weakened side, resting three or four of their first choice players, when they suffered a 2-1 defeat at Evostik Division One South leaders Leek Town in their FA Trophy replay on Tuesday night.
But that was their first defeat in nine games and in the league only North Ferriby have won more games away from home than Brackley this season. Jon Brady's side also boast the best defensive record in the division with just eight goals conceded in 14 games and they are likely to have their strongest available side on Saturday.
Colwyn Bay: (from) Sanna, Taylor, Lea, Stephens, Smyth, Crowther, Joyce, Evans, S Williams, Hopley, M Williams, Darkwah, Sinclair, L Moss, E Moss, Ellison, Matthews, Pearson.
A RED card offence by Cameron Darkwah just before half-time cost Colwyn Bay dearly as the ten men slumped to a 2-0 home defeat against bottom six side Gainsborough Trinity.
Darkwah got a straight red for stamping on the calf of Trinity skipper Dominic Roma whose sliding tackle had put the ball out for a throw in.
Darkwah clearly didn't like the challenge, but to retaliate like he did showed a lack of the discipline that chairman David Messom had called for before the game.
Colwyn Bay have now seen red cards turn games against them in three of the last four fixtures which is a worry after last season's poor disciplinary record.
They were already without defenders Danny Taylor and Tom Smyth for this game through suspension, but started really well, forcing four corners in the opening six minutes.
Charlie Joyce had a header cleared off the line and Trinity keeper Phil Barnes was forced into diving saves to keep out shots from Anthony Stephens and Gareth Evans.
Marc Williams came in for some particularly rough treatment as the Bay won a number of free kicks and Sean Williams went close with a well-struck shot that was just off target.
Gainsborough survived that opening onslaught and gradually began to claw their way back into the game with Darryn Stamp hitting the bar and left winger Dan Clayton getting some dangerous crosses.
But the turning point was the sending off on 43 minutes.
Colwyn Bay never recovered from that as Gainsborough scored four minutes into the second half and dominated much of the game after that.
Callum Howe, on loan from Scunthorpe, scored from the rebound when a Josh Wilde shot came back off the bar.
Then on 74 minutes Lewis McMahon, who has come back to Trinity on loan from Matlock, scored with a diving header after Chris Sanna had done well to parry a shot from another loan signing Jamie Wootton.
Greg Young also go the ball in the net with a header from a corner but had the goal ruled out for a foul.
Colwyn Bay's ten men offered little in attack with weak efforts from Sean Williams and Rob Hopley easily fielded by the keeper.
Colwyn Bay: Sanna, Evans. Lea, Stephens, Sinclair, Crowther (L Moss 70mins), Joyce (Ellison 79mins), S Williams, Hopley, M Williams, Darkwah. Subs not used: Pearson, E Moss, Matthews.
COLWYN BAY will have their two new signings involved for the first time at home to bottom-six side Gainsborough Trinity on Saturday (3pm).
Wrexham loan signing Anthony Stephens (pictured) comes straight into the starting line-up, while Llandudno-born ex-Barrow goalkeeper Shaun Pearson, who has just come back from playing a season in Australia, will be on the bench as cover for Chris Sanna while Danny East recovers from glandular fever.
The Seagulls also welcome back Marc Williams in attack after a hamstring injury, but are without defensive regulars Danny Taylor and Tom Smyth through suspension and Jonathan Royle through injury.
The club have this week also released defensive stalwart Danny Meadowcroft to talk to Evostik League clubs Trafford and New Mills..
"We have worked on a few things in training on how we will incorporate the changes we have to make and how we will set ourselves up for what is a very important game," said player-boss Frank Sinclair.
"If we are serious about progressing up the table then these are games that we really have to win.
"It would put us seven points ahead of Gainsborough and give us a good chance of moving further away from the bottom three so the players know how important it is.
"With the new players that we have brought into the squad competition for places is getting serious, especially with Danny Taylor, Smythy and Jonathan Royle all to come back, and the players know that they have to put in performances if they want to stay in the side.
"Gainsborough are fighting for points as well so it will be a tough game, but we have put in some good performances in the last two or three weeks and will be looking to carry that on."
Gainsborough, who are four points below 14th-placed Colwyn Bay with a game in hand, have won only once in eight away league and cup games this season and have lost in three of their last four outings.
But manager Steve Housham has brought in striker Jamie Wootton on loan from Scunthorpe and has been trying to sign a defender in the past week after letting centre back Tom Ward go out on loan to St Albans Town in a bid to restore some confidence after struggling for form in recent games.
Colwyn Bay: (from) Sanna, Sinclair, Lea, Stephens, Crowther, Evans, S Williams, Hopley, M Williams, Darkwah, Joyce, Matthews, L Moss, E Moss, Ellison, Pearson.
COLWYN BAY were today completing the signing of 19-year-old centre half Anthony Stephens on loan from Wrexham in time for him to play against Gainsborough Trinity on Saturday.
He will replace club stalwart Danny Meadowcroft who is being released to talk to Evostik League clubs Trafford and New Mills, who have put in seven days for him.
Stephens is highly-rated by Wrexham and has been a regular with the youth team as well as the reserves, scoring with a header from a corner in the recent 6-0 win over Tranmere Rovers Reserves,
He was included on the bench for Wrexham's first team game at Newport County last season.
The loan deal is initially until January, but that could be extended to the end of the season if it suits both clubs.
It is a timely signing as the Bay are without defenders Danny Taylor and Tom Smyth through suspension this Saturday.
The departure of Danny Meadowcroft marks the end of four years of sterling service, broken only by a short spell at Witton Albion earlier this year, and he played a big part in the club winning promotion to the Conference North in 2011 under Dave Challinor.
He was man of the match when he scored both Bay's goals in their 2-1 win at Oxford City in September.
Club chairman David Messom said: "Danny has been finding the demands in this league tough and wants to step down a division or two, plus the long away trips are not helping him with his family.
"We wish him all the best and thank him for all his hard work playing for the Bay."
The club have also signed former Barrow goalkeeper Shaun Pearson on a short-term deal as cover for Chris Sanna while Danny East is out of action with glandular fever.
Shaun recently returned from playing in Australia and has signed for a month until Danny is available again.
COLWYN BAY finally bowed out of the FA Trophy with a 2-0 defeat to Altrincham in their replayed third qualifying round tie - but only after being reduced to 10 men with 35 minutes remaining.
They were well in the tie for an hour against a very good Alty side, but the big turning point came when Charlie Joyce got a second yellow card for pulling down James Walshaw as he was set to break clear.
Altrincham took full advantage and two goals in 11 minutes from Greg Wilkinson and Walshaw gave them the victory - ironically with the same score they held when last Saturday's game was abandoned with nine minutes left.
In a goalless first half both sides hit the frame of the goal and had chances to take the lead.
Altrincham's Nicky Clee thundered a shot against the bar and Colwyn Bay's Mike Lea turned a Rob Hopley cross against a post, while Walshaw for Altrincham and Sean Williams and Rob Hopley for the Bay missed the target with decent chances and Chris Sanna saved well from Walshaw.
Bay's keeper then made a flying save to tip a Wilkinson shot over the bar early in the second half, but after Joyce's dismissal on 55 minutes, Altrincham made the extra man count with Clee, Wilkinson and Walshaw a constant threat.
Wilkinson was given too much room to line up a shot into the corner of the net from 25 yards on 63 minutes and eleven minutes later Walshaw skipped past his marker to drive in a second.
Only two more outstanding saves by Sanna prevented Altrincham adding further goals in the closing minutes after Rob Hopley was withdrawn as a precaution with Saturday's important game against Gainsborough in mind.
Manager Frank Sinclair, who played himself and did well in place of Danny Meadowcroft who is being released to join Evostik Division One North side New Mills, said: "We went out with a game plan to frustrate them, because I thought we over-committed ourselves individually at times last Saturday.
"They are a good passing team who have midfield players who can play round you so we backed off a little bit. We let them have the ball and to be honest we were comfortable. They struggled to break us down and we probably had the better chances in the first half.
"In the second half we were doing the same again, but individual things cost you sometimes.
"We all feel sorry for Joycey because he is an honest boy, but he's pulled the lad back and taken a second yellow for the team.
"From then on it was hard. We tried to play 4-4-1 for a while, but once they got the first goal you have to chase the game and get forward and that inevitably leaves you open.
"But I learnt a lot about the players and I hope they take the good points from the game because win, lose or draw it is important that they get self belief.
"In the last two or three weeks we've played supposedly the 1, 2 and 3 in the league and we've matched them for the most part without getting the results we perhaps deserved at times.
"For the amount of money we pay compared to others in this league, these boys are doing fantastic for me and showed they can compete with anybody in this league. The spirit is there and better players are coming through the door all the time as we keep improving the team."
Sinclair is hoping to complete the loan signing of a highly-rated centre half from Wrexham in the next 48 hours to replace Meadowcroft in time for Saturday.
He has also signed keeper Shaun Pearson as cover for Chris Sanna while Danny East is out of action with glandular fever.
"He is a good kid who knows some of the players and he will help us out for the next month until Danny is available again," reported the manager.
Colwyn Bay: Sanna, Taylor, Lea, Sinclair (Matthews 73mins), Smyth, Crowther (Ellison 65mins), Evans, S Williams, Hopley (Ed Moss 78mins), Joyce, Darkwah. Subs not used: Louis Moss, Meadowcroft.
THE FA have confirmed this morning that Colwyn Bay's abandoned FA Trophy tie against Altrincham is to be replayed tomorrow night (7.45pm kick off).
If the match is drawn the replay will be at Alrincham on Tuesday November 26th.
Admission prices have been halved for this match to £5 adults and £3 concessions.
Following today's draw for the first round proper, the winners will be at home to Brackley Town or Leek Town in the first round proper on November 30th.
Colwyn Bay will be short of numbers following the injury to Jonathan Royle on Saturday, although the encouraging news today is that it may not be as bad as first feared.
Frank Sinclair reported: "I have spoken to Wrexham today and he is on his feet and able to walk, although there is some ligament damage and it is obviously very swollen.
"They tell me he is a normally a quick healer so we are hopefully looking at two to four weeks which is very good news."
With Royle out and Marc Williams cup-tied, the manager has added himself to the squad for Tuesday's game.
Colwyn Bay (from): Sanna, Taylor, Lea, Meadowcroft, Smyth, Crowther, Evans, S Williams, Hopley, Joyce, Darkwah, Matthews, Louis Moss, Ed Moss, Ellison, Sinclair.
FURTHER to the abandonment of yesterday's FA Trophy tie against Altrincham, Colwyn Bay Football Club have today released this statement to clarify the key events.
When the referee was injured and unable to continue the club attempted without success to locate a suitably qualified individual to allow the tie to be completed.
The rules are explicit:
Rule 19: PROVISIONS CONCERNING MATCH OFFICIALS
(a)(i) "Match officials shall be appointed by The Association. Neither past nor present members of either of the contending clubs shall be eligible.
(iii) " In the event of any match officials being incapacitated, the two clubs shall agree to a substitute, providing one is available who is currently eligible to officiate in a league equivalent to the lowest level of football in which either of the two teams participate."
The club would like to point out that no volunteer was eligible given that rule.
Club officials were in contact with the FA for additional guidance and further to this, the referee chose to abandon the game and refer the matter to the FA.
Under the FA rules governing abandoned matches, the match will be replayed at Llanelian Road on Tuesday evening (7.45pm kick off) - although the club is currently awaiting confirmation of this from the FA.
The circumstances were regrettable and the club is very aware of the inconvenience and frustrations felt by supporters when games are postponed or abandoned.
Admission prices for the rearranged match have been reduced to £5 and £3 (concessions).