Chally hopes for same again
COLWYN BAY player-manager Dave Challinor is looking for the "same again" in Tuesday's opening home league game against Ashton United (7.45pm kick off) at Llanelian Road.
He expects to keep an unchanged side and is looking for the players to produce the same level of performance as Saturday's outstanding 3-1 win at North Ferriby United, which takes them into tonight's game as Evostik Premier Division leaders.
"It all depends how everyone has recovered from that game, but up to now nobody has reported any problems," he reported.
David Thompson is still ruled out by injury and the club have still not had international clearance through for Sam Bailey, so the same 18-man squad that travelled to North Ferriby will be on duty again.
"We didn't make any substitutions last Saturday because we were playing so well as a unit we didn't want to rock the boat," added Challinor.
"It is important we maintain that momentum, so if everybody is OK we will probably start with the same 11 again and make changes as the game progresses if we need to."
Ashton opened with a 1-0 home win over Burscough last Saturday, with recent signing Lee Steele getting the only goal of the game.
Liverpool-based Steele has had Football League experience with Shrewsbury Town, Brighton and Hove Albion, Leyton Orient and Chester City, and was a player Dave Challinor tried to sign himself earlier this month.
"I know Steeley from when we used to play together for Cheshire before we both turned pro, and I tried to get him to come to Colwyn Bay, but he opted for Ashton instead as he is a big mate of Jimmy Kelly," revealed Challinor.
"He is a good player and will be a threat to us, but I am more concerned about how we play. We had Ashton watched last Saturday and have had a report on them, but we need to go into the game in a positive frame of mind - and continue the way played last Saturday."
The experienced Kelly will be making a return to Llanelian Road following his recent switch from Colwyn Bay to Ashton, but he was only used as a 70th minute substitute last Saturday and may be on the bench again.
Ashton averaged three goals a game in their pre-season programme, including a 5-0 win over Curzon Ashton, and go into the new season in confident mood.
Their manager, Danny Johnson, believes Steele and former Manchester United trainee Aaron Burns will form a formidable strike duo up front this season, and he says in his blog on the club's website that central defenders Craig Robinson and Stephen Rose played so well last Saturday that keeper Terry Smith hardly had a shot to save in the entire 90 minutes.
The Seagulls will want to make it a lot tougher for him on Tuesday!
Colwyn Bay (from): Sanna, Denson, Beattie, Challinor, Grannon, McGraa, Sheridan, Allen, Noon, Newby, MacLachlan, Titchiner, O'Sullivan, Jones, Brandreth, Metcalf, Davey, Fields.
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