Ex-Chelsea man set for debut
FORMER Chelsea and Leicester City defender Frank Sinclair is set to play for Colwyn Bay at Altrincham on Saturday.
Providing international clearance goes through in time, Sinclair, who made over 300 appearances for Chelsea, Leicester and Burnley between 1990 and 2007 and was at Wrexham last season, is likely to replace skipper Danny Meadowcroft who is unavailable due to family reasons.
One of Danny's new twin daughters is seriously ill in hospital and I am sure all Colwyn Bay fans will join me in sending heartfelt good wishes to Danny and Rebecca.
Although Sinclair has just turned 40, he has remained very fit and previously this season has been playing for Hendon in the Isthmaen League.
"He will bring a lot experience and leadership to what is a comparatively young back four at a time when we are bit short of numbers," said Newby.
Teenage loan signing Matty Hughes, who has recovered from a nasty virus which would have ruled him out the New Year's Day game against Vauxhall, plays what is the last game of his current loan spell from Fleetwood - although Newby added: "We remain hopeful that we can sort something out with Fleetwood over the next few days which will enable us to keep him a bit longer."
Goalkeeper Jack Cudworth, however, definitely plays his last game for Colwyn Bay before returning to Macclesfield at the end of his loan spell.
"Jack has been superb. He trains really well and has been a delight to have around the place, but Chris Sanna is now training again after his shoulder injury and should be fit to return at Eastwood next week," reported the manager.
Colwyn Bay have also have Andy Metcalf, who is home from college in America, as goalkeeping cover until the end of the season,
In attack, Lee McEvilly is still ruled out by suspension and with Danny Lloyd this week joining up with Lincoln City on a full-time contract until the end of the season, Newby's strenuous efforts to bring in a couple of extra forward players on loan have been knocked back.
"One of them has decided to go one of our big rivals Hinckley which is disappointing, but I am quite hopeful of bringing in a centre forward with Conference experience, who is also a Welsh lad, by the middle of next week," added Newby.
Altrincham, who inflicted a shock 6-1 defeat on Colwyn Bay at Llanelian Road back in September, have lost only once at home in the league this season and boast the division's top individual scorer in 23-year-old Damien Reeves who tops the scoring charts with 24.
"He is a player who can produce a goal for himself out of nothing, which is something we probably lack at the moment," said Newby.
"Altrincham have been very strong at home but we have watched videos of their last two games and may change our formation slightly to try and combat their attacking threat."
Colwyn Bay (from): Cudworth, Denson, Lea, Sinclair, Hughes, McKenna, Evans, McLachlan, Hopley, Newby, Parkinson, Noon, Davey, King, Benson, Metcalf.