Sinclair sets sights on victory
PRIORITY for new Colwyn Bay player-manager Frank Sinclair in Saturday's trip to Bradford Park Avenue is to end a six match losing run.
The third-bottom Seagulls are currently seven points adrift of safety and Sinclair, who starts his reign as boss with two tough away games in four days (Colwyn Bay travel to promotion chasing Guiseley on Tuesday), knows his side must start picking up points quickly.
"It is important we don't get beat, but with the way other results have been going against us lately we are going to Bradford with a positive line-up and looking for a win," he said.
"That won't be easy, but I was very encouraged by the way the lads responded in training on Thursday. Everybody knows what is at stake and what is expected of them."
Leading scorer Rob Hopley has been appointed team captain under the new management regime of Sinclair, assistant manager Gus Williams and coach Ashley Grimes, and he will have happy memories of his last visit to the Horsfall Stadium in 2011 when he scored a hat-trick in a convincing 4-1 Bay victory.
More encourgament for the Seagulls is that Bradford, after making an excellent start to this season following their promotion, have not been in the best of form lately, losing six of their last eight league games and winning only one.
Their manager John Deacey is contemplating changes after saying he could take few positives from last Saturday's 1-0 defeat away to Gloucester City.
Colwyn Bay will be without forward Jason Lampkin because of a hamstring injury and John McKenna is still not 100 per cent fit after a similar injury, so Sinclair may not risk him with a heavy schedule of games coming up.
With former Northern Ireland Under-21 international Jon Breeze having been released by the club, Sinclair has named a squad of 16 for the game, including former Wrexham and Bangor player Jamie Crowther who is in line for a possible league debut.
Colwyn Bay (from): Sanna, Taylor, Smyth, Williams, Lea, Crowther, Evans, Joyce, Byrne, Meecham, Hopley, Miley, McKenna, Roberts, Sinclair, Gnahoua.