Moss brothers cleared for Celtic game
COLWYN BAY will have Chester-based brothers Louis and Ed Moss available for Tuesday's opening home game against Stalybridge Celtic (7.45pm).
They had to be left out at the last minute last weekend when their international clearance failed to come through in time, but that has now been sorted.
"It is a relief and means we will have a stronger squad to choose from," said player-boss Frank Sinclair.
Rob Hopley and Cameron Darkwah, however, are still suspended and although Ade Akinbiyi is in the squad he is unlikely to be involved as the manager wants to give him a bit longer to build up his fitness after being sidelined with a hamstring strain.
John McKenna is expected to have recovered from a kick on the ankle which forced his substitution at Histon last Saturday, and is included in a 17-man squad.
Sinclair was still waiting this afternoon for a call from Pascal Chimbonda, who was due to fly back from France today after thinking over the Seagulls offer of a short term contract - but in any case it would be too late for him to be involved against Stalybridge.
One of Sinclair's priorities this season is to improve Colwyn Bay's home record after they lost 13 of their 21 home league games last season.
"Whatever league you are in you need to pick up points at home; that's very important and something we most improve," he said. "Also, the more points you can get on the board early in the season the less pressure is on you so we need to get our season up and running.
"Stalybridge, however, will feel the same after getting a bit of hammering last Saturday and we can expect them to be looking to up their game quite a lot," added Sinclair.
Stalybridge says "the only way is up" after their side were left smarting from a 4-0 home defeat against Hednesford Town last Saturday.
They looked vulnerable at set pieces in that game, but have a big threat up front in former Wrexham striker Obi Anorou who was on loan at Vauxhall Motors last season.
Colwyn Bay: (from) Sanna, Ollerenshaw, Taylor, Lea, Sinclair, Smyth, McKenna, Evans, Crowther, Connor, Ellison, Ennis, Louis Moss, Ed Moss, Matthews, Meadowcroft, Akinbiyi