Tomorrow we make the trip down the A55 to the Welsh coastal town of Colwyn Bay, as we look to extend our points haul on the road at the Four Crosses Construction Arena.
The venue is probably best remembered as where "that run" ended, as Ben Hardcastle smashed an unstoppable 25 yard shot into the roof of the net late on to secure a much needed 3 points. The victory came at a cost though as new signing Jack Kenny was on the receiving end of a challenge that resulted in hospital treatment.
Early this season, The Bay perfomed a smash and grab at the Skuna Stadium as goalkeeper Greg Hartley was incorrectly sent off for handball outside the box, despite clearly heading it, a point proven with video evidence. Colls were offered immediate redemption as they were victorious in our FA Cup game a mere 5 days later. However, the injustice of the league game still resonates.
Soon after those games, the club lost their manager Alan Morgan with his assistant Craig Hogg stepping into the hot seat. Hogg moved quickly to strengthen the squad bringing in keeper Andy Coughlin and former Colls frontman Ashley Woods. The club recently received the massive boost that last season's top scorer Astley Mulholland has returned following a spell at Conference club Barrow.
The Seagulls are another club in this division with an incredibly rich history, with a past encompassing numerous Welsh and English leagues. The pinnacle of this was at the start of the decade when they spent four seasons in the Conference North.
With Colls falling victim to the weather last week, Colwyn Bay's game at Leek Town got the green light but the same weather front that arrived in Atherton soon after 2pm hit Shropshire leading to the early abandonment of the game.
For Colls, James Kirby picked up a foot injury at Radcliffe whilst Adam Farrell who has been on loan at Prestwich Heys has picked up a hamstring injury. Josh Messer is still suffering from a groin injury and could be out until new year, whilst Glenn Matthews is getting some game time at Ashton Athletic.
Photo: David Featherstone
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