A DEFENDER who has been converted this season into a prolific striker could pose the biggest threat to Colwyn Bay’s FA Cup ambitions today.
The Seagulls entertain North West Counties League side Congleton Town in a preliminary round clash at Llanelian Road this afternoon (3pm) and will come up against Matt Haddrell, who has scored seven in his last four games.
Haddrell was a central defender at his last club Leek Town, but Congleton have used him as a forward this term and he has responded by becoming the NWCL’s leading scorer.
“He is big, strong and experienced and we’re expecting him to be a real handful,” said Bay boss Gary Finley, who watched Haddrell score in Congleton’s 2-1 victory at Maine Road on Tuesday.
“It will be a tough game, but if we keep playing like we have done since the start of the season we can go through to the next round.”
The only doubt for the Bay ahead of the tie is striker Neil Black, who had to go off at half time of Monday’s 1-1 draw at Stocksbridge with a back injury, but Finley is optimistic he will be fit.
Mark Quayle is poised to replace him if necessary.
Colwyn enter today’s encounter as the only unbeaten side in Unibond Division One South following away draws at Belper and Stocksbridge and resounding home wins over Warrington Town and Shepshed Dynamo.
Victory will give Finley’s side a home tie against Yorkshire side Parkgate or Alsager Town on Saturday, September 15.