ALTHOUGH Colwyn Bay have already beaten Kidsgrove Athletic at home this season, Seagulls manager Gary Finley is expecting a tougher test when his men visit the Stan Brown Stadium for a return Unibond Division One South clash this afternoon (kick-off 3pm).
Eleven days ago goals from Neil Black and John Boardman earned the Bay a 2-0 victory over the Stoke-on-Trent outfit at Llanelian Road, but Finley knows that result does not guarantee a repeat success today.
“No two games are the same,” said the Colwyn chief. “Just because we beat them at home it doesn’t give us a divine right to another three points, but if our organisation and attitude is good there is no reason why we can’t produce the right result.”
Bay remain unbeaten in all competitions this term, a run of nine matches which has lifted them to third in the league and landed them a glamour trip to Blue Square Conference North outfit Barrow in the FA Cup second qualifying round.
“The longer the run goes on the more it becomes a pride thing with the lads that they want to keep the record going,” added Finley.
“We’re really pleased the way things are going, but it’s only nine games into the season – it’s very early days.”
Finley reports no injuries ahead of today’s game with joint top scorers Black and John Lawless among those looking to boost their goals tally.
The chance to take on mighty Barrow a week today in the FA Cup has caused plenty of excitement in the Colwyn Bay camp.
“We’ll be going there as underdogs so there’ll be no pressure on us,” said Finley. “There’ll be over 1,000 there, the pitch is very good and although it will be a tough game I’m confident we can put up a good performance.”