COLWYN Bay boss Gary Finley will check on knocks to recent signings John Lawless and Mark Quayle ahead of today’s big test against third-placed Stocksbridge Park Steels.
Former Aberystwyth and TNS star Lawless is nursing a hamstring injury while striker Quayle has a groin strain, but Finley is confident both will feature.
“They are niggles that they are playing through at the moment so we’ll make a final check closer to kick-off,” he said.
A month into his reign at the Bay and having hoisted the club back into the top five, Finley knows this is a particularly tough test for the Seagulls.
“I watched Stocksbridge play leaders Buxton on Wednesday and they are certainly a talented side,” he said.
“They ended up losing 1-0 but did enough to convince me that they are a strong outfit who will not easily be beaten.”
Bay can already claim that distinction having pipped Stocksbridge 1-0 in their away meeting on September 9 when a 78th-minute goal by Darren Wright secured the points.
“That was before my time but it would be nice if we could make it a double and keep this good run going,” added the Bay boss.
Lewis Callaghan and Tim Brandreth, last week’s scorers in the 2-0 victory over Shepshed, are set to retain their places in a side showing a strong resilience to conceding goals.
“We have an excellent defensive record at home in particular and sides find us difficult to break down,” said Finley. “Every game we go without losing helps build our confidence and that’s the way it’s proving.
“The lads are working for each other and they know that there’s a lot at stake in this game so there’ll be no holding back.”