North Wales Weekly News - - SPORT - BY TIM CHAN­NON

WITH just one win in their last nine league and cup games, Col­wyn Bay boss Frank Sinclair knows he is un­der pres­sure ahead of this week­end’s fes­tive dou­ble-header against Stock­port County and Hyde.

The 13th-placed Seag­ulls travel to Edge­ley Park to take on Stock­port, who lie eighth, on Box­ing Day and then this Sun­day are home to bot­tom-of-the-ta­ble Hyde. Both matches kick off at 3pm.

Sinclair de­scribed last week­end’s dis­mal 4-1 home de­feat to Soli­hull Moors as pos­si­bly the worst per­for­mance in nearly two years since he has been man­ager.

He ad­mit­ted: “We were sec­ond best all over the park and I have told the play­ers if it doesn’t im­prove I will have to make changes or else the board will make changes (to the man­age­ment team).”

In­juries to skip­per Marc Wil­liams (foot), who could be out for a while, and striker Rob Ho­p­ley (knee) have added to his wor­ries and he added: “We are up against it and are work­ing hard to try and bring some play­ers in to help us out.

“We have a mas­sive sched­ule of games com­ing up and we have to pro­duce some re­sults or we could face the pos­si­bil­ity of be­ing dragged into a rel­e­ga­tion fight, which no­body wants.”

That would be a huge turn­around from the start of Novem­ber when the Seag­ulls were in the top 10 of the Con­fer­ence North and Sinclair was op­ti­mistic about launch­ing a chal­lenge for the play-off places.

The run of poor re­sults since then, stem­ming from the shat­ter­ing FA Cup de­feat to War­ring­ton Town, has be­come a real con­cern with just six points gained out of possi- ble 24 in the league.

Fri­day’s visit to Stock­port will be another huge chal­lenge, mak­ing Sun­day’s game against a Hyde side that have picked up only one point from 12 away league games all the more im­por­tant.

While the Bay have lost only one of their 10 away league games, last Satur­day was their sev­enth home de­feat of the cam­paign.

They have the worst home record in the di­vi­sion – even be­hind rock bot­tom Hyde – and Sinclair knows he has to find a so­lu­tion to that on­go­ing prob­lem.

Some woe­ful de­fend­ing against Soli­hull saw them 3-0 down to a hat-trick inside 36 min­utes from league top-scorer Omar Bogle and in the end only a se­ries of saves by keeper Josh Olleren­shaw in the sec­ond half pre­vented a more em­bar­rass­ing score­line be­fore Wes Baynes got a late con­so­la­tion goal.

Sinclair said af­ter­wards: “We went back­wards two years to­day to when I played in a team which showed no de­sire or care to win a game of foot­ball.

“I’ve been bru­tally hon­est with the play­ers that it is not good enough.

“I’m go­ing to have to go away and re­flect on it and see how I can im­prove us as a group.

“Ob­vi­ously we’ve had a cou­ple of big knocks with Tom Buckley go­ing this week (to Sal­ford City) and now the in­juries to Marc Wil­liams, who could be out for a while, and Rob Ho­p­ley which leaves us up against it, but I wanted to see more char­ac­ters on the pitch to­day and peo­ple pre­pared to fight for the cause and we didn’t have it.”

At least the Bay will have An­thony Stephens, badly missed last week­end, back in de­fence for the Christ­mas games after serv­ing a onematch sus­pen­sion.


Marc Wil­liams (left – claret and blue) and Obi Anoruo ap­ply pres­sure on the Stock­port goal.

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