County v Colwyn Bay FA Trophy Preview

Time for another brief break from the Vanarama Conference North and an opportunity to improve on a fairly poor FA Trophy record. In the three year since County first played in the competition that has been running since 1969 they have lost in their first tie twice, recording just 1 win in 7 attempts.


Colwyn Bay's last five results are:

1 Nov A v Brackley Town Drew 1-1
8 Nov H v Bradford Park Avenue Drew 0-0
15 Nov A v Gainsborough Trinity Lost 3-6
22 Nov H v Gloucester City Won 3-1
25 Nov H v Harrogate Town Lost 0-1

Although Colwyn Bay are lying below half way they have an impressive away record this season. Their first League defeat came at Gainsborough although they did lose at FA Cup giant-killers Warrrington Town in mid-October.


The Colwyn Bay side who lost at home to Harrogate in mid-week.:

NamePosKnown Previous Clubs
Liam Sharpe G Manchester C, Leicester C, Glyndwr Acad, L to Colwyn Bay
Danny Taylor D Shrewsbury T,  Airbus UK Broughton, Colwyn Bay, Chester
Louis Moss D Wrexham, Ventora Co Fusion, Vauxhall Motors
Anthony Stephens D Wrexham, Colwyn Bay(L)
Jonathan Royle M Wrexham, Colwyn Bay(L), L to Colwyn Bay
Chris Noone M Vauxhall Motors, Caernarfon T, Vauxhall Motors
Tom Buckley FB/M COUNTY,  Rochdale,  Woodley Sports,  Stalybridge Cel
Obi Anorou F Vauxhall Motors, Wrexham, Vauxhall Motors(L), Barrow, Hinckley U(L), Vauxhall Motors, Stalybridge Cel(L)
Rob Hopley F Macclesfield T, Winsford U, Leek T, Colwyn Bay, Chester
Marc Williams F Kidderminster H, Wrexham, Kidderminster H, Chester, Northwich Vic
Wes Baynes D Wrexham, Altrincham(L), Altrincham, Chester, AFC Telford U
Josh Ollerenshaw G Oldham Ath, Silsden(L), Mossley(L), Salford C(L), Altrincham, Curzon Ashton
Frank Sinclair D Chelsea, West Bromwich A(L), Leicester C, Burnley, Huddersfield T, Lincoln C, Wycombe W(L), Wrexham, Hendon
Prince Haywood M/FB Italian club, Hindsford, Stalybridge Cel
Adam Hodgson M -
Paulo Mendes F Estrela De Amadora [por], Associacao Desportiva [por], Sociedade Uniao [por]Buckley, Nantwich T, Vauxhall Motors

Manager Frank Sinclair has certainly rung the changes during the season to try and find some consistent form. The side that lost  on Tuesday night contained 6 who lined-up for the season kick-off. A relative newcomer, to the starting 11 although he has been on the book all season, was Tuesday nights' keeper Liam Sharpe. The former Manchester City youngster has not faced County before. He recently got back into the starting line-up ahead of Josh Ollerenshaw. 
Liam Sharpe.

Josh was Sinclair's regular first choice keeper missing just 3 Conference matches. He lost his place after returning from earning International honours. He made a late substitute appearance for England C in their 4-2 win against Estonia U23; a game in which former County men Andy Halls, Jon Nolan and Connor Jennings also played. Josh has an unbeaten competitive record against County, keeping us out in the past match detailed below, but we did put two goals past him in a pre-season Friendly in 2011 during his Altrincham days.
Obi Anouru

In their away games Colwyn Bay normally score at least once and the main danger in their line-up is Obi Anouro. His travels have took him around a few mainly North West non-league clubs and it is somewhat surprising this is the first time a Hatters defence will have had to cope with him. A midweek decision to release Vinny Mukendi means County won't be facing a player who wore a County shirt this season - Mukendi played a trial game for the Development Squad. There is however a slight County connection and the player concerned will need watching closely. Tom Buckley, who scored in 2 of the visitors' last 3 games, started out at County's Centre of Excellence before signing as a YTS at Rochdale.

Colwyn Bay


Bay's only previous visit saw them claim three points on a Bank Holiday Monday in August. County were still struggling to adjust to the lower level of football and in what turned out to be Ian Bogie's last home game in charge the visiting side's substitute Jamie Matthews got the only goal of the game with 13 minutes left.

Monday 26 August 2013 - Skrill Conference North
Stockport County 0
Colwyn Bay 1 (Matthews 77) att: 2,561
County: Ian Ormson, Kyle Jacobs, Stephen O'Halloran, Aman Verma, Jordan Fagbola, Kieran Charnock, Adriano Moké, Jamie Hand,  (Ian Craney) Kristian Dennis (Phil Jevons), Rhys Turner, Iain Howard (Brandon Windsor.)
Colwyn Bay: Josh Ollerenshaw, Danny Taylor, Michael Lea, Frank Sinclair, Tom Smyth, Ed Moss, Gareth Evans (John McKenna), Paul Ennis (Jamie Matthews), Rob Hopley, James Ellison, Cameron Darkwah (Jamie Crowther.)


This looks like a game that County could need to score twice at least to avoid being taken to a replay. With the management and fans much happier with the performance at Fylde that result means the team won't be going into the tie on the back of successive defeats. They do need to break the run of two games without a goal however. With Colwyn Bay's away record it will not be too much of a surprise if the game end up all level at full time .


There were a couple of midweek games in the Conference North. Tamworth continued their recent improvement and beat Brackley Town 2-1, climbing to 15th place in the process. The other game was the one involving our visitors.

Next week matches are scheduled for Monday (Hyde v Worcester City) and Tuesday (Chorley v Leamington, Tamworth v Lowestoft Town and of course County v AFC Fylde.) Presumably these are all subject to the results of this weekend's qualifying games.

Ian Watts


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