SAM DOWNEY is set to join the Seagulls ’50’ club when the league leaders play Llanidloes Town at the 4 Crosses Arena on Saturday (February 4th, 2pm).

The 28-year-old midfielder, who has missed only two games this season, folllows Joe Williams, Cai Owen and Lewis Sirrell who have all played their 50th game for the club in recent weeks.

Signed from Llandudno in January 2020, Sam played only four games before suffering a fractured fibula and although he played in a futile Nathaniel MG Cup tie against Buckley the following December, before the entire 2020/21 season was finally cancelled due to covid, it was July the following year before he was able to start playing regularly again.

He was an ever present in the side for 21/22 campaign, scoring his first goal for the Bay in 3-1 win at Llangefni, before being sidelined from January for seven games by another injury setback.

He has been pretty much a permanent fixture in Steve Evans’ team this season, however, taking over the captaincy when Tom McCready has been unavailable, and he will be hoping to help the side to a 19th consecutive league win on Saturday.

Llanidloes have gone 12 games (5 draws and 7 defeats) without a win since beating Buckley 4-1 in October, but the Bay had to come from 0-2 down to win 3-2 against them at Victoria Park in November and Bay boss Steve Evans warned: “Hopefully we don’t have to come from 0-2 down again, but we know its going to be a tough game and we’ll be ready for that.”

The club are holding a collection for Conwy Food Bank at this game. If you have any items to donate please bring them with you to the game and there will be people waiting at the gate to collect.

It’s a very difficult time of year for Conwy Food Bank and supplies are currently very low. Thanks in advance for your generosity.

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Sam Downey is set to make his 50th appearance for Bay