BANGOR City intend to return to business as usual today by adding Farrar Road visitors Welshpool Town to their list of conquests.
Nev Powell’s team had gone 11 games unbeaten – and 21 for just one loss – before league leaders and champions The New Saints edged a 2-1 result at their Oswestry ground last Saturday.
City’s manager said: “We were very close to getting a point against TNS, and would have deserved it because the lads played well yet again.
“That game is behind us now and we want to resume our normal winning ways to maintain the push for success in the league and Welsh Cup.”
The Farrar Road spectacle sees fourth place taking on sixth, with the rivals three points apart.
Powell said: “In a way it is a six-pointer, because if we win, we will open up a sizeable gap above them.”
City have a score to settle with Welshpool, who won their home game 2-0 on September 15, and will defend a record of not having lost to today’s hosts in seven previous clashes.
Bangor will be without midfielder Mike Walsh, who has a one-match ban after five yellow cards, while right-back Dave Swanick will check a sore ankle.
A new signing is goalkeeper Andy Price who has been training with Tranmere Rovers and is wanted as cover for first choice Paul Smith.
Welshpool Town will be without four players through suspension, writes John Bridgwater.
Midfielders Ross Stephens and Dave Cunnah are both banned for one game, while defenders Geraint Windsor and Brett Jefferies serve two-match suspensions.
Defender John Keegan is also out through injury.
“Bangor have been going well,” said manager Tomi Morgan. “It was always going to be difficult even if we didn't have so many players out.”
Welshpool's bid to strengthen their side has had a mixed response, with Caersws striker Neil Mitchell turning down a proposed switch to Maesydre but Porthmadog defender Kyle Jacobs joining the club.
Meanwhile, The New Saints travel to one of their least favoured hunting grounds today as they bid to keep their title charge firmly on track.
Having stretched their unbeaten run in the league to 19 games, the pacesetters could hardly be in better shape as they make the trek to Port Talbot.
But boss Ken McKenna is wary that his title chasers have not won in their previous three visits to the Remax Stadium, where the steelworks side inflicted a 2-1 defeat last season.
"It's always a battle against Port Talbot,” he said. “They raise their game and have often done well against us. We know what to expect – it won't be any different this time but it's a good place to go and play.
"After losing our first two games, our lads have been superb and some of their best performances have been away from home."
The Saints hope to have midfielder Jamie Wood and defender Tommy Holmes back in contention after missing last weekend's win over Bangor.
John Leah and Steven Beck could again miss out while the strike duo of Ronnie Morgan and Mike Wilde are long-term absentees.
The Saints will be hoping for better luck with the weather after making the midweek trek to Carmarthen only for their FAW Premier Cup tie to be postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
It was the second time that TNS have made a wasted trip south this season, with their showdown at Llanelli before Christmas also coming a cropper.