HOLDERS Caersws continue their defence of the Loosemores Cup tonight at Newtown.

The Bluebirds made a creditable start with a 0-0 draw in their opening group game against Welshpool, but since then they have suffered two Welsh Premier defeats against Airbus and The New Saints.

And they must now lift themselves after a 6-0 hammering at the Saints’ new Park Hall base last Saturday.

Manager Mike Barton has a number of new signings in the pipeline, including Newtown’s Sean Butler and Penrhyncoch’s Sion Meredith, the former Aberystwyth and Welshpool midfielder.

However, there are unlikely to be any significant changes for tonight’s action as the Bluebirds look for a steadying display.

“The lads were naturally down after last Saturday, and we need to get a few new people in as soon as possible,” said Barton.

“We didn’t work hard enough to close down TNS, but that game has gone now.

“We’ve got to lift ourselves for what is going to be another tough game.”

Newtown, meanwhile, are forced to ring the changes as they look to make a winning start to their Loosemores Cup campaign.

The Robins go into the tie in good heart following last weekend’s 4-2 win over Porthmadog, but will be without injured defenders Hugh Clarke and Danny Jellicoe.

Striker Craig Moses and midfielder Colin Loss are also unavailable.

“My plans were to put out a strong side, but it will give some of the younger lads a chance,” said manager Darren Ryan who is aiming to sign a defender and forward in the coming weeks.