NEW Connah’s Quay Nomads signing Paul Carville from Caernarfon Town could be handed his debut in today’s Welsh Cup fourth-round tie against danger side Llandudno.
“We’ve checked with the Welsh FA and been assured that Paul is not cup-tied,” said Nomads boss Neville Powell. “He wasn’t in Caernarfon’s side that went out of the competition early on so he is eligible for us.”
Carville just missed being registered in time for last week’s 0-0 league draw against The New Saints, while another addition to that squad is defender Dave Swannick, back from a one-match suspension.
Powell knows that Llandudno are a serious threat.
“They are guaranteed to give us a run and I’m sure they’ll prove tough to beat again although so far we haven’t conceded a single goal in the Cup this season,” added Powell.
One player who could figure prominently today is Adam Dickinson, now that Southport’s bid to land the young striker has fallen through.
“The deal didn’t suit any of the parties and the next window isn’t open until August,” said Powell.
Llandudno Town will have one squad change – Joe Morgan in, Steve McElroy out – today, writes Keith Evans.
An injury doubt concerns joint player-manager Grant Montgomery, who has a pulled hamstring and is rated as 50-50.
The Seasiders’ other boss James Cornish ran the rule over Nomads in their goal-less draw with TNS last weekend.
He said: “Nomads looked very good indeed and, whereas we held them to one goal in a game a few years ago, they are a far superior side nowadays.
“We have nothing to lose there, and everything to gain, and there will be no pressure on our lads whatsoever.
“All we can do is to play things tight, hope to go in at half time at 0-0 or with just one goal in it, because if the situation is otherwise, and we are two or three goals down, then it will be hopeless.
“It will be vital, too, that we keep our composure and discipline, because we have had too many dismissals to operate with 10 men against opponents of this calibre.”
Meanwhile, Newtown could hand a debut to at least one striker as they gear up for today’s tricky fourth-round tie at full-timers Llanelli, writes John Bridgwater.
The Robins go into the encounter as underdogs, but will be aware the hosts have endured a disappointing run that has seen them go six Welsh Premier games without a win.
Boss Darren Ryan is forced into changes, but will be bolstered by the arrival of 19-year-old forward Marcus Sharrad, a former rookie with Cheltenham Town.
And the Robins chief has also not given up on experienced campaigner Tony Bird, the former Swansea City and Barry Town marksman, who could also appear today.
“We could have a new strike partnership,” said Ryan. “We need someone to hold the ball up and Tony would do that.”
However, defence could prove a concern with Rob Williams and Mark Davies, both on loan from TNS, not playing in case they are needed in the cup by the Saints.
Ryan is relishing the trip to Llanelli, adding: “I’ve told the lads that the pressure’s off them as Llanelli are the favourites. We’ve got nothing to lose.”