FORM side Bangor City aim to build on a 6-1 midweek romp at Newi Cefn Druids in back-to-back clashes with Aberystwyth Town.
Today’s league contest at Farrar Road will be followed by a Welsh Cup fourth-round clash at Park Avenue next weekend.
“They are both massive games for us”, said City’s manager Nev Powell, whose side have lost just six games out of 24.
Powell added: “Aberystwyth are always a tough side to beat but we are really buzzing and that 6-1 show at Newi Cefn Druids on Tuesday was unbelievable at times.”
New signing Karl Noon, the 21-year-old striker from Southport, is added to the squad alongside centre-back Michael Johnston, whose loan from Tranmere up to this weekend has been extended to the end of the season.
Team captain Marc Limbert misses out though suspension and Chris Seargeant faces a late fitness test.
Aberystwyth boss Brian Coyne believes his side can make the today’s trip north in good spirits after back-to-back wins have revitalised their campaign, writes John Bridgwater.
The Black and Greens will need to be at their best as they gear up for a week that also sees a league cup semi-final clash with Llanelli on Tuesday followed by next Saturday¹s Welsh Cup meeting.
“Bangor are going well,”said Coyne. “They are certainly one of the teams to beat, but we can go there in good heart after a couple of wins.
“We know it’s going to be difficult, but we’ve got quite a good track record against them.”
Forward Stuart Roberts is back in contention after suspension ruled him out of recent games, including the midweek 2-1 success against Caersws in what was Aber’s first home game since Boxing Day.
Midfielder Gavin Cadwallader is set for another run-out for the reserves as he continues his comeback following a 10-week lay-off with a knee injury, but Glyndwr Hughes remains sidelined.
“We looked a bit rusty, but in the second half looked a lot better and just about deserved to win,” added Coyne. “They had a couple of chances but so did we.”
Meanwhile, Caersws have been told to cut out the lapses as they battle to climb clear of basement trouble in the coming weeks.
Despite a mini-revival, the Bluebirds continue to languish just above the relegation zone after that midweek 2-1 reverse.
“We did well in the first half and could have been a couple of goals up but we did not get going in the second,” admitted manager Mike Barton. “We conceded right at the start of the second half and never really recovered from that and were over-run in midfield at times.
“Overall we defended well, but conceded two sloppy goals. If we’re going to get up table, we’ve got to start taking our chances and cut out the lapses.”
Barton, whose side face Llanelli today, was encouraged by the debuts of left-back Mark Davies, on loan from TNS, and former Llandyrnog forward Jon Slater.
Aaron Edwards, whose energy in midfield was sorely missed in Tuesday night’s defeat, returns from suspension.
”They’ll bomb balls at us from everywhere, so we’ve got to apply ourselves properly,” added Barton.