JOHN HULSE is awaiting late fitness tests on key pair Lee Hunt and Stuart Graves ahead of today’s first top-flight clash between Rhyl and Llangefni at Talwrn Road.
Both took knocks during last week’s 2-1 blow against full-timers Llanelli in Rhyl’s first home defeat since November 2005.
“We had a great deal of possession and always looked dangerous but now that our long unbeaten run is ended we must start building a new one,” said Hulse.
Not that he is making any assumptions about the outcome at Llangefni despite their hosts’ mixed start.
”They have done very well to get where they are and I’m sure they will be as keen as we are to get a result, so we are preparing for a real battle,” he said.
Rhyl will be without both suspended striker David Cameron and James Brewerton, who is still troubled with a knee injury.
Long-term absentee Chris Sharp, who sustained a double fracture of the leg in last season’s Uefa Cup, is expected to turn out for Rhyl’s Welsh Alliance League side in today’s home game against Llandudno Junction.
Llangefni Town have no illusions about their huge task today, writes Keith Evans.
Manager Adie Jones said: “Rhyl are a massive club in Welsh Premier terms, are even stronger this season than last and can score goals all over the pitch.”
Llangefni‘s only change sees ex-Rhyl forward Dylan Owen reinstated for Kevin Lloyd, who is out with an ankle problem.
Aberystwyth boss Brian Coyne hailed new striker Jamie Reed ahead of today’s home clash with Welshpool Town, writes John Bridgwater.
Reed, on loan from Wrexham until January, netted a hat-trick in Aber’s stunning 5-1 victory over The New Saints last Sunday.
Welshpool will be checking on the fitness of three key players.
Calvin Davies is suffering with tendonitis and fellow marksman Steve Rogers has a hamstring problem, but midfielder Ross Stephens is expected to be fit after a flu bug.
Pool have put seven days’ notice of approach on former player Brett Jefferies, currently with Caernarfon Town.