CONNAH’S Quay Nomads boss Jim Hackett will be back at the helm for tonight’s home league clash with Newtown after missing Tuesday’s Loosemore’s Cup defeat at the hands of predecessor Neville Powell’s Bangor City.
Hackett, who attended a family celebration, said: “I understand the youngsters did well before running out of steam late on as the step-up in level eventually took its toll.
“They were far from disgraced or over-run but now we have to get back to league business and make sure we are in contention for the vital points at stake.”
The manager will be without striker Adam Dickinson, whose knee troubles will take several more weeks to clear up, but Stuart White was has been able to train following a groin strain and could return tonight.
Hackett added: “We want to make our home games count and if we maintain the form we have shown so far then we are entitled to feel optimistic.”
Newtown hope to bring back their big guns as they look for improved fortunes on their travels, writes John Bridgwater.
Their last away game ended in a 5-1 drubbing at Port Talbot, so boss Darren Ryan is anxious for improvement tonight, more so after seeing a much-changed Robins side slump by a similar scoreline at home to Caersws in Tuesday’s Loosemores Cup.
“Defeat hurts, particularly with it being against Caersws, but I had no qualms in throwing some of the youngsters in and I would do it again,” Ryan said.
“It was a disappointing result in the end, but the young lads will realise the standard they’ve got to aspire to.”
Hugh Clarke (Achilles) and fellow defender Danny Jellicoe (knee) could return while left sided midfielder Daniel Hooper is set to make his debut. Colin Loss, Richard Williams Cooke and Craig Moses could also be included.