CONNAH’S Quay Nomads welcome back Gary Pinch to face Haverfordwest in another big test for the relegation-threatened Deesiders.
The defender returns from a one-match ban.
Nomads chief Jim Hackett said: “We’re always a better side with Gary in it and his influence and experience is going to be a big lift.”
Last week’s game at Newtown not only resulted in a 4-1 defeat but also cost Nomads the services of new goalkeeper Adam Bedford, signed from Christleton who fractured two fingers on his debut.
”We learned later that he had broken the fingers in the first 10 minutes which is really bad luck for the lad and obviously rules him out for some while,” added Hackett.
Fortunately regular keeper Paul Pritchard is available again, but youngster Michael Cronshaw is ruled out as he is on duty with Wales under-18s.
Long-term injured pair Adam Dickinson and Chris Williams are still sidelined but Wes Kilgannon, named the league’s player of the month for December, continues.
“We are aiming to pick up points here and there as best we can and hope the sides below us keep losing,” added the manager.
Nomads’ previous encounter with Haverfordwest early in the season was a memorable chapter of horrors.
“It took us six-and-a-half hours to get there and every shot they took at goal ended up in the back of the net,” recalled the manager.
“We ended up losing 6-2 for our first defeat of the season in a day of catastrophe from start to finish, so let’s hope our fates are reversed to even things out.”