NOMADS boss Jim Hackett has told his side to be positive but relaxed about today’s tough test against reigning champions The New Saints on the only Astroturf surface in the League.
“It’ll be different, that’s for sure, but we go there with nothing to lose and everything to gain,” said Hackett.
“Not many sides expect to win there so whatever we get out of it will be a bonus and that must be an incentive for us to show what we can do.”
Hackett has no injury problems or suspensions to worry about following Nomads 1-0 win over neighbours Airbus UK in midweek to give them their third victory in six starts – losing just once.
“We’ve started strongly and surprised one or two people and with a full-strength squad available again we can look forward to what is always a big match at the champions,” said the Nomads chief.
The New Saints, back on track following a shaky start, will bid to reel off their fifth straight win, writes John Bridgwater.
Following their last-gasp 1-0 success at Porthmadog in midweek, the defending champions are now ominously back among the leading pack, six points behind Llanelli.
And manager Ken McKenna accepts his side need to continue the momentum against a Nomads side who have often struggled on their trips to TNS.
“If we can keep our run going with two or three more wins, then it would be an okay start after losing our first two games,” he said.
The Saints will be out to make it a hat-trick of wins on their artificial pitch, but will again be without striker Ronnie Morgan who twisted his back in training having netted for the reserves last weekend.