SECOND-PLACED Rhyl look like having to face danger side Haverfordwest County in far-off west Wales today without experienced pair Lee Hunt and James Brewerton.
Striker Hunt completes his three-match ban today but Brewerton had to come off after collecting a knee injury in his recuperative run-out with the reserves against Glan Conwy in midweek and is doubtful.
“It never rains but it pours,” said boss John Hulse. “Just as it was looking as if James would be back in contention he gets this set-back. We’re hoping it was just one of those niggling knocks and won’t prove too serious but I’m not expecting him to be fit in time for the Haverfordwest trip.”
Brighter prospects surround Jimmy Kelly, who has resumed training and is a strong contender for a return today, as Rhyl look to keep maximum-points leaders Llanelli in their sights after securing a 2-1 win over Newtown last Tuesday.
“Again it was the familiar story of missed chances after having 98% of the play and just scraping through by the odd goal,” said frustrated Hulse.
“Dave Cameron wasted a sitter when it looked easier to score than miss. That would have killed the game and that’s been the worrying pattern too often for our own good.
“We really must start making our supremacy pay by finishing teams off before these wasted chances start costing us vital points.”
Hulse is under no illusions about the size of today’s test against a County side that has remained in the top four and won 2-1 at Carmarthen in midweek having hit Connah’s Quay Nomads for six last Saturday.
Meanwhile, captain Eifion Jones is doubtful with a hamstring injury before Caernarfon Town’s home game today against Neath Athletic, writes Keith Evans.
Centre-back Jones withdrew from the Rhyl match at half time a week ago and did not make Wednesday’s visit to Llangefni Town.
Caernarfon’s manager Steve O’Shaughnessy said: “We will see how Eifion is late on, but if there is the possibility of aggravating the injury then he will not be risked.”
Otherwise, Town will bank on the squad who registered a 2-1 win at Llangefni.
O’Shaughnessy said: “We were not at our best and still won, which cannot be bad, and obviously we want to keep this little success run going.”
The Canaries’ best ever start has seen them gain three wins and three draws – but the manager will warn against complacency.
“I saw Neath play at Connah’s Quay and they are very well organised, with the front pair looking quite lively,” he said.
Gwyn Peters and Mark Harris may be added to the squad, which is again without key striker Chris Noone who is now banned after his dismissal in a five-a-side event.