WANT-AWAY striker Lee Hunt will miss Rhyl’s Welsh Premier League clash with Haverfordwest County at Belle Vue today through suspension.
Hunt was transfer-listed at his own request last week after complaining in a letter to club officials about what he perceives as the unfair treatment he gets at the hands of referees. The 18-goal top scorer, who wants a move to the English pyramid, is banned today for an accumulation of cards.
“Lee is suspended for Saturday, but we’re hoping he’ll be available for the League Cup tie against Bangor on Tuesday and the Welsh Cup game at Haverfordwest next weekend,” said Lilywhites manager John Hulse.
Defender Carl Ruffer, who missed last weekend’s 3-1 victory over Caernarfon through flu, had not trained up until Thursday and a late decision will be made on his fitness.
Waynne Phillips admitted Newi Cefn Druids‘ six-goal drubbing at the hands of Bangor City was unacceptable and is looking for his side to bounce back in their home clash with Port Talbot, writes John Bridgwater.
The Ancients continue to languish close to the relegation zone after being swept aside 6-1 by in-form Bangor, meaning they have now conceded 11 goals from their last two home outings.
“When we lose, we seem to lose heavily which, with the calibre of players we have at the club, is unacceptable,“ said joint boss Phillips.
“Bangor were the best I‘ve come across this season, but we made it easy for them as we did not compete and were second to every ball.
“The manner of defeat hurts and the players have to have a good look at themselves.
“I was embarrassed walking off the pitch with us trailing 5-0 at half time. I felt let down by the players.
“A lot of us did not perform like we can, including myself, and it showed that we are nowhere near the sides above us in the table.
“But it is not acceptable the way we seem to collapse in games once we go two goals down. We need to turn it around.”
Defender Timmy Edwards and midfielder Geraint Lewis are both unavailable, but Aled Rowlands returns to help shore up the leaking defence.
There were a few positives from the midweek debacle, with new signing Karl Connolly giving a few glimpses of what he can do in an improved second-half display.
“I felt sorry for Karl making his debut in a game like that,“ added Phillips.
Airbus UK Broughton hope to continue their push towards safety when they make the trek to Carmarthen Town.
Following a much needed 1-0 win over Port Talbot in their last action, player-boss Gareth Owen knows his side need to keep up the good work.
“We dug in against Port Talbot, and battled hard to keep a clean sheet,” he said. “But we’re not counting our chickens as there’s still a long way to go.”
Defender Mark Allen and midfielder Alan Hooley are still both suspended due to their side’s lack of action.