RHYL manager John Hulse will again be without key player Jimmy Kelly for tonight’s game against Newtown at Belle Vue.
Kelly missed Rhyl’s 1-0 win at Caernarfon on Saturday and is once more sidelined as his injured knee needs more time to heal.
“I’m hoping he will be able to do some light training in the week with a chance of being available for Saturday’s game at Haverfordwest,” said the Rhyl chief.
But better news for Hulse is that striker David Cameron has completed his three-match suspension and looks set for a welcome return.
He and strike partner Lee Hunt were among the six absentees at Caernarfon as they serve out respective three-match bans.
Hunt has two more to go before he can resume but Hulse still believes that Rhyl’s lack of goals is masking their true command of matches.
“We had 90 per cent of the play at Caernarfon and were never in the slightest trouble,” he said.
“We were in control from start to finish and had two cast-iron penalties turned down in a game we could have won four or five nil.”
Still annoyed at being deprived of his cutting edge by the “stupid actions” of Cameron and Hunt in getting themselves red-carded, Hulse expects to have a stronger squad available to face Newtown.
“People seem to think we have an enormous squad here, but in fact it’s actually smaller than at some other clubs,” he added.
Despite Newtown’s lowly sixth-from-bottom rating with just one win to their name, the Rhyl boss is preparing for a demanding test as he looks to lift the Lilywhites into second spot.
Said Hulse: “They always make it difficult for the opposition and we will need to realise that if we are to keep the show on the road.”
Darren Ryan is confident his Newtown side are heading in the right direction, writes John Bridgwater.
The Robins, with a number of new faces this term, went down 1-0 at home to Carmarthen Town on Saturday. But Ryan is upbeat after witnessing a steady improvement on the pitch.
“It was disappointing as I couldn’t fault the effort, but the pleasing thing is that we’re getting better and better with every game, and it’s a massive improvement on last year,” He said. “It’s a tough one at Rhyl, but we’ve shown we can compete with the top teams.”
Richard Williams Cooke and Mattie Lewis are both struggling with injuries, while newcomer Tommy Mutton is unavailable.
Meanwhile, Welshpool travel to Port Talbot tonight seeking to extend their four-match winning run.
Manager Tomi Morgan, whose side beat Bangor 2-0 at the weekend, said: “After winning three on the road, it was important to keep it going at home. If we had lost, it would have been hard going down to Port Talbot where anything we get will be a bonus.”