TITLE candidates Rhyl have received a boost ahead of today’s trip to Newtown.
Star striker Andy Moran, who was worryingly stretchered off in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Welshpool, is back in contention and a late fitness test could see him in action at Latham Park.
“At first we feared he could be out for some while but fortunately it was only badly bruised,” said relieved manager John Hulse yesterday.
“Both Andy and Stuart Graves, who also collected a knock at Welshpool, have had a couple of training sessions since so it’ll be a last minute decision about them playing.”
Connal Murtagh is sidelined for a further week as he regains full fitness and Lee Hunt is also expected to delay his return to the senior side.
“We have deliberately gone for a fair-sized squad this season, providing a wide balance of players rather than bringing in a few individual high-fliers and putting all our eggs in one basket,” said the Rhyl boss.
“It’s paying off because even with four or five players nursing injuries we are still in a strong position to cover the situation and we’ll be going to Newtown looking to come away with the three points.”
After enduring the sub-standard pitch at Welshpool, manager Hulse is relishing playing on the spacious Newtown ground.
He said: “It is a big surface with excellent facilities and we know Newtown will be properly prepared for what is going to be another hard test.”
Caersws bid to forget their Carmarthen nightmare as they gear up for today's home derby with Welshpool Town, writes John Bridgwater.
The Bluebirds were shot down 7-1 by the West Wales visitors at the Recreation Ground last week, their worst league defeat on home soil in 11 years.
Manager Mickey Evans is now banking on a swift riposte after a disappointing night in which his side conceded five first-half goals.
"We've got to bounce back and show it was a one-off," he said. "The lads have worked hard in training and want to get out on the pitch again and put that result behind them.
"There are no excuses. We were outplayed by a better side and we can't hide from the fact it was an embarrassing result.
"There's nothing we can do about it now, but to make sure we try to put it right against Welshpool. It's a chance for the lads to redeem themselves."
Defender Hugh Clarke remains on the sidelines with a knee problem, but Jack Bermingham has started training following injury.
Welshpool, meanwhile, will hope to stretch their unbeaten run to six games.
The two sides have met twice this season in the Loosemores Cup, with Caersws winning 1-0 at Maesydre while theydrew 1-1 in the return.
Pool chief Tommi Morgan is anticipating another tough encounter, but his plans are hampered by injuries following last Sunday's 1-1 draw with Rhyl.
Right-back Geraint Windsor has suffered a recurrence of a groin injury, defender Brett Jefferies has a bruised foot while midfielder Ceri James is rated 50-50 with a hamstring strain.
Morgan was satisfied with his side's efforts in drawing with Rhyl, although the game was not a great spectacle in difficult, blustery conditions.
"Rhyl are a top side, so to get a point was a bonus," he said.