NEWTOWN boss Darren Ryan admits several of the club’s rookies are pressing for a call-up as the Robins prepare for today’s Latham Park clash with new boys Neath.
The club’s young guns impressed in the Loosemores Challenge Cup at Welshpool in midweek and, despite losing 1-0, emerged with plenty of credit.
“I couldn’t fault anybody, it was the best all-round 90-minute performance of the season,” he said. “The young lads showed me they can step up and can push for places.
“It’s given me a headache for Saturday, and I’ll definitely be including some of them on the bench.”
Ryan, however, is likely to keep with faith with the same side that scraped a 2-1 win over Llangefni last weekend.
Front-runner Tommy Mutton, signed from Bangor City earlier this month, is set for his debut to further enhance the strike power.
Mutton could figure in a three-man attack along with the returning Marc Lloyd Williams and Craig Moses, but Ryan may decide to include the new signing just behind the front two in a 3-5-2 formation that worked well in midweek.
Defender Hugh Clarke and midfielder Colin Loss both face fitness checks, while Shane Sutton is still to feature.
The visit of newcomers Neath, who include ex-Robins defender Brian Showdery, will prove a big test for the hosts who are anxious to push into the top half of the table.
“They are well organised and strong so it is going to be a difficult game,” added Ryan. “It took us to Christmas to get eight points last season, but we’ve got there before October so we’re heading in the right direction.”