NEWTOWN will be aiming for another resilient display as they continue their battle for Welsh Premier survival in today’s home game with Haverfordwest.
Fourth-from-bottom Robins turned in one of their best performances of the season to earn a 2-2 draw at title-chasing Rhyl last weekend. And the visitors were only denied a victory by a last-minute goal.
Manager Darren Ryan expects that display should give his charges confidence to push on and climb the table.
“It showed we have the ability to compete with the top teams,” he said. “I can’t fault the lads for their attitude and commitment, but that result will hopefully also give them a bit more confidence.
“We would have taken a draw on the coach going up, but the way the game went it was very disappointing only to get a point.
“We’ve now set our stall out, and we need to kick on from last week as we’ve got three home games coming up.”
Sean Butler will play his final game before leaving the club, but defenders Rob King and Gary Price are close to fitness.
Ryan has also signed four players from Merthy on dual forms – centre forwards Tom Billing and Rhys Carpenter along with central midfielder Grant Thomas and right winger Jonathan Kift.
One of the forwards could be included in the squad today while at the other end of the field keeper Jon Rowley has been given the backing of the management team, despite a late blunder that handed Rhyl a point.