CONNAH’S Quay Nomads manager Neville Powell is targeting third place with a win over second-bottom Cwmbran at Flint today.
Boosted by the 1-0 midweek win over Newi Cefn Druids, Nomads are now only two points adrift of Welshpool – who themselves have a testing encounter at Haverfordwest today – so Powell wants his side to assert their Euro credentials with victory.
”We’ve kept three clean sheets in a row now and with Cwmbran’s problem being a lack of goals, if ever we are entitled to feel optimistic about our chances this must be it,” he said.
Nomads will again be missing Gary Lovell, whose hamstring troubles continue to hamper his return, while Chris Sergeant is waiting to come off the bench if Powell gives him the nod.
”We could have won by a bigger margin against Newi and I’m sure there are more goals in us than we are delivering at the moment,” Powell added.
“Once we start getting on target then we could be in for a bagful of goals and maybe this will be the breakthrough we are waiting for.
“At the same time, we have to be wary of a backlash from Cwmbran and make sure we keep it tight again at the back.”
Nomads are looking for a double having won 1-0 at Cwmbran in early November, at a time when their opponents were a far more potent force than their present form suggests.
Striker Tommy Mutton scored the only goal in that encounter, his sixth out of 11 so far this campaign.
Meanwhile, improving Airbus UK will put their revival to the test when they host full-timers Llanelli today.
The Wingmakers have slowly been climbing out of trouble, but player-boss Gareth Owen knows his side need to keep picking up points.
“We’re five unbeaten, but we’ve now got to keep the run going as things can soon change,” he said.
“Llanelli will be difficult, but on our day we can beat the top sides, which we showed against Connah’s Quay and Port Talbot, so they’ve got to be just as wary of us as we are of them.”
Striker James Hussaney is back after being unavailable last weekend, while skipper Steve Hopkins is still on his way back from an ankle injury that has kept him out since the opening day of the season.
After a difficult spell, Owen has been heartened by recent results, including last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Porthmadog.