CONNAH’S Quay Nomads boss Neville Powell has told his side to put Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat by Euro rivals Llanelli out of their mind and focus on securing three points at Caersws tonight.
He said: “It was a tough blow to take in such a critical match, no doubt about it, but we’ve done our grieving and now we just have to get on with it.”
Third-placed Nomads can still qualify for a coveted European debut if they succeed in winning their last two fixtures and rivals Welshpool and Llanelli fail to make their games in hand count.
Powell added: “This has to be our objective and means we must fully concentrate on doing our part and remaining totally focused for the 90 minutes.”
Nomads go into this final away encounter of the season without injured Graham Roach and possibly Christian Sergeant. Both had to be replaced inside 21 minutes on Saturday, Roach coming off with a hamstring injury that ends his season.
Danny Jellicoe has recovered from a neck injury and is expected to start along with Gary Lovell, who played for most of Saturday’s game as Roach’s replacement.
Striker Chris Melia, who was not used against Llanelli, could also come into the reckoning in a game Nomads dare not lose.
Caersws will be looking to seal Welsh Premier survival tonight, writes John Bridgwater.
“It’s going to be tough as Connah’s Quay will be coming here looking for three points as they’re in a big fight for the third spot,” said Caersws manager Mickey Evans.
“But we also want three points to make ourselves safe so it has all the ingredients of being a cracking game.
“With two games to go, we want to get it sorted now, and a win would make it certain that we stay up.”