PORTHMADOG, who are suddenly sucked into the relegation scrap, will have an urgent new priority against Connah’s Quay Nomads tonight – to grab vital points.
Whereas previously The Traeth hosts would have aimed for a win to endorse their Premier Cup entry next season, they now have to fight for league survival.
The deduction of three points, as part of the club’s failed appeal bid to the FAW, has plunged Porthmadog to within three points of the basement.
Manager Osian Roberts said: “It is the first time, since we rejoined the league several years ago, that we have found ourselves in this predicament and it is not of our making.
“The players will have to do things on the field and, while we are confident we can play our way out of trouble, in reality we can assume nothing.
“The situation down there is so tight, and Connah’s Quay are not going to make it easy for us, because we had a close game at their ground in December when we lost just 1-0.”
Centre-back Rhys Roberts is suspended and midfielder Clayton Blackmore is also unavailable.
Nomads boss Neville Powell, lifted by Saturday’s battling 1-0 victory at Port Talbot to keep his side challenging for Europe, has told his side: “Don’t blow it all away at Porthmadog.”
Powell has called for maximum concentration to ensure there are no slip-ups.
“After a tremendous result on Saturday, with five matches to go we are still right in there,” he said.
“Welshpool and Llanelli are no longer involved in the Welsh Cup so they’ll be focusing all their attention now on qualifying for Europe by finishing in the top three in the League so the pressure on us to keep winning is greater than ever,” he added.