CONNAH’S Quay Nomads, without a point for five weeks, have been told by manager Jim Hackett – think of Porthmadog!
The prompt is well-founded as Nomads face full-timers Llanelli today just three weeks after bottom-of-the-table Porthmadog silenced the expectant Stebenheath Park crowd by beating the then league leaders 2-1 in the turn-up of the season.
“The message for us to bear in mind is that in this game all things are possible and what Porthmadog did we could do too,” he stressed.
After themselves also going down 2-1 to Porthmadog this time to a goal nine minutes from the end at the Deeside Stadium only last Saturday to drop them to fifth-from-bottom, Nomads know just how badly they could use three points at the moment. “There’s still a long way to go and we need to keep battling,” pointed out the Nomads manager.
“Airbus only lost to Llanelli last Saturday 1-0 to a goal four minutes into stoppage time so it shows how fine a line these results can be.
“If we can lift ourselves and play to our best then who knows if it could be our turn this time?”
Hackett will be making late checks on several players who have been under treatment before being able to finalise his starting line up.
But he is hopeful that former Chester starlet Mark Cadwallader will continue after his comeback against Porthmadog, while substitutes in that game, striker John McAllister and Jamie Petrie are also included after playing a part in the second half.
Hackett added: “Of course it’s going to be a severe test but stranger results than a Nomads win have been known and we’ll certainly be giving it our best shot.”