WAYNNE PHILLIPS is banking on a big improvement from his Newi Cefn Druids side as they head for Welsh Premier champions The New Saints tonight.
The Ancients have already defeated McKenna’s Premier league leaders twice this season, once in the league on the opening day of the campaign, while also prevailing in the Loosemores Cup.
But their form has been inconsistent this term, with last weekend’s disappointing 3-0 loss at Haverfordwest leaving them in the lower reaches of the table.
Joint boss Phillips, however, believes his charges have the ability to bounce back.
“We’ve shown this season that when we’ve been knocked down, we can come back with a good performance and we’ll have to do that again tonight,” he said.
“Although we’ve beaten TNS twice this season we won’t be getting carried away as we know we’re going to be in for a difficult night. But there shouldn’t be a problem raising ourselves as we’re playing the best side in the league.”
Chris McGinn and keeper Carl Edwards are both back in contention, but still missing is striker Mike Heverin who continues to struggle with a neck injury that will keep him out until the new year.
The New Saints know that victory would take them three points clear at the top, for a few hours at least.
Manager Ken McKenna expects a stern test, despite the fact the visitors have been so inconsistent.
“They will raise their game like they’ve done before and will make it difficult to break them down,” he said.