BANGOR City goalkeeper Paul Smith is expected to win his fitness battle and face his former club Connah’s Quay Nomads today.
The stopper, who switched with manager Nev Powell from Nomads in the summer, was forced to miss the midweek training session because of a back problem.
City boss Powell said: “We will check on Paul nearer to the kick off but are optimistic that he will be okay.”
Powell spent 14 years at Nomads. Clashes between the sides in the autumn in the league and League Cup produced three City wins, with 14 goals scored and none conceded.
Powell added: “At this stage of the season, when points are so important, I would settle for 1-0 and not be too bothered about the performance.”
Nomads will want to avenge the 7-0 thrashing when Powell brought his Bangor side to the Deeside Stadium last November, writes Mike McEvoy.
“Bad as we were that night I thought Bangor were outstandingly good,” said Nomads chief Jim Hackett. “They were the best side we had played and the scoreline showed it.”
But now, looking secure at after Saturday’s 1-0 home win over Caersws to move sixth from bottom with only seven games to go, Nomads make the return trip to Farrar Road in much more confident mood.
“For the first time all season we can start to play relaxed football without the pressure of feeling we are always fighting for our lives,” said Hackett.
With no suspensions, injuries or work demands to impede his selection, Hackett is savouring having a full-strength squad.
He added: “Everyone is feeling really positive and ready to take us forward.”