THE New Saints are relishing a return to home soil for the first time since the turn of year when they tackle Port Talbot at Treflan today.
Ken McKenna’s high fliers last featured on home territory when handing out a 7-0 mauling to Airbus UK seven weeks ago.
Despite the next six games having been on the road, the Saints return to their base having stormed back to the top of the table with their midweek 4-0 win at Newtown.
“We needed that game in midweek,” McKenna said. “We were a bit rusty at first but once we found our feet we did okay. It was important to get back up there, but we’ve now got to build on it today.”
The Saints still have injury problems with right back Martyn Naylor out for the season with damaged knee ligaments, while Stephen Beck and Greg Stones are also non-starters.
Defender Rob Williams pulled a muscle in midweek but Duane Courtney and Tommy Holmes could be pushing for a return to defensive duties.
Michael Jackson also steps back from suspension while striker Mike Wilde, a substitute in midweek, is fit again following an abdominal strain.
Meanwhile, it has emerged that TNS may have to ground share next season with the old Llansantffraid side which is set to be relaunched in the Montgomeryshire League by a group of club members keen to see the club’s name back on the map.