Saturday evening will see a return battle of the top two in the JD Cymru Premier as Connah’s Quay Nomads and The New Saints face off at Deeside Stadium.
The match takes place just one week after Nomads’ emphatic 4-1 win at Park Hall.
Saints were then held 0-0 at home by Caernarfon Town on Tuesday, meaning the Quay would go five points clear with a win away to Bala Town the following night.
However, Andy Morrison’s side were beaten 2-1 and so Nomads now lead the table by two points with four matches apiece left to play, starting tomorrow at Deeside Stadium in a game to be shown live on S4C (5.15 pm).
The Nomads have won four of the past six home encounters against TNS whilst drawing one and losing one.
Nomads boss Morrison said: “We’re looking forward to it and it will be an opportunity again to test ourselves. It’s an opportunity to keep this title race open and honest.
“It is two teams, we’ve set the standard this year and we’re way clear. The way the fixtures have fallen is great for the league, it’s really important to come up with a game plan and look at a way to deal with what we’ve dealt with all season. We’ve had one game this season where we’ve had a fit squad.
“At this moment we’ve got six players out of the season, I’ve kept asking the players to go to the well and keep working and they’ve not disappointed.”
As for the loss at Bala, Morrison added: “I thought maybe it was one (game) too far. We could have done with maybe a week’s break after the emotions of the game on Saturday.
“I’ve asked a lot of these players, but we’re in the last couple of weeks of the season, I’m looking into their eyes and they are up for it and ready to go.
“We’ve got to make sure we’re on the front foot and we’re brave in everything we do.”
Caernarfon Town v Penybont (2.30 pm, Saturday)
Caernarfon manager Huw Griffiths could not have been more proud of his players after they held TNS to a 0-0 away draw on Tuesday despite being down to nine men.
Griffiths now hopes to see another big performance when Town take on Penybont at The Oval tomorrow.
The Canaries have not had the best of fortunes against Rhys Griffiths side this season, and will be without Jack Kenny and Gruff John through suspension following their dismissals against the Saints. Caernarfon also have injury worries to contend with.
Griffiths said: “Well what a night it was on Tuesday! We certainly did ‘upset the odds’ with our 0-0 draw against TNS and with only 9 men at the final whistle.
“TNS were 34 points ahead of us and had a goal difference +59 as opposed to our -22, a difference of 81! I think, therefore, it’s pretty safe to say they were the odds on favourites to win.
“Our lads thought differently – the passion and commitment from each one of them was tremendous. They certainly did us all proud.
“This weekend we will play Penybont. Last Saturday we lost 2-0 to them. They are certainly on a good run and looking fairly comfortable in 4th position. Because of injuries and suspensions there will once again be changes to the starting line-up, but we have a strong squad and some ‘fresh legs’ will be very welcome in our aim to secure a first win against Penybont this season.
“We have had a number of bookings in recent games – some possibly a bit dubious – but the players all know that for these final few games of Phase 2 it is very important for them to keep their discipline so that as many as possible of the squad are available for the all important first play-off game in just a few weeks time.”
JD Cymru Premier League – results
April 30, 2021
Cardiff Met University 5 (Eliot Evans 7, Oli Hulbert 38 & 82, Emlyn Lewis 52, Liam Warman 89)
Aberystwyth Town 1 (Mathew Jones 86)
Cefn Druids 0
Newtown 7 (Nick Rushton 40, Alex Fletcher 48 & 60, James Davies 70, 76 & 84, Aaron Simpson 73 OG)
Saturday, May 1, 2021
Barry Town United v Bala Town (2.30 pm)
Caernarfon Town v Penybont (2.30 pm)
Connah’s Quay Nomads v The New Saints (5.15 pm)
Flint Town United v Haverfordwest County (2.30 pm)