Saltney Town will have three key players missing for tomorrow’s Welsh Cup third round tie at home to Penrhyncoch, but there is also good news with the return of a quality goal-getter.
Bordermen manager Andy Dutton has to do without the experience of Lee Butterworth, and important players Corey Mason and Jake Johnson, but there is the bonus of Addie Callaghan coming back from a six-week injury sustained at Brymbo in early August.
Callaghan had netted five goals in as many games before his unfortunate lay-off.
Tomorrow’s last 32 clash sees Saltney carry the banner of being the only tier 3 side from North Wales left in the competition.
They earned their place in round three with a superb 5-3 away win at Cymru North outfit Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant. Only three other third tier teams – all from the south – remain in the competition.
The FAW’s controversial seeding system went a long way to ensuring the third round comprises mainly of tier 1 and 2 clubs.
Saltney Town are having a fine season, having gone unbeaten in their last 10 matches and riding high in Ardal North West.
Club chairman Darren Meredith said: “The lads have worked hard in both training sessions this week, and are looking sharp for a tough but exciting game.”
Penrhyncoch are a very dangerous side on their day, but sometimes lack consistency.
Saltney will be hoping the Roosters are still suffering a hangover from Wednesday’s 3-1 home defeat to Pontypridd Town in the Nathaniel MG Cup.
Saturday’s tie at Sandy Lane is being billed by Saltney as the biggest game in their history. Stature-wise, that is certainly the case. The game kicks off at 2.30 pm with admission £3 for adults.
Town Juniors come down in your kit and you can bring an adult in for free
SALTNEY TOWN – RESULTS 2021-22 SEASON
Sep 18: Llandudno Albion (h – Ardal North West) 2-2 (Shaun Tinsley, Ryan McCleary)
Sep 11: Blaenau Amateurs (h – Ardal Northern League Cup) 2-1 (Ben Evans, Ryan McCleary)
Sep 8: Mynydd Isa Spartans (h – NEWFA Challenge Cup) 4-1 (Ryan McCleary 3, 1 pen, Harrison Robson)
Sep 4: Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant (a – Welsh Cup R2) 5-3 (Tommy Booth, Ryan McCleary 2, Jordan O’Brien, Steve Chiocchi)
Aug 28: Y Felinheli (h – Ardal North West) 1-1 (Tommy Booth)
Aug 25: Rhydymwyn (a – Ardal North West) 3-2 (Jack Roberts, Ryan McCleary, Jake Johnson)
Aug 21: St Asaph City (h – Ardal North West) 5-1 (Ryan McCleary 2, James Rutter, Tommy Booth 2)
Aug 17: Llay Welfare (h – Ardal North West) 5-0 (James Rutter, Jake Johnson 2, Steve Chiocchi pen, Tommy Booth)
Aug 14: Y Felinheli (h – Welsh Cup R1) 3-2 (Jake Johnson 2, Jordan O’Brien)
Aug 7: Brickfield Rangers (a – Ardal North West) 5-1 (Steve Chiocchi 2, Corey Mason, Rhys Baines, Tommy Booth)
Aug 4: Brymbo (a – Ardal North West) 1-3 (James Rutter)
July 31: Porthmadog (h – Ardal North West) 0-4
July 28: Brickfield Rangers (a – NEWFA Challenge Cup) 4-0 (Addie Callaghan 3, Steve Chiocchi pen)
July 24: Brickfield Rangers (a – Welsh Cup QR2) 3-0 (Tommy Booth 2, Cody Silvester)
July 17: FC Queen’s Park (a – FAW Amateur Trophy) 2-2 (Jake Johnson, Jack Roberts) – lost 4-5 on penalties
July 10: Ruabon Rovers (a – Welsh Cup QR1) 7-2 (Tommy Booth 3, Addie Callaghan 2, Carl Pleavin, Corey Mason)
Tommy Booth 11
Ryan McCleary 10
Jake Johnson 6
Addie Callaghan 5
Steve Chiocchi 5
James Rutter 3
Jack Roberts 2
Jordan O’Brien 2
Corey Mason 2
Rhys Baines 1
Carl Pleavin 1
Cody Silvester 1
Harrison Robson 1
Shaun Tinsley 1
Ben Evans 1