Prestatyn Town FC
JD Welsh Premier League
|11.08.17 | 7:45pm|
Connah’s Quay Nomads will head to the Motion Finance Stadium on Friday evening to take on Prestatyn Town in the opening game of the Welsh Premier League’s 2017/18 campaign.
While this game marks the first in The Nomads’ competitive domestic campaign, the 2017/18 season has been well underway for just under two months now for Andy Morrison’s side, who kicked off their first friendly game on June 17th in Ireland against Ballymena United. The Nomads then went on to face Scottish side, St Johnstone at Rangers’ training ground before causing one of the upsets of the UEFA Europa League First Qualifying Rounds, by defeating Finnish side, HJK Helsinki 1-0 at the Bangor University Stadium thanks to a Nathan Woolfe strike.
Unfortunately, The Nomads then bowed out of the competition following a 3-0 defeat in Helsinki, however nobody could take away the sides victory over a team who has been in European competition for all bar one season since 1991.
The team then returned to training and more pre-season friendlies against good opposition in the shape of Airbus, Colwyn Bay, Hyde United and Flint Town United, scoring 13 goals in the four games.
The Nomads’ know that Friday’s game against Prestatyn Town will be a tough challenge to start the season, with many of the same squad who faced the Seasiders in last season’s JD Welsh Cup still at Deeside. That game was decided by penalties after The Nomads had clawed back a two goal deficit in February and Neil Gibson’s side will come into the game with nothing to fear.
Gibson’s side have had a promising pre-season, picking up victories over a Tranmere Rovers XI, a Newport County side and most recently St Asaph City. The Seasiders were the runaway victors in last season’s Huws Gray Cymru Alliance, topping the table with 80 points, losing just two games all season, so Andy Morrison knows the task ahead of his players when they travel to the Motion Finance Stadium on Friday evening.
“Everyone is aware of how difficult this game will be – we had to go to penalties last season and we are well-aware of Prestatyn’s strengths and the problems they will cause us. Neil has a tight group, great energy and a strong spirit – they have momentum after their promotion, so we will have to be right at the top of our game to get the right result. We will look to carry on where we left off last season and do the things that have made us successful over the last two seasons and if we match the standards we have set as a club, we will be very hard to beat.”
Morrison added; “It’s great to be heading into the first game of the season. With Europa League qualification, pre-season becomes a little stop-start, and that’s the way it’s been for the last couple of seasons now. Everyone can’t wait for the season to begin – we had a great workout last Friday against Flint and training this week will be focused on Prestatyn this Friday.”
The game kicks off at the Motion Finance Stadium, formerly known as Bastion Gardens, at 7:45pm on Friday evening, while elsewhere in the league, Bangor City host The New Saints and Newtown travel to Bala.