Afan Lido v The Nomads, Sat 1st Dec, 2.30pm ko - Match Preview
Fri, 30th November, 2012 5:11am
Afan Lido are founder members of the League of Wales in 1992-93, and in the 1st season they finished mid-table and won the League Cup. They won the League Cup again in 1993/4, but only narrowly avoided relegation. The following season they finished second and earned a UEFA Cup spot, but defeat at the hands of RAF Riga devastated them and they were relegated at the end of the season.
Lido returned to the League of Wales in 1998/9, but 6 seasons later they finished bottom. They returned to the WPL last season (2011/12) and lifted the League Cup for the third time in their history.
Last weekend, Afan Lido slumped to their 10th straight league defeat against Bangor City and with the four teams directly above them all gaining points, Lido are now 9 points adrift at the bottom of the table. In their last 3 games, Lido have only lost by the odd goal against some good teams. (Lost 2-1 at TNS, 3-2 at Bala and 2-3 at home to Bangor).
Nomads boss Mark McGregor knows that getting a result against Lido will require a ruthless streak that was lacking in last weekend’s 3-0 defeat at Aberystwyth Town.
Though Nomads dominated first half possession with some slick passing and good build up play, some poor final passes and failure to take any of the chances created, meant that Nomads ended the first half a goal down, whereas they should have been two or three goals up.
Macca won’t be allowing the Nomads to take Afan Lido lightly. He has issued a warning to all the players that they will need to be at their best at the Marston Stadium on Saturday. He said: “A losing run like Lido have had, can’t go on forever and we will have to be at our best if we want to beat them.”
With seven games to go until the league split, Macca still has an eye on securing a top six place and he said:
“We have been around sixth all season but there are maybe six teams all going for sixth place. Lose a couple of games and you can be second from bottom. Realistically we need four wins from seven to make the top six, which would be a great achievement and allow us to plan for next season without fear of relegation. But we haven’t drawn a match yet either and if we could start turning losses into draws, that would help.”
Nomads have got virtually a full squad available for this weekend. Rhys Healey hobbled out of the Aberystwyth game early, but Macca has confirmed that he will be available.
“Rhys trained this week and he only has bruising, He got kicked about a bit, but people are starting to do that now he has a few goals. It’s part of the game and he’s working hard in the gym to build himself up.”