Llanelli AFC v The Nomads, Sun 11th Nov, ko 2.30pm - Match Preview
Fri, 9th November, 2012 12:11am
Llanelli are founder members of the Welsh Premier League, but have been relegated twice, returning as Welsh League champions in 2004. They went full-time in 2005/6 and were league Champions for the first time in 2007/8. They reverted to semi-pro status the following season and finished as runners-up to Rhyl.
Last season Llanelli finished in 6th place, but this season they have been inconsistent and are currently level on points with Nomads with 15 points from 12 games. Away form has been better than form at Stebonheath, where they have only won 1, drawn 1 and lost 3, scoring 6 goals and conceding 12.
Despite well documented off the field problems compounded by the latest news that the club are facing yet another winding up order; to their great credit, Llanelli’s players have shown remarkable resilience on the pitch up until now. So there is no reason to believe that this weekend’s team performance will be any different.
Luke Bowen, Chris Venables and Andy Legg remain suspended for Llanelli, so unless any injuries were sustained in the League Cup semi-final at Carmarthen (which they lost 2-1), a similar line-up can be expected against Nomads.
Nomads small squad was severely depleted with the loss of 6 players for last weekend’s heavy defeat at Port Talbot. Consequently, they started the match with 3 youth team players and ended it with 5. With the defence in desperate need of re-enforcement, Manager Mark McGregor reports that left sided defender Danny Dobbins is now available to play at Llanelli and central defender Michael Robinson has a 50/50 chance of returning from injury. Forward Dean Canning remains unavailable and Ricky Evans is still suspended.
Macca said: “We need to show the same belief that we had earlier in the season and get back to basic sound defending. This is our game in hand and it is very important that we take something from it.”
Nomads won 3-1 against Llanelli in the earlier encounter at Deeside and have won 3 of their 5 away games so far this season. With much needed defensive re-enforcement available, if Nomads show the same sort of belief and form that they showed earlier in the season, they could return North with at least a point.