Cefn Druids AFC
JD Welsh Premier League
|10.03.18 | 2:30pm|
Today's game will see The Nomads look to return to winning ways in the league having lost the last two games against both Bangor City and TNS.
While the side have lost out in the league, The Nomads have performed will in both games with Andy Morrison commenting after both games on how his side hadn't won the games, let alone taken a point from them, and the reward for the endeavour was seen in the mid-week JD Welsh Cup Quarter Final with a 2-1 victory over The New Saints which has secured a semi final date with Bangor City, marking the third successive semi final that the club have reached since Andy Morrison's appointment.
The Nomads come into the game in fourth position, just three points off second-placed Bangor City and one point behind Bala Town, so it's all to play for in the race for automatic Europa League qualification, while Druids currently sit sixth, just three points behind Cardiff Met, so Huw Griffiths' side will also be coming into the game knowing that a victory could help elevate them into the Europa League play-offs. Their recent form has seen a 3-1 victory away at Cardiff Met and a 2-2 draw at home to TNS.
Ahead of the game, Andy Morrison said "It's important that we maintain the intensity and focus we have shown since the split - there are never any guarantees in football - what you have to do is keep challenging yourself to maintain the standards we are setting and the results will follow.
Those standards will have to be met this weekend if we are to get the result we needs against Druids. Huw's side are no longer a surprise package, Druids are a progressive club who have kept their best players and improved their best players and improved and strengthened their squad over the last two seasons, there's no doubt that Huw has done a remarkable job in taking Druids to the heights they are and securing a top six finish ahead of some big clubs, but in saying that, it's not lost on me that two very good players have left ourselves to join Druids for more money which tells me Druids will be a major challenger for the Europa League positions this season."
Referee: Rob Jenkins
Assistant Referees: Lewiss Edwards and John Bryant
Fourth Official: Tom Williams
The Nomads come into the game with a fully fit squad while Druids will likely feature ex-Nomads, Matty Owen and Ashley Ruane.