JD Welsh Premier League


MATCH PREVIEW: Nomads to face hard challenge at The Rock

Cefn Druids AFCvsConnah's Quay Nomads

Cefn Druids AFC vs Connah's Quay Nomads
JD Cymru Premier
Friday 13th December 2019 | 7:45pm
The Rock, Cefn Mawr

Friday night will see Connah's Quay Nomads head to in-form Cefn Druids in the JD Cymru Premier.

Both sides come into the game on the back of wins in the JD Welsh Cup last weekend with The Nomads overcoming Abertillery Bluebirds while Druids defeated Guilsfield 2-0 at The Rock.

Recent Form
The Nomads' form of late has been excellent, having not lost a game in domestic competition thus far in the 2019/20 season with recent league results including a 0-0 draw at Penybont, a 3-1 victory over Newtown and an emphatic 4-0 win away at Barry Town United.

Druids are one of the most in-form teams in the JD Cymru Premier at the moment having won six of their last seven fixtures in the league, starting with a 3-1 victory over Caernarfon Town in late October whilst picking up other victories over Penybont, Carmarthen Town, Barry, Aberystwyth and Cardiff Met.

Previous encounters
Earlier in the season the two sides met at Deeside Stadium and it was a solitary Priestley Farquharson strike that secured all three points for The Nomads. Farquharson struck in the 33rd minute and despite Michael Wilde having the ball in the net in the second half, his header was adjudged to be offside under questionable circumstances.

Our last trip to The Rock saw us leave Wrexham with all three points thanks to a penalty from Callum Morris and a Michael Bakare strike.

From the gaffer>
Ahead of the game, Andy Morrison said; "We've got to put a team together and a shape that we think might cause them a problem, so we're going to probably have to go in a completely different way to what we normally do - there's no George Horan, Ryan Wignall, Nathan Woolfe, no Michael Wilde and Danny Holmes doesn't look like he's going to make it so we are right down to the bare bones but we've shown many times at this football club that when we've been in that situation, the character and personality of the players has come through and we find a way to give an account of ourselves."

Morrison continued saying; "They are a team who aer bang in form and their performances and results that they've got of late are what Cefn Druids should be getting - they had a poor run of form and they've put 4 or 5 really good results together, which they should with the squad they've got - I've been to watch them last week and watched them earlier in the season as well as when we played them and it seems to be a different group of players every time we go and watch them - I can only probably think that Cardiff Met have got the same size squad as what Druids have got.

Many times in the past we've fond a way and we'll be ready for whatever comes on Friday night and the players who are selected will know what their roles are and what is expected of them in that game."

Match Officials
Referee: Iwan Griffith
First Assistant: Aaron Jones
Second Assistant: Connor Fowler
Fourth Official: Mark Petch

The match will be covered by our Twitter account with the game kicking off at 7:45pm from The Rock.