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Final game of Phase One approaches as we host Cardiff Met

By Geraint Roberts

Saturday marks the end of Phase One in the Welsh Premier League as we host Cardiff Met at the Giant Hospitality Stadium.

Our visitors narrowly missed out on a place in the top six last weekend, despite impressively seeing off Bala Town.

It was a disappointing result last time out for us as we lost 2-1 against fellow strugglers Llanelli Town, despite going ahead with a goal from George Harry, after an impressive assist from Les Davies on his debut for the club.

It’s now an opportunity to end Phase One on a high, and after beating Cardiff Met away earlier in the season, there’s plenty of room for optimism ahead of the home game.

New signing Jay Gibbs and centre back Kai Edwards missed out against Llanelli due to suspension, whilst Ben Clark also wasn’t available due to an injury.

Manager Iwan Williams knows last weekend was a missed opportunity and puts even more importance on Saturday’s game.

“We have to win, it’s as simple as that. Met are bang in form and it will be a difficult game, but we have to win to get some momentum going.”

“We have numbers available this week which is a relief and we’ll be going into it with a positive mindset, despite the defeat to Llanelli.” Said Iwan.

Les Davies, Ryan Wade and Zebb Edwards all made their debuts against Llanelli, and the manager was impressed with his new players last weekend.

“I was impressed with them yes, Les especially had a positive impact. But it was a case of one step forward and two steps back, in terms of Clarkey getting injured, the uncertainty over Tom Owens ineligibility, Jay Gibbs and Kai Edwards both being suspended and Zyaac then sustaining a serious injury as we were getting a foothold on the game.” Said Iwan

“What I’ve experienced this season has been testing but we will hit the second half of the season head on with a siege mentality.”

As mentioned earlier, Llandudno went to Met in September and took home all three points after a brilliant finish from Toby Jones, and Iwan knows this game is a must win too.

“It will give us confidence but it’s nearly a new built squad. What I’m trying to instil from here on in, is regardless of who we play, we have to win. How do we do it? I don’t care, winning is all that counts.” Said Iwan.

The manager has the rarity of a selection headache this weekend after all the injuries and suspensions.

“Jay Gibbs, Kai Edwards, Tom Owens and Ben Clark come into the fold, so thankfully I have a selection headache which is something I’d take over last week’s headache any day of the week.”

Despite those players coming in/back into contention, we will be without the injured Mike Pearson and Zyaac Edwards.

The fixtures for Phase Two will be released on Sunday, and a win this weekend would give us a much better outlook of the second half of the season.

Updated 15:49 - 10 Jan 2019 by Geraint Roberts

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