“We are a family here. Iwan has sacrificed so much for all of us and we are so determined to go and get the three points for him.”
Llandudno host Llanelli Town on Saturday afternoon in what is another relegation six-pointer and a chance to move off the bottom of the league.
After a positive start to Phase Two for Llandudno, Cardiff Met were a test too far after they ran out as comfortable winners at the Cyncoed Campus.
Llanelli haven’t had the best of starts to the second phase, losing against Carmarthen and Aberystwyth, but did manage to pick up a point away at Druids, keeping them ahead of us still.
With Cefn Druids and Carmarthen also playing each other, it is vital for Llandudno to go after the three points to keep survival hopes alive.
It’s been a difficult week for the club after granting current manager Iwan Williams compassionate, and Assistant Manager Mark Cowan will be taking control on Saturday.
“It’s been a very difficult week with the understandable stepping back from Iwan and first and foremost can I just say all our thoughts have been with Iwan at this difficult time.” Said Mark
“But we have to put those thoughts to the back of our minds and concentrate on the job in hand which to focus on getting the three points on Saturday in what is the biggest game of our season to date.”
“We are a family here. Iwan has sacrificed so much for all of us and we are so determined to go and get the three points for him.” Said Mark.
After beating Carmarthen two weeks back, Llandudno were unable to continue the run of form against Cardiff Met last time out, but Mark says the response has been superb from the lads.
“We had a club meeting before training on Tuesday regarding the situation and how we are moving forward and it was very productive, the players’ response was superb and they put in a shift in the training session afterwards. It was a very professional response but nothing short of what was expected from an honest group.” Said Mark
“Saturday’s game was disappointing but we knew it was going to be tough against a very good Cardiff Met side in their own back yard, but that was our first defeat in four games and only our 4th in 10 including cup games which for a team at the foot of the table is actually decent form.”
“Our response now is crucial, it has to be right for our bid to stay up.”
Llandudno and Llanelli have been in the bottom two for pretty much all of the season, and tomorrow is a chance to leapfrog them and get even closer to either Cefn Druids or Carmarthen.
Llanelli did the double over the club in Phase One with two very close games, where Llandudno could have came out as winners in either, in particularly the home game.
“Both teams will see this game as an opportunity to be a catalyst for survival, whoever comes out on top will look for this as the platform to kick on.” Said Mark.
“A draw suits neither team, we both have to go for it, and we will, certainly.”
“As the home team and being in the position we’re in, we have to go for it, it should make for an exciting game and it really is sink or swim time.”
All players are available and ready to go, apart from the long term injured Zyaac Edwards, but Mark did give an update on him.
“Zyaac Edwards has resumed light running but it is still far too early for a return, but other than that we are fully fit and healthy and ready to go.”
An away trip to Cefn Druids follows this weekend’s game, and six points out of six has to be the target in order to give the club the best possible chance of survival.
Updated 20:22 - 21 Feb 2019 by Geraint Roberts