“The main message will be that 'what looks impossible...is possible.'”
But before that, the club has a vital Welsh Cup fixture against third tier Llangefni Town.
The fixtures for Phase Two have been announced recently and we start Phase Two as we started Phase One with a tough away trip to eighth placed Aberystwyth Town.
Following that, it’s our first home game against Carmarthen Town, where three points must be the target to catch up with the sides just outside the relegation zone.
Cardiff Met, Llanelli and Cefn Druids are the other clubs in finished in the bottom six, as all sides will face each other twice in an attempt to look for safety or the final play-off spot.
Despite disappointing results away at Llanelli and at home against Nathaniel MG Cup champions Cardiff Met, there were reasons to be positive after both ties against Caernarfon Town at the end of December and start of January.
The club have added in numbers this transfer window, bringing in Zebb Edwards, Jay Gibbs, Ryan Wade, Tom Owens and Les Davies, as well as extending the contract of TNS loanee Ben Clark, who has impressed in his loan spell so far.
Manager Iwan Williams is desperate for his side’s form to turn around, and we caught up with the boss who has been away working on the Pro License during the mid-season break.
“The next four training sessions are massive in the sense of how we approach the second phase. We have a lot of new players so we have to work on our identity moving forward.”
“The main message will be that ‘what looks impossible… is possible’ and that’s the type of belief we have to instil on the players.” Said the manager.
Aberystwyth did the double over us in Phase One in what was two tight affairs, and the manager wants his players to approach the game with confidence.
“We have to go into every game with a ‘cup final’ or ‘must win’ attitude, so we will approach the game against Aber with a siege mentality.” Said Iwan.
The majority of the new signings have a lot of experience in the Welsh Premier League, and there is hope that with the break giving them time to adapt to the club, that they can make a difference when it really counts.
“The new lads are good lads, Les Davies has already made a huge impact in various ways not just on the pitch.”
“We’re still looking to strengthen so hopefully we can get one more through the door before the window shuts at the end of the month.”
Regarding the Welsh Cup, the club got to the Quarter-Finals last season where Newtown was a tie too far for us, but the club has another opportunity to get to that stage this Saturday when we travel to Welsh Alliance club Llangefni Town.
Llangefni are second in their respective league with two games in hand and are used to winning, and as well as seeing off fellow Welsh Premier League club Llanelli Town, meaning they are no easy feat to get past.
The club will need to be at their best to see of this challenge, and there’s no doubt it will give everyone a big boost going into Phase Two of the domestic campaign.
Iwan also sees the game against Llangefni as an opportunity to prepare for the opener against Aberystwyth on the first of February.
“The Welsh Cup will be a good chance for us to prepare for Aberystwyth in terms of our new identity and mentally. It’ll be a tough game but an opportunity to fight and scrap which is what we need to do for the rest of the season.” Said Iwan.
As mentioned above, Phase Two kicks off on the first day of February on Friday night away at Aberystwyth and three points will be the target to kick the lads on for the rest of the season, as we look for a fifth consecutive season in the country’s top flight.
FULL PHASE TWO FIXTURES
1/2/19 - Aberystwyth (A)
9/2/19 - Carmarthen (H)
16/2/19 - Cardiff Met (A)
23/2/19 - Llanelli (H)
8/3/19 - Cefn Druids (A)
22/3/19 - Aberystwyth (H)
6/4/19 - Carmarthen (A)
13/4/19 - Cardiff Met (H)
20/4/19 - Llanelli (A)
26/4/19 - Cefn Druids (H)
Updated 19:32 - 23 Jan 2019 by Geraint Roberts