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Llandudno travel to Llangefni in JD Welsh Cup tie

By Geraint Roberts

Llandudno are back in action after a two week break and it’s the JD Welsh Cup and a trip to Llangefni in front of a possible quarter-final spot.

“ it’s a game you want to play in with a place in the Quarter-Final at stake. That should be enough to motivate any player.” Iwan Williams

The hosts find themselves second in the Welsh Alliance league, only behind Bodedern Athletic, and having beat Welsh Premier League side Llanelli Town, they will be confident of a possible upset.

Llandudno saw off Briton Ferry Llansawel AFC in the previous round, despite going behind in the opening ten minutes, a goal from George Harry and a brace from Mark Connolly safely saw us through to this point.

Llangefni started the competition in the early rounds and have had to beat Saltney Town, Borth United, St Asaph and Llanelli to get to the fourth round.

The Seasiders have done well against lower league opposition in the cups so far, seeing off Rhyl, Bangor and Briton Ferry.

Manager Iwan Williams is aware of the task ahead of his players but says a place in the quarter-final should be enough to motivate them.

“It’ll be a difficult game against a squad who are flying in their respective league. The pitch will be heavy, and the conditions look testing, but it’s a game you want to play in with a place in the Quarter-Final at stake. That should be enough to motivate any player.”

“We’ve done our homework and watched them a few times recently and it’s difficult to predict their team with the constant changes they make but we will be looking to dictate and deal with any challenge thrown towards us.” Said the manager.

Llandudno reached the Quarter-Final of the competition last season and will be hoping to do the same or more this time, and Iwan has stressed how important the competition is to him and the club.

“The Welsh Cup is a competition I’ve always stressed of how important it means to me and the players should feel the same.”

“It’s also good preparation for our approach to the second phase of the Welsh Premier League in terms of fighting and scrapping for every ball. We will go there with a strong mentality and looking to gain momentum in what should be a battle in the second phase of
our domestic league season.” Said Iwan.

In terms of team news, there are a few players who are looking likely to miss the game on Saturday, but Iwan says the lads have worked hard on training to achieve what is needed.

“The squad is looking ok with one or two players still to come in. We will be threadbare tomorrow but with the personnel we have and the tweaks we’ve worked on we should be ok.”

“That’s not to take anything away from Llangefni as with the analysis shown to the squad last night, we know we’re in for a tough afternoon.” Said Iwan.

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Bangor vs Caernarfon.

Updated 16:02 - 25 Jan 2019 by Geraint Roberts

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