IAIN Edmunds has warned Caersws to expect a 90 minute battle when the Bluebirds visit derby rivals Llanrhaeadr in the Huws Gray Alliance on Saturday (2.30pm)
The 18-year-old defender hails from nearby Llangedwyn and relishes the chance to go head to head with a Llanrhaeadr side currently in the relegation zone.
“I know most of the Llanrhaeadr players so this is a really big game for me,” said the former Shrewsbury Town youngster.
“They have done remarkably well with limited resources to win the Spar Mid Wales League One last season and have continued to improve as they look to stay up this season.
“You know when you play Llanrhaeadr to expect a tough game, particularly in these derbies when everyone raises their game against Caersws.”
Meanwhile Edmunds hopes to maintain his starting role while helping Caersws to a top six league finish and possible silverware through the Huws Gray Alliance Cup.
“Caersws is a massive club in this area and I definitely think we are good enough to get in the top six. A good run in the cup would also be a boost for the lads.”
Defender Sean Ellis misses the match through suspension with manager Mickey Evans naming an otherwise full strength squad.
“It has been such a stop and start season, but hopefully we can now get a run of games under our belt,” said Evans. “Llanrhaeadr always make life difficult and I expect a tough test on Saturday.
“It has been a frustrating few months, but the squad is now near full strength so we must look ahead with confidence.”
Llanrhaeadr manager Mario Iaquinta was under no illusions about the size of the task facing his side against the Bluebirds.
The return of defender Joe Vaughan has provided a boost, but the villagers are sweating on the fitness of the midfield pairing of Simon Edwards and Matthew Evans.
But Iaquinta remained adamant the villagers could stay up this season with the display in the 2-0 defeat at Flint Town United last week underlining his confidence.
“They were hanging on at the end,” said Iaquinta.
“Had we made more of the many chances we created over 90 minutes we could well have taken a point from the game.
“Caersws will be just as tough, but we must look to make the most of home advantage and get a result.”
Guilsfield hit the road with manager Russell Cadwallader facing a selection headache for the clash at Penrhyncoch.
Rob Cookson and Mark Davies’ suspensions, coupled with injury to James Henderson, has ravaged the Guils defensive options for the testing trip to Cae Baker.
“We are struggling at the moment,” admitted Cadwallader. “We were fortunate to get out of Llandudno with a point last week and we expect a tough test at Penrhyn.
“We need to keep on working hard and hopefully we can start getting some of our players back in coming weeks.”