Keen battle expected at the Rec


Gavin Grosvenor

CAERSWS welcome Llan-rhaeadr to the Recreation Ground, for their first ever Huws Gray Alliance encounter on Saturday (2.30pm.)

The Bluebirds are unbeaten in seven games but have been warned not to underestimate the visitors, who have claimed a handful of scalps already this season.

Midfielder Graham Evans insisted the Bluebirds can extend their unbeaten sequence, which has seen the club overcome a poor start to the campaign, which also saw them deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player during the opening months.

“Things have come together,” said Evans. “The lads who joined during the summer have all fitted in really well and that is evident in our results from the last seven games.

“Llanrhaeadr will come here with a lot of confidence having already had some good results this season so we will have to be ready for a battle.”

Manager Mickey Evans agreed, saying: “To beat Flint is no mean feat and I am sure they will visit us with confidence high after that result.”

Evans is buoyed by the return of defender Sean Ellis and striker Scott Quigley from parent club TNS, while veteran pair Graham Jones and Geraint Lewis both survived last week’s 3-0 victory at Rhos Aelwyd after struggling for fitness.

However top scorer Mark Griffiths, who has grabbed 11 in the league so far, is a major doubt with a pelvic injury.

“Mark has been in great form this season and he deserves it after a few years of injury problems,” said Evans. “He is still struggling for the weekend but we will give him every opportunity to prove his fitness.”

The club have also completed the signing of left-sided midfielder Iain Edmunds, who joins the club from Llansantffraid Village, having been released by Shrewsbury Town in the summer.

Evans added: “Iain is struggling with a hamstring injury but he is keen to make his debut this weekend.”

Llanrhaeadr manager Mario Iaquinta was still pinching himself after masterminding a 4-3 win over Flint Town United last week.

“I was delighted with the way the lads performed,” said Iaquinta. “I would not change a thing about this squad. Each week we go out with nothing to lose and each week is part of a great adventure.

“Caersws are massive favourites but we have shown ourselves capable this season and go there with confidence.”

Guilsfield entertain Penrhyncoch at Stadiwm Cegidfa, with the hosts already reeling at the loss of midfielder Ian Probert to an ankle injury.

Manager Russell Cadwallader insisted his side could pull off a shock against the Ceredigion outfit, who remain the region’s highest placed Alliance club.

“They are always difficult and they will be again this time,” said Cadwallader. “From our point of view we must continue to try and play our football and hope results will start to go our way.”

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