Newtown and Druids clash in cup


Gavin Grosvenor

NEWTOWN return to the JD Welsh Cup trail with a fourth round visit from Cefn Druids on Saturday (2.30).

The Robins go into the game with memories of last season’s famous Welsh Cup run which manager Chris Hughes hoped would inspire his players.

“It’s a great competition and we want to do well in the cup,” said Hughes. “You never know when you will get another run in the cup like we did last year and all we can do is give is our all.”

Hughes was wary of the threat of Druids who were relegated from the Welsh Premier last season and have since been one of the form sides in the Huws Gray Alliance.

“We know quite a lot about each other as clubs with players on both sides having experience with the other,” said Hughes.”We expect a tough match and games against Druids are always physical.”

Meanwhile Hughes lamented the state of the Bala Town pitch in last week’s 1-1 draw which opened the second phase of the Welsh Premier season.

“Full credit to both sides for trying to play on that pitch which was not playable in my opinion,” said Hughes. “There was standing water which stopped the ball and it ruined the game as a spectacle.

“This is the top league in Wales and it does not look good for the Welsh Premier to have games played on such a surface.”

Defender Rob Williams is suspended following his dismissal at Maes Tegid while on-loan defender Jordan Wells is cup tied but the Robins are boosted by the return of Gavin Cadwallader (pictured).

Meanwhile the Robins have loaned fringe player Craig Harris to Huws Gray Alliance side Rhayader Town  while signing teenage striker Francis Barr from Spar Mid Wales League Two side Abermule.

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