HENRY Cowans has been of the stars of Newtown's European adventure this summer.

With two goals under his belt the midfielder is Welsh football's top scorer in European competitions.

Ahead of Newtown's UEFA Conference second qualifying round second leg clash against Spartak Trnava in Oswestry the midfielder shared his thoughts on his summer so far and his first goal against Faroes side HB Torshavn.

"On a personal level it was great to get my first European goal but the importance of the goal for the team on the night was the best part of it," said Cowans. "I am proud that it helped us to secure a memorable victory which you could see meant a lot to everybody connected to the club”

Cowans netted Newtown's equaliser against Spartak in their 4-1 first leg defeat and insisted nobody in the camp had surrendered hope despite needing to win by four clear goals on Thursday night.

He said: "We are not naive enough to think that we face anything but an uphill battle but regardless of the result in Slovakia, the second leg was always going to be a tough game anyway.

"We are going into the game with a lot of belief that we can turn things around, if we can cut out mistakes and get an early goal then who knows what could happen."

Cowans is also looking forward to helping Newtown secure European football for a third successive summer next year.

He said: "On a personal level, I want to stay fit and enjoy playing as regularly as possible and to a high standard.

"We have a fantastic group of players and I can’t see any reason why we can’t match our achievements from last season or do even better."

Manager Chris Hughes admitted his side faced an uphill struggle in the second leg.

He said: “We’re disappointed with the goals we conceded. The third goal was a big mistake by our player, the fourth was probably from offside. It will be difficult to come up with something in return, but in football you never say never.”

With thanks to Gareth Thomas.