NATHAN Leonard has challenged his players to play for the shirt when Guilsfield host Llanrhaeadr tonight (Friday).

The Guils manager slammed his players commitment following their third defeat of the season in last weekend’s loss at Ruthin Town.

“We were appalling,” said Leonard. “The worst we have played since I’ve been at the club.

“Nobody will give you an easy game in this league and you have to be willing to work hard and put the yards in or you will get nothing.”

Leonard warned a repeat performance on Friday would see him wield the axe.

“If our lads aren’t up for it that will be the end of it for a few of them as I have had enough,” said Leonard. “If they want to take it easy in games and pick up easy money they can go and play in the Mid Wales League where plenty of clubs are chucking about money.

“They didn’t get paid Saturday and they won’t again until I see they are committed and want to play for Guilsfield Football Club.”

Leonard warned Llanrhaeadr would arrive with confidence following their bright start to the season.

“We have some great players and hopefully Friday is a turning point in our season,” said Leonard. “We know we will have to fight on the night and Llanrhaeadr will fancy their chances.”

Llanrhaeadr manager Marc Griffiths hoped his side could return to winning ways following defeat at Holywell Town last week.

“We feel we should of got something out of the game last weekend so we are all looking forward to trying to put it right on Friday. We know Guilsfield are a very good side and we will all have to be at our best.”

Elsewhere Penrhyncoch hit the road for Denbigh Town without midfielder Luke Sherbon who faces a spell on the sidelines with a torn calf muscle.

“It’s a huge blow but it’s now a chance for someone else to step up to the challenge,” said manager Gari Lewis who adds Steff Davies, Jonny Evans and Owain James to contention.

Lewis said: “Every week the players are giving more, improving all the time, and I’m proud of them all.”