LLANRHAEADR hope to unveil new signing Sam Thomas for the visit of basement side Holyhead Hotspur to Llansantffraid on Saturday.

Manager Marc Griffiths is confident international clearance will be received for the defender to make his debut against the islanders having signed from North West Counties League side Ellesmere Rangers.

With striker Iwan Matthews ruled out through suspension the home side will be forced into changes with Griffiths hopeful Thomas can be added to the fold.

Griffiths said: “We were were unlucky not to come away with a point from Rhyl last week. The lads put in a good performance.

“We had our chances and were unfortunate not to score on a couple of occasions and as we committed numbers forward looking for the equaliser they had their third.”

Despite Holyhead’s struggles with the club adrift at the foot of the table the Llanrhaeadr chief warned his side to expect a battle.

“Holyhead will be a different test,” said Griffiths. “We played them early in the season and it was a difficult match and I’m expecting Saturday will be the same.”

Meanwhile Penrhyncoch have also moved in the transfer market ahead of their home clash with Rhyl tonight (Friday).

Former Rhyl striker Carl Lamb has joined the Roosters in a bid to end the goal drought which has dragged the Mid Wales club into a relegation battle.

The 32 year old has had a nomadic career with spells at Rhyl, Aberystwyth Town, Welshpool Town, TNS, Cefn Druids and Bangor City in Wales with stints at Chesterfield, Witton Albion and Droyslden in the English system.

Lamb returns to competitive football after serving a two year ban for a drug offence.

Manager Gari Lewis said: “We welcome Carl to Penrhyncoch and hope he will be able to kick start our season against a Rhyl side that is going well.

“It’s another test for us but we have to keep believing we can survive.”

Lewis hoped to take the positives in defeat at Porthmadog, particular with the Roosters missing five players.

“The boys gave everything but Porthmadog are a slick outfit and we tired midway through the second-half,” said Lewis.

Meanwhile Guilsfield hit the road with a trip to Gresford Athletic still reeling after throwing away a goal lead with two minutes remaining to lose at home to 10 man Conwy Borough last week.

Manager Nathan Leonard said: "We were poor and it was a disappointing display especially after beating Bangor the week before.

"We have to step it up now for every game or it’s going to be a long end to the season."

Leonard warned his side to expect a battle against the Wrexham side who infamously staged a pitch walk off when the sides met last season.

"Gresford are on a great run and we’ll have to be at our best if we are to come away with anything. They like to play but can also mix it so it’s going to be a battle and hopefully a good game of football," said Leonard.

Meanwhile Leonard expressed condolences on behalf of the club to captain Sam Lichfield following the passing of his father this week.

"All our thoughts are with Sam and his family after the passing of his father Grant who will be missed be everyone associated with the club."