NEWTOWN travel to Connahs Quay Nomads tonight (Friday) with confidence soaring.

The Robins dismantled Barry Town United in a 3-0 win at Latham Park last week with manager Chris Hughes insisting his side could have scored “six or seven”.

“Barry Town United are a very good team but all credit to the players who executed the game plan superbly and it was just as pleasing to keep a clean sheet,” said Hughes.

“I felt Joe Kenton had a fantastic game and he always gives Barry problems.

“It was a big win for us and a deserved one. People will be surprised but we are in the top six on merit and a dominant display against a good Barry side is just what we wanted.

“Rio Ahmadi took his penalties superbly and our second goal was an excellent team goal and well taken by Alex Fletcher.”

Newtown are now within six points of Barry and the final Europa League spot but Hughes insisted his side were not looking any further than another testing clash against Nomads tonight.

The Deesiders suffered a potentially critical blow in their title bid in last week’s defeat to TNS and will be smarting ahead of the arrival of the Robins.

The match also comes less than a month since the reverse fixture at Latham Park when the Nomads’ victory represented the first league defeat of the season at Latham Park for the Robins.

“Connahs Quay are having a great season and could still win the league and two cups,” said Hughes. “It will be another tough game for our players but these big matches are why we want to be in the top six.”

Goalkeeper Dave Jones suffered no ill effects upon his comeback following concussion with Hughes able to name a full strength squad.

“The new lads who came in during January have bedded in well and given the whole squad a lift,” said Hughes. “We travel with confidence.”