Scott Ruscoe has no intention of taking his side’s foot off the accelerator ahead of the final JD Welsh Premier visit of cup final opponents Connah’s Quay Nomads.

The TNS manager changed six of his stars for Saturday night’s win over Caernarfon Town as Ryan Brobbel, Kane Lewis, Greg Draper and Jamie Mullan all dropped to the bench while Aeron Edwards and Blaine Hudson missed out altogether.

However Ruscoe intends to pick a strong starting side to face Nomads a week before they meet again at Cefn Druids in the Welsh Cup final and expects his players to stand up to the challenge.

“We gave them Monday off and then train for the rest of the week before we name the strongest possible side against Connah’s Quay,” said Ruscoe, who has masterminded an eighth consecutive Welsh Premier title for the Oswestry club.

“We had a our rest on Saturday night with the six changes but Friday will be the strongest side possible. I want to beat them and take us further away from them,” said Ruscoe.

“You can’t go into games thinking ‘what if’ – we’re professional, we train very hard and we’re fit and the players want to be involved in these last two games.

“I want us to be on the front foot against them. We changed six lads against Caernarfon but we won’t be doing that on Friday night and players will have to earn their place in the line-up.”

While Ruscoe will go full steam ahead he expects the same from his rivals and believes the Deesiders had one plan

Ruscoe said: “With no disrespect to Nomads I can’t see them changing up. What are they going to do differently? They play the way they do and they’re very good at it.

“Whatever they do we will be waiting for it. The league game on Friday will have no bearing on the cup final either way.”

The match kicks off at 7.45pm as the Saints bid to end the league season on a high.