LLANFAIR United manager Rhys Stephens is relishing the start of the season with Llangefni Town visiting Mount Field in the first round of the Nathaniel MG Cup on Saturday.

The revamped competition sees clubs from the newly branded JD Cymru North and South face off this weekend to join the 12 JD Cymru Premier sides in the next round.

Stephens said: “It will be a tough game but we are looking forward to getting going.

“We have a few missing but all teams will be the same this time of the year.

“It’s great to be a part of this competition and the club is hoping for a bit of a run.”

Meanwhile Penrhyncoch make the trip into the unknown with Ammanford playing host.

The Roosters have strengthened their midfield with the addition of Lance Jones from Caersws while Luke Sherbon has departed to join Cymru South side Llanelli Town.

Meanwhile Guilsfield hit the road for Ruthin Town with a new look management team.

Club stalwart Bernie Jones has stepped up as manager with Jason Brindley taking over as coach while last season’s manager Nathan Leonard is now director of football.

The Guils have bolstered with the signing of striker Adam Davies with the former Welshpool Town striker arriving from North West Counties League side Ellesmere Rangers.

The Guils must cope without midfielder Andy Ford who has taken a sabbatical from the game this season while defender James Parry is a fitness doubt with an ankle injury.

Leonard said: “It will be an interesting game to see where the lads are at.

“They’ve worked very hard pre season but we’d usually have had six pre season games before our first competitive game so we will see this as a game to use all the players for minutes and make sure we are rating to go for the first league game of season.”

Llanrhaeadr are also under new management this season with Lee Green at the helm.

The villagers face a stern cup test with a trip to Prestatyn Town on Saturday but senior player and last season’s manager Marc Griffiths insisted Llan could complete an upset.

Griffiths said: “We are all raring to get going again.

“Our pre season has all gone to plan and we have enjoyed testing ourselves against some quality sides.

“Saturday will be a very tough game against one of the title favourites but we have got used to the underdog tag and we are looking forward to another shot at causing an upset.”

Meanwhile wildcards Berriew host Corwen with manager Dave Jones conceding his side were venturing into the unknown.

"We are proud to have been invited into this seasons Nathaniel MG Cup," said Jones. "I am anticipating a tough game against Corwen and we are going to have to be at our best if we are to progress, especially given that we are hamstrung by a number of absentees.

"There is an added incentive though in that the winners will face JD Cymru Premier side Caernarfon Town at home next weekend, which would be a massive game and a great opportunity for the to host a Premier team."

Berriew are without goalkeepers Archie Jones and Gus Gately with Harry Wilkinson claiming the No1 jersey.

Defender George Davies and striker Joe Haycock are unavailable with midfielder Bailee Austin injured with Jones set to hand debuts to summer signings Jon Jones and Dennis Bates following their arrival from Holywell Town and Dolgellau Athletic respectively.