NEWTOWN return to action on Saturday with the visit of new boys Flint Town United.

The Latham Park clash represents both sides first action since the end of the two week national lockdown which came to an end on Monday.

During that time the only clubs permitted to play were TNS, Haverfordwest County and Bala Town with the other nine clubs barred even from training until this week.

The fortnight hiatus was another hurdle for clubs to overcome in a season which continues to lurch from crisis to crisis due to the pandemic and lockdown restrictions which have ravaged the finances of clubs.

Supporters continue to be barred from attending games, meaning clubs have been unable to recoup funds while the ban of spectators has also meant clubs unable to sell match and ball sponsorship to local businesses.

While the weekend visit of the Deesiders was confirmed to be going ahead on Tuesday, both clubs now face a mounting fixture backlog.

Meanwhile both clubs head into the game desperate to revive their season with Newtown struggling for form while Flint have also fallen off following a promising start to the campaign.

Newtown will also have the incentive of seeking revenge on their opening day defeat in Deeside on the opening day of the season.

The Robins go into the game with manager Chris Hughes confident his side are close to turning the corner after a poor start.

He said: “It is disappointing but we have a great team spirit on and off the pitch and will be working hard in training to work on what we need to do to start turning performances into points.”

“If we play as well as we did against Bala Town in our last game and and can put our chances away when they come along then I believe we are more than capable of getting a result.”