NEWTOWN manager Chris Hughes has backed his side to maintain their impressive form when Aberystwyth Town visit on Saturday.

The match is the last of the league season and Newtown go into the game with confidence high having sealed a place in the Europa League play-offs.

“We have had a really good second half to the season and that is credit to the players and coaches and what we are trying to achieve at Newtown Football Club,” said Hughes.

“We have won seven games and only lost one since the season resumed and that is testament to everyone for the hard work they have put in this season.

“It has been a hard year so to get seventh spot is a great achievement and it keeps our season alive.”

Hughes felt it a just reward after last season’s curtailed league meant his side were left frustrated in their bid for a return to Europe.

“I think it was obviously unfortunate but credit to the players who have done so well in such circumstances this season.”

Hughes plans to ring the changes this weekend.

“We have an opportunity to give a few lads some minutes ahead of the play-offs and we will be looking to do that against Aberystwyth,” said Hughes.

However Hughes insisted his side would be gunning for three points.

“At the end of the day it is a derby match and even with no fans at the ground we know that this is an important fixture to win for all involved at the club,” said Hughes.

“Aberystwyth have not had a great season but will not want to be ending in the bottom two regardless of their being no relegation this season.

“We have had some good battles against them this season and we will be looking to keep the winning run going but we also know it will be a tough game as matches against Aberystwyth always are.”