Neil Dymock reports from the Llanelli camp:
Llanelli suffered a nightmare evening on the field in the semi-final of the Word Cup, suffering two massive injury blows for the crunch game against Connah's Quay on Sunday.
Geoff Kellaway and Martin Rose suffered hamstring injuries to leave the Reds the harsh reality of just 11 fit outfield players for Sunday.
With the trio of Andy Legg, Chris Venables and Luke Bowen sitting out their final game of their ban and long term injuries to Craig Williams and Ashley Hollingshead, Andy Legg's playing squad is really down to the bare bones this time, with just youth keeper Dafydd Jones and assistant manager Stephen Jenkins on the bench.
Manager Andy Legg was unavailable for comment after the game at Richmond Park due to his FAW ban, but assistant Stephen Jenkins said,
"It has been a disappointing night. As players we play to win cups and trophies so to lose in a semi-final is hard, but we should have had the game tucked up in the first half hour as we made a lot of good chances.
“It's come back to haunt us really at the end. To suffer another two injuries is a massive blow, we really are down to the last 11 fit players and it’s doubtful if even Bows (Jason Bowen) will be fit in that line-up."
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Gap Connah’s Quay travel to Llanelli on Sunday with the squad aiming to stop the poor run of late.
Llanelli are founder members of the Welsh Premier League, but have been relegated twice, returning as Welsh League champions in 2004. They went full-time in 2005/6 and were league Champions for the first time in 2007-08.
They reverted to semi-pro status the following season and finished as runners-up to Rhyl. Last season Llanelli finished in sixth place, but this season they have been inconsistent and are currently level on points with Nomads on 15 points from twelve games. Away form has been better than form at Stebonheath, where they have only won 1, drawn 1 and lost 3, scoring 6 goals and conceding 12.
Despite well documented off the field problems compounded by the latest news that the club are facing yet another winding up order; to their great credit, Llanelli’s players have shown remarkable resilience on the pitch up until now. So there is no reason to believe that this weekend’s team performance will be any different.
Luke Bowen, Chris Venables, Andy Legg remain suspended for Llanelli, so unless any injuries were sustained in the League Cup semi-final at Carmarthen (which they lost 2-1), a similar line-up can be expected against Nomads.
Nomads small squad was severely depleted with the loss of 6 players for last weekend’s heavy defeat at Port Talbot. Consequently, they started the match with 3 youth team players and ended it with 5. With the defence in desperate need of re-enforcement, Manager Mark McGregor reports that left sided defender Danny Dobbins is now available to play at Llanelli and central defender Michael Robinson has a 50/50 chance of returning from injury. Forward Dean Canning remains unavailable and Ricky Evans is still suspended.
Macca said: “We need to show the same belief that we had earlier in the season and get back to basic sound defending. This is our game in hand and it is very important that we take something from this game.”
Nomads won 3-1 against Llanelli in the earlier encounter at Deeside and have won three of their five away games so far this season. With much needed defensive re-enforcement available, Nomads show the same sort of belief and form that they showed earlier in the season, they could return North with at least a point.