Ashley Evans could return for Port Talbot today (Photo: Gareth Elms)
PORT Talbot Town boss Scott Young hopes to have midfielder Ashley Evans available for today's match in Prestatyn, reports the South Wales Evening Post.
The former Llanelli man is battling to recover from a groin strain in time to feature after missing the Steelmen's last two matches. Evans's return would boost Port Talbot, who were beaten at home by Bala last weekend, a defeat that has left them in the Welsh Premier League's bottom two.
And they will be looking for a sharp climb up the standings in order to qualify for the Championship Conference after Christmas.
"The important thing for us at the moment is to get the first goal. Over the last 12 months or so, if we score first, we don't generally lose," said Young.
Town will miss their suspended midfielder Mike Parker who was sent-off at Afan Lido last week.
Chris Thomas is suspended for Carmarthen
Carmarthen Town head to struggling Bala, with manager Mark Aizlewood insisting he is unconcerned by their leaking defence.
The Old Gold put four past Bangor City last weekend, but also shipped the same number. That was after they conceded three in a draw with Gap Connah's Quay seven days earlier, a result that came after a 6-0 thumping by The New Saints.
Town have seen 13 goals scored against them in the last three matches. But Aizlewood said: "You have to look at it in the context of how the games went. We were 3-0 down against Connah's Quay with nine men on the field and we got a draw.
"Then it was ten men for all but four minutes of the game with Bangor and we scored four goals.
"You have to concentrate on the magnificent effort of each and every Carmarthen Town player on the field."
Kris Thomas and Cortez Belle are both suspended for Town, but fellow defender Carl Evans returns after serving his one-match ban.
Afan Lido face a daunting trip to high-flying The New Saints in danger of losing touch at the bottom of the table. Paul Evans's side are still looking for their first Welsh Premier League win of the campaign after nine matches.
And the 1-0 home loss to Prestatyn last Saturday left them five points adrift of second from bottom Port Talbot. But Lido will have their work cut out this weekend as they face a Saints side who sit second, having lost just once so far this term.
Gary O'Toole has scored 7 in 4 WPL games this term
The Nomads welcome Rhyl to the Deeside Stadium for the first time since March 2012, in the first Welsh Premier League meeting between the two sides at Deeside since 2009.
Rhyl's last visit to Deeside in March 2012 was a top of the table clash in the Huws Gray Alliance which saw The Nomads come out victorious following a stunning 40 yard strike by Ricky Evans and a thumping header from Danny Forde as the Nomads edged closer to the title.
Rhyl will be without Steve Lewis following his suspension after receiving a red card for an incident in the tunnel at Port Talbot, whilst Niki Lee Bulmer is set to continue in goal with Alex Ramsay still on the treatment table.
The Nomads' strikeforce are looking strong as Gary O'Toole currently sits at the top of the golden boot table having scored seven goals in his four Welsh Premier League games since his return to Deeside just under a month ago. Mike Hayes will partner O'Toole and he has won two penalties recently, whilst Simon Everall is also at Mark McGregor's disposal having overcome injury..
Ahead of the game, Director of Football McGregor said; "After two tough games which brought us four points, we come up against our old rival from two years ago in the Huws Gray Alliance. They have done very well so far and will be a very hard team to beat.
We know that we can score goals, and while Gary [O'Toole] is hitting the back of the net game after game, [Mike] Hayes has won us two penalties and Si [Everall] is back fit and looking sharp, so any of the three of them can score the goals that we need."
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