WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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DESPITE reaching 33 points with a Boxing Day win over Flintshire rivals Gap Connah's Quay, director of football Andy Preece is still uncertain whether it is enough for his Airbus UK Broughton side to claim a top-six finish at the split.

"It's horrible, it's difficult this year, 30 points is normally enough. You look at our 33 after today's game and you're thinking I don't know if that is enough," he said.

"So we've just got to keep getting as many points as we can but obviously we've put ourselves in with a great chance and, if you're in the top six, you've got a chance to be in the top two or three or the play-offs.

"When we look at the teams that are not going to be in there, we're grateful that we are. I'm pretty sure another three points would be enough, so the sooner we can get those the better."

Port Talbot have staked a strong claim for a top-six spot with successive victories over Aberystwyth and Newtown.

"To have had this last week's performance and results together is top drawer," says manager Bernard McNally.

"I'm delighted with the players in the way that they've applied themselves, the way that they've gone in with passion and commitment and, on top of that, they've really started to play some great football.

"We’ve got a nice three or four days now to relax, regroup and hopefully go on to do the double over Newtown.

"I think we’'d be disappointed if we didn’t get the top-six now - I think the players would be absolutely gutted.

"We’re looking at it now to go to Newtown and get another three points and, hopefully, if other results go our way, it might just that security that we’re looking for."

Newtown are two points adrift of making the cut but manager Chris Hughes remains optimistic.

"Carmarthen are our main competitors for a top six place and they have a few tough games coming up which they are going to have to play without their main weapon, Cortez Belle who should be getting a three-match ban with the totting up of yellows and yesterday’s sending off," Hughes said.

"We have to look to accrue more points than them in the remaining games."

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20 September 2017

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