WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

Share this article

Submit to DeliciousSubmit to DiggSubmit to FacebookSubmit to Google PlusSubmit to StumbleuponSubmit to TwitterSubmit to LinkedIn

MANAGER Huw Griffiths says there will be no pressure when Cefn Druids bid to stop The New Saints' record bid on Boxing Day.

TNS can equal a 44-year-old record set by Ajax by winning their 26th-game in a row in all competitions.
Craig Harrison's side currently lead the table by 21 points but, despite that, Griffiths is refusing to see the match as a foregone conclusion.

"There’s no pressure on us. It gives us a chance to work on things," Griffiths says. "We will not be there to make the numbers up. We will be going there to try and achieve what other teams haven’t done so far this season. It will be a chance for us to go out, relax and try to play our game with the aim of trying to get something from the game. If we come out with anything from the game it will be the result of the season."

Second-placed Bala Town are at home to Rhyl with Kieran Smith, Lee Owens and Ryan Wade facing fitness tests. The visitors are hit by suspensions following a recent spate of dismissals with Alex Jones, Zyaac Edwards, Mike Sharples and Chris Durkin all banned.

Newtown could be without seven players for their visit to Aberystwyth with both sides still harbouring top-six aspirations. Jamie Price and Alex Fletcher are suspended and there are doubts over Kieran Mills-Evans, Dave Jones, Craig Williams, Jason Oswell and Luke Boundford.

"Two suspensions don't help but we will have to ask lads to play in different positions and see how we go," says manager Chris Hughes. "A few weeks ago we were four points adrift at the bottom, and now we are four places off the bottom so it shows the character we have to turn things around."

Bottom club Airbus UK Broughton hope Matty McGinn could return from injury for the visit of Flintshire neighbours Gap Connah's Quay. Bangor City host Llandudno having already secured a top-six spot while Carmarthen Town will be looking to strengthen their bid for a top-half place at home to Cardiff Met.