WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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THE New Saints can consolidate top spot in the Welsh Premier table on Friday night when they host Aberystwyth Town.

The visiting Seasiders took a point from TNS at Park Avenue earlier this season, but their bid to end the Saints' 100% record at Park Hall this season will have to be made without three key players.

Geoff Kellaway is suspended after kicking-out at an opponent in the Welsh Cup victory at Llanfair United, while influential midfielder Chris Venables is banned after picking-up five yellow cards.

Another absentee will be former TNS wingman Craig Williams, who is ruled-out with injury sustained two weeks ago in the defeat at Afan Lido.

In Friday night's other game, Bala Town host Gap Connah's Quay in a crucial bottom-six affair at Maes Tegid.

A home win would take the Lakesiders level on points with the Nomads, who are desperate for an end to a seven-match losing run in the league.

Player-manager Mark McGregor is sweating on the fitness of leading scorer Gary O'Toole, who was stretchered-off during the Welsh Cup defeat at Caersws.

O'Toole's injury is not as bad as was first feared and the frontman hopes to shrug-off strained knee ligaments to take his place in the squad.

"I'm working hard to be back in action on Friday as watching from the sidelines against Port Talbot was horrible," O'Toole says.

Bala welcome back defender Stuart Jones from suspension.

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21 September 2017

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