WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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MALTESE outfit Valletta City were the happiest of the island's trio of clubs in the Europa League after being paired with Newtown, a draw that instantly revived memories of the Citizens’ 3-2 aggregate Champions League victory over Barry Town back in 1999.

But coach Paul Zammit struck a cautious note: "I guess the two clubs will have been happy with the draw because we are both thinking that we have a chance," Zammit said.

"We can’t get ahead of ourselves though and the most important thing is to make sure that we are well-prepared for these tests.

"I’m pleased that we’re playing the first leg away.

"The first match will give us the chance to gauge our opponents but we will be doing our utmost to gain a positive result ahead of the home leg."

Zammit's prudence also stems from the fact that Valletta will be without two key players for their trip to Wales.

Jonathan Caruana is suspended for the first leg following a red card in the return game of last season's Champions League tie against Azerbaijan's FK Qarabag while Shaun Bajada, who got married last weekend, will still be away on his honeymoon.

Robins' boss Chris Hughes was also delighted with the draw: "Yes it is a decent draw,” he said.

"They are a big club and it is a big draw for us so we are already looking forward to it."