Gary O'Toole

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STRIKER Gary O'Toole will again be a notable absentee when Gap Connah's Quay host improving Bala Town at the Deeside Stadium on Friday night.

Twice winner of the Huws Gray Alliance Golden Boot during the Nomads' rise back to the top flight, O'Toole is understood to have made himself unavailable for the last two games and to be seeking a new club.

Youngster Rhys Healey was handed a chance to deputise and scored in the 4-2 win at Carmarthen Town and the promising 17-year-old will almost certainly be in the starting line-up again.

The Lakesiders suffered a blow during Sunday's 2-0 home win over Port Talbot with defender John Irving out for a month with knee ligament damage. Midfielders Conall Murtagh and Ross Jefferies are also ruled out of the game, while Steff Edwards and Mike Byron face fitness checks.

In a strange piece of fixture planning, Nomads' Flintshire neighbours Airbus UK Broughton are also at home on Friday night in what is almost a top of the table clash.

The Wingmakers could close the gap on league leaders and visitors Prestatyn Town to just one point with a win, but will be without the suspended Ryan Wade, while leading scorer Steve Abbott is an injury doubt.

But confidence in the home camp is high after several fringe players feature in a 3-2 friendly win at AFC Telford United.

Meanwhile, Seasiders' player-manager Neil Gibson firmly believes that his side are serious title contenders this season.

"We've played 10 games and are doing well so far, the new signings have settled in quickly and are playing some good football," he says.

"We're not getting carried away but know that we're a good side who are difficult to beat."