Cortez Belle

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THE New Saints head to one of their least favourite hunting grounds as they look to maintain the pressure in the Welsh Premier title chase.

Lying joint top with Bangor City, the defending champions will be wary of any slip-ups at Port Talbot who have provided tricky opposition in recent seasons.

The Steelmen defeated TNS last term, and have won four of the last seven meetings between the sides at the GenQuip Stadium, with two draws while the visitors have won just once.

TNS head coach Carl Darlington is braced for a tough test, particularly with former Cardiff City star Scott Young having now taken charge of the Port Talbot side.

"We’re under no illusions it’s going to be a difficult game, but one we need to win if we’re going to capitalise on our victory against Bangor, he says.

"Port Talbot is always a tough place go and it will be even more difficult now as they have a new manager in Scott Young, and the players will have a lot to prove."

Following a long injury lay-off, Matty Williams scored twice after coming on as a sub in the Welsh Cup win over Conwy Borough and Darlington added: "He showed just how clinical he is as a forward, something we have been missing."

Meanwhile, Young is looking for a reaction from his side after criticising their Welsh Cup performance against Airbus last Saturday.

Town were 3-0 down to the Wingmakers just past the half-hour mark six days ago, a deficit they were unable to recover from.

But Cortez Belle's two-match ban is a defensive headache for the manager, who is also without the suspended Carl Payne.

However, James Bloom, Daniel Thomas and David Brooks are available after injuries and suspensions.