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WELSH Premier leaders The New Saints face a potential banana skin when they kick-off the Welsh Cup's third round of ties at Conwy Borough on Friday night (7.45).

The Saints will be wary of the Huws Gray Alliance outfit, who have met TNS twice in recent times.

Last season, TNS needed extra-time before winning 3-1 at home while, in 2009, the Saints also needed an extra 30 minutes before prevailing 2-0 at Y Morfa in the second round.

Head coach Carl Darlington again anticipates a tricky outing against a side who are lying third in the Cymru lliance.

"We don’t know much about their squad as they’ve got a lot of new players, but one thing we do know is that they have a lot of experience with a lot of ex-Welsh Premier players and will be tough opponents," he said

"We won’t be treating them lightly, as we know it’s going to be a big game for them. 

"We’re there to be shot down, it’s going to be a difficult tie."

The Tangerines suffered a shock 2-0 home league defeat at the hands of Guilsfield last weekend and manager Chris Herbert is hoping for an improved performance.

"We have a great game to try and bounce back, I've got a fully fit squad to choice from and there will be changes.

"We will be working on things in training this week for the game and we will be prepared as we can be for this fixture.

"Everyone at the club is looking forward to it."

Teddy Whelan, Gareth Sudlow, Mike Jukes, Steve Cunningham and Peter Doran were missing last Saturday and come back into contention for a starting place.