|23.06.18 | 1:00pm|
This Saturday will see The Nomads make the short trip across the Irish Sea to face Crusaders in a pre-Europa League friendly.
It is the third consecutive season that The Nomads have visited Northern Ireland to prepare ahead of European fixtures, with our two previous fixtures coming against Cliftonville and Ballymena United. We started our pre-Europe campaign last weekend with a 2-1 victory away at Cefn Druids in a typical pre-season friendly, which saw wholesale changes for The Nomads at half time. A deft chip from Michael Bakare and a smart finish from George Horan in the second half gave The Nomads the victory and gave a number of new faces their first appearance in a Nomads shirt.
Crusaders finished the 2017/18 season as NIFL Champions, two point ahead of nearest challengers, Coleraine scoring 106 goals in the process, so The Hatchetmen will no doubt provide a great test for The Nomads ever-stern defence. Crusaders have been drawn against Bulgarian Champions, and one time Deeside Stadium visitors, Ludogorets Razgrad in their UEFA Champions' League First Qualifying Round tie.
The game kicks off at 1pm at Seaview in Belfast and coverage will be provided on The Nomads official Twitter page.