FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk
UEFA Europa League
|12.07.18 | 6:00pm|
|Match Played at Belle Vue Stadium, Rhyl|
Thursday night's game sees Connah's Quay Nomads welcome Belarusian side, Shakhtyor Soligorsk to Rhyl in this UEFA Europa League First Qualifying Round tie.
The game marks the club's third successive European campaign and we are arguably the best prepared we ever have been ahead of this season's international competition having picked up victories over Cefn Druids, an Inspire Sports XI, Irish Champions, Crusaders as well as a draw at the Isle of Man FA.
We know that Soligorsk will be a tough task as they are currently 15 games into their domestic season, currently sitting fourth in the league table and on a 12 game unbeaten streak with their last defeat coming in April.
First Team Manager, Andy Morrison travelled to Belarus last weekend to take in their 1-0 victory over Smolevichi STI and on his return said "They are a third of the way through their season challenging Dinamo Minsk and BATE Borisov for the league title.
Having been to Belarus to watch them, I realise the size of the task ahead - my coaching team and I have watched their last four games in great detail and are in agreement that they are a better outfit than both Stabæk and HJK Helsinki who we have played in the past.
We have shown in previous seasons that we have the qualities to stay in these games and have always been competitive, so we go into the game with respect, but no fear."
Following The Nomads' recent friendly with an Inspire Sports Management XI, Andy Morrison spoke to Nik Mesney to give his thoughts ahead of the challenge.
Ahead of the game, both Michael Wilde and Danny Harrison are both injury doubts, having picked up muscle injuries in pre-season.
General Admission: £10
Concessions and U16: £5
Match Programme: £3
Tickets have not been produced for this match, and as such, admission is only payable on the gate at the stadium.
The match will be covered as always by our brilliant Twitter feed with match photos being uploaded in-game (weather permitting).