Bala Town FC
JD Welsh Premier League
|14.04.17 | 2:30pm|
Good Friday sees The Nomads host Bala Town in a game that offers up a host of opportunities for both sides.
Bala currently sit second in the league table and will be looking to secure their place in the top two for the third consecutive season, while The Nomads are looking to secure the Club's highest ever finish in the Welsh Premier League.
Second place in the league table not only confirms Europa League qualification, but will also see entry into the Scottish Irn Bru Cup, something that The New Saints and Bala Town experienced for the first time earlier this season, and something that both sides on Friday will be looking to achieve.
While second place secures entry into Europe and the Scottish competition, third place will also be enough for Europa League qualification, and enough to give The Nomads their highest ever position in the top flight of Welsh football. A point on Friday would be enough to all-but-secure third place, barring Bangor City scoring an average of eight unanswered goals per game in their final three games.
Going into the game, The Nomads will be without Nathan Woolfe, who was shown a straight red card against TNS last week and will miss the remainder of the season as a result.
Ahead of the game, Andy Morrison said "All our games this season against Bala have been close encounters and I expect Friday to be no different. I have nothing but respect for what Colin [Caton] and Bala have achieved over the last few seasons - cementing their position as the top part-time team in the Welsh Premier League. They have improved year on year, have a strong mentality and everyone connected with the club is pulling in the same direction - Bala are the benchmark for all other part time clubs.
This week will be a busy one for our Head Therapist, Gemma - as it stands, we have nine fit players which is far from ideal at this key stage in the season - time and time again, the players have dug in and won games they had no right to win. The strength and desire they have shown to overcome adversity this season will hold us in good stead in the massive games we face over the next couple of weeks. Everything is in our hands and that's all we can ask for.
I expect Bangor to win comfortably against TNS on Friday, so we will need to get the right result which will get us into Europe."
The game kicks off at Deeside Stadium at 2:30pm on Good Friday.