Bala Town FC
JD Welsh Premier League
|08.09.17 | 7:45pm|
Following two successive defeats at the hands of Llandudno and Dumbarton, Andy Morrison will be looking to return to winning ways tonight against last season's JD Welsh Cup winners. Encounters between the two sides last season had very little in them, with three draws and one win for The Nomads, and no doubt that Friday's game will be a similar affair with both sides currently sitting on six points after the first three games - the only thing separating the two sides is The Nomads' superior goal difference at this stage.
Bala's record this season has seen victories over Newtown and Cardiff Met along with a defeat at the hands of The New Saints, and their side features last season's Nomads' number 10, Les Davies. The last time that Bala visited Deeside Stadium saw The Nomads secure a place in the UEFA Europa League thanks to a 2-0 victory in April.
Ahead of the game, Andy Morrison said "Our visit to Scotland was a great experience - the performance deserved much more than we got. We were more than a match for the 120 minutes we played against an established Scottish Championship side and the players shuld feel very proud of their performances.
I felt for my players at the end as they left nothing behind, gave everything and earned the respect of their opponents. I wasn't happy with some of the decisions given against us which allowed Dumbarton back into the game, but on reflection we should have put the game to be by half time.
It will be great to be back at home on Friday night - it's important we make the Deeside Stadium a fortress - a place where teams don't look forward to visiting. Our game against Bala have always been very tight affairs with three draws and a victory last season - I see the same close game tonight."
Morrison continued; "Bala have kept their group together and added real quality in the last window. Their success for me over recent seasons has come on the back of that continuity. Going forward, I know the importance for Connah's Quay of a settled squad and the need to create a togetherness and spirit within the group that doesn't happen overnight. I hear clubs talking about transitional periods and giving players
tim to settle in - in the last two years, we've brought in over 20 players and released a similar amount, so my staff and players have to take great credit for what they've achieved in that period.
It will be great to see big Les [Davies] again - a player I have a lot of respect for and a player who did great for me in his time at the club. I have said on many occassions how lucky I've been to work with the players I've worked with in my time at the club and no one has contributed more than Les to our success over the past two seasons."
The Nomads will go into the game without Mike Pearson who serves his one match ban for his red card at Llandudno and the game kicks off at Deeside Stadium at 7:45pm.