JD Welsh Cup
|27.01.18 | 2:30pm|
This afternoon sees The Nomads host Porthmadog in the fourth round of the JD Welsh Cup with both sides looking to secure a place in the fifth round.
The Nomads secured their place in the fourth round with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Cymbran Celtic in early December, while Porthmadog thumped Panteg 7-2 on the same day having hammered FC Penley 10-0 in the second round.
The last time that The Nomads met Porthmadog was in a pre-season friendly ahead of the 2015-16 season when a young Nomads side ran out 5-0 victors. The last competitive game between the two sides at Deeside was almost six years ago in the Huws Gray Alliance where the game ended 1-1 thanks to a late equalister from Mark McGregor to cancel out Chris Williams' free-kick.
While The Nomads currently sit second in the JD Welsh Premier League, Porthmadog still ply their trade in the Huws Gray Alliance, currently seventh in the league having won nine, lost six and drawn three of their opening 18 games of the campaign.
Ahead of the game, Andy Morrison said "Saturday's Cup game can't come fast enough for myself and the players. It's been a two week break that was needed as we had a few players unwell and carrying injuries, Saturday's game may come too early for a couple of those players and we won't know until the last minute.
Having watched Porthmadog, we know they are a real test - they are a free-scoring team, are in form and have a lot of threats throughout the team. We will have to be right at the top of our game to get the right result."
Morrison concluded; "We have reached the semi finals of this competition in the last two seasons and we have come up just short so we will be giving everything we have to go as far as we can."
The Nomads will be able to field both new signings in Andy Owens and Johnny Spittle, as Spittle was actually injured for the third round weekend, meaning he didn't feature for Aberystwyth in their 4-0 victory over Bala Town. The Nomads will however be without Callum Morris following his ankle injury in The Nomads' 4-2 defeat at Aberystwyth in the final game of Phase One.
- Referee - Lee Evans
- Assistant Referees - JB Roberts and Connor Fowler
- Fourth Official - Alex Livesey
The match kick off at Deeside Stadium