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Michael Wilde scores just four minutes after entering the game as a second half substitute - © NCM Media
Bala Town FCvsThe Nomads


Bala Town FC


The Nomads


JD Welsh Premier League
23.03.18 | 7:45pm

MATCH PREVIEW: FIGHT FOR EUROPE CONTINUES AT MAES TEGID

Friday night football heads to Maes Tegid this week as The Nomads take on Bala Town in the JD Welsh Premier League.

The game will prove vital in the run-in and chase for Europa League football through second place, where Bala currently sit, just one point ahead of fourth placed Nomads.

Since the sides last met in early February at Deeside, The Lakesiders have dropped points just once against TNS in their most recent outing last weekend at Park Hall. The Nomads followed up their 1-1 draw in February with a 2-0 victory away at Cardiff Met before losing out to both Bangor City and The New Saints in the league despite dominating both games for large spells. The two most recent fixtures saw a return to winning ways for Andy Morrison's side however, with a 2-1 victory over TNS in the JD Welsh Cup Quarter Final and a dramatic nine-man victory over Cefn Druids in the last match at Deeside stadium, two weeks ago.

The Nomads last trip to Maes Tegid saw an early Michael Widle header cancelled out by a late Chris Venables penalty - a result, which at the time put The Nomads top of the league in early November. Since then, both sides along with Bangor have exchanged the top four places and are all looking to secure European football directly.

Both sides had representation in this past week's Wales C International against England as defensive duo Mike Pearson and Kai Edwards featured in front of Bala's Ashley Morris on goal, while Chris Venables got on the scoresheet for Wales late on in the 3-2 defeat.



Ahead of the game, Andy Morrison said "Our games this season against Bala have been close affairs with only a goal in it - this game will be no different. We've had a week's break and trained with great intensity.

We are really up against it with five starters missing through injury and suspension and 2-3 players not fit at the moment, so I'm under no illusion as to how difficult it will be to keep our fantastic run against Bala going."

Morrison concluded by saying "This is a great opportunity for players who have not had a great deal of game time to make their mark and stay in the team going forwards into this key period of the season."

Team News
The Nomads will be without both George Horan and Jay Owen who both received straight red cards in The Nomads' last game against Cefn Druids, while Danny Harrison and Michael Wilde both reached their limit for accumulated yellow cards, meaning that both will also miss the game.

Match Officials
Referee: Kevin Parry
Assistant Referees: Martin Roberts and Aaron Wyn Jones
Fourth Official: Mark Petch

Match Coverage
The match will, as always, be covered by The Nomads' official Twitter account.

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Wilde downs Bala in race for Europe
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