Home Sport Welsh Premier League

Welsh Premier League: Mark McGregor wants Gap Connah’s Quay to ‘push on’ after stunning Llanelli win

MARK McGregor has challenged Gap Connah’s Quay to build on the momentum generated by their best result of the season so far.

Nomads, who welcome Newtown to the Deeside Stadium tomorrow (7.30pm), stormed to a 6-1 success at Llanelli on Sunday.

Player-manager McGregor was fulsome in his praise after the stunning win. But he does not want it to be in vain.

McGregor has challenged his seventh-placed team to ‘push on’ by beating Newtown and then taking maximum points from their trips to Aberystwyth Town and Afan Lido, two other sides who are currently below them in the Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League table.

Three victories from their next three matches would give Nomads an excellent chance of finishing in the top six.

Teams who are sixth and above at the mid-season split will be safe from relegation.

McGregor said: “We’ve got to take confidence from the way we played and really push on from here.

“The lads have set a benchmark for themselves and the next few games are going to be crucial for us.”

McGregor and his men took advantage of the benefits of a rare overnight hotel stop before the Llanelli match.

“The preparations were key,” he said. “We prepared correctly, started the game really well, and then just went from there.”

Sunday’s win at Stebonheath Park halted a four-game losing-run for Nomads, who had conceded six in each of their previous two league matches.

It also led to former Wales international Andy Legg quitting as boss of troubled Llanelli, who had two players sent off.

Teenage hotshot Rhys Healey opened the scoring in the eighth minute and went to compete the first senior hat-trick of his career before the half was out.

But the highly rated striker had to share the match ball with Jamie Petrie after the consistently impressive winger also helped himself to three goals.

Petrie has scored nine times this season and is the third top scorer in the league. That total, however, is one less than Healey, who has 10 in all competitions – eight in the league – despite starting just six games.

The precocious 17-year-old has previously had trials at Manchester City and Stoke City and his manager accepts it is only a matter of time before a full-time club comes knocking at Nomads’ door.

Former Wrexham star McGregor said: “Rhys is going to be an excellent talent and he’s doing everything he can to push himself and his career forward.

“He is at the right club at the minute but I’ve always said he will play in the Football League. But at the minute he’s doing well for us and long may it continue.

“Since I’ve been here, I’ve moved players on to higher leagues and I wouldn’t stand in anybody’s way. But if and when the time comes, it’ll be what’s good for Rhys and what’s good for the club.”

Ricky Evans returns from suspension for tomorrow’s home clash with Newtown.

Llanelli will have the chance to avenge Sunday’s loss after they were drawn away to Nomads in the Welsh Cup.

The third round tie will be played at the Deeside Stadium on December 8 or 9.

Share