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Welsh Premier: Gap Connah’s Quay boss Mark McGregor refuses to take Afan Lido lightly

GAP Connah’s Quay will need to be on their guard on Saturday as they head out to the league’s bottom side Afan Lido (2.30pm).

Player-boss Mark McGregor has issued a warning to his side that they will need to take their best to the Marston Stadium.

Lido have lost 10 league games in a row but McGregor knows it won’t last.

“A losing run like that can’t go on forever,” he said. “We will have to be at our best if we want to beat them on Saturday.”

Key to securing a result against Lido will be ruthlessness, a trait that was lacking last weekend as Nomads lost 3-0 at Aberystwyth Town.

The visitors started brightly and should have been ahead inside three minutes.

But Alan Hooley blazed wide with just Mike Lewis to beat.

It came against the run of play when Aberystwyth took the lead with the last kick of the opening period.

A Matty Collins corner found its way to the back post and Cledan Davies fired home despite the best efforts of Hooley on the line.

It got worse four minutes after the restart when Jordan Follows slotted in after goalkeeper John Rushton failed to hold a Davies cross.

McGregor’s side responded well, with young hotshot Rhys Healey nearly taking advantage of a Lewis handling error, but their hopes of a comeback were ended 10 minutes from time.

Follows skipped past McGregor and crossed for Declan Carroll to finish.

Nomads were even denied a late consolation when Lewis saved a Rob Jones penalty.

Healey hobbled out of the game early but he will be available this weekend.

“Rhys trained this week and he only has bruising,” said McGregor. “He got kicked about a bit but people are starting to do that now he has a few goals. It’s part of the game and he’s working hard in the gym to build himself up.”

With seven games to go until the league split, McGregor has one eye on securing a top six place in Nomads’ first season back in the top flight.

“We have been around sixth all season but there are maybe six teams all going for sixth place,” he said. “Lose a couple of games and you can be second from bottom.

“Realistically we need four wins from seven to make the top six, which would be a great achievement and allow us to plan for next season without fear of relegation.

“But we haven’t drawn a match yet either, and if we could start turning losses into draws that would help.”

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