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Gap Connah’s Quay: Boss Mark McGregor confident of bouncing back from Llanelli loss

DETERMINED Gap Connah’s Quay player-manager Mark McGregor believes his side will bounce back after they fell to a 5-0 loss at Llanelli on Sunday.

It was Nomads’ first defeat of their season so far after they had taken four points from their first two league outings.

And former Wrexham star McGregor believes the squad’s spirit has not suffered too much of a blow on the eve of Saturday’s coastal derby at home to defending champions Rhyl (2.30pm).

“We knew it was going to be a tough start and obviously we didn’t want to get beat so emphatically by Llanelli,” he said.

“But they are a good side. We want to be playing at the best level we can and we will look to start again and get back to playing how we were at the very start of the season.

“We’ve got a great bunch of lads with a fantastic spirit. We know there were too many individual mistakes against Llanelli but we can work them out.”

Rhyl, who are unbeaten so far, arrive at the Deeside Stadium on the back of a 2-0 victory over Port Talbot Town on Saturday.

But despite the Lilywhites being favourites going into the encounter, McGregor is hopeful of getting back to winning ways.

“You couldn’t ask for a tougher game, especially after losing 5-0, but the lads are up for it,” he said.

“What a scalp it would be, though, on our home ground, where we have already won twice – in the league and in the cup – so we will be looking to make it three.

“The lads are sticking together but we need nine or 10 players to play at their best if we are to get results this season. That is what we need to do against Rhyl. If we do that then we have got a chance.”

Chris Herbert and Stuart Cook are facing a fight to be fit. Nomads are at home again on Tuesday when they entertain Caersws in the Loosemores Challenge Cup (7.30pm).

A victory would move McGregor’s men within touching distance of qualification.