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Football: Nomads boss McGregor wary of cup threat

GAP Connah’s Quay boss Mark McGregor won’t be underestimating Welsh Alliance side Pwllheli in the Welsh Cup after learning a valuable lesson in pre-season.

“We want to really do well in this cup,” said the former professional. “I went on a few good cup runs with Wrexham and it does breed confidence and keeps players on their toes. Obviously, it would be great to get a European place at the end of it if we win the cup.”

But the Nomads manager won’t be taking Pwllheli lightly at Deeside Stadium on Saturday (2.30pm) after his side crashed 2-0 at Cymru Alliance side Denbigh in August.

“We played Denbigh in a pre-season fixture and they turned us over,” added McGregor. “If we don’t turn up then it will be a hard game and it could turn into a difficult afternoon for us, so all the lads will be bang at it from the start.”

McGregor has a full squad to choose from with Stuart Cook and Stuart Scheuber having recovered from their recent injuries, and both should play some part as they look to regain full match fitness.

Gap Connah’s Quay found top form as they clinched a superb 2-1 away victory over Aberystwyth Town.

Nomads started positively and Danny Forde, Andy Olsen, and Jamie Petrie went close early on before Sam McNutt broke the deadlock on 33 minutes, picking up a pass and chipping keeper Stephen Cann.

The hosts’ Luke Sherbon had a headed goal ruled out for offside but he got his name on the scoresheet just after the hour as Terry McCormick parried Geoff Kellaway’s shot and Sherbon followed up to score the rebound.

The influential playmaker then had another effort ruled out for offside and the home side’s misery was complete when Forde’s right-wing cross looped into the Town net.

“It was a great result, really positive,” beamed McGregor. “We took the chances that we’ve been meaning to do over the last couple of games and the benefit of going in front then gives you the impetus to go on and win the game.

“It was a really good team performance.”