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Football: Gap Connah’s Quay aim to maintain good form

GAP Connah’s Quay hope to make it three wins in a row when they entertain Technogroup Welshpool on Saturday (2.30pm).

Nomads return to Welsh Premier League action after success in the Welsh Cup against lower-league Pwllheli on Saturday.

Late goals from Danny Forde and Jamie Petrie sealed a 2-0 home victory to set up a fascinating third-round clash with top-flight neighbours Airbus UK Broughton.

Nomads discover this week who they will take on in the quarter-finals of the Loosemores Challenge Cup too, but player manager Mark McGregor is more concerned about the visit of Welshpool.

He said: “We’re doing really well at home this year, only losing once to Rhyl.

“We want to keep that form going and another win will get us into the top half of the table.

“We’re going well and we’ve had two wins on the bounce.

“I’m really pleased with our start. We had three tough games in between, against Llanelli, Rhyl and The New Saints, but now we’re doing well in the cup and well in the league, too.”

McGregor says despite Welshpool collecting only a win and a draw from their seven games, they have proved they can pose a threat.

He said: “I’ve been to watch Welshpool play a couple of games. In their game against Airbus they played really well.

“They did a really good job on Airbus.”

After having had to play an outfield player in goal twice already this season, McGregor is keen to acquire the services of a new stopper.

He could exploit a loophole allowing teams to get keepers outside the transfer window when there is such an emergency.

“We’re on the lookout for a keeper because we’re struggling in that department,” he added.

“We could get an emergency keeper out on loan outside the transfer window.”

Midfielder Stuart Scheuber is a doubt for Nomads.

Airbus return to league combat on Saturday at home to Carmarthen Town (2.30pm).

The Wingmakers’ 3-1 Welsh Cup win at Lex XI on Saturday ended their three-match run and they will look to build on it against the Old Gold.

Airbus’ all-time top-flight leading scorer James McIntosh, who came off injured against Lex, will equal John Davies’ club record of 136 appearances if he plays.