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Football: Boss McGregor wants Nomads’ cup form to continue in league

MARK McGregor hopes his Gap Connah’s Quay side can transfer their recent cup form to the league at the Airfield tomorrow night.

The in-form Nomads preceded Saturday’s derby success by booking their place in the semi-finals of the Loosemores Cup, with a 3-2 victory at this season’s surprise package Bala Town.

In a thrilling finale, Nomads found themselves trailing 2-1 when Town struck in the 87th minute, after an earlier Alan Glover equaliser for the visitors, but Mike Hayes brought McGregor’s men level in injury time.

The game entered extra time and Sam McNutt wasted little time to fire Nomads into the semis, where they will take on champions Rhyl.

The first leg takes place at Deeside Stadium on Tuesday with the away game taking place the following Tuesday.

Now McGregor wants his side to get more points under the belt as Nomads seek a place among the league’s top 10 this season.

“We’ve done very well in the cups,” said the former Wrexham midfielder.

“Obviously, being in the cups helps to keep your season ticking along with games coming left, right and centre.

“But we want to take that cup form into the league because the next 10 games in the league are going to be really important for us.”

And the Nomads player-boss is fully aware that Airbus will be fired-up for this second derby encounter in seven days after they knocked their Flintshire rivals out of the Welsh Cup.

“After we played on Saturday, I said to the lads ‘Make sure you’re all up for next week’s game because they’re going to be thinking they want to avoid another defeat against local rivals, so they’re going to be gunning for us.”

Wingmakers boss Craig Harrison is ready to bring some changes to his starting XI, but he doesn’t believe there are any benefits to last week’s Welsh Cup exit.

When asked if the result now frees his side up to concentrate on the league, Harrison said: “It always makes me laugh when I hear that, because me being me – whether it is just a crazy football quote or whether people actually think that, I don’t.

“I’m actually gutted we’re out and we could concentrate on the league just as much as if we were still in the cup. So it’s something people sometimes say as an excuse to paper over the cracks.”

Three Nomads players were injured during the cup tie but all have reported fit for tomorrow night’s match (kick-off 7.30).