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Football: Nomads boss McGregor wants a positive start to 2010 against high-flying Rhyl

WITH the worst of freezing temperatures and heavy snowfalls now hopefully behind us, Mark McGregor wants his Gap Connah’s Quay side to make a flying start to 2010.

Nomads sit in 13th position – four points off 12th and eight points off Flintshire rivals Airbus in 10th – yet the Deesiders could not have asked for a tougher start to the year.

Sunday’s home match with high-flying Llanelli fell victim to a waterlogged pitch and now Nomads face a testing trip to Rhyl on Saturday (2.30pm) followed by the visit of TNS next Friday (February 5).

“The lads are itching, they just want to get back to playing games,” said player-boss McGregor, who last saw his side in action on Boxing Day. “Hopefully the weather will start to clear up now and we can look forward to Saturday’s game.”

And Nomads, who returned to outdoor training this week, will be hoping to repeat their Loosemores Cup semi-final first-leg success against the champions.

“We’ve played them three times already this season,” said McGregror. “It’s going to be a good game. I thought we were unlucky to lose at home in the first game (2-0), we beat them in the cup (2-1) before they ran out 4-0 winners, even though it wasn’t really a 4-0 scoreline, so we know each other well.

“They’ve made a couple of additions but they got beat at the weekend so it shows they’re not unbeatable. So we’re going to go there and we’re going to go for it. We need the points and we’re not going to just sit back and wait to be beaten.”

And the former Football League man is looking forward to renewing acquaintances with good friend and former Wrexham team-mate Gareth Owen, who plays for Rhyl.

“We played a good number of years together and I know Gareth really well,” said the ex-Red.

“I spoke to Gareth earlier on in the season, before I took the job, and he was very helpful. He said if there’s any problems or any advice he can give me, just give him a call.

“When we get out on the pitch, we have a chat and a bit of a laugh as well! But it makes you play a bit better because you think, we used to play together and I’ve got to show him I’ve still got it.”

And McGregor confirmed he is working hard to add new recruits to his squad.

“We’re trying every day but nothing’s come through, as of yet,” he said. “But we’re still hopeful and we’ve still got two weeks left and we’ll be trying right up to the last day to improve the squad. I’m not just going to bring players in who won’t make the squad better. I need to bring players in who are right and will improve the team.”

Craig Jones is suspended but McGregor has no injury worries.