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Football: Gap Connah's Quay boss Mark McGregor insist s is side are still in the hunt for ‘Super 12’ place

GAP Connah's Quay's task of reaching the ‘Super 12’ looks extremely difficult after they were left broken-hearted by a last-gasp defeat on Valentine’s Day, writes Dave Powell.

Mark McGregor's men had looked to have secured a valuable point in their vitally important trip to rivals Haverfordwest County on Sunday, only to succumb to a killer blow in the 88th minute.

Nomads player-boss McGregor said: “To lose the way we did is devastating. It was such a blow. All the lads are gutted but I was extremely proud of the way they acquitted themselves.”

Nomads had made the long trip south to New Bridge Meadow only able to name two substitutes due to injury and work commitments, and had looked set to claim a point until home striker Mark Dodds connected with a Lee Hudgell cross to head past goalkeeper Terry McCormick.

Missing influential Northwich Victoria loanee Aaron Burns, Nomads struggled to break through a well-drilled Haverfordwest defence and lacked a cutting edge despite much hard-work and endeavour.

“Losing Aaron Burns before the game was a massive blow,” said boss McGregor. “He has been great for us since he's been here and gives us an extra dimension up front but he was suffering from food poisoning.”

The defeat leaves Nomads eight points adrift of 12th-placed Haverfordwest, but with two games in hand on their South Wales rivals.

“Despite the defeat, we are all feeling positive and all believe we can get into the top 12,” said McGregor.

“The next four games are massively important and will probably define our season.”

Nomads welcome fourth-placed Aberystwyth Town to the Deeside Stadium on Saturday (2.30pm), followed by three away games, starting at struggling Elements Cefn Druids on Tuesday (7.30pm).

“All the lads are up for these games; we are looking for nine points and I think that is realistic,” said McGregor, who will welcome back striker Burns on Saturday.

“We beat TNS last week and their is no reason why we can't take points from Aberystwyth.

“Everybody is pulling together, the players the staff and the chairman. We all believe we can do it.”