Caersws are preparing for a big Huws Gray Alliance clash at the Recreation Ground, as Caernarfon visit on Saturday looking to go one step closer to the title.
But the hosts have their own goals to fulfil, and Y Clwb Pel Droed has spoke to manager Graham Evans ahead of the game.
Last time out against Caernarfon, Caersws went 5-3 in a thrilling encounter – and Evans is taking lessons from the game to apply in the return fixture.
“We know they are the best attacking side in the league, but to give away goals unchallenged from set pieces is criminal. We had chances in the first half ourselves but to be 4-0 down after 40 minutes is when you learn about players characters.
“The goal on half time boosted us, we addressed a few things half time and I was proud of the attitudes and performance in the second half. Not many sides score three at Caernarfon nor cause the problems we did.
“Had we scored the fourth with chances we had it would’ve been a very nervy last 10 minutes for them. Saying that though, Dave Jones made a couple of outstanding saves to keep us in the game at that point.”
Caersws sit 13th, and Evans is disappointed that they aren’t higher up the league, pointing to a number of factors that have stalled their season.
“Yes it’s been a disappointing season results wise. We were admittedly poor early on, injuries and unavailabilities didn’t help but ultimately we didn’t gel as a team. I hold my hands up for that.
“We recognised the issues and squad changes through the winter has had a positive effect and I don’t feel as though we’ve been as bad as form suggests. Overall though, we’ve not been consistent and too many individual mistakes have cost us.”
With seven games to go in Caersws’ season, Evans safety is the priority for the mid Wales side.
“Definitely. There’s still a quarter of the season to play. We’ll take it game by game, set up positively and I believe in this squad of players to pick up wins.”
Having only a played Caernarfon a fortnight ago, the manager expects both teams to be well acquainted with each other.
“Having only played the a fortnight a go, I’ll be expecting no different, another very difficult game. If results go their way, they can potentially all but secure the title so they’ll be no doubt looking to do that as soon as possible.
“We need to defend set pieces far better than last time out for starters, which I felt we addressed in the second half, but will take positives in knowing that we caused them big problems going forward.
“Hopefully that’ll still be fresh in their minds I’m sure they won’t be looking forward to coming to the Rec!”