ANDY MORRISON insists that tomorrow’s trip to Llandudno is Gap Connah’s Quay’s ‘cup final’.
The Nomads have a Welsh Cup semi-final with The New Saints lined up in eight days time, but Morrison believes that this weekend’s Welsh Premier League fixture is just as, if not more, important.
In-form Quay can close the gap on Llandudno to just three points with a win, Morrison’s men aware that Europa League qualification will be on offer to the team finishing third should TNS win the Welsh Cup.
“It’s our cup final,” declared Morrison. “For me it is a bigger game than the semi-final.”
On his side’s battle for a Europa League place, Morrison continued: “The players deserve great credit to have gone from the bottom of the league and into the top six and now past Newtown and Airbus.
“The players have bought into what we’ve asked and they have seen the results from that.”
Despite Quay’s impressive league form under Morrison, which stands at eight wins and two draws from 14 outings, they have suffered consecutive defeats to Llandudno.
A 1-0 defeat was followed by a 3-2 home loss, Morrison reflecting: “The 1-0 was played in horrendous weather and a draw wouldn’t have been an unfair result.
“But we wouldn’t have lost 3-2 at home if we had a different referee, it’s as simple as that.”
Danny Harrison will start the first game of a suspension received for his red card against Saints last Saturday, although Nathan Woolfe could feature and Robbie Parry returns.
On Harrison’s suspension, Morrison said: “It is a massive blow, but I’ve had to deal with worse and it gives someone else a chance.”
Elsewhere, basement outfit Haverfordwest County, who sit behind Rhyl only on goal difference, visit seventh placed Bangor City tomorrow, while Carmarthen Town entertain Port Talbot Town this evening.