We speak to Undy Athletic manager Laurence Owen and Cambrian & Clydach Vale manager Craig Hughes on the upcoming game.
Undy Athletic manager Laurence Owen’s comments:
On promotion last season
“It meant a lot to the club to be promoted as we had come so close in previous seasons.”
On the break-up of the season with postponements and the international break.
“It’s never ideal having a break from the league unless you’re ravaged with injuries. I wasn’t a fan of the international break disrupting our fixtures.”
On their opponents this Saturday
“We are very aware of how good Cambrian are, they are in a rich vein of form.”
Targets for this season.
“I always want to strive for more but at the start of the season I said that if we stay out of the relegation places this season, then it would be deemed as a successful season for us.”
Re-collecting Undy’s last league fixture against Goytre
“Goytre are an excellent side with some big names in their squad. But last match we were unlucky in the game and could have easily taken a point. Anyone is capable of beating anyone on their day.”
On who may miss out this weekend and who is definitely out.
“Rhys Aherne serves a one match suspennsion whilst James Barnes is touch and go at the moment.
On the impact of talisman Gareth Cullismore
“Gareth Cullimore is a consistent goal scorer for Undy but he is the same as eevry squad player we have, he’s important in his own way.”
Cambrian & Clydach manager Craig Hughes
On if they’re achieving their targets after Hughes’ late arrival
“We’re not at the level we expect just yet. Inconsistency comes with a new group with so many youthful players, balancing that comes with time.”
On why Cambrian are better away from home
“I think our away form comes with the grass pitches and our ability to adapt to the conditions. Teams up their game when they visit our stadium, which has a 3G pitch. We always tend to look nervous at home.”
On how Richard French and Bellamy are getting on at Cambrian
“Richard French and Ellis Bellamy have settled in well. Frenchy has been superb up top whilst Ellis is having to play catch up due to lack of game time but he is working hard and is showing it in training. I look forward to seeing him when he’s match fit.”
On whether the current league position means anything at this stage
“We are over achieving in regards to the current league position, it’s too early at this stage. Many of the other clubs in this league have far bigger financial resources, so we are minnows compared to some clubs.
On if the club are aiming for a licence to gain promotion to the WPL
“Cambrian’s facilities are quality. The people behind the scenes work tirelessly for the club and community.
We will have to wait until the club are ready for the financial impact. That will be up for the committee to decide whether we are ready for the Welsh Premier League.”
On Saturday’s opponents
“Saturday’s game will be tough against Undy, they are like us, a group of honest lads who work hard and have had some indifferent results… A battle will definitely be on the cards!
A few players will miss the game with one due to suspension whilst two other lads have personal commitments.”