After being towards the bottom of the table following Andrew Smith’s departure, manager Ross Kennedy has turned things around. He speaks before the match against Ton Pentre. 

With both teams only separated by a point in the table, Kennedy expects a tough tie against Pentre.

“I always expect a tough game at this level, anyone can beat anyone in this league. The last time we met it was a tight game with us getting a very late equaliser, I expect Saturday to be no different.”

With Smith departing the club to join Cinderford, Monmouth have made small changes that have helped make Monmouth a more fitter side.

“Since I took over training has been at a good intensity and the lads have been applying themselves well and responded positively to the changes I’ve made especially the extra fitness work. I haven’t looked to make any big changes just tried to install some confidence back in the players and a few tweaks in the way I want us to approach and play in games.

I think our results have proved we’re doing the right things and our last result against Caerau Ely shows that. However one good result doesn’t mean much and it’s consistency that we’re working towards.”

Monmouth have lost a key youngster in Dafyddd Jones, who has returned to Newport County, but Monmouth will look to recruit this month.

“We’ve lost a couple of players over Christmas with Daffyd Jones loan from Newport County expiring and Elliot Ford leaving to join Cinderford Town.

They will be missed and it’s a loss to our squad but we are looking to bring 1 or 2 in and hopefully something will happen soon. If not, I still have every confidence in the group I have that we can stay in the division which was my objective when taking over.”


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