Bluebirds boss lays down law after defeat

Published date: 09 March 2017 |
Published by: Gavin Grosvenor
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CAERSWS manager Graham Evans blasted his team following their midweek collapse at home to Penrhyncoch and demanded victory at Porthmadog on Saturday (2.30).

The Bluebirds crashed 3-0 to the relegation threatened Roosters while ending with nine men following the dismissals of striker Will Thomas and defender Paul Grant.

Their suspensions add to a growing selection crisis with Mark Griffiths joining Lance Joines, Scott Williams, Jack Bermingham, Graham Jones and Callum Hawthorne on the treatment table while Mike Collister is unavailable.

Defender Jake Parr is joined by teenage prospect Phil Jones in stepping up to the first team squad.

“The performance was not acceptable for large parts and the lads were told that in no uncertain terms,” said Evans.

“The work rate and attitude shown against Gresford showed what we are capable of so we'll be looking for a big reaction against a good Porthmadog side if we are to make anything of our season and finish as high as possible.”

Guilsfield manager Danny Barton issued his squad a top five target following last week’s stalemate at home to Caernarfon Town which lifted the villagers following their Welsh Cup defeat.

“We could have won by two or three and fair play to Caernarfon’s management who conceded that much at the end,” said Barton. “However it will count for nothing if we do not get anything at Holywell on Saturday.”

The Guils make the trip with a top five finish the least Barton will accept.

“Anything lower than fifth would represent a failed season from our point of view,” said Barton. “We must keep this run going now until the end of the season and see where it takes us.”

Defender Robbie James is ruled out through injury with midfielder Louis Irvine facing a late fitness check.

Penrhyncoch travel to Flint Town United buoyed by their midweek success at Caersws with manager Gari Lewis urging his side to take another giant step toward safety in Deeside.

Defender Jon Foligno remains suspended while Josh Shaw and Tony Meredith are injured but captain but Owain James returns to lead the Roosters following his ban.

Meanwhile Llanfair United begin a huge week in their own battle against relegation with Caernarfon Town returning to the site of their Welsh Cup quarter-final victory on Saturday before travelling to Conwy Borough.

“We need points,” said manager Rhys Stephens. “It does not matter where they come from but we must give everything.”

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