Thursday, February 04, 2010
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Junction chief relishing Saints' visit

WITH two giant-killings already behind them in this season's Welsh Cup, Llandudno Junction will be going for the biggest scalp of all when they take on The New Saints at the Flyover Ground this Saturday.

Shane Cartwright's side will aim to become the first Welsh Alliance League club ever to reach the quarter-finals of the competition but certainly have their work cut out in the most prestigious game in the Junction's modern history to stop two-time cup winners TNS in their tracks.
However, the Railwaymen have already upset the odds twice in this season's Welsh Cup by earning shock wins at Cymru Alliance outfits Llangefni Town and Llangollen Town.
And manager Cartwright does not see the point in taking anything other than a positive approach into the last 16 tussle with Andy Cale's full- timers.
"We go into the game under no pressure," he said. "Deserved wins at higher-placed Llangefni and Llangollen have given us our chance against TNS, and I'm sure as an attacking team which we are, we believe that this is the only way to play, the best way for us to play.
"You could say we are not good enough to mount a defensive operation for 90 minutes and I wouldn't disagree, but we honestly believe the best way for us to get a result is to play to our strengths and that means playing the way we do at home - open attacking football.
"Welsh Cup ties come no bigger than the visit of TNS as they on a regular basis have played European football and faced my beloved Liverpool five years ago in a Champions League qualifier.
"It is that memory of watching those games that inspired me to want to coach or manage at the highest level possible and now with Junction I want to achieve those aims."
The Junction chief also admitted preparations for the TNS tussle have not been the best with the lack of games due to the weather, coupled with last weekend's 2-1 league reverse at Llanrwst United.
Meanwhile, after needing extra-time to see-off Conwy United earlier in the competition, the Saints are not taking the tie lightly, but have the luxury of a fully-fit squad from which to select.

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