Welsh Cup Final
will be keen to avenge their loss of the league title to Rhyl [Keith Williams/Sportpixs].
Rhyl FC v Total Network Solutions
Sunday 9 May 2004: Latham Park, Newtown (12 noon)
Live BBC2 Wales
APART from long term absentees Gary Brabin and John Leah, Steven Beck is the Saints'
only injury doubt as they prepare to take on rivals Rhyl in Sunday's Welsh Cup
The Latham Park clash offers TNS an early chance to erase some of the disappointment
of finishing runners-up to their opponents in the Welsh Premier.
And boss Ken McKenna admits his side cannot afford to feel sorry for themselves
as they bid to salvage some silverware.
"Everyone's been down this week, the players have felt it very hard, but
we've got to pick ourselves up," he says.
"Missing out on the league was a massive setback, but we've got to put in
behind us and hopefully it will make us stronger.
"We've worked hard this season and I feel we deserve some silver."
Rhyl boss John Hulse is refusing the dwell on past glories as he prepares for
"It's all about what happens on the day," he says. "TNS are a full-time
club and this is their last chance of silverware this season, so they'll be fired
The only disappointment for Hulse is that the showpiece will not be staged at
Wrexham's Racecourse Ground.
"I'm not taking anything away from Newtown, who have a lovely set-up with
facilities second to none and an excellent pitch, but I do feel this major cup
final should have been at the Racecoruse," he said.
"It would have been a fitting stage for the players and the supporters, but
these matters are out of my hands and we are looking forward to playing at Latham
With the pressure all on McKenna, TNS owner Mike Harris may have offered his beleaguered
boss a lifeline, whatever the outcome of the final.
"A football club can't be built overnight, you need stability," he told
the Western Mail.
Words which might offer some crumbs of comfort to the manager, but a Welsh Cup
win would look good on his CV wherever he manages in the future.