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WITH attention focused on Saints' glamour tie with Manchester City, Wales' other Uefa Cup representatives have largely gone unnoticed.
Cwmbran Town are embarking on their sixth European competition when they face Israeli side, Maccabi Haifa, at Cwmbran Stadium on Thursday.
Tight security will be in place amid fears over the Middle East situation, with Maccabi again being forced to play their home leg in Izmir, Turkey.
Financial restrictions at the south Wales club mean that new manager Brian Coyne (above) has to work within tight budgets.
However, he has strengthened the squad during the close season. Former Newtown striker Steve McCormick, was signed from Connah's Quay.
Midfielder Kevin Wallace has arrived from Welsh Leaguers Goytre United, left winger Jamie Edwards from Coyne's previous club, Newtown along with utility player Terry Green, while an interesting arrival is that of striker Kaid Mohammed from Ely Rangers.
The Crows' pre-season form has been relatively mixed. Wins over Cardiff Corries, Cwmbran Celtic and Goytre have been tempered by defeats against Cardiff City and Ely Rangers, as well as a draw with Hounslow.
Coyne knows the Crows will do well to keep the tie alive after the first leg - Maccabi have an impressive European pedigree which includes a 3-0 defeat of Manchester United in the Champions League.
"We've all worked hard in pre-season and all we can do is give it our best shot," he says.
11 August 2021