SAINTS are looking to make a winning start to their FAW Premier Cup campaign in tonight's opening group clash with Bangor City at Treflan.
Having won their first five Mitsubishi Welsh Premier outings to move one point clear at the top of the table, spirits are high.
But manager Ken McKenna knows his men will need to be at their best against a Bangor side who were unfortunate not to pick up a point when the sides met in the league at the beginning of the season.
TNS prevailed 2-1 that day, after being stunned by a third minute opener from Kenny Burgess.
"It was the toughest game I've had at TNS," admitted McKenna.
"We had a bit of a hangover from our European games with Manchester City but Bangor's tempo and workrate caught us by surprise.
"They made it really difficult for us and they were perhaps unfortunate not to get anything out of it.
"We're expecting another tough one as they're flying at the moment with 12 goals from their last two gamews and we're certainly going to have to be switched on."
Both sides will be keen to do well, with the top two in the group progressing to the lucrative quarter-final stages of the BBC-sponsored competition where they are in line to meet Football League opposition.
Saints are boosted by the return to fitness of defenders Chris King, Martin Naylor and Jimmy Aggrey, but defender Steve Evans will be unavailable for several months.
23 September 2021