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TNS REGROUP FOR ANOTHER CUP TEST
Nicky Ward headed TNS into an early lead in the 2-0 Welsh Premier win at Stebo.
Llanelli AFC v TNS
FAW Welsh Cup 4th Round
Saturday 4 February 2006: Away - Stebonheath Park 2.00pm
TNS need to pick up the pieces quickly as they head to Llanelli in defence of the Welsh Cup they lifted on the same ground last May.
An FAW Premier Cup semi-final lasting 120 minutes at Wrexham with an elongated penalty shoot-out was hardly ideal preparation, but Ken McKenna takes his players down south on Friday afternoon to contemplate the task in hand.
Chris King and Steven Beck both picked up injuries at the Racecourse which are likely to rule them out, while Alfie Carter needs minor adjustments following his knee operation which will delay his comeback for a few more days.
With Phil Baker also sidelined, Martyn Naylor will be back in contention for a place in the back four after his return from injury.
Saints were relatively comfortable winners against the Welsh Premier's only other full-time outfit when they recorded a 2-0 win in December. Since then, the Reds have strung together seven wins on the bounce and added the considerable presence of ex-Newport striker Cortez Belle up front.
Coach Peter Nicholas admits he is looking forward to the clash. "It is a chance to beat the league champions and put them out of the cup at an early stage," he told the Llanelli Star.
"Yes, it is TNS, but at the end of the day it's just another game of football. They have to slip up sometime, and hopefully we can make them do that on Saturday."
Striker Kaid Mohamed, along with midfielders Neil Thomas and Kris Thomas, miss the game as they are cup tied.
3 February 2021