The Robins manager Chris Hughes says the disappointment from Tuesday’s League Cup defeat at Cambrian & Clydach is now an opportunity to bounce back.
Tuesday night saw Newtown AFC crash out of the Nathaniel MG Cup for another year after a 1-0 defeat at Cambrian & Clydach.
It was Cambrian & Clydach’s third win over a Welsh Premier League side in their Welsh League cup run as they also previously beat Aberystwyth Town and Barry Town United.
Corey Shephard’s 75th minute goal proved to be the winning moment for the hosts despite the number of chances Newtown created especially in the first half.
The Robins boss was disappointed with the exit from the league, he said: “It was disappointing.
“First half we had a little bit of pressure from them earlier on and then I thought we went into the game and offered good opportunities.
“Our final ball was probably lacking a little bit. We go into half time and we were positive and then obviously we never really got going in the second half and we made some unforced errors.
“The game looked to be going into extra time and it was a scrappy game but all credit to them (Cambrian & Clydach). They took their chance and went through.
“Disappointing for us because it is a cup competition that we wanted to do well in but now it is important that we react and we bounce back and all the boys have done that this year.”
Match preview – Cefn Druids
Newtown now focus on their bid to finish in the top 6 of the JD Welsh Premier League when the division splits into two groups come January.
Their next match is a trip to The Rock as they face Cefn Druids for some Friday night football (KO 19:45).
Hughes has a fully fit squad ahead of Friday’s road trip including the skipper, Craig Williams, who returned from his suspension in the Nathaniel MG Cup on Tuesday night.
Hughes said: “Whatever side we put out will be a strong side because we’ve got a good squad now.
“The league this year has seen everyone’s home form quite strong this season so Druids will be no different.”
Druids are currently in 9th place in the Welsh Premier League table and are 8 points behind Newtown.
Hughes added: “They did really well last year, probably massively overachieved and they are probably not where they want to be but I’m sure they’ll be targeting our game – thinking it is a game that they can get back on track.
“We’ll have to be ready for that and we will approach the game in a positive manner and look to come away with all three points.
“Our away form over the last couple of games I think with the performance at Bala we deserved more and obviously the win up at Caernarfon. Our last three away performances has been really positive and we need to keep that going at Cefn Druids on Friday.”
Be sure to come down to Friday night’s match and support the Robins!