At the end of last season, Alan Morgan had some work to do at Maesdu Park. No one could have envisaged that nearly four months on, Llandudno would sit atop the Welsh Premier League the only unbeaten side remaining.
A more than successful debut Welsh Premier League campaign was followed up by what many would describe as Llandudno falling to the dreaded second season syndrome. A ninth placed finish summed up a slump of the highest order after a debut season that culminated in European football.
However, Morgan has regrouped his troops and they have come out of the blocks with an energy that was clearly absent last term.
The key aspect has been the variety of the scorers. Alan Morgan has addressed the lack of goals his side faced last season with the additions of Sam Ilesanmi and Toby Jones to freshen up the squad. In their opening games so far this season, they have bagged an impressive nine goals coming from seven different scorers. This includes their 2015/16 top scorer Marc Williams only netting once.
With wins already notched over high flyers Connahs Quay Nomads and victories over new boys Barry Town United, they have proven their ability to not only beat some of the sternest defences the league has to offer but some of the most deep and dogged defending too that is often synonymous with those sides fighting down the bottom.
With four wins and one draw in their opening five fixtures, the Tudno sit top of the JD Welsh Premier League, but would a win this weekend be enough to really show the top sides they are there to stay?
Their next test will be the biggest indicator of any title credentials that fans are refusing to be drawn into admitting to just yet. An away trip against reigning champions The New Saints on Friday night.
Despite a loss to Bangor City in the opening game, TNS have bounced back and undoubtedly possess title winning ability. Whether Llandudno can get past them is another question, however a positive result would send a real statement of intent to those around the league believing it’s merely a purple patch of form.
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