Llandudno Junction are the new boys of the Huws Gray Alliance, promoted from a second placed finish in the Welsh Alliance Division One after champions Glantraeth refused promotion.
Seven games in, the high level of the second tier has already shown as Junction sit bottom having lost all of their games so far – but manager Iain Bennett isn’t planning on getting comfortable in the relegation zone.
Already facing a massive challenge coming up for their first ever season in the Alliance, Junction were handed six of the top eight teams in their first seven games, which Bennett says was the toughest run for any side at this stage of the season.
“We’ve played 6 of the top 8 teams in the league on current standings, I don’t think that any other team have had fixtures as tough as ours in succession, we are firmly aware of the standard of the league and have actually played well at times in most games this season.
‘At times’ though unfortunately doesn’t give you any points and it’s tough to take but both myself and my players are made of tough stuff and we will keep battling on and firmly believe points are around the corner.”
And after losing only narrowly to the likes of Airbus and Rhyl, Bennett points to his own side’s mistakes as their downfall rather than superior opposition.
“On both occasions we played very very well and had no where near our strongest team out in all fairness. I think on the day a couple of mistakes in both games have cost us the points, story of our season so far -mistakes lead to goals in this league where as the league we have come from we it didn’t.”
Despite their tough start, the Junction boss still believes his team can complete at this level in the Huws Gray Alliance.
“I’ve said all along I do believe we can compete at this level, if we cut out the little errors we make in each game we will give anyone a go – look at the Airbus and Rhyl games. When we get it right we can match anyone. Judge us after we have played every team once and see where we are then.”
Facing a strong Hollywell outfit this weekend, Bennett is looking forward to the challenge this weekend and he believes his side can cause them problems.
“Holywell are a very good side, they have some excellent players like all teams in the league, we fear no one and will treat the game like any other game, we set up to compete with whatever team they play, obviously the standout players they have we will treat with special attention like we always do.”