Ruthin Town’s Chris Williams on his side’s bid for HGA survival

Before Christmas Ruthin Town looked almost certain for relegation, having won just one game and lost eight to go rock bottom of the Huws Gray Alliance. However, vital victories against Holyhead, Holywell and Caersws have boosted their hopes of survival. 

Ahead of their game against high flying Flint Town United, Y Clwb Pel Droed caught up with Ruthin manager Chris Williams. 

In their quest to remain a second tier side, Williams knows his squad have to improve defensively in games to cut out on giving goals away.

“We have shipped a few goals lately, some very very cheap ones and we will work hard to ensure we improve defensively as a team.”

Williams’ will go against Aden Shannon on Saturday, but he has only high praise for the Flint boss.

“Aden has done a fantastic job at Flint, when I first took over he was very helpful with advice after our first meeting so I wish him all the best!”

Away from his game, Williams praised the four Huws Gray Alliance teams who all beat Welsh Premier League opposition to reach the quarter finals of the Welsh Cup.

“I think last weekend shows how good this league is. It’s puts into context what a difficult challenge a small club like us at Ruthin but I wouldn’t have it any other way and neither would my lads! We feel we are good enough to remain in this league.”

Within the Ruthin ranks, Kieran Appleby scored five goals for the reserves last week and with such a performance, caught the eye of the Ruthin manager.

“Luke is an excellent forward, he’s been in and out of first team but due to various commitments couldn’t train regularly and I pride my lads on being fit so until he’s at that level he’ll continue to get matches with our excellent reserves team!”

With a positive outlook, Williams wants his team to keep their heads down and carry on as they compete to stay in the league. 

“We will continue doing what we are doing. Concentrating on ourselves, working as hard as we possibly can and giving everything we can as a local group of lads to keep our club in this league!”

Despite a number of injuries and absent players,the Ruthin boss gives no excuses ahead of Saturday’s tough test.

“We’ve had a few injuries and absentees last fortnight or so but no excuses, every team we put out I expect performances and results, it hasn’t happened as of late but we’ll turn the corner no problem!”

Ruthin entertain Flint at home for a 2:00pm kick off on Saturday 4 February. 

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