Williams expects a more consistent Caldicot Town

Caldicot Town and Ton Pentre meet this weekend in a game which could determine how the season pans out for both sides, with not much separated between them, Mark Williams rallies his troops for the clash. 

With so much riding on the game against Ton Pentre, some may believe that two sides may go on the defensive but Williams says his approach to the game will be exactly the same as the last three games which has seen them pick up 6 points out of a possible 9, Williams also said that home advantage could play a factor in this fixture. 

“We will set up a we have done in the last 3 games. We want to be nice and solid, knowing that we will create chances and we have the players that can score goals. 

Home advantage certainly does come as an advantage, our support is superb and being home is always an advantage.”

The Caldicot manager paid tribute to Saturday’s opponents and said despite the position they find themselves in at the moment that they could finish mid-table, as they look to make up on the missed fixtures due to their involvement in the Welsh Cup.

“Ton Pentre are a good side who are on a bad run of form as of late but the quality they have mans they are always a threat and will no doubt be mid-table come the end of the season.”

The last time the two sides met, Ton Pentre got the best of the two sides, when they recorded a 3-2 home victory over Caldicot, with 3 first half goals enough to secure all three points for Lee Phillip’s men.

“We were terrible in the first half of that game and gave away three sloppy goals which they finished well. Our squad is a lot stronger since that game and hopefully that will help bring a positive result.”

In recent weeks, lowly Caldicot have stunned two sides who are in the top 5 of the division, in Camrbian & Clydach and Taffs Well, the wins have improved morale at Caldicot but Williams says there is still a long way to go. 

“Those wins against Cambrian and Taffs Well were two big twins for us, it installs confidence in the lads and confidence comes with belief. We have a long way to go and we need to follow up those performances and be more consistent. “

After impressing for the reserves, Supinski received a call up to the first team squad. In the win against Taffs Well, Safian Stupinski registered his first goal for the Caldicot first team.

“Safian has been great since signing, we had to wait about 4 weeks for international clearance but he has trained well and is looking sharp. He scored a hatrick for the reserves and came into the squad for the Taffs Well game to score the winner off the bench, which was great for him. Hopefully there is plenty more to come from him.”

Rory Garey recently won Caldicot’s first ever Player of the Month award, sponsored BAA Brewing and Williams was complimentary towards him and his defence. 

“Rory did well for us over the last month and played a key part in us conceding only 2 goals in our last 3 games, as opposed to our average of 3 per game before Christmas. The whole defence has stepped up in fairness as well as our keeper who has been superb these last few games.”

Going into the game, there aren’t many injury problems for Caldicot, other than the training ground injury that Sam Watkins suffered two weeks back. 

“Sam sustained a very bad knee dislocation in training 2 weeks ago which will see him miss the rest of the season. Hopefully a scan this week reveals no further damage, Sam’s injury is a big loss to us, he is a very good player.

Other than Sam, we have no injuries or suspensions going into the game so there are no excuses from us.”

PHOTO FROM MARK ANDERSON 

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