No need for advice from Dane says former boss Craig Hughes

In what is a Dane Williams’ biggest test as a manager, brother-in-law and former Cambrian manager Craig Hughes says there is no specific advice needed for today’s semi-final

Cambrian welcome Welsh Premier League giants The New Saints to the M&P Group 3G this evening.

The Rhondda side are the surprise semi-finalists having toppled three Welsh Premier League sides to reach this stage of the competition.

Williams who worked with Hughes as part of his managerial staff has earnt praised from his predecessor and said he hasn’t been asked advice ahead of the semi-final, despite Hughes’ managerial experience.

Hughes said: “He doesn’t need advice he and management team are doing terrific.  They deserve for the hard work they put in. 

“The only things Dane asks for advice on is clothing and dieting tips, his dress sense is horrendous!” joked best mate Hughes.

“I love him for who he is… I opened up my Viking family to him, and he embraces our heritage.”

Having played in the Welsh Premier League for a long duration of his playing career. Craig Hughes is no stranger to playing against Cambrian’s opponents The New Saints.

However its not many happy memories for him, with not many positives standing out.

“I remember going down to ten men after five minutes, then being a lone striker chasing shadows for the ninety, touching the ball twice in ninety minutes was horrific.

“We eventually lost 8- 1, beat them in the Welsh cup away and league fixture was a highlight though.

A lot of good mates there so be nice to see them tomorrow rather than over the phone contact.”

It’s the second time in five years that Cambrian have reached the semi-final stage.

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Ironically though, it was Craig Hughes who ended Cambrian’s dreams than when he played for Carmarthen Town, who won that cup tie and went on to win the competition back to back.

Hughes described winning the League Cup as some of the best moments in his playing career.

But having put together most of the current squad, the former Old Gold striker is impressed with what he’s seen from his former side this season.

“The players and staff have been superb, it’s been a joy to watch them, a top group of people at this club, deserve all the plaudits thus far.”

(Featured Image: Will Cheshire)

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