Newtown host Bangor City at Latham Park this Sunday, looking to build momentum on the back of their first league win since August, after edging out Airbus UK Broughton in a crucial game at the bottom of the Dafabet Welsh Premier League last Saturday.
The 2-0 victory over fellow strugglers Airbus was the Robins’ first league victory since a 4-2 win over Carmarthen at Latham Park, all the way back on August 20, and boss Chris Hughes is hoping is side can now build momentum after breaking their winless streak.
“The lads are absolutely buoyant after last week's result and we're looking forward to it,” he said.
“The lads can take a lot of confidence from the win against Airbus, that result had been coming for a little while and it'll help us going forward. The players and staff are a tight knit group here, we're all in it together, but it's up to them to go and follow up on it now; We need to go and get a result against Bangor City and again the following week against Connahs Quay otherwise the win at Airbus doesn't mean a great deal.”
The two sides have met once already this season, an away defeat that Hughes felt Newtown deserved more from.
Things had looked bright for the Robins in the game at Nantporth after Jason Oswell had given Newtown the lead in the 20th minute and the Citizens had seen defender River Humphreys dismissed on his debut for a flailing elbow on Oswell.
But Bangor stormed back after Newtown themselves went down to 10 men with the dismissal of defender Kieran Mills-Evans, with goals from Jamie Reed and Gary Roberts from the penalty spot giving the home side all three points.
“Bangor have a new manager, an excellent manager in Andy Legg, and they've brought in some quality players so they're going to be a very difficult side to play against,” said Hughes.
“We played them earlier in the year and really should have got a result up there so we can take some confidence from that. Our minds are very much focussed on winning this game, and we’re not looking past this one at the moment.”
Kick off at Latham Park is 3pm on Sunday, November 13.