Date: Fri 11 Jan 2013

Word Cup Final Preview: "We have nothing to lose" - Aize

Greg Draper

Greg Draper

The final of the first ever Word Cup Competition will be contested between Carmarthen and The New Saints on Saturday.

Carmarthen Town go into their first Cup Final of any sort since 2007 next Saturday when they take on Welsh Premier League leaders The New Saints at Latham Park, Newtown in the final of theWORD Cup.

It was way back in May 2007 that the Old Gold beat Afan Lido 3-2 to claim the FAW Cup for the first time. The only playing survivor from that glorious day is Paul Fowler who will feature in Saturday's starting line-up, so long as his injured hamstring does not cause him any discomfort.

Mark Aizlewood

Mark Aizlewood

Manager Mark Aizlewood issued a warning to his team saying: "We have nothing to lose on the day. TNS are expected to beat us comfortably especially as their players are full-time footballers who can train every day and plan their tactics accordingly.

"The fact we beat them in Oswestry last time we met is now ancient history and it does not mean the game is going to be easier for us. In fact, it makes the clash easier for them."

The Old Gold reached the final following an away victory at Bryntirion Athletic and home wins against Port Talbot Town and Llanelli. Liam Thomas has scored four of the seven League Cup goals with the ever popular veteran Julian Alsop firing in the goal which took Carmarthen to the final.

Saints without Williams for Final

The News Saints are certainly up for the Final, as they look to secure yet another Trophy. The Saints currently have the Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League Trophy and the Welsh Cup within their Trophy Cabinet, but they will be missing a key player as the League's December Manager of the Month Carl Darlington has confirmed:

Greg Draper

Greg Draper

“We are going to be without Matty Williams, but he will be back in training on Monday. Ryan Fraughan has trained all week and back into contention of being selected into the squad.

"Every player, coach, and manager aim to be in Cup Finals and win trophies. The lads have played well and deserved to be in theWord Cup Final on Saturday and look forward to the occasion.

"We have won the old League Cup several times over the years and aim to bring this Cup back to Park Hall again. We were disappointed last season getting knocked out 1-0 to Newtown in the Semi Final but have worked hard to go one step further this year.

"We last played Carmarthen on the 24th November and lost the game 3-0. This deeply hurt the players and staff but we have been undefeated in all competitions since. The players are looking forward to the game against Carmarthen and will enjoy the Cup Final occasion."

The New Saints won the old League Cup on five occasions in 1995, 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2011 and their international striker Greg Draper is really looking forward to the occasion:

"I can’t wait for the opportunity to add the first bit of silverware this season. Carmarthen Town have taken points off us both games this season in the league, so it will be a tough match but I am sure we will get our revenge this weekend!"

Wales National Team Manager Chris Coleman will be attending and will be taking part in a Question and Answer session in the clubhouse at 1.30pm.>

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Mark Aizlewood
Greg Draper
Greg Draper