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Llanelli could have three players returning

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 07, 2012

By stephen ware

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LLANELLI could receive a triple boost ahead of their Welsh Cup clash at Connah's Quay tomorrow (2.30).

Jason Bowen and Corey Jenkins are available for selection after serving suspensions, while Chris Venables will have a late fitness test as he battles to be involved too.

The Reds won this competition under Andy Legg two seasons ago, beating Bangor 4-1 in the final.

But financial troubles saw Legg quit the club last month to be replaced by former academy director Bob Jeffrey.

The future is now looking brighter after chairman Nitin Parekh paid off the club's debts.

Llanelli are also training again after Jeffrey thrashed out a deal to use facilities at Coleg Sir Gâr.

The former goalkeeper is now set to meet the county council and Scarlets officials to discuss using the region's indoor barn.

Llanelli players were also hoping to receive money they are owed in unpaid wages this week as the focus shifts back to on-field matters.

"The debts have been paid and the players are expected to be paid this week," said Jeffrey.

"If that happens, it will bring the players totally back onside.

"The players have been really good.

"They know it's no-one's fault. We just have to try and be positive."

After a run of five straight defeats, Llanelli have stopped the rot by drawing their last two matches.

Jeffrey has targeted 12 points to get into the Championship Conference after the mid-season split, but tomorrow the Reds turn their attention to cup competition.

Connah's Quay host Llanelli, who have a point to prove after being thumped 6-1 by the North Wales side four weeks ago.

"We've drawn the last two games and conceded just one goal. We'd conceded 12 goals in two games before that," added Jeffrey.

"Having three players back for the game on Saturday will give us a lift.

"I watched Connah's Quay beat Llanelli 6-1 a few weeks ago, they were on TV the other week against Aberystwyth and I know their coach.

"I know the way they play.

"The boys are still hurting. To lose 6-1 to Connah's Quay at home is one of the worst results the club has had in a long time.

"We'll be aiming to put that right."

Meanwhile, MacWhirter Welsh League division one side West End travel north to take on Llanrug United of the Cymru Alliance.

Another second tier side, Pontardawe, face division three flyers Goytre. The Gwent outfit are top of the table, 10 points clear of their nearest rivals, having won all 12 of their league games so far.

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