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Robins take on strong Slovakians in massive Euro match

Created on 21/07/2022 @ 11:06

It’s another massive night in Europe for Newtown Football Club as they prepare to take on FC Spartak Trnava in the Europa Conference League 2nd Qualifying Round.

Following last week’s stunning penalty shoot-out win against HB Torshavn of The Faroes it’s been a hectic week of preparations for manager Chris Hughes and his squad.

The Robins have arrived in Slovakia and last night trained on their opponents’ ground – but missing tonight will be the hero of last week’s dramatic victory with Fumpa Mwandwe - having now left for Canada Premier League football.

Hughes was full of praise for his players when he spoke to the club’s website after last week’s win.“I was very pleased with our performance. We started the game with a good intent and maintained that level throughout. I thought we were full value for our 2-0 lead at the break.

“Of course, HB scored early into the second half, but our response was excellent, and we continued to dominate possession and created some good chances, I honestly think that we deserved to win the tie after 90 minutes. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be, and we went into extra time which was tough for both teams due to the game being played in hot weather.

“Credit to the players who stepped up to take a penalty as they really kept their nerve and converted their strikes with confidence, of course we cannot forget our goalkeeper, David Jones who produced a fine save that really helped us.

“After the game, I told the players to enjoy the celebrations which were well deserved after our efforts. I am so proud of everybody at the club both on and off the pitch. There is a lot of hard work that goes into the running of our football club, it was a great night for all involved – and what a way for Fumpa to sign off.”

Hughes is hoping for a repeat performance tonight. “Just like before the HB game, we have worked alongside the FAW Analysis team, and we have watched some footage of our opponents,” he said.

“They are very early into their season having played one league game, we have watched that and some of their pre-season games. They have a very good side, with internationals in almost every position, so we are aware that it will be a hard game.

“However, as always, we have prepared in the right manner, and we are aware of what our opponents can do. We will be very well organised and hard to break down, look to utilise the ball when we are in possession and look to create chances.”

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