DIRECTOR of football Andy Preece admits the odds are against his side as they travel to Park Hall on Saturday to meet Welsh Premier leaders The New Saints (3.45pm).

A win would put the Wingmakers just two points behind their rivals, and Preece remains upbeat despite the size of the task.

TNS were held to a goalless draw away to Carmarthen in Tuesday's outing at Port Talbot, but Preece does not think the midweek game will have any effect on Craig Harrison's men.

"I don't think it will matter. They've got enough players that they can rotate and their record at home is phenomenal," he said.

But, unlike Carmarthen manager Mark Aizlewood, Preece is not willing to write of his team's chances.

Earlier this season, Aizlewood said he expected his side to lose twice against TNS and Airbus and Preece went on: "His remarks were not good for the integrity of the league. The odds are against us, but we'll give it a go and we'll try and get a result.

"It will be difficult but I'm not going to rule it out. If everyone did that then what's the point of the league?"

Airbus drew 1-1 at home to TNS earlier in the season in a game which Preece claims his side dominated for long periods.

"You can't throw caution to the wind, they're so good at moving the ball on that surface that they'll ytear us apart if we do," he added.

"We'll be aiming to stay in the game as long as we can, but we will be positive - we'll go and try to win the game.

"We know we've got to be at our absolute best and hope they're below par but we've got to go there and think we can get a result."

Steve Abbott and Steve Jones should be fit again after injury lay-offs while new signings Ryan Wignall and Ashley Williams are also in contention for a place.

Lee Owens and Glenn Rule are still ruled out.

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