DIRECTOR of football Andy Preece says there are plenty of positives for his side to take into Saturday's Welsh Cup quarter-final clash against The New Saints [Park Hall, 3.00pm].

The Welsh Premier's top two drew 1-1 in a league clash at the Hollingsworth Group Stadium last Saturday and then won away at Bangor, and Preece is confident his side can give a good account of themselves against the reigning champions.

"We have had a really good week taking four points from a possible six against two of the best teams in the league," Preece says.

"The pleasing thing is so many players in the squad have played key roles in both results. 

"We had to make four changes on Tuesday due to illness and injury so it was pleasing to see three of those score on the night.

"We are looking as strong as at any point in the season so there are lots of positives going into the toughest of tests on Saturday."

Left-back Lewis Short is an injury doubt while Glenn Rule continues to be ruled-out following a knee operation.

Recent signings Andy Jones and Ryan Wignall are both cup-tied, but skipper Ian Kearney and striker Chris Budrys are expected to shake-off knocks that kept them sidelined for Tuesday night's 4-2 win at Bangor City.

Photo: Chris Budrys goes close with a header last weekend.

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