STRIKER Chris Budrys may have failed to find the net in the first seven league and cup matches this season, but no-one enjoys facing reigning champions The New Saints as much as the Scot.

Six of Buds’ 19 Welsh Premier League goals have come against the Saints, including five in the last four meetings between the two sides at the Hollingsworth Group Stadium.

And Budrys is hoping that Saturday’s meeting with Craig Harrison’s men can kick-start a scoring run.

“I don’t know what it is,” responded Budrys to the Leader when his record against TNS was revealed. 

“I obviously up my game against TNS and perhaps my concentration is higher and my preparation is better.

“I must be doing something right.”

On his failure to find the net so far this term, Budrys continued: “Personally, the season has been a bit wishy-washy and I am a bit disappointed.

“I just need to go back to basics with my finishing, I am creating chances and I’ve had chances, but I’ve not taken them.

“Getting that first goal is playing on my mind. The gaffer (Andy Preece) has told me not to worry and my game is about more than that.

“But I am a striker with number nine on my back and I want to score as many goals as I can.”

Budrys is not looking for excuses, butrevealed that the new 3G pitch at the Airfield is taking some getting used to.

“Sometimes it is hard to strike the ball cleanly,” he explained. “Sometimes the ball looks like it is going out and it doesn’t so we are still getting used to the pitch.

“Training is brilliant though and we will get better the more we play on it.”

As an old fashioned centre-forward Budrys is ready to play his part as Airbus look to put the pressure on TNS.

“We are all looking forward to it,” he explained. “We will respect them, as we always do, but we will go for it.

“I think they will be scared of us. We can mix it up, we can play a shorter passing game and then we can put them under pressure from throw-ins and corners.

“Most games last season could have gone either way and this one will no doubt be similar.”

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