FIVE players missing from Sunday's 3-0 defeat at Bala Town could return to the ranks for this Sunday's crucial visit to Aberystwyth Town.

Director of football Andy Preece is hoping that Matty McGinn, Jay Owen and Lewis Short are back in the squad while Ryan Wignall and Ryan Wade will return.

With four Welsh Premier fixtures remaining, the Wingmakers are currently in third place, which could guarantee a Europa League spot if TNS win the Welsh Cup.

Sunday's opponents are a point behind in fourth and a repeat of the Welsh Cup quarter-final success at Park Avenue three weeks ago would boost the Airbus bid for a second or third-placed finish.

Preece says his side are 'still bang in there' despite last weekend's reverse.

"There are still 12 points to play for and Bala and Aber have to play each other, so it's wide open and we're definitely in with a shout," Preece told the Chronicle.

"We don't want to lose at Aber, obviously, but even if we did we can still get second. We've been here and done it before, the others haven't."

On Sunday's defeat Preece added: "I was disappointed with the second half performance but there haven't been many times I've said that this season. We're still bang in there."

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