Afan Lido have it all to do to halt Carmarthen Town's run
CARMARTHEN Town look to continue their 100 per cent start to the season when they entertain Afan Lido tonight (7.30).
Town have won their two opening Welsh Premier League matches, beating Aberystwyth and Airbus UK Broughton.
They take on a Lido side propping up the division after defeats by Prestatyn and The New Saints.
Town will again have to overcome a host of injury concerns if they are to maintain their winning start to the campaign.
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Leon Jeanne, Craig Hughes, Anthony Finselbach, Nicky Palmer, Steven Cann and Matthew Rees are all out of the match, meaning Town manager Mark Aizlewood will have to rely heavily on utility players.
"Our squad is stretched to the absolute limit and it is at times like this that I am thankful to have people of the calibre of Tim Hicks and Ian Hillier on board," said the Old Gold boss.
"They can play in a number of positions and their versatility is invaluable.
"The first match of the season took care of itself, as it was quite a long wait from June 20 when the players reported back for pre-season training.
"With near neighbours Aberystwyth Town providing the opposition, motivation was never going to be a problem.
"The second game, at Airbus, was also self-motivating, as most people know that they will be in contention for a major honour this season.
"I saw nothing on Saturday from them to make me think otherwise."
Town face Lido twice in four days, with the return match at the Marston Stadium on Tuesday.
Despite his team's flying start to the season, Aizlewood has warned his players to keep their feet on the ground.
"This double-header against Afan Lido will be the first two games of the season where people will be starting to expect us to win," he said.
"I have stressed to the players the need to maintain their standards and the work-rate they have shown so far. Anything less will be insufficient and will result in certain defeat.
"Only after ten games can you get a good idea of how the season may pan out."
Paul Reid is hoping to make a couple of last-minute additions to his Lido squad before the transfer window closes today.
Despite suffering consecutive defeats at the start of the season, the former Swansea City midfielder remains positive about his side's prospects this year.
"A lot of my players haven't played at this level before so it's a case of fine-tuning and ironing out a few mistakes," he said.
"I'm not nervous going into games because I have confidence in my players."
Lido will be missing Chris Hartland as he sits out the second game of a three-match ban after being sent off against Prestatyn.
"I've found trying to bring in players quite frustrating," Reid added.
"It doesn't matter what I say to people, they've heard stories about people not getting paid last season and things like that.
"There's a lot of gossip going around."