Llanelli boost as Andy Legg brushes off Cardiff City academy link
LLANELLI have been handed a boost ahead of their Welsh Premier League match against Port Talbot tomorrow (3.45pm) after Andy Legg cooled talk of a move away from Stebonheath Park.
The Reds boss has been tipped to take over from Neil Ardley as Cardiff City academy boss.
But Legg poured cold water on the rumours, insisting he has had no contact with the club where he spent five years as a player.
"I haven't spoken to anyone and no-one has tried to contact me," said Legg.
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"It's the same when people talked about Newport last season. It's nice to be mentioned, but there's nothing in it."
Legg's side entertain the Steelmen in front of the S4C cameras this weekend further boosted by more good news.
Chairman Nitin Parekh has made more payments to players and there is now real hope that they will soon receive all the money owed to them in unpaid wages.
Things are also looking positive on the pitch as Llanelli recovered from 2-0 down to beat Afan Lido a week ago.
Goals from Lee Hartshorn and Chris Hartland saw Llanelli trail Lido with time running out at Stebonheath Park.
But in the last seven minutes, a brace from Luke Bowen either side of a Martin Rose effort turned the tide in the Reds' favour.
After the match Legg again praised his players for performing in adversity.
"As I've said before, the players deserve so much credit and they really stood up on Friday night," said the Llanelli manager.
"In the first half we didn't get the breakthrough even though we created lots of chances.
"I didn't think it was going to be our night.
"But we had a never-say-die attitude and ground out a result."
Port Talbot have no new injury concerns as they prepare to meet up with a number of former players. Martin Rose, Luke Bowen and Lloyd Grist all turned out for the Steelmen before switching to Stebo.
"That gives the game a bit of extra spice," said manager Mark Jones.
"They have left to improve themselves and now we're striving to be the club that people step up to."
Port Talbot came from behind to draw with Bangor last weekend.
That lifted Jones's side up to ninth in the table, two points behind sixth-placed Llanelli.
"They've had different problems off the field, but they've stuck together and they've still got one of the strongest squads in the league," added Jones.
"Beating them would be a massive three points for us as we look to get into the top six."