NEWTOWN take a welcome break from their Welsh Premier survival battle with the league cup quarter-finals taking centre stage this week.
The Robins travel to league leaders Bangor City for Saturday’s first leg before the second leg at Latham Park in midweek.
The weekend trip represents Newtown’s first ever visit to Bangor City’s newly opened Nantporth Stadium.
“It is exciting to be playing at a brand new stadium,” said manager Bernard McNally.
“The old City ground at Farrar Road was a fortress and I am sure they will want to make Nantporth a similar venue.”
Newtown were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Afan Lido last weekend with McNally disappointed with the free-kick decision which led to the visitors equaliser.
“The replays show that their player kicked the ground so the referee got it wrong and we were punished right away,” he said.
“It is the kind of luck we have been having and it is doubly disappointing as these are the types of decisions which could mean the difference between survival and relegation at the end of the season.”
McNally heaped praise on new signing Andy Jones who made an assured debut at the heart of the Robins defence.
“Andy is a quality player and will add some experience to the squad,” said McNally. “I think he will prove to be an important player for the club.
“I was also proud of Luke Boundford who has been pushed up front and has not let anyone down.
“He covered every blade of grass on Saturday and he holds the ball up so well.”