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Football: Bala remaining wary; CHALLENGE CUP.

BUOYANT Bala Town will hope to avoid any upsets in the NE Wales Challenge Cup in today's home tie with Mold Alex. Colin Caton's side have stormed up the Cymru Alliance table in recent weeks But they will be wary of a potential second round upset against a Mold side who were relegated from the Cymru Alliance last term.

Midfielder Craig Lawton is pressing for a place in the starting line-up and Steve Fisher returns following a one-match ban, Neil Davies faces a fitness check while Alec Stacey is suspended.

Mold chief Tony Merola is without suspended keeper Mathew Torgerson who will be replaced by Paul George. Gary Emberton is also banned while Merola will lose the services of James Bevan due to work.

Mynydd Isa, flying high at the top of the Welsh National League, face an intriguing home encounter with Cymru Alliance side Lex XI.

Isa boss Gareth Thomas has Andy Neal, Craig Knight, Gareth Crofts and Paul Murphy all pushing for selection while he may also include new signings David Sweet and Julian Jones.

Ruthin Town, who parted company with the management team of Lee Jones and Sion Roberts in midweek following a run of bad form, embark on a tricky tie at holders Buckley Town in an all-Cymru Alliance clash. Edwart Jones has taken temporary charge.

Buckley are strengthened by the return of Neil Bennett, James Morton and Ben McKean but Mike Sawtill is out with cartilage damage. Llangollen Town could well have a surprise in store for Gresf ord Athletic who have yet to find any consistent form.

The Latics will be without midfielder Johnny Ratcliffe but player coach Alan Williams is likely to return. Queens Park will be hoping home advantage will swing the balance as they bid to subdue Rhos Aelwyd and Scott Roberts could retain his place in midfield.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 7, 2006
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