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Football: Port left sweating on influential pair; BBC-FAW PREMIER CUP.

Byline: By KEITH EVANS

CLUB captain Lee Webber and top scorer Carl Owen are both selection concerns ahead of Porthmadog's debut in the BBCFAW Premier Cup tonight with Carmarthen Town visiting The Traeth.

Centre-back Webber has work commitments, whereas striker Owen limped off on Saturday with a groin injury.

Porthmadog's joint manager Viv Williams said: "There will be a last minute decision on both players but I would say that Carl's chances of making it are 50-50."

Defender John Gwynfor Jones, who has opted to make Nefyn United in the Welsh Alliance his first choice this term, will return to help out.

Latest signing Neil Thomas, the former Bangor City and Llanelli midfield playmaker will figure again.

Porthmadog are first-time qualifiers for the BBC-sponsored tournament and are keen to take advantage of the bonuses on offer, but expect a close encounter with their west Wales opponents.

Williams added: "We played Carmarthen four times last season, in the league and league cup, and there was never more than one goal between us.

"This is our first venture in this cup and we are keen to make a good impression and, hopefully, to benefit from the rewards that are on offer."

Caersws hope for a timely boost when they tackle visitors Aberystwyth Town in the first round at the Recreation Ground tonight.

Still without a win in the Welsh Premier, the Bluebirds will hope to draw comfort from recent improved showings as they chase the pounds 7,500 prize for reaching the second round.

"It's a massive game for us, not just to keep the season going, but also financially," said manager Mickey Evans whose side showed improved form with last weekend's 3-3 draw at Porthmadog.

"We can take heart from our last couple of performances, a draw at Porthmadog was the least we deserved."

However, the form of experienced keeper Andy Mulliner has been a concern for Evans who admits he is pondering a change with Taff's Well stopper David Jones, signed onsecond forms, waiting in the wings. Midfielder Chris Venables is eligible to play in the Premier Cup for the unchanged Bluebirds, despite being sent off at Porthmadog. His three-match ban will start next Saturday.

Aberystwyth will also look to revive their fortunes following their 2-1 reverse at Llanelli, although player-boss David Burrows was heartened by the display.

"Llanelli had a lot of possession but we were comfortable and it was disappointing to come away with nothing," he said. "The workrate was good and we closed them down and countered well, but a bit of ill discipline cost us."

Skipper Bari Morgan is struggling with acalf strain but Penryncoch's Liam Hinton Jones and Jon Foligno could be added to the squad while forward Jason Rees is pushing for a start. Glyndwr Hughes, who has missed the last few weeks, could be added.

THE match between Newtown and Welshpool has been postponed for a week due to floodlight failure TONIGHT, UNIBOND LEAGUE DIV ONE: Colwyn Bay v Warrington Town.

BBC-FAW PREMIER CUP FIRST ROUND: Caersws v Aberystwyth Town, Porthmadog v Carmarthen Town, Welshpool Town P Newtown P.

HUWS GRAY FITLOCK CYMRU ALLIANCE: Buckley Town v Ruthin Town, Llandudno Town v Llanfairpwll.

SILVER STAR HOLIDAYS' GWYNEDD LEAGUE: Bangor University v Holyhead Hotspur.

VAUXHALL MASTERFIT WELSH PREMIER LEAGUE UNDER-21 DIVISION: Bangor City v Porthmadog

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Porthmadog central defender Lee Webber (left) is a doubt for the match with Carmarthen
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 11, 2005
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