A tough old Welsh Premier League campaign comes to an end on Saturday evening as Town welcome The New Saints for our final league game of the season.

We speak to defender Ryan Valentine about the Lakesiders’ season, the battle for 2nd place and the JD Welsh Cup Final.

“I think overall it’s been a good season. Taking away the slow start, it’s probably where we were expected to be competing for second going into the final game” Ryan told us earlier today.

valThe 2016-17 campaign has been hindered by injuries for Val which has unfortunately limited him to 14 (+5) appearances. The defenders’ assessment was very honest.

“Yeah I’ve had lots of niggling injuries which is always frustrating but maybe down to age a little.”

“I think at this stage of my career it’s going to be ‘only really play if needed’ through injuries or suspensions and let the younger lads play and try to achieve things.”

Going into the final league game of the season there’s still a lot at stake and positions to be decided in the table. How does Ryan see things panning out this Saturday in the battle for 2nd and 3rd?

“I think the only thing we can do is concentrate on ourselves and our own performance and if that’s as good as it can be then I’m sure we can compete for the 3 points on Saturday.”

He continued confidently “If we come in afterwards and Cardiff Met have got a positive result then great, but first and foremost we have to take care of ourselves.”

valOur opponents on Saturday need no introduction as we face the League Champions for the 6th time this season. Rather surprisingly they lost at Bangor last weekend, but Ryan isn’t sure what to expect by Craig Harrison’s men with the JD Welsh Cup Final coming up the next week.

“I’m not really sure what team to expect from them with having the Cup Final the following week but I’m sure whoever plays will be going out there to win the game”.

“TNS have a great squad of players and if players do miss this Saturday’s game I’m sure the ones filling in will be equally capable, similar to ourselves and then of course people will want to keep the shirt for the following week” Ryan added.

The JD Welsh Cup Final will be a historic day for the Lakesiders as they make their first ever appearance and it’s a day Ryan is looking forward to massively and a memory he can hopefully cherish and look back upon with fond memories in the future.

“It’s a first Welsh cup Final for me so yes I’m really looking forward to the whole day. I’ve had Football League Playoffs and final day dramas to stay up and also lots of big FA Cup games but the Welsh Cup Final will be right up there as a highlight”.

“I think as you get older you can appreciate theses games and days a little more as when you’re a young lad you think you’re going to play forever and these days are always going to be there which we all know isn’t the case.”

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