JOHN DISNEY insists Connah's Quay Nomads won't be throwing in the towel as they attempt to produce some Europa League magic.

Disney and his team mates are in Belarus on Thursday night looking to overturn a 3-1 first-leg deficit against Shakhtyor Soligorsk in the first qualifying round.

The odds are stacked against Nomads, who are 10/1 just to win the away leg, but Disney was encouraged by Soligorsk's less than convincing defensive display in Rhyl last week.

"We will go there and give it a good go," said the former Chester defender, who was boosted by Callum Morris' successful late penalty.

"We got enough good balls into the box that caused them problems, balls were bouncing around and they weren't clearing them.

"I don't think they caused them the same problems.

"There is a glimmer of opportunity for us and we will see how it goes.

"We will go into the game full of hope and looking to come out with the right result.

"They didn't like the balls we put into the box and hopefully we can cause them some problems."

After Cefn Druids and Bala had exited the competition at the preliminary round stage and The New Saints were thumped 5-0 by Shkendija in Champions League qualifying, all eyes were on Nomads.

Disney was disappointed the Flintshire outfit were unable to give the Welsh Premier League a boost.

"It's always disappointing to lose on what was a big night for the football club and Welsh football," he said.

"The overriding emotions are disappointment, but at the same time there is pride because we were in the game for large periods.

"They scored two goals in the first-half and the message was not to lose the second-half and we've gone out and drawn 1-1. We scored a good penalty as well, but overall two free-kicks have done us."

After Max Ebong's solo strike, Elis Bakaj and Mikhail Shibun converted a free-kick apiece in either half to leave Nomads with a mountain to climb.

Disney reflected: "The first one has hit the wall, it's come back and he's produced a great strike which John (Danby) can't do much about.

"The second one was up and over the wall and obviously the first goal is a bit of a killer, they've moved the ball well and the lad has slotted the ball into the bottom corner.

"They were ruthless when they got their opportunity. They've had four or five shots on target in the whole game and scored three goals.

"But they are 15 games into the season, so they are going to be sharper and fitter than us, but I don't think they were miles better than us.

"It was our first competitive game and I don't think we were massively undone.

"We will go into the second-leg looking to get a positive result and go from there."