ANDY MORRISON has warned his Connah’s Quay Nomads squad that if they let their standards drop they will be forced to leave the club.

Morrison spends a huge amount of time planning and preparing his players as well as working out the strengths and weaknesses of Nomads’ forthcoming opposition.

And as a result, Nomads have started the season with a hat-trick of wins, beating Llanelli, The New Saints and Aberystwyth on their way to the top of the table.

But Morrison won’t let his side take their foot off the gas heading into tomorrow’s trip to Barry Town United, insisting that anyone deciding to ease off will be out of the Deeside Stadium exit.

“Standards at the football club can’t drop and that’s right across the board,” he declared. “Every player in the dressing room has to have massive standards with the massive demands I put on them.

“If they fall short of those standards then they won’t play for me, they will be gone and they will leave the football club.

“There was stuff I wasn’t happy about (against Aberystwyth).”

While Morrison isn’t talking about a potential title challenge - at least not publicly - he knows how important it is for Nomads to continue winning as many football matches as possible.

With close to 30 points needed to secure a top six finish and shot at European football next year, Morrison’s side have made an enterprising start.

Morrison said: “The league is going to be really tight this year. Victories are going to be huge, it’s really important to stay away from draws.

“As I’ve often said, with this format we have, if you lose 12 games and win 10 you are in the top six, but if you go the whole first phase unbeaten - 22 draws - you are bottom of the league.

“It’s so important to win games of football, especially home games and then make sure you don’t lose your away games.”

Barry Town have won one, drawn one and lost one of their three league fixtures this season, beating Bala Town on home soil in the second week of the season.

Morrison knows Gavin Chesterfield’s men will be a threat to Nomads’ perfect start to the campaign, especially with striker Kayne McLaggon scoring goals.

McLaggon scored a contentious late winner against Bala and followed that up with a 93rd minute leveller at Llanelli last weekend.

Morrison said: “Kayne McLaggon has scored again and they’ve got very good players.

“I was very impressed with Barry last year and I thought they would get better this year after learning a lot about the league.”

Full-backs Laurence Wilson and Danny Holmes are doubts for Nomads after limping out of Friday’s 2-1 victory over Aberystwyth, which came courtesy of goals from Michael Wilde and Michael Bakare.

Bala Town, who are amongst the chasing pack, make their way to Newtown having followed up a 2-1 league win over Cefn Druids with a 3-0 League Cup success against Guilsfield on Tuesday night.

Bala defender Stuart J Jones said: “Winning games of football, that’s what we are here to do and winning breeds good habits.

“It’s a tough game against Newtown, every game in the Welsh Premier League is tough at the moment.

“We go into it in quite good form on the back of two victories, so we are going there confident and looking for the three points.”