ANDY MORRISON wants Connah’s Quay Nomads to make Wales proud as they prepare to stage another assault on the Scottish Challenge Cup.

Nomads created waves in the competition last season as they reached the final, where they were beaten 3-1 by Ross County after taking the lead through Michael Bakare.

Morrison’s men have since caught the eye in Europa League action, stunning Kilmarnock in the first qualifying round, before giving Partizan Belgrade, who have reached the group stage, a run for their money.

And Morrison is eager for Nomads to represent the Cymru Premier to the best of their ability as Cove Rangers visit the Deeside Stadium tomorrow evening, 5.15pm kick-off.

“We’ll be ready,” declared Morrison. “The boys can’t wait after the experience of last year.

“It’s really important that we give a good account of ourselves and remember, as I always do when we step away from Wales, that we are representing the Cymru Premier.

“That’s really important that we make an impression and that people go away and respect what our league is, because it’s a very good league that is improving year on year.

“I’m always mindful that I’m representing the Cymru Premier every time I step away from it.

“We’ve always given a good account of ourselves and I think we’ve made the league very proud with our performances over the years.

“It’s a huge game for us.”

Nomads head into the encounter against Scottish League Two outfit Cove on the back of a 1-0 victory at Bala Town, a result that has given the Flintshire side a timely boost.

“That result, I can’t tell you how huge that is for confidence in the changing room,” continued Morrison.

“It doesn’t matter what level of football you play at or where you play - the fact you’ve been to Partizan Belgrade and Kilmarnock - winning games of football creates an energy and a feeling and I can’t get enough of it.”

Cove had their scouts at Maes Tegid as Michael Wilde’s header gave Nomads their first league win of the new campaign.

Morrison added: “That’s great.

“We’ve watched their last three games, so we know what they are about, and it excites me even more that they are taking it seriously and showing us the respect we deserve.”

Cove head to Wales having won four and drawn the other one of their five league outings, which has seen them climb to the top of League Two.

But having seen Nomads’ Europa League results and their clash with Bala, Cove boss Paul Hartley is expecting a real battle.

“Their results against Aberdeen and Kilmarnock underline just how tough our task is but make no mistake, we are going there hoping to win the tie,” former Scotland international Hartley, left, told the club’s official website. “There is no way we will be sitting back and waiting to see what happens.

“When you are in any cup competition it’s about going all out to see if you can come out on top on the day.

“We have massive respect for Connah’s Quay because they have caused some huge upsets, holding Aberdeen to that draw in what was a very tough game and then that fantastic win away from home against Killie.

“We are the underdogs and it’s going to take a big performance from us if we are to make the next round.

“But that’s our aim, to go there and put on a good show and hopefully make it a day to remember for Cove Rangers.”

The New Saints, beaten at the first hurdle on penalties by Queen’s Park last season, head to League Two strugglers Stenhousemuir.

Saints laboured to a 2-1 home win over Penybont last weekend, boss Scott Ruscoe saying: “I think it’s come at the right time and will give us a change of scenery.”

League of Ireland duo Waterford and Bohemians face Hearts U21s and Airdrie, respectively, while Northern Ireland Premiership pair, Ballymena and Glenavon, tackle Rangers U21s and Fortmartine.

Solihull Moors, who along with Wrexham are the National League teams involved in the competition, make the long trip to Lowland League side Kelty Hearts.

It is a match that Solihull manager Tim Flowers could do without.

“It is what it is – do we want to be in the Scottish Challenge Cup? No, because it’s another game and we’ve already got injuries,” he said.