BUCKLEY TOWN boss Dan Moore hopes that the intensity of recent training sessions will pay dividends in the Welsh Cup this weekend.

The Flintshire club have not played competitively since October 19 and visit Holyhead Hotspur on Saturday in a second round tie.

Moore has demanded a higher workrate from his side this season and believes his players are now in peak condition for the cup clash on Anglesey.

He said: “From a physical perspective we’re in good shape right now and look fitter than we have all season.

“Last year we were one of the fittest sides in the league. On reflection maybe we were too lenient in our pre-season in terms of not pushing the players hard enough.

“We’re a side who like to press and win the ball to build our attacks and I feel like we’ve worked on those areas in the last few weeks.”

On tomorrow’s opponents, Moore insists Hotspur cannot be underestimated after their impressive start to the Welsh Alliance campaign.

He added: “It looks as if they’ve started to rebuild after relegation last season.

"I know Darren (Garmey) will have them up for the game even if people see them as underdogs. I’m expecting an evenly-matched game in conditions that will probably be tough to play in.”

Buckley are without injured defensive duo Luke Douglas and Luke Blizard.