STEVE HALLIWELL wants to lift the “big cloud” over Gresford Athletic with a crucial home victory over Llandudno.

Halliwell’s men have picked up just three points from a possible 21 to leave them hovering above the drop zone with half of the season played.

“Everything is doom and gloom,” said director of football Halliwell. “That’s not what I want and I don’t like the feeling that is at the club at the moment, it feels like there is a big cloud over us.

“The committee are feeling it and I’m feeling it, which means that the players are feeling it.”

Halliwell admits that “nothing has changed” regarding his comments after last week’s 2-1 home defeat to Conwy Borough which suggested plenty of transfer activity in the January transfer window. But Halliwell knows that there is enough quality in his current squad to secure all three points against Llandudno tomorrow afternoon.

Goals from Joe Culshaw, Jake Eyre, Jack Chaloner and Jordan MacCarter helped Gresford win 4-1 in the reverse fixture earlier this season, pictured.

“They’ve picked up since then and they will feel as though they owe us one after what we did to them at their place,” said Halliwell.

“They are an up and down team. Attacking-wise they have some quality players, but we feel defensively they can be got at, like we did earlier in the season.

“The first-half at their place we tore them apart and showed exactly what we are capable of, but it’s about consistency and realising that games last 90 minutes, not 45.

“If we can perform how we know we can for 90 minutes then we are a top five team, it’s just whether we can do that.

“This game is the toughest one we’ve had in a month, so we know just how difficult it will be and we know we need to produce a strong performance.”

Nathan Williams, Aaron Edwards and Paul Williams are set to miss out for Gresford.

Llangefni, below Gresford only on goal difference, have a home clash with Rhyl, managed by former Athletic boss Eddie Maurice-Jones, this evening.

Tomorrow sees Ruthin entertain Penrhyncoch and Guilsfield head to Llanrhaeadr, although Buckley’s trip to Porthmadog is off due to the latter’s rearranged Welsh Cup third round tie with Cymru Premier outfit Penybont.