IT’S a sprint to the finish line for Connah’s Quay Nomads, Cefn Druids and Airbus as they look to hit their different targets in phase two.

The fixtures for the second part of the campaign were revealed yesterday with Nomads looking to compete with The New Saints for the title, Druids aiming to grab seventh spot, which secures a play-off place, and Airbus out to avoid an instant - and unwanted - return to the Cymru North.

Andy Morrison’s Nomads start their second phase at Barry Town United on Saturday, February 8, before finishing the final 10 games at Newtown on April 25.

The two meetings with The New Saints will also spark interest, Nomads hosting Scott Ruscoe’s reigning champions on Friday, February 21 live on Sgorio, before the reverse fixture on Friday, April 10.

Second placed Nomads are currently four points adrift of Saints, but perhaps more importantly, five clear of Bala in the race for automatic Europa League qualification.

“The remit at the start of the season has always been to get European football,” said Nomads first-team coach Craig Harrison.

“That would make it five years in a row of European football and from where the club was when Andy came in is unbelievable.

“It’s our aim to get European football and with two Welsh Cup finals - one win and one defeat - it’s an unbelievable achievement from Andy, the owner and all of the players.”

Nomads go into the second phase a point better off than last season, but the question of whether or not the Flintshire outfit are closing the gap on TNS, is a difficult one to answer.

Harrison said: “It’s hard to gauge. What’s the barometer? Where do you measure from? Is it head-to-head? Points gained at the end of the season? European success? There are just so many narratives to throw into the pot.

“From our point of view I really do believe we have moved forward and it’s only a small increment, but we are one point better off than we were at this stage last year. In my experience, if you are making small steps forward then you are improving and before you know it the one per cent here and there makes a big difference.”

Eighth placed Cefn Druids, who missed out on a top-six spot by a single point to Newtown, and second from bottom Airbus, kick-off the second phase in the play-off conference against each other.

Steve O’Shaughnessy’s Wingmakers entertain Druids at the Airfield on Friday, February 7, with the reverse fixture taking place at The Rock on Friday, March 20.

Airbus finish the campaign with matches against rock-bottom Carmarthen at the Airfield on Saturday, April 18, before visiting Penybont, two points ahead of O’Shaughnessy’s men, a week later.

Huw Griffiths’, left, Druids will be looking to wrestle seventh place from Cardiff Met’s grasp during the final 10 games. The Ancients head to the capital on Saturday, March 14, before ending the season at home to Christian Edwards’ Archers.