MARTIN BURGER remains confident that Connah’s Quay can “click” and reverse their Premier Division fortunes.

Quay have suffered nine successive defeats this season to leave them rock-bottom of the table, some 35 points from safety.

But the ever-confident Burger is of the belief that there are better times around the corner for Quay if they can fire on all-cylinders.

“We are of the same mindset and that’s still a very positive one,” said Burger. “It’s only a matter of time before it all clicks.

“Parts of our game have been working all season, but it’s been different parts in different games. If we can combine them all together then we can get that first win.”

Burger is hoping that win comes sooner rather than later as Quay head to Gresford tomorrow before hosting Brymbo in the final game before the turnaround.

“If we can get that first win soon, ideally before the halfway stage, then we can take confidence into the second part of the season,” continued Burger.

“There were games earlier in the season that we should have won and once we get that first victory we can push on.”

Such is the quality Quay possess in the likes of Burger and David Fox, that Gresford won’t be taking their visitors lightly.

Gresford have seen their last two matches washed out, and captain Daniel Williams wants his team to refocus.

Williams said: “Connah’s Quay are another team that has genuine match winners, but we have to be clinical and ruthless against the teams at the bottom end of the league if we want to keep moving upwards.

“I thought they’d have got a few wins on the board with some of the players they have, but it only takes one win to get on a run, so we can’t get complacent.”

Matty Cree misses out for Gresford, who can call on key all-rounder Chris Ellwood, while Darren Pritchard is back in Quay’s starting XI.

Pontblyddyn make their way to table-topping Bangor tomorrow rejuvenated by a weekend without any action.

The Alder Meadow outfit suffered a hat-trick of narrow defeats before their home game with Gresford was washed out.

And captain Glenn Chambers feels the free week might help his players, saying: “We are looking forward to the trip to Bangor.

“The break has done us good.”

Pontblyddyn are 47 points worse off than Bangor, but Chambers won’t be making the trip looking at damage limitation.

“If we click we can compete with anyone,” said Chambers, who will keep faith with 15-year-old Harry Williams with Mark Neath and Chris Myles absent. “If we’d won the close games we’ve lost the table would look very different.”

Brymbo and Northop go head-to-head at Tan-y-Fron in a Flintshire Knockout final dress rehearsal.

James Claybrook’s Brymbo defeated St Asaph to progress to next week’s final, where they will meet Northop, who overcame Mold over two legs.

But the duo are focused on tomorrow’s meeting, which offers up important league points.

Claybrook, who will miss the league clash, wants to topple Northop ahead of a crunch meeting with fellow strugglers Connah’s Quay next weekend.

“For us it’s about putting in a good performance, especially with the bat and seeing where it gets us,” said Claybrook, pictured, who will hand over the captaincy temporarily to Dan Parry.

“We have a massive game next week so if we can hit the halfway point with two wins it leaves us in a good position to push for the rest of the season.”

Brymbo go into the clash second from bottom and on the back of an eight-wicket loss at Denbigh.

Having been restricted to just 101 for six from a rain-reduced 40 overs, Denbigh cruised to 102 for two with 59 balls to spare.

Claybrook reflected: “Losing the toss on a green and soft, notoriously slow wicket made life very difficult.

“As the day went on the wicket dried out and we didn’t hit lengths well enough.

“You need a bit of luck and rub of the green which we don’t seem to be having at the moment.

“However we put that behind us now and move on to tomorrow looking to pick up points and put in a performance.

“Northop are a much improved side. It’s always hard starting on minus 15 but I’m sure they will gradually climb the table as the season goes on.”

Northop team manager Dale Harley has sympathy for Brymbo’s current plight.

A host of player departures in the winter has left Brymbo with a shadow of the side that pushed Menai Bridge for the title last term.

Harley said: “The players they’ve lost are hard to replace.

“When we’ve missed players this season we’ve been lucky in the fact that someone has always come back to fill the gap.

“The players they’ve got are dangerous though, so we need to be focused and ready to produce a good performance.”

Denbigh continue their title challenge at inconsistent Llandudno, which also acts as a dress rehearsal for Sunday’s Welsh Cup third round clash, while reigning champions Menai Bridge, in third, host fourth-placed Mochdre and St Asaph head to lowly Pwllheli.

Division One: Bethesda v Mold; Carmel and District v Gwersyllt Park; Dolgellau v Abergele; Hawarden Park v Llanrwst; Ruthin v Conwy.

Division Two: Halkyn v Menai Bridge 2nds; Llay Welfare 2nds v Mynydd Isa and Maeshafn; Marchwiel and Wrexham v Bangor 2nds; Mochdre 2nds v Corwen; Northop 2nds v Brymbo 2nds.

Division Three: Abergele 2nds v Pwllheli 2nds; Denbigh 2nds v Hawarden Park 2nds; Gwersyllt Park 2nds v Pontblyddyn 2nds; Mold 2nds v St Asaph 2nds; Mynydd Isa and Maeshafn 2nds v Carmel and District 2nds.

Division Four: Caernarfon v Llandudno 2nds; Conwy 2nds v Marchwiel and Wrexham 2nds; Llangollen v Bethesda 2nds; Llanrwst 2nds v Halkyn 2nds; Rhewl v Ruthin 2nds.