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Bala Town coach Ryan Valentine says their recent defeat against Connah's Quay Nomads has already provided their Nathaniel MG Cup semi-final team talk.

Bala were comfortably beaten by the Nomads when the pair met in the JD Cymru Premier earlier this month - the defending champions inflicted a 4-0 defeat on the Lakesiders.

But Colin Caton's side have the opportunity to avenge their league defeat as the Nomads revisit Maes Tegid again on Friday evening, with a place in the Nathaniel MG Cup final up for grabs.

And Valentine believes they must use the disappointment from three weeks ago as fuel to topple the cup holders this time around.

"The fact that we played them a few weeks ago and they turned us over quite convincingly will be all the motivation that we need," said Valentine.

"There's a few added factors after that result for us to put in a performance on Friday night, and hopefully with that performance comes a result.

"I'm sure Craig Harrison will be asking if they can repeat the performance they put in a few weeks ago at our place. For both teams it's a big game and I'm just looking forward to it now, so hopefully we can get the result."

He continued: "Since I've been at Bala, Colin has always taken the competition seriously. If you look at some of the other teams, a few of them rest players and maybe don't take it as seriously as the JD Welsh Cup.

"We've always put a strong team out and we've always done quite well in it because we've got to a few semi-finals and finals.

"Hopefully this year we can go one step further than the semi-final and try to get to another final."

Bala have already come within touching distance of lifting the trophy twice previously after reaching the final of the competition in 2014 and 2015.

The former ended in shootout heartache for the Lakesiders as they were beaten on spot kicks by Carmarthen Town, with the long-serving Valentine seeing one of his penalties kept out by goalkeeper Steve Cann.

It is a moment that he naturally wants to forget, although he has past experience of lifting silverware with the Gwynedd club and wants to enjoy another triumph as a coach.

"I wasn't going to mention it, but I think we missed a couple of penalties. It's great to get through to the semi-finals and finals of competitions, but nobody wants to get that far and then lose.

"It was nice that we went on a long run and got to the final, but it was disappointing that we couldn't lift the trophy on the day.

"But going on and winning the JD Welsh Cup means I've had a taste of both sides of it. You don't want to be beaten in semi-finals and finals after getting that far, but hopefully as a coach I can have a taste of winning a trophy."

It has been a difficult period in the JD Cymru Premier for Bala in recent weeks, with Caton's side securing one win in their last seven league outings.

But positive displays in cup competitions has seen them secure passage into the quarter-finals of the JD Welsh Cup and the last four of the Nathaniel MG Cup.

And Valentine is deterimed to reward everyone connected with the Lakesiders with a cup final occasion this season.

"Whether you're a player, coaching or in any capacity at a club, it's always nice to go far in cup competitions, from everyone who takes care of the admin side of life right through to the coaching staff and the players.

"It's a great day out for everyone getting to a final, so hopefully we can put in a good performance on Friday and give everyone a good day out."



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