Europa League qualification is at stake when Bala Town travel to the San Marinese city of Fiorentino to face SP Tre Fiori, who finished third in the San Marinese Championship B. With kick off at 7:45PM (GMT), The Lakesiders will hope to bring back an advantage to Maes Tegid for the second leg. Manager Colin Caton feels the tie is of extreme significance, emphasising that progression "would be our biggest achievement during my time at the club, perhaps topping the JD Welsh Cup Final win against TNS."
Caton recognises past failings in Europe, and he wishes to change the trend; “It has frustrated me massively over recent years that we haven’t progressed as much as we’d have liked in these situations previously. I’m really hoping that this time will be different! Everyone will be 100% focussed, we’ll do everything we can to progress, so let’s see what happens.”
A new system for Europa league qualification means Bala Town will know their potential opponents before their next match. This hasn't distracted Caton who feels that “It has been a bit distracting because it is totally irrelevant if we don’t win against our present opposition – that’s all we can focus on, we have to plan for San Marino and see how that goes for us.”
With new transfers an ever present during the summer months- Bala Town purchasing a few players themselves such as Andy Mangan- Caton, who is in his fifteenth season at the club after starting his managerial career at Maes Tegid, feels the transfers thus far have had a positive influence on the squad. “The atmosphere in training and the work-rate is the best that it has been for a long, long time, so the changes have certainly had a very positive effect and it’s exciting to see what could be achieved with this group"
The full interview with Colin Caton can be found on the main page of the JD WPL.