Read on to hear from the manager as he reflects on the first leg and looks ahead to Thursday’s decisive fixture.
“I’m very disappointed because the mistakes we made were massive, uncharacteristic errors really which we could never have envisaged nor planned for.
“I think in many respects we were the much better team on the night, but you can’t go out and make the mistakes we made on the night and expect to come away from the game with a win.
“We had plenty of opportunities on the night, as well as around 80% of the possession and we were the miles better team – they celebrated after winning the game as if they’d won the tie, but we can definitely turn this around.”
After the disappointment of the result out in San Marino, there is even more determination on Bala’s part now to put things right and progress to the next round of the competition.
Thursday cannot come quick enough for The Lakesiders, and their manager feels there is plenty of reason for optimism ahead of the game.
“I do think there are plenty of reasons for optimism going into the second leg because there were big plus points for us within the games in terms of the chances we created and the way we had so much possession of the ball, but we just have to cut out those errors because that is all that has cost us.
“We trained on Monday night and there is still a real optimism that we can progress, that we can turn this situation around, but we’ve got to stay tight at the back.
“We’ll change our shape a little bit and just go out there to win the game, because we’ve got nothing to lose. We’re confident, we know as a group if we can get a goal or two in the first half then we think they’ll crumble, but we just want to get out there now and play.”
Overturning a three-goal deficit in any context is a tough ask, however with so much on the line Tre Fiori are sure to make Bala’s task as difficult as possible in Rhyl on Thursday night.
Caton bemoaned the errors of his usually shrewd defensive side, but said that finding themselves up against the odds wasn’t somewhere Bala would feel uncomfortable being.
“It is hard to stomach defensive mistakes like the ones we made last week, but we’re perfectly capable of turning this around and we’ll do everything we can to get the goals we need to go through.
“We’ve always been up against the odds as a football club, we’ve never made things easy for ourselves ever since I’ve been at the football club, we’ve always done things the hard way.
“If we could turn this around then it would be incredible, obviously, because of the situation we find ourselves in, but everyone is optimistic, full of belief, we’ve trained well and we’ve got a great chance and a great desire to put things right.”
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