CAERNARFON Town boss Sean Eardley is under no illusions as to the size of the task awaiting his side when they entertain Connah’s Quay Nomads on Friday night.

The Cofis manager stated he is “looking for a response” following their disappointing 3-0 defeat at the hands of Newtown, which saw a bumper crowd of more than 1,000 descend on The Oval for the clash.

Next up is a tough test against Andy Morrison’s side, who lost top spot after their loss at The New Saints but have been buoyed by the arrival of former Bangor City manager Craig Harrison as first team coach.

Eardley, said: “I don’t think there was much between the two sides on the night. I thought we had good chances but Newtown had the best chance of the first half and in the second we said more of the same, but they scored within 90 seconds and it came from us being disorganised at the start.

“We will dust ourselves down and credit to the players, they didn’t down tools or sack the game off so to speak. You can’t win them all but next week is absolutely crucial against Connah’s Quay.

“We were a bit flat and to be honest the body language was a bit of a concern for me when we conceded the goals, but we are still learning and it is going to be ruthless next week as Quay are flying and we are going to have to be out of the blocks from the first minute until the 95th.

“To have Gaz (Edwards) and Clive (Williams) back is a massive plus and hopefully Rhys (Roberts) will return next week too and we might utilise them all as Connah’s Quay like to mix it up, and we are in for a hellish tough game next week and we need to bounce back and put in a performance for our fantastic supporters who were out in force once again.”