PORTHMADOG have received a blow with the news that striker Josh Davies will miss the rest of the season through injury.

The JD Cymru North side confirmed the news on Tuesday afternoon, with Davies set to spend a significant spell on the sidelines after suffering a fractured fibula.

Davies recently re-joined the club following a prolific spell in New Zealand with Melville United, where he played alongside fellow North Wales duo Mike and Craig Pritchard.

This represents the worst possible news for the relegation battlers, who brought in a host of attacking faces during the January window in the hope of turning around their fortunes.

Manager Craig Papirnyk, said: “Josh Davies has fractured his fibula after the initial thoughts were that he was okay and only badly twisted the ankle. I’m gutted for him.”

Davies is widely considered to be one of the best strikers operating anywhere outside the top flight, and has enjoyed tremendous spells at Llandyrnog United, Denbigh Town and Rhyl during a standout career to date.

Port can still call on plenty of firepower in Davies’ absence, with the likes of Cai Jones, Shaun Cavanagh, Jamie McDaid and John Owen now tasked with carrying the load during the remainder of the campaign.

Papirnyk’s side were without a fixture last weekend but kept their match sharpness during a Tuesday night fixture against Blaenau Ffestiniog Amateurs, where they secured an 8-2 triumph over the Lock Stock Welsh Alliance Division One outfit.

A pivotal clash awaits Port this weekend when they welcome Buckley Town to Y Traeth, who also sit in the bottom four but possess a number of games in hand on their relegation rivals.