Gap Connah's Quay will be 'formidable force' - manager Andy Morrison

Mike Wilde scores for Connah's Quay against FK Vojvodina
Mike Wilde scored Connah's Quay's consolation goal against FK Vojvodina

Gap Connah's Quay manager Andy Morrison says his side's Europa League run will stand them in good stead ahead of the Welsh Premier League season.

Nomads were beaten 3-1 on aggregate by FK Vojvodina in the Europa League second qualifying round.

But Morrison feels his side's European debut has been the perfect preparation ahead of their opening league game at Carmarthen on 13 August.

"We're going to be a very, very formidable force next year," he said.

"The spirit within our group, the heart and desire, we take a lot of positives from this run.

"We've got a great group of lads and we're going to add to it."

Morrison took over at Gap Connah's Quay in November 2015 with the club struggling at the wrong end of the Welsh Premier League table.

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The former Manchester City player oversaw a revival which culminated in the Nomads finishing fifth before securing a Europa League spot with a play-off final win over Airbus UK.

Connah's Quay overcame Norwegian side Stabæk in the first qualifying before bowing out 3-1 on aggregate to Serbian outfit Vojvodina.

Nomads were beaten by a 86th minute goal in Novi Sad and Dejan Meleg's double in the second leg secured Vojvodina's place in the third qualifying round.

"I take so many positives and I'm so proud to do what we've done against a very good team," Morrison told BBC Radio Wales Sport.

"Their management have been gracious at the end and said they couldn't believe how strong and powerful and determined we were."

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