CARDIGAN will be without three key players for the WRU National Bowl semi-final clash with Amman United next month but many followers feel the club has strength in depth and the setback can be overcome.
The Cardis take on League 3 West B unbeaten leaders Amman United at a venue to be arranged on Saturday, March 25, the wedding day of popular centre Emyr Harries when best man is influential No. 8 and skipper Llyr Griffiths with second row and close friend Dean Harries also attending.
Although the loss of Griffiths in the back row is a blow the League 3 West A title aspirants have talented performers in Colin Davies, Kieran Hurley and Gareth Clifford while Dylan Davies is a versatile performer equally at home in the second row or at the back of the scrum.
As cup fever grips the local sports scene Cardigan head coach Colin Horscroft told the Tivyside: "I think it is a good draw for us, especially as we avoid Caerphilly who are particularly strong.
"Reaching the semi-final has given everyone a lift and the players are very appreciative of the tremendous support they have been given. I'm sure we'll also have a big following for the semi-final."
Amman secretary Brian Davies said: "We are enjoying a great run and everyone at the club is looking forward to the game against Cardigan and hopefully reaching the final."
After the draw there was speculation over the possibility of Wales legend Shane Williams appearing for United but the 87-times capped retired winger, who celebrated his 40th birthday on Sunday, ruled himself out as he is taking part in the London Marathon the following day and does not want to risk injury.
Cardigan have the opportunity to run the rule over Amman this Saturday without leaving Ceredigion as the League 3 West B pacesetters visit Lampeter for a league game.