The New Saints boss Anthony Limbrick thinks “form goes out the window” in games like the one this weekend when his side travels to former manager Craig Harrison’s Connah’s Quay Nomads.

It’s a lunchtime kick-off at the Deeside Stadium on Saturday as the out-of-sorts Nomads host unbeaten leaders TNS in the JD Cymru Premier’s standout fixture of matchday eight.

With TNS four points clear at the top and the Nomads languishing in eighth, bookmakers would have Limbrick’s visitors down as favourites to win the battle of the last three seasons’ top two.

While TNS have made an excellent start to the season, the Nomads are currently on a five-match winless run in the league.

But Limbrick reckons recent results, good or bad, don’t count for much when two heavyweights meet.

“There’s a huge rivalry between the two clubs with the title being so close last season,” he said.

“When you play against a team with similar players it’s going to be a hotly-contested game.

“I really do think that form goes out the window for this one.

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“They’ve had a change of manager and it will be interesting to see what they do.

“We want to keep our run going, but we’ve got two or three very difficult games and it will be a real challenge over the coming weeks.”

Limbrick is well aware of the part Harrison played in TNS’ history – he won six consecutive league titles as Park Hall boss.

“Everybody here knows Craig well and he had amazing success, winning six titles and setting the record for the most games won,” added Limbrick.

“The team played with a certain style and they’ve tried to carry on with that.

“I’ve got a lot of respect for Craig.

“I played against him when he was at Hartlepool, and he did well there in a tough situation.”

“I also rate Andy Morrison highly and what he’s done there. I don’t think you could improve the team as much as he has without being a good coach and manager, so credit to him.

“I think the league will be worse off without him in it, so good luck to him in the next challenge he has.”