CONWY Borough manager Chris Morrell challenged his side to finish the season strongly following the shock departure of Warren Gibbs.

The director of football stepped down from the role due to time commitments on Wednesday, just a few hours removed from the Tangerines’ 2-0 defeat at Bangor City.

Things do not get any easier for the JD Cymru North side on Saturday when they travel to Penrhyncoch, who sit one spot below Borough with only goal difference separating the two sides.

Morrell, said: “Obviously, past few days have been a shock for us all at the club with Warren leaving and it was sad to see him go, but we wish him well.

“The players now have to challenge themselves to finish the job they started and compete even harder in our remaining games.”

Borough’s second tier status is secure after a sensational start to the season that had them in the early running for top spot, and although things have tailed off since they still find themselves in a comfortable position despite losing some influential players in the summer and during the January transfer window.

Morrell added that the squad “is in good spirits” ahead of their long trip to the Roosters, who have won 11 of their 23 contests so far this term.

“We again have some injury and suspension issues, but this opens the door for others to make a claim and be a part of what we are building, not just for this year but for seasons to come.

“The quality, average age and togetherness of the players at this club is a huge positive for the present and the future so there is lots to look forward to.”