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Last Updated: Sunday, 16 May, 2004, 14:24 GMT 15:24 UK
Play-off pair's Wales hitch
Hartlepool's Eifion Williams is one of four uncapped players in the Wales squad
Whoever wins the Division Two play-off semi-final between Hartlepool and Bristol City, a striker from each side will still have regrets.

Hartlepool's Eifion Williams and opponent Christian Roberts were both called into the Wales squad last week.

But the winner will have to drop out as the play-off final on 30 May clashes with matches against Norway (27 May) and Canada (30 May).

"I would love to play in both, but I can't," said Williams.

Williams has only represented his country at 'B' level, while Roberts missed out on a possible first cap when he was an unused substitute in last summer's friendly with the United States.

Both realise the first priority must be getting their clubs into Division One via the final - on home ground at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

The two sides are tied 1-1 after Bristol earned a draw at Hartlepool in the first leg, with the return at Ashton Gate on Wednesday night.

"I must concentrate on Hartlepool and getting them into the play-off final - and winning it," Williams told Wales on Sunday.

"Hartlepool is my bread and butter and if we get into Division One my chances of getting further Wales call-ups will increase."

That sentiment was echoed by Roberts, who endured play-off heartache last season as Bristol lost out to Cardiff: "If I keep performing for Bristol City, then international football will sort itself out."

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