Sgorio’s Welsh Premier League 5-a-side team of the week.
Terry McCormick (Rhyl)
The Lilywhites are on a run of five consecutive draws in the WPL and it was a good point away from home at Airbus on Saturday as both sides failed to break the deadlock. McCormick was the busiest of the goal-keepers and as well as producing a couple of decent stops he also stood up big to force the Airbus strikers to miss the target from promising positions.
Matty Williams (The New Saints)
When Mike Lewis parried Chris Seargeant’s shot at Park Hall on Friday night, Matty Williams was on his toes to react to the loose ball to put The New Saints ahead. After that, Lewis seemed determined not to let Williams grab his second and the no.10 did find great pockets of space between the Aberystwyth defence and had many good attempts at goal and on another day maybe he could’ve secured all three points for the champions.
Chris Venables (Aberystwyth)
Chris Venables hasn’t been firing as much goals this season but he proved on Friday night that he only needs half a chance to have an impact on any game. The WPL Player of the Year for the last two seasons scored a delightful equalizer against TNS as he controlled well and drilled a half volley past Paul Harrison. Venables had scored 19 goals after 16 games at this stage last season – he’s only scored eight this term, which could be a sign that the WPL clubs’ defences have strengthened.
Les Davies (gap Connah’s Quay)
It was an impressive 5-0 win for gap Connah’s Quay at home in the wind and rain against Port Talbot on Saturday. A five star performance as five different players got on the score sheet for the Nomads but Big Les gets his place in the team of the week for assisting one goal and getting a goal of his own after anticipating Alan Tate’s headed blunder!
Marc Williams (MBi Llandudno)
Marc Williams is now joint top scorer in the WPL, tied with Tony Gray at 11 goals apiece. The two attackers are battling it out for the title of ‘Best Signing of the Summer’ and will most likely be up there when the ‘Player of the Year’ shortlist will be revealed in May. Williams played a part in all of four of Llandudno’s goal at Richmond Park on Saturday with good build up play for the first, scoring the second, winning the penalty for the third, and scoring the fourth.
On this day in 1994, Mike Smith started his second spell in charge of the Welsh national side.