Sgorio’s Welsh Premier League 5-a-side team of the week.
Dave Jones: The Newtown keeper keeps his place in the team after a fine display at Maes Tegid on Friday night. Despite losing 1-0 to Bala Town the scoreline could’ve been much worse but for Jones’ excellent performance between the posts. He made an incredible save to deny Lee Hunt’s volley in the first half and was called upon several times in the second half after the Robins were reduced to nine men but was solid all game.
Simon Spender: It was a slow start to The New Saints’ season who won only two of their opening five games. Since then, right-back Simon Spender has returned from injury and the champions have gone on to win five out of their last six league matches and conceding only once. Spender was back to his best at the Bangor University Stadium on Friday night as he was the key to creating both of TNS’ goals with his darting runs down the right flank. The full-back made 11 assists last season and his over-lapping runs and his willingness to join in the attacks has made him a major part of the Saints’ recent success.
Lewis Buckley: Buckley scored a wonderful goal against Airbus on Friday night when he lifted and curled the ball delightfully over James Coates from a tight angle. It’s not the first time this season that he’s shown some flare with his left boot after his thunderbolt against Rhyl got him on the goal of the month shortlist in September. He also scored a glancing header against the Wingmakers earlier this month so has proved that he’s got an eye for goal and a very dangerous left peg.
Mark Jones: Carmarthen have climbed to 8th place after two wins on the bounce with Mark Jones scoring three times in two games. It was an unexpected signing over the summer as Mark Jones left Park Avenue for Richmond Park but he seems to have settled in well and has thrived under the pressure of being the main striker after two seasons in the shadow of Chris Venables. Jones has bagged six goals this season, five of those headers from set-plays, including his two against Haverfordwest over the weekend. The striker has shown great movement to create space for himself in the box and will definitely be climbing up the top scorer chart if he’s not marked tighter from corners and free-kicks.
Connor Bell: It was a long-awaited win for the Lilywhites at the GenQuip on Saturday with Connor Bell netting his first WPL hat-trick. Although all three of his goals were scored from six yards out, Bell made sure he was in the right place at the right time with good anticipation and well timed runs as he read the game well and showed desire to be the first to the ball. His hat-trick secured the win for Rhyl which means they are now only a single point behind the safety of the 10th position.
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