Sgorio’s Welsh Premier League 5-a-side team of the week.
Lee Idzi: Carmarthen have won their last four games in all competitions and have climbed into the Top Six. Since conceding six against TNS at the start of the month Idzi has been tremendous between the sticks and was outstanding in the win against Rhyl two weeks ago and once again at Llandudno on Saturday. The Merthyr man showed great reflexes to save three shots from close range displaying fantastic reaction time to keep out Danny Hughes, Lewis Buckley and Marc Williams. Idzi was also crucial in Carmarthen’s Word Cup win against Port Talbot on Tuesday night.
Damien Allen: Damien Allen scored in the first minute at Latham Park to inspire Bangor to an impressive win away from home. Allen has scored twice this season after failing to score a league goal for nearly three years. Although Bangor find themselves only a point from the bottom of the table, the Mancunian midfielder has been consistent this season and has looked confident on the ball with willingness to start attacks with his crafty vision. Could Bangor be missing a trick playing Allen in a deep-lying role when he could possibly be more influencial in the no.10 position?
Wes Baynes: Wes Baynes was moved to centre-midfield by Jay Catton on Sunday and the move paid off as the ex-Wrexham man brought good stability to the Nomads midfield at the GenQuip. Baynes might’ve been wasted in the right-back position as he proved he was an asset in midfield spreading the ball effectively at times but also doing the basics well when needed as gap Connah’s Quay beat Port Talbot in emphatic fashion. He has five assists to his name this season (only Bangor’s Sion Edwards (6) has more) and he almost got his name on the score sheet but he can argue that one with Callum Morris!
Mark Connolly: Bala Town’s defence has been solid this season, conceding only five goals in 12 league games, but you need goals to win games and that’s what Connolly produced at Bridge Meadow on Saturday. Connolly was first to react to a loose header to score the first goal and found space in the box to grab the second. Goals have been few and far between for the Lakesiders but with Bala now five points clear in second spot Steve O’Shaughnessy and Colin Caton won’t be losing much sleep as long as the points keep coming.
Alex Darlington: Darlington has had to be patient in recent seasons as he’s been competing with experienced attackers for a starting place in The New Saints’ line-up. But at Aberystwyth on Friday night, Darlo showed exactly why he should be starting for the champions as he was composed on the ball with clever touches in the pocket behind the striker. He took his goal well (although Mike Lewis should’ve saved it) and also chipped in with two assists. Everytime Darlington had the ball he looked relaxed and had time to pick his pass, which is a sign of a player with great awareness that can read the game intelligently.
On this day in 1900 one of the biggest characters in football made his debut for Wales.