Halfway to the split

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Rhys Llwyd

Rhys Llwyd

Thursday, 22 Oct 2015, 09:32

A preview of a full set of Welsh Premier League fixtures this weekend.

Aberystwyth (3rd) v The New Saints (1st)Friday night (19:45)
TNS (23 goals) and Aberystwyth (19 goals) are the two teams with the best attacking record this season and they go head-to-head at Park Avenue on Friday night.

Aberystwyth have benefited from having TNS loanee Jamie Reed in their squad this season as he’s netted five and assisted three goals for Ian Hughes’ side.

The Saints have started drifting away from the pack as they’re now five points ahead of Bala and are still unbeaten after 11 league matches.

The WPL champions have only conceded four times this season (0.36 goals a game) and have kept a clean sheet in five of their last six league games.

After a slow start Aberystwyth have hit good form and are unbeaten in their last seven league games, but could that run be coming to an end against the league holders?

Rhyl (12th) v Airbus UK (6th) Friday night (19:30)
Connor Bell’s hat-trick secured Rhyl’s second win of the season last weekend as they came out 0-3 victors at the GenQuip.

Gareth Owen’s side are now only a point away from safety but may rely on Bell for more goals as the Lilywhites have only scored 11 goals in their 11 games so far.

Airbus have been disappointing recently having lost three of their last four league games before being knocked out of the Word Cup by Denbigh Town on Tuesday night.

Andy Preece’s men need a win if they are to keep pressure on second-placed Bala who are four points clear of the Wingmakers.

Haverfordwest (9th) v Bala Town (2nd)Saturday (14:30)
Another tough test for Haverfordwest who lost 3-1 to TNS at Park Hall on Tuesday in the Word Cup Quarter Final.

The Bluebirds start the weekend three points above the drop zone.

Although Bala are second in the table they have one of the worst attacking records in the league as only Bangor and gap Connah’s Quay (11) have scored less than Bala (12) this season (1.1 goal a game).

Half-way to the split and the Lakesiders are two points above third-placed Aberystwyth who face the champions on Friday so Bala could see their chance to start opening up that gap.

MBi Llandudno (4th) v Carmarthen (8th)Saturday (14:30)
MBi Llandudno have had a great start to the season and sit in 4th place, trailing Aberystwyth on goal difference alone.

Alan Morgan’s side have looked fast and sharp and have been very dangerous on the counter-attack in their first season in the WPL.

Carmarthen striker Mark Jones has found his form and has scored five goals in their last four games, but no club has conceded more than the Old Gold this season (21).

Aizlewood’s team will be full of confidence after winning three on the bounce but they are yet to win on an artificial surface this season after losing 5-1 at Airbus and 2-0 against TNS and Newtown, so Llandudno might have an advantage on the synthetic pitch.

Newtown (5th) v Bangor (10th) Saturday (14:30)
Newtown have released winger Matthew Hearsey this week – a strange decision considering that Jason Oswell and Sean Evans will be unavailable for the coming weeks through suspension as well as Shane Sutton and Gavin Cadwallader who are injured.

Chris Hughes will need to look after his small squad with care if they are to keep up with Bala Town in second place.

Bangor City have lost seven of their opening 11 matches and sit in 10th place above gap Connah’s Quay on goal difference.

Left-back Sam Hart is Bangor’s top scorer with three goals from set plays, so the strikers need to start hitting the net or it could be another nervy season for the Citizens at the wrong end of the table.

Port Talbot (7th) v gap Connah’s Quay (11th)Sunday (14:30)
Port Talbot are on a poor run after losing their last four games in all competitions.

The Steelmen have lost Cortez Belle, Kaid Mohamed and Leon Jeanne recently and the club’s results have suffered since their departure.

gap Connah’s Quay needed extra time to beat Huws Gray Alliance side Caernarfon in the Welsh Cup on Tuesday night after first team manager Allan Bickerstaff departed company with the Nomads.

No club has lost more games than the Deeside outfit this season (7) who are in desperate need for points if they are to compete for a place in the top six by January.

Highlights of all six matches on Sgorio at 18:30 on Monday night.