Preview of the round 5 of the Welsh Premier League.
Although The New Saints maintain their undefeated start to the new season, Newtown hold their place at the top of the Welsh Premier League table – although losing 2-1 to Rhyl last Saturday.
A man of the match performance by Rhyl’s goalkeeper Terry McCormick – saving Matty Owen’s penalty and producing a wonderful double save from Jason Oswell’s efforts – helped move the Lillywhites up to 7th.
At the bottom of the table, Haverfordwest County sealed their first win of the season – with goals from Steffan Williams and Dale Griffiths – beating MBi Llandudno 2-0.
The Blue Birds are now equal on points with gap Connah’s Quay and Aberystwyth – with just three points from four games at the foot of the table.
Bala v Bangor
Maes Tegid, Bala. Friday, 19:45
Bala Town’s promising start continues – a 2-0 victory over gap Connah’s Quay in Colin Caton’s 500th game at the helm – with Bala joint second with TNS, with 8 points from the opening 4 games.
Bangor will also be looking forward to the trip to Maes Tegid – the Citizens beat Airbus and drew against Rhyl away from home – picking all their points away from home.
Carmarthen v Aberystwyth
Richmond Park, Carmarthen. Friday, 19:45
Mark Aizlewood’s Old Gold have had an impressive start to the season, beating gap Connah’s Quay and Bangor in recent weeks – this after their 5 – 1 loss in the opening day of the season to Airbus.
Aberystwyth have had a disappointing start. The club have conceded 10 goals this season – more than any other team – and is equal on points at the bottom of the table with Haverfordwest County and gap Connah’s Quay.
Gap Connah’s Quay v MBI Llandudno
Deeside Stadium, Connah’s Quay. Saturday, 14:30
It has been a disappointing start to the season for Nomads after a busy summer. Gap Connah’s Quay will begin the weekend in the relegation zone after losing against Newtown, Carmarthen and Bala – with their only victory coming against the newcomers, Haverfordwest. Captain, George Horan will miss the game for the Nomads after receiving a red card against Bala last weekend.
After a promising start for MBI Llandudno – beating Aberystwyth and a draw against The New Saints at Park Hall – MBi have lost their last two games. MBi Llandudno Manager, Alan Morgan will be eager to pick up 3 points at the Deeside Stadium and open up a gap between them and the drop zone.
Rhyl v Haverfordwest County
Corbett Sports Stadium, Rhyl. Saturday, 14:30.
Rhyl will be full of confidence after Gareth Owen first win in charge – beating Newtown 2-1 away from home – raising the Lillywhites to 7th.
Haverfordwest won their first game of the season last weekend – beating MBi Llandudno – the Bluebirds have found it difficulty adapting to the Premier League so far . Only gap Connah’s Quay (2) have scored less (3), and only Aberystwyth (10) have let in more goals (9).
Port Talbot v Newtown
GenQuip Stadium, Port Talbot. Sunday, 14:30.
Both teams will be happy with their start this season – although both sides lost last weekend, Port Talbot away at The New Saints and Newtown at home against Rhyl.
Port Talbot are 2 point from the top of the table, with Jonathan Hood among the leagues top scorers with 3 goals from 4 games.
After their summer European campaign, Newtown have had a promising start. Only Airbus (9) have scored more than Newton (8) this season and only Bala (1) have surrendered less goals (2) – these statistics leading the Robins to the top of the Welsh Premier League table.
Highlights of all the Welsh Premier League fixtures
On this day in 1994, Mike Smith started his second spell in charge of the Welsh national side.