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