Preview of the six Welsh Premier League games taking place this weekend.
Bangor v The New Saints – Friday night (19:45)
Ten games into the season and champions, The New Saints have opened up a five point lead ahead of Newtown at the top of the table.
The New Saints remain unbeaten (won 6, drawn 4) and have conceded only four goals in ten matches.
Their opponents on Friday are Bangor who have conceded 18 this season – only Carmarthen have a worse defensive record (20).
Bangor have lost six of their opening ten matches and sit in 10th spot, lingering above the drop zone with only goal difference separating themselves and gap Connah’s Quay who are 11th.
Bala Town v Newtown – Friday night (19:45)
It’s goal difference alone that separates these two teams as well who start the weekend in 2nd and 3rd place.
Bala’s defence have been very hard to break down this season as they’ve only conceded five times in ten matches but the strikers have been quiet at the other end as the Lakesiders have managed only 11 goals so far (1.1 goal a game).
It looks like it’ll be an exciting race for second spot and a guaranteed place in the Europa League Play-Offs as currently there are only four points separating the team in 2nd (Newtown) and the team in 8th position (Haverfordwest).
Airbus UK v MBi Llandudno – Friday night (19:30)
Airbus are only a point behind Newtown and Bala, and Llandudno are only a point behind Airbus!
Tony Gray got his goal tally up to nine with another two goals against Port Talbot last weekend and the league’s current top-scorer will certainly be the one-to-watch in this match.
Gray has netted half of Airbus’ goals this season (9/18) and only TNS have scored more than the Broughton outfit.
MBi Llandudno start the weekend in 6th position and Alan Morgan’s men have proved that they’re not afraid of anyone this season as they’ve already collected points against the likes of The New Saints, Bala, Aberystwyth and Airbus.
Carmarthen v Haverfordwest – Friday night (19:30)
This is another six-pointer as only two points separate the sides in the bottom half of the league.
Carmarthen have failed to score in half of their league games so far and have the worst defensive record in the WPL, conceding an average of 2 goals per game.
The Old Gold have only scored twice in five home games but did manage to net four times against Rhyl last weekend which could give them a well-needed boost of confidence in front of goal.
Haverfordwest will also be buzzing after winning their last two matches and are currently on a run of four games without a loss in all competitions.
gap Connah’s Quay v Aberystwyth – Saturday (14:30)
It’s been a disappointing start to the campaign for Allan Bickerstaff’s side who start the weekend in the relegation zone.
After spending some money over the summer, many had the Nomads down as this year’s dark horses but after losing six of their opening ten matches, gap Connah’s Quay find themselves at the wrong end of the table.
Aberystwyth also had a slow start but have changed gear recently and are on a six game unbeaten run and haven’t conceded in their last two matches.
Port Talbot v Rhyl – Saturday (14:30)
Things are looking bleak for the Lilywhites who are rock bottom of the WPL after winning only one of their ten games this season.
No team has scored less than Rhyl this season (8) who are four points behind Bangor and the safety of the 10th spot after gathering only one point from their last six games.
The Steelmen had a decent start to the season losing only one of their opening six league matches, but Port Talbot have dropped to the bottom half after losing three of their last four matches in the WPL.
Andy Dyer has lost the experienced Cortez Belle and Kaid Mohamed this week and it will be interesting to see how Port Talbot cope without two of their influencial players.
Highlights of all six matches on Sgorio at 18:30 on Monday night.
On this day in 1961 one of the legends of Welsh football - Ian Rush - was born.