Sgorio choose the Welsh Premier League 5-a-side team of the week.
Connor Roberts (Bangor City)
The Citizens had two important games during last week as they faced Aberystwyth away before welcoming Llandudno to Nantporth on Boxing Day. Bangor won both games with Connor Roberts only conceding once (a dubious penalty) and the Citizens secured their place in the Top Six for the first time since the 2013/14 season. After Lee Idzi’s departure in January 2014, Bangor struggled to find a replacement to fill his boots, but a year later Connor Roberts joined the club and his confident leadership from the back has been vital in the re-building of the team as the Citizens climb from the ashes and back to the top half to compete with the big boys.
Kurtis March (Aberystwyth)
Aberystwyth aren’t out of the race for the Top Six yet, and Kurtis March’s late winner against Newtown might prove to be a crucial factor as four clubs compete for the final two spots in the top half. It was goalless at Park Avenue until March knocked in the only goal of the game after 89 minutes of play to keep the Black & Greens two points behind Carmarthen (6th) but with a game in hand. Matthew Bishop’s decision to push March further up the field has paid off as the Swansea-born 23 year old has grabbed three goals since moving into a more attacking role.
Adrian Cieslewicz (The New Saints)
It was a historical day for the Saints on Boxing Day as they won their 26th consecutive match to equal Ajax’s world record which has stood for 44 years. Adrian Cieslewicz scored twice to bring his tally up to five for the season, despite the fact that he’s only featured in six games. Everyone involved with TNS will have been thrilled to see Ciss’ celebration when he waved his protective head gear in the air after he grabbed his side’s fourth goal with a thumping header only months after breaking his skull in two places.
Les Davies (gap Connah’s Quay)
It’s promising to be a fantastic race for 2nd spot this season as only goal difference separate Bala and Connah’s Quay who have both won 11, drawn six and lost three this season. Les Davies scored twice for the Nomads at Airbus this week, and as only three goals separate Bala and the Nomads at the moment, each goal could be decisive as to who gets the automatic European qualification at the end of the season. With Michael Wilde out of action through injury, Les Davies has been called upon to lead the attack for the Nomads and he hasn’t let his side down, notching seven goals so far in WPL 2016/17 (to equal his tally from the last two seasons).
Lee Hunt (Bala Town)
TNS might have equalled a world record but there’s another Welsh club that’s absolutely flying at the moment, and that club is Bala Town who have won their last nine games (8 WPL, 1 Welsh Cup) and are unbeaten in 12 league games (won 9, drawn 3). Mike Hayes has been firing on all cylinders this season, and now Lee Hunt is joining in the action as the experienced striker grabbed a first half hat-trick against Rhyl on Boxing Day. There was a settling in period for Bala’s new signings over the summer as they scored only 12 goals in their opening 11 games in all competitions this season (including five vs Flint)… but now the team have gelled and the Lakesiders have smashed 40 goals in their last 11 matches (3.6 goals a game) and look unstoppable at the moment.
On this day in 1992, Chris Coleman won his first cap and scored his first goal for Wales in Austria.