Saints and Citizens start weekend as top two

Gemau’r penwythnos (CADW 2016 2017)

Previews of the six fixtures in the Welsh Premier League this weekend.

Saturday

Bangor City v Aberystwyth | Saturday – 14:30
It’s been a good start to the season for Andy Legg and the Citizens as Bangor City sit nicely in second place after the opening four games.

The Citizens have won three of their four games this season – a great improvement considering it took them until October to win three games last season.

It hasn’t been a bad start to Matthew Bishop’s tenure as Aberystwyth manager either as the Black & Greens are in 4th place after winning two and losing two of their opening fixtures.

Aberystwyth came out 4-0 winners when the clubs met on the final weekend of the 2015/16 season back in April as Chris Venables grabbed a hat-trick to secure the Golden Boot for the third consecutive season.

Last meeting:
Aberystwyth 4-0 Bangor City (23/04/16)

Carmarthen v Llandudno | Saturday – 14:30
Alan Morgan breathed a sigh of relief on Tuesday evening as Llandudno secured their first win of the season to climb into 9th spot.

Before the 2-0 win over Airbus on Tuesday, Llandudno were without a goal in the 2016/17 season.

Only Rhyl (14) have conceded more than Llandudno (6) at the start of the weekend, but it should be noted that TNS have scored 15 of the 20 goals that they have conceded between them.

Carmarthen will be happy with their results this season as they’ve beaten Airbus, lost to Newtown and had two goalless draws against gap Connah’s Quay and Bala Town.

Marc Williams scored twice at Richmond Park last season to inspire Llandudno to a 2-4 away win and the lively attacker will be hoping to get off the mark this Saturday with another goal against the Old Gold.

Last meeting:
Carmarthen 2-4 Llandudno (12/12/15)

gap Connah’s Quay v Bala Town | Saturday – 17:15
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Last meeting:
gap Connah’s Quay 0-1 Bala Town (23/04/16)

Sunday

Airbus UK v The New Saints | Sunday – 15:00
The champions have come flying out of the blocks and already three points clear at the top of the table after four games.

The New Saints are the only club with a 100% record this and are the only club to have scored more than six goals this season as they’ve netted 19 goals in four games (13 more than any other team).

Chris Seargeant is the WPL leasding scorer with four goals (2 penalties, 1 free-kick, 1 corner).

Airbus are in an unfamiliar position down in the relegation zone after losing their last three games.

The Wingmakers will be seeking revenge after losing 0-2 to TNS in the Welsh Cup final at the Racecourse back in May.
But Airbus are the last team to beat TNS in the league in the 3-2 victory at the Airfield back in April.

Last meeting:
Airbus UK 0-2 The New Saints (02/05/16) – Welsh Cup Final

Newtown v Cefn Druids | Sunday – 15:00
Newtown have slipped into 8th position following their two defeats last week against Bangor and the Nomads.

Chris Hughes’ side are one of only three clubs to score an average of more than one goal a game in their opening four games this season – TNS (19 goals), Bangor City (6 goals), Newtown (5 goals).

Huw Griffiths will be satisfied with his side’s start to the season as the new-comers have only lost one of their four games.

Since losing 1-2 at Bangor on the opening weekend, Cefn Druids have kept three consecutive clean sheets.

But the Ancients conceded six in their last meeting as Newtown won 6-0 in the Welsh Cup fourth round back in February as Neil Mitchell and Luke Boundford grabbed a brace each for the Robins.

Last meeting:
Newtown 6-0 Cefn Druids (06/02/16) – Welsh Cup 4th Round

Rhyl v Cardiff Met | Sunday – 15:00
Cardiff Met finally got their first goal in the top flight, but are still looking for their first win after losing 1-2 to TNS at Cyncoed on Wednesday night.

Bala Town and Cardiff Met are the two clubs with the worst attacking record so far this season with only a goal each after four games this season.

The students have been pretty solid defensively compared to Rhyl who have conceded 14 goals this season (10 against TNS!).

But the Lilywhites reacted magnificently to the embarrassing defeat as Niall McGuinness’ men beat Aberystwyth 3-1 on Wednesday after going 0-1 down early in the game.

Despite the slow start, if you’d offered McGuinness to be level on points with Newtown and Llanudno at the start of September, I’m sure he would’ve shook your hand off.

Highlights of all Welsh Premier League games will be on Sgorio every Monday at 6:30 on S4C