Friday night fixtures

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Thursday, 28 Jan 2016, 16:41

A quick look at the first fixtures in the second phase of the Welsh Premier League season.

Aberystwyth (9th) v Port Talbot (10th)
Aberystwyth will be deeply disappointed not to reach the top six for the first time in three years.

But by staying in the bottom half and avoiding the top teams, Chris Venables will have a greater chance to reclaim the Golden Boot for a third consecutive season.

A win for Port Talbot would see them climb above Aberystwyth, and seeing that the Steelmen have already defeated the Seasiders twice this season, you wouldn’t bet against it.

First phase results:
Aberystwyth 1-3 Port Talbot
Port Talbot 4-2 Aberystwyth

Bangor (7th) v Rhyl (11th)
Bangor and Rhyl go head to head in the bottom half, but while Bangor have their sights on 7th spot and a place in the play-offs, Rhyl are concentrating solely on survival.

Despite being in the bottom two, Rhyl have the fifth best defensive record in the league and if they could’ve turned a few of their 10 draws into wins this season then they wouldn’t have found themselves in a relegation battle.

First phase results:
Bangor 1-0 Rhyl
Rhyl 1-1 Bangor

Carmarthen (8th) P-P Haverfordwest (12th) – Match postponed
In the south west derby, Carmarthen are looking to put the pressure on Bangor for that elusive 7th spot.

After losing 15 of their 22 league games this season, Haverfordwest find themselves 7 points from safety and need to start picking up points sooner rather than later to avoid dropping straight back down into the Nathaniel Welsh League.

First phase results:
Carmarthen 4-1 Haverfordwest
Haverfordwest 0-0 Carmarthen

Bala Town (2nd) v Newtown (6th)
There have been thrilling encounters between these two top six sides this season with Mark Connolly netting a late winner at Latham Park back in October.

Bala recorded another victory over Newtown at Maes Tegid with the Robins finishing the game with only 9 players after Sean Evans and Jason Oswell were both sent off.

The Lakesiders are looking to close the gap on leaders TNS who are only six points above 2nd placed Bala Town.

First phase results:
Bala Town 1-0 Newtown
Newtown 2-3 Bala Town

The New Saints (1st) v gap Connah’s Quay (5th)
The New Saints will be determind to get their own back on the Nomads who brought the champions’ run of 27 domestic games without defeat to an end in the last league match of the first phase.

TNS won their first silverware of the season last weekend with a Word Cup final win over Denbigh Town but the league giants have been rusty in the league recently winning only 1 of their last 5 WPL matches.

First phase results:
gap Connah’s Quay 2-0 The New Saints
The New Saints 2-0 gap Connah’s Quay

Saturday: MBi Llandudno v Airbus UK – live on Sgorio at 16:45