A preview of this weekend’s fixtures following a week’s break in the Welsh Premier League.
Aberystwyth v Rhyl | Friday – 19:45
There should be plenty of goals on show on the new artificial surface at Park Avenue on Friday night as the two sides who have conceded the most goals in the WPL this season go head to head.
The Lilywhites are still in 4th place after a good start to the season which included a 3-1 win over Aberystwyth back in August, which was Rhyl’s first league win over Aber in 10 meetings (since February 2009).
Aberystwyth (11th) have won three league games this season, the same amount as Llandudno (5th) and Bala Town (6th).
But Matthew Bishop’s men have slipped inot the drop zone after losing seven out of 10 this season, more than any other club.
Rhyl 3-1 Aberystwyth (31/08/16)
Carmarthen v Newtown | Saturday – 14:30
Both clubs start the weekend at the wrong end of the table after a slow start to the season.
Newtown sit rock bottom after no wins in their last eight games in the WPL, since beating Carmarthen 4-2 back in August, their only win in the league this season.
Things haven’t gone much better for Carmarthen who have only won one of their last seven league games.
Carmarthen start the weekend in 10th position and Mark Aizlewood will hope that his side will start firing at home as the Old Gold have only scored three goals in five games at Richmond Park in the WPL this season.
Newtown have won their last three games against Carmarthen, scoring 10 goals in the process.
Jason Oswell deserves a special mention as he is currently the WPL’s joint top scorer with eight goals despite the fact that his team are at the bottom of the table.
Newtown 4-2 Carmarthen (20/08/16)
The New Saints v Llandudno | Saturday – 17:15
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gap Connah’s Quay v Bangor City | Sunday – 15:00
gap Connah’s Quay remain unbeaten after a good start has seen them concede only three goals in 10 games.
With seven clean sheets out of 10, the Nomads start the weekend five points above 3rd placed Bangor City.
The Citizens have won half their league games this season, all of those have been at home as Andy Legg is still seeking his first away win in the WPL as Bangor manager.
gap Connah’s Quay are the only team to beat Bangor City at Nantporth this season and Andy Morrison will hope that his side can do the double over the Citizens and go eight points clear in second spot.
Bangor City 0-2 gap Connah’s Quay (21/08/16)
Cardiff Met v Cefn Druids | Sunday – 15:00
The two new-comers go head to head for the second time on Sunday following a goalless draw between the two sides earlier in the season.
Cefn Druids are a point above their opposition and only the two at the top have lost less games than Huw Griffiths’s team this season (3).
The Druids have drawn half of their league games this season (5) more than any other side.
Despite having one of the worst attacking records in the league (7 goals in 10 games), Cardiff Met have been solid defensively with only TNS and Connah’s Quay boasting a better defensive record than the Archers before the weekend (conceded 10 goals in 10 games).
Cefn Druids 0-0 Cardiff Met (27/08/16)
Bala Town v Airbus UK | Sunday – 15:00
These two sides have shared the WPL second place between them over the past four years and have enjoyed many an European trip following their success in the league… but this year both sides have struggled to reach their usual high standard.
After defeats in both the League Cup and the Irn-Bru Cup in their last two games, Bala Town will be glad to turn their attentions back to the league as they hope to start climbing the table.
The Lakesiders haven’t lost at home to Airbus since August 2013.
Airbus have the second best attacking record in the league, despite being down in the bottom half, as only TNS (41) have scored more than the Wingmakers (15) after the opening 10 games in the WPL, with Tony Gray contributing seven of those goals.
Both Lee Owens and Ryan Wade will relish the chance to face their old club having left Airbus for Bala over the summer.
Bala Town 3-1 Airbus UK (25/03/16)
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On this day in 1973 Trevor Hockey became the first Welsh international to be sent off.