WPL weekend preview

Gemau’r penwythnos (CADW 2016 2017)

Six-pointers galore in the WPL this weekend including the battle between the bottom two sides.

Friday

Cefn Druids v Llandudno | Friday – 19:45
The Rock is turning into the place to be for thrilling WPL encounters as the first two league games on the new 3G have been great games (Cefn 4-4 Bala, Cefn 2-3 Ban).

Since their goalless draw against Llandudno in September the Druids have conceded at least three goals in their last five games (18 goals in five games – 3.6 goals a game).

Llandudno are struggling to find the net this season and have scored only seven goals in 13 WPL outings so far, and have failed to score in their last four games in all competitions.

Alan Morgan’s men have had five goalless draws in the WPL this season, so although the strikers are shooting blanks, the defenders are doing their job efficiently.

Llandudno have conceded 15 goals in the WPL this season – 10 of those in two meetings with The New Saints.

Last meeting:
Llandudno 0-0 Cefn Druids (25/09/16)

Saturday

Aberystwyth v gap Connah’s Quay | Saturday – 14:30
The Nomads’ unbeaten run came to an end last weekend after a 3-0 defeat at the hands of the league champions.

Their 12 games without a loss was gap Connah’s Quay’s longest ever run of WPL games without defeat.

Aberystwyth have climbed into the top six after picking up seven points from their last three matches.

It will be the fourth consecutive league match on the new 3G surface and Aber are yet to lose since returning to Park Avenue (Aber 4-0 Rhyl, Aber 0-0 Llan, Aber 3-1 Air).

Last meeting:
gap Connah’s Quay 4-0 Aberystwyth (18/09/16)

Airbus UK v Newtown | Saturday – 14:30
Possibly the biggest game of the weekend is between the two sides down in the relegation zone.

The Robins remain bottom of the table and are on a dismal run of 11 league games without a win in the WPL, since beating Carmarthen 4-2 back in August, their only win in the league this season.

Newtown are four points behind the rest of the pack after going on their longest run without a win in the WPL since August 2010 – March 2011 when the club went for 20 WPL games without a victory!

Airbus are down in the drop zone after failing to keep a clean sheet since their opening game of the season (1-0 vs Met) – no clean sheets in their last 12 matches (11 WPL, 1 MG Cup).

The Wingmakers’ last win came against Newtown back in September and both Andy Thomas and Chris Hughes will be desperate for three points this Saturday.

Last meeting:
Newtown 2-4 Airbus UK (24/09/16)

Bala Town v Cardiff Met | Saturday – 14:30
Only one point separate the two sides in the 4th and 5th position.

Both clubs picked up three points last weekend when Bala won 2-3 on the road at Carmarthen while the students thrashed Rhyl 4-0 at Cyncoed.

The victory at Richmond Park on Saturday was Bala’s first away win since beating Cardiff Met at the capital back in August.

Three points for either club would put them in a strong position to make the top half by the split in January.

Last meeting:
Cardiff Met 0-1 Bala Town (21/08/16)

Rhyl v Carmarthen | Saturday – 14:30
Only one point separate the two sides in the 8th and 9th position.

Rhyl have slid down to 9th place after losing five league games on the bounce – the most recent a 4-0 hammering at the hands of Cardiff Met.

The Lilywhites are yet to win away in the WPL this season and will be glad to return to the Corbett Sports Stadium on Saturday following seven consecutive away games in all competitions (5 WPL).

The Old Gold have also struggled on the road winning only one of their six league games away from home this season – Aber 0-3 Cam (Latham Park).

A defeat for either side could see them slip into dangerous territory by the relegation zone.

Last meeting:
Rhyl 1-0 Carmarthen (23/04/16)

Bangor City v The New Saints | Saturday – 17:15

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Latest meetings:
Bangor City 2-0 The New Saints – Nathaniel MG Cup (25/10/16)
The New Saints 4-0 Bangor City (11/09/16)

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