WPL weekend preview

Gemau’r penwythnos (CADW 2016 2017)

Only five WPL fixtures going ahead this weekend as The New Saints compete in the quarter final of the Irn-Bru Challenge Cup.

Friday

Bala Town v Aberystwyth | Friday – 19:45
This match has been moved from Park Avenue to Maes Tegid due to electrical issues at Abersystwyth.

There is over a year since the teams last met when Aberystwyth came out 0-1 winners thanks to a late Chris Venables penalty who has sinced signed for the Lakesiders.

Bala will be feeling confident as they are on a run of six games without defeat in the WPL (won 3, drawn 3).

Aberystwyth are in 8th position having lost eight of their 14 league games this season (57%), the joint highest amount of losses with Rhyl and Airbus UK.

Last meeting:
Bala Town 1-0 Aberystwyth (06/10/15)

Sunday

Llandudno v gap Connah’s Quay | Sunday – 15:00
Llandudno climbed into 5th place after a 1-3 away win at the Rock last weekend.

Alan Morgan will have been relieved to see the Llandudno players find the net following four games without a goal for the Seasiders.

Llandudno have only scored twice in six league games at Parc Maesdu this season, so Morgan will be hoping that the squad will take confidence from last Friday’s victory and that the drought will come to an end at Maesdu where they haven’t scored a league goal since August.

No club has picked up less points at home than Llandudno this season (5pts).

Andy Morrison’s Nomads have re-opened a three point gap above 3rd placed Bangor City after their win at Aberystwyth last weekend.

It finished 1-1 in the previous meeting between the two sides but Connah’s Quay will feel a little aggrieved as Marc Williams looked suspiciously offside when he equalised for Llandudno at the Deeside Stadium.

Last meeting:
gap Connah’s Quay 1-1 Llandudno (20/09/16)

Cardiff Met v Airbus UK | Sunday – 15:00
Airbus start the weekend in the relegation zone after no wins in their last five league outings.

Andy Thomas’ Wingmakers haven’t kept a clean sheet since their first game of the season which was against Cardiff Met (1-0) and are on a run of 14 games with no clean sheet (13 WPL, 1 League Cup).

The Archers are holding their ground in the top half with eight games to go till the split.

Cardiff Met have the third best defensive record in the league, conceding only 11 goals in 14 games (0.8 goals a game).

Last meeting:
Airbus UK 1-0 Cardiff Met (14/08/16)

Newtown v Bangor City | Sunday – 15:00
Newtown’s disappointing run of 11 league games without a win finally came to an end on Saturday in 0-2 away win at the Airfield.

The Robins remain bottom of the league but are now only a point away from the safety of the 10th position.

Bangor have had a good start to the season but have struggled away from home winning only one out of six on the road in the WPL under new manager, Andy Legg.

Connor Roberts produced a man of the match performance in Bangor’s defeat against TNS on Saturday, but the Citizens have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 12 matches in all competitions.

Last meeting:
Bangor City 2-1 Newtown (31/08/16)

Carmarthen v Cefn Druids | Sunday – 16:30
The Druids are in dangerous territory having only two of their 14 WPL games this season.

Huw Griffiths’ side have conceded at least three goals in all of their last six games (21 goals in six matches – 3.5 goals).

They might be conceding a lot but they’re also scoring a fair few as only TNS (52) and Bangor (23) have scored more than the Druids (20) after 14 games.

Carmarthen went up to 7th place thanks to a late Lewis Harling strike at Rhyl last weekend and Mark Aizlewood will expect another three points to get into the top half.

Last meeting:
Cefn Druids 0-1 Carmarthen (26/04/15)

Irn-Bru Challenge Cup

Livingston v The New Saints | Sunday – 16:05

Live on S4C this Sunday at 15:45

Highlights of all the weekend’s Welsh Premier League action on Sgorio every Monday at 6:30