WPL weekend preview

Gemau’r penwythnos (CADW 2016 2017)

No live Sgorio fixture, but there are Six Welsh Premier League fixtures over the weekend including Airbus v Rhyl.

Aberytwyth v Cefn Druids | Friday -19:45 Game postponed Due to unforeseen weather damage to the floodlights.
A six pointer at Park Avenue this Friday as both Aber and The Druids seek points at the wrong end of the table.

Following a heavy defeat at Maes Tegid, Aberystwyth are 8th after losing 9 from their 15 WPL games so far (60%), equal with Airbus who have lost the most WPL games this season.

Cefn Druids have only won two WPL games this season, both games against Rhyl, with Huw Griffiths confessing the club have a fight on their hands to stay in the WPL.

Druids have more draws than any other WPL team this season (7/15), with the team now needing wins if they are to retain their place in next season’s Welsh Premier League.

But with a midfielder playing as goalkeeper and their main striker not showing up for away games (as took place vs Carmarthen Town last Sunday), it will be a great challenge for Huw Griffiths to retain Cefn Druid’s place in the WPL.

Last meeting:
Aberystwyth 4-2 Cefn Druids (07/11/14)

Carmarthen v The New Saints | Friday – 19:45
Old Gold are 7th in the WPL after their 2-2 draw last Sunday. With only one point separating 7th and 6th Mark Aizlewood will hope for a good run between now and the split.

Carmarthen gave the champions a great game at Park Hall back in September only for Greg Draper’s brace to seal the points for The New Saints in a 2-1 victory.

The New Saints have been on fire this season winning all of their 14 Welsh Premier League games and threaten to equal Bangor’s 15 game winning streak (set in 2010/11) if they beat the Old Gold this Friday.

Craig Harrison’s side have won 14 Welsh Premier League games and opened a 12 points gap at the top of the league, TNS have also won both League cup ties and have progressed to the Irn Bru cup semi-final.

Last meeting:
The New Saints 2-1 Carmarthen (25/09/16)

Airbus UK v Rhyl | Saturday – 14:30
The Lilywhites travel to the Airfield looking for their first away win of the season after losing six of their opening seven away games this WPL 2016/17 season.

After their decent start Rhyl have slipped to ninth place after losing their last six Welsh Premier League games.

It’s been a difficult period for Airbus who are without a win in the last six games.

Andy Thomas’ side haven’t kept a clean sheet since their opening game of the season against Cardiff Met (1-0) – without a clean sheet in their last 15 games (14 WPL, 1 MG Cup).

Last meeting:
Rhyl 3-1 Airbus UK (10/09/16)

Llandudno v Bala Town | Saturday – 14:30
Bala are on a run of seven games without losing in the WPL (4 wins, 3 draws), including their recent 4-0 over Aberystwyth.

Colin Caton’s side seem to have settled on their new Maes Tegid pitch, with Mike Hayes scoring five goals in his last five appearances for Bala.

Llandudno are yet to find their feet this season, with only two goals in their opening seven home games in the WPL, with Llandudno only picking up 5 points at home this season – no other team have picked up fewer points at home.

Last meeting:
Y Bala 0-0 Llandudno (16/04/16)

Cardiff MET v Bangor City | Saturday – 14:30
MET have won their last five home games without conceding a single goal in these victories (over seven hours without conceding).

Cardiff Met are currently 5th, three points ahead of Carmarthen in 7th place and must be eyeing a top six finish.

Andy Legg’s goal is to put pressure on gap Connah’s Quay in the race for second and an automatic European qualification spot.

Bangor have won eight of their 15 league games this season, but only two of these victories have come on the road.

Last meeting:
Bangor 2-1 Cardiff Met (02/10/16)

Newtown v gap Connah’s Quay | Saturday – 14:30
Newtown’s disappointing run continues after their 1-2 defeat to Bangor City last weekend.

Chris Hughes’ men remain rooted to the foot of the table, but are only three points behind Rhyl in 9th place.

The Nomads have only lost one game this term as Andy Morrison’s side sit 2nd in the WPL.

Gap Connah’s Quay have opened up a three point gap above Bangor in the race for second place – and an automatic European qualification place – after their 0-2 victory over Llandudno last weekend.

Last meeting:
gap Connah’s Quay 1-0 Newtown (28/08/16)

All the Welsh Premier League match highlights will be shown on Monday’s Sgorio at 6:30