WPL weekend preview

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A preview of the weekend’s Welsh Premier League fixtures.

Saturday

Carmarthen v Bangor City | Saturday – 14:30
Carmarthen and Bangor City start the weekend up in the Top Six after both clubs finished the last two seasons in the bottom half.

With four wins out of six games the Citizens are back competing at the right end of the table, but there was a ‘reality check’ for Andy Legg last weekend as Bangor fell to a 4-0 defeat at the hands of the champions.

Carmarthen secured an impressive result against Aberystwyth as they won 0-3 at Latham Park after failing to score in their previous two games.

Recent matches between the two clubs have been fiery affairs with four red cards being shown in their last three meetings.

Last meeting:
Bangor City 2-2 Carmarthen (09/04/16)

Newtown v Rhyl | Saturday – 14:30
With only one win in the WPL this season, the Robins are down in 8th position, level on points with Cefn Druids (9th) and Aberystwyth (10th).

A goalless draw against Llandudno last Saturday was Newtown’s second 0-0 of the season, doubling their total from last season after only one goalless draw in 2015/16 (New 0-0 Aber).

There have already been seven goalless draws in the WPL this season (two each for Newtown, Llandudno, gap Connah’s Quay and Bala Town) – there were only 14 goalless draws through the whole of last season.

Rhyl will look to continue their winning streak as the Lilywhites are on a run of four wins on the bounce in all competitions following their 10-0 thrashing at Park Hall last month.

Niall McGuinness’ men are up to 4th position, and if the club could hang on to a place in the Top Six come January, it would be a huge achievement for Rhyl FC.

Last meeting:
Rhyl 1-1 Newtown (21/11/15)

The New Saints v Bala Town | Saturday – 17:15
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Last meeting:
The New Saints 2-0 Bala Town (09/04/16)

Sunday

Airbus UK v Cefn Druids | Sunday – 15:00
Airbus are in a real rut after losing six consecutive games for the first time since October 2007 (nine years ago).

Since winning their opening game of the season (Air 1-0 Met), Airbus have lost six on the bounce (5 WPL + 1 League Cup).

The experienced Tony Gray is the only player to score for Airbus in the WPL this season (4 goals) and the rest of the squad will have to start chipping in if the Wingmakers are to climb out of the relegation zone.

It was a tidy start to the season for Cefn Druids but after the defeat to Bala Town last Sunday, Huw Griffiths’ side have dropped down to 9th place and the table suddenly doesn’t look as appealing to the Ancients.

But Cefn Druids will take confidence in the fact that they haven’t lost to Airbus in the WPL since April 2009.

Last meeting:
Cefn Druids 1-1 Airbus UK (26/10/14)

gap Connah’s Quay v Aberystwyth | Sunday – 15:00
Aberystwyth have slipped down to 10th position after losing their last three WPL games, failing to score in their last two league games – Bangor City (4-0) and Carmarthen (0-3).

But it’s tight in mid-table as only three points separate Bala (5th) and Aberystwyth (10th) ahead of the weekend.

gap Connah’s Quay have the best defensive record in the WPL this season as Andy Morrison’s disciplined defence have only conceded twice in six games so far.

After a 1-2 victory over Cardiff Met last weekend, the Nomads remain unbeaten but will still be slightly disappointed to be trailing TNS by six points so early in the season.

Last meeting:
gap Connah’s Quay 1-2 Aberystwyth (17/10/15)

Llandudno v Cardiff Met | Sunday – 15:00
Cardiff Met are still waiting for their first win in the WPL and with only one point in six games they are at the bottom of the table.

Despite losing five out of six, all the defeats have been by a single goal as the students have narrowly missed out on points this season.

It was a slow start to the season for Llandudno after setting a high standard last year with only one point and no goals from their opening three matches.

But it seems that Llandudno have turned things around picking up seven points from their last three matches without conceding a single goal.

This will be the first meeting between the two sides and the students will need a positive result or it will be a long journey back to the capital for Christian Edwards and the boys.

Highlights of all Welsh Premer League games will be on Sgorio at 6:30 on Monday night