A preview of the third weekend of the WPL 2016/17 season as the champions start match day 3 two points clear of the rest of the pack.
Carmarthen v Airbus UK | Saturday – 14:30
Carmarthen will be looking for their first win of the season as they host Airbus UK on Saturday.
Following a goalless draw against the Nomads on the opening weekend, Carmarthen conceded four goals against Newtown last weekend and lost 4-2 at Latham Park.
Mark Aizlewood shared his disappointment with his defenders although centre-back Dwaine Bailey did score a clever back heel for the Old Gold.
After beating Met 1-0 on the opening weekend, Airbus lost 0-1 to Aberystwyth in their second game of the season.
It wasn’t a great display from the Wingmakers who look like they’ll be depending a lot on striker Tony Gray to grab the goals for Airbus this season.
Carmarthen 2-3 Airbus UK (31/10/15)
Cefn Druids v Cardiff Met | Saturday – 14:30
The two newcomers will go head-to-head at Park Hall on Saturday as Cefn Druids are still waiting for their new synthetic pitch to be layed down.
The Ancients claimed a great 0-3 result away at Rhyl last weekend with Aaron Bowen amongst the scorers against his old club.
Despite two stubborn performances, Cardiff Met remain without a point on the board after 1-0 losses to Airbus and Bala Town.
Cardiff Met and Bangor City are the only two clubs who haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their two opening matches.
The students are still waiting for the first goal in the WPL, but Christian Edwards will aim higher and will be hoping for no less than three points this weekend.
Bangor City v Bala Town | Saturday – 17:15
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Bangor City 1-1 Bala Town (15/10/15)
gap Connah’s Quay v Newtown | Sunday – 15:00
It should be a good encounter between these two sides who have both had one win and one draw so far this season.
Newtown have started well and were unlucky not to beat Bala on the opening weekend before sailing past Carmarthen in their second game.
Jason Oswell netted twice last weekend and will look forward to facing the Nomads after he scored a hat-trick in their last meeting.
But it won’t be easy to break down Andy Morrison’s defence who haven’t conceded in their last four domestic games.
With TNS already two points clear, a draw would really suit the champions in this game.
Newtown 3-2 gap Connah’s Quay (16/04/16)
Llandudno v Aberystwyth | Sunday – 15:00
It hasn’t been the ideal start to the season for Llandudno who are down in the bottom two and have failed to score in their first two games.
Alan Morgan’s men were given a footballing lesson from TNS last weekend as the champions eased to a 0-5 away win.
But at this early stage of the season, one positive result could see a club climb out of depths and straight back into the mix and that will be Llandudno’s aim on Sunday.
Matthew Bishop claimed his first win as Aberystwyth manager with a 0-1 victory away at Airbus UK last weekend.
Aberystwyth will be determined to beat Llandudno who have a 100% record against Aber in the WPL following their two wins last season.
Aberystwyth 1-4 Llandudno (30/10/15)
Rhyl v The New Saints | Sunday – 15:00
After TNS thumped Llandudno, and Rhyl were beaten easily by Cefn Druids it’s hard not to feel nervous for Niall McGuinness and his team ahead of this fixture on Sunday.
But it could’ve been a different story at the Corbett Sports Stadium last weekend if Aaron Simpson hadn’t been sent off on 30 minutes for a rash challenge on Michael Pritchard.
Despite finishing in the relegation zone last season, Rhyl were the only WPL club not to lose against TNS in 2015/16.
The New Saints will be without their top scorer from last season, Adrian Cieslewicz, after the tricky winger suffered a double fracture to the skull following a collision with Llandudno’s Danny Taylor in last week’s live game.
Everyone in the Sgorio office wishes Adrian Cieslewicz a speedy recovery and hope to see him back on the pitch in the near future.
The New Saints 2-2 Rhyl (13/11/15)
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