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Sgorio pick the Welsh Premier League 5-a-side team of the week.

John Danby (gap Connah’s Quay)
There was an unexpected defeat for the Nomads on Saturday as they lost 0-1 to visitors Carmarthen on the opening weekend of the second phase of the season. The score could’ve been much worse for the Nomads if it wasn’t for John Danby’s impressive display between the sticks for the home side. Danby has been the stand out keeper in the WPL this season and has kept 11 clean sheets in 21 league games in 2016/17.

Anthony Stephens (Bala Town)
Bala are now level on points with gap Connah’s Quay in the race for 2nd spot following their 3-2 win at home to Bangor on Saturday. Only one goal separate the two sides who are looking to secure that definitive Europa spot. Anthony Stephens played a part in all three of the Lakesiders’ goals, scoring once and making two assists. His pin-point delivery from set plays created goals for Chris Venables and Stuart J Jones, and he took his penalty with great composure. Colin Caton has pushed Stephens from the back four into midfield and he seems to be enjoying his football in a more attacking role.

Ceri Morgan (Carmarthen)
After scraping their way into the Top Six on the final day of the first phase not many would have predicted an Old Gold win against the Nomads on Saturday. But that was the case at the Deeside Stadium thanks to a single goal from midfielder Ceri Morgan who made a well-timed run into the box and fired a controlled finish across goal into the corner with the inside of his right boot. If Carmarthen can continue to produce strong-willed performances like this and if they can keep their starting 11 fit then they will be a force to be reckoned with in the play-offs.

Ashley Ruane (Cefn Druids)
The Druids picked up a vital three points at the Corbett Sports Stadium over the weekend to see the club climb into 9th place. Following Newtown’s win at Llandudno earlier in the afternoon, Druids had slid into the bottom two before they claimed a 0-2 away win at Rhyl which meant that Huw Griffiths’ side are now only three points behind 7th placed Llandudno. Ashley Ruane took his goal clinically, beating the offside trap and shifting the ball well in the box before firing over the keeper into the back of the net. Despite starting only half of the Ancients league games this season, Ashley Ruane is the club’s top scorer (6) and his goals could be crucial if Cefn Druids are to avoid the drop.

Adrian Cieslewicz (The New Saints)
After returning from injury, The New Saints’ Adrian Cieslewicz can’t seem to stop scoring! The tricky winger has only started six WPL games this season after cracking his skull in the second game of the season, but he’s still managed to net seven times. Cieslewicz has scored nine goals in 705 minutes of football in all competitions this season, averaging a goal every 78 minutes. His goal against Met on the weekend could be his finest this season after he danced his way past three defenders and rifled the ball into the top corner with an unconventional, yet effective toe poke. Since the Nomads dropped points over the weekend, if other results go their way the Saints could secure the league title as early as next weekend.