Sgorio pick the Welsh Premier League 5-a-side team of the week.
Shaun Pearson (Airbus UK)
Airbus kept their first clean sheet since the opening weekend of the season when they played out a goalless draw with Llandudno on Friday night. Since Shaun Pearson joined the Wingmakers in the January transfer window their defensive record has improved. But with only eight games remaining and nine points separating Airbus and the safety of the 10th spot, they will need more solid performances from their no.1 if they are to avoid relegation.
Nathan Peate (Cefn Druids)
With one goal and one assist, Cefn Druids’ centre-half Nathan Peate has earned himself a place in the team of the week. Peate scored his first ever goal in the WPL with a bullet header from a corner, before creating the second goal when he made himself a nuisance in the opposite box and set the ball on a plate for Ashley Ruane to win the game for the Druids. Huw Griffiths’ side are on a run of four league games without defeat, and after winning their two fixtures in the second phase they are now only a point behind the all-important 7th spot.
Henry Jones (Bangor City)
Ian Dawes described the game against Connah’s Quay as a must win for Bangor City if they were to remain in the race for 3rd place. And that’s what the Citizens did thanks to two first half goals from creative midfielder Henry Jones. There was an element of luck to his first goal as he struck a free kick against the defensive wall and the ball deflected kindly into the back of the net. But he took his second goal well with a confident first touch and a composed side-footed finish. Jones had several chances to complete his hat-trick, and on another day he could’ve grabbed four or five goals. But two was enough on the night to keep Bangor within touching distance of Connah’s Quay and Bala in the race for European qualification.
Liam Thomas (Carmarthen)
After 31 games without defeat in 2016/17 (won 30, drawn 1) The New Saints’ unbeaten run came to an end at the hands of Carmarthen on Saturday afternoon. A week after beating gap Connah’s Quay (0-1), the Old Gold caused another upset as Liam Thomas headed in the only goal of the game late into the first half. It was Thomas’ 8th WPL goal of the season, with three of those headed in from corners. Liam Thomas only needs four more goals to equal Danny Thomas’ record of 56 goals for Carmarthen in the WPL.
Jason Oswell (Newtown)
Jason Oswell scored twice against his former club Rhyl on Saturday to bring his tally up to 12 for the season (five of those against Rhyl at Latham Park). As well as netting twice by being the first to react to a loose ball in the box, Oswell also assisted the third goal with a neatly weighted pass into the path of Nick Rushton who fired in the winner. Jason Oswell is the first to reach double figures for Newtown for three consecutive seasons since Danny Barton (2003-06).
On this day in 1992, Kit Symons made his first ever appearance for Wales.