Sgorio pick the Welsh Premier League 5-a-side team of the week.
Michael Jones (Cefn Druids)
Cefn Druids were expected to leave the Airfield with all three points on Friday night, but they could’ve left empty handed if it wasn’t for a couple of impressive stops from Michael Jones. The Druids’ no.1 kept his second consecutive clean sheet, and has kept four clean sheets in the Ancients’ last six WPL matches. But Huw Griffiths’ side have only scored six goals in their last 11 league outings so the strikers will have to find their shooting boots sooner rather than later if they are to avoid the drop.
Wes Baynes (gap Connah’s Quay)
gap Connah’s Quay claimed their first league victory of 2017 with a 2-0 win over Cardiff Met at the Deeside Stadium on Saturday. Right-back Wes Baynes created both of the Nomads’ goals with crosses from the right flank to help Connah’s Quay close the gap on Bala to only three points in the race for 2nd place. Baynes has made eight assists in the WPL this season – more than any other Nomads player.
Stefan Halewood (Rhyl)
Stefan Halewood scored a bullet header in the last minute of Rhyl’s game at Llandudno on Friday night to nick a vital point for his side away from home. Llandudno had dominated the game and deserved to take the lead on the hour-mark through Marc Williams, but the Lilywhites never gave up and were awarded in the dying seconds thanks to Halewood’s sturdy forehead. The point means that Niall McGuinness’ men close the gap on Aberystwyth to only one point in the battle for WPL survival.
Jason Oswell (Newtown)
Jason Oswell grabbed his second hat-trick of the season as Newtown secured a comfortable 0-4 win away at Aberystwyth to make it five consecutive league victories since the split for the Robins. Chris Hughes’ side have sneaked up to the top of the Bottom Six, while Jason Oswell has also climbed to the top of the goal scoring chart (16) and is now now in the driving seat to claim the WPL Golden Boot. If the bigger clubs of the league have failed to lure Oswell away from Latham Park in recent transfer windows, then I’m sure there will be more tempting offers for the strikers’ signature flowing Newtown’s way over the summer.
Dan Nardiello (Bangor City)
Despite trailing twice at the Cymru Tyres Stadium on Saturday, Bangor fought back to beat Carmarthen and claim all three-points as Dan Nardiello completed his first Bangor City hat-trick in injury time. Nardiello had netted from the spot in the first half, but Bangor were behind 2-1 after 86 minutes only for the ex-Man United man to score two late goals to keep the Citizens in the race for an European spot. With 12 league goals this season, Nardiello has become the first Bangor player in three years to reach double figures in the WPL – Les Davies (14) 2013/14.
On this day in 1994, Mike Smith started his second spell in charge of the Welsh national side.