Sgorio pick the Welsh Premier League 5-a-side team of the week.
Michael Jones (Cefn Druids)
Cefn Druids played out another goalless draw on Saturday, their third 0-0 in four outings. Michael Jones has kept a clean sheet in six of the Ancients’ nine league games in 2017, conceding only four goals in nine games. Jones made one great save in the second half at Park Avenue on Saturday to help his side claim a point and take a step closer to securing WPL safety.
Connell Rawlinson (The New Saints)
TNS fell to a rare defeat at Connah’s Quay in midweek in the absence of centre-back Connell Rawlinson. But the strong defender was back in the team over the weekend and helped the Saints to a comfortable 2-0 victory over Carmarthen. Rawlinson carried the ball well out from the back and made key forward passes with one leading to Ryan Brobbel’s early goal. The 25 year old defender has made more starts for Craig Harrison’s side this season than in previous years.
Ryan J Edwards (Airbus UK)
Airbus live to fight another week in the WPL after a 2-2 draw at Llandudno on Saturday afternoon. Ryan J Edwards created the Wingmakers’ first goal with a clever run down the left flank before fooling Danny Taylor twice and getting his cross into the box for Reece Deakin to nod into the net. Airbus are seven points away from safety with only three games remaining but there will be several WPL clubs keeping an eye on Edwards if Airbus were to go down.
Nick Rushton (Newtown)
Nick Rushton’s move to Newtown on loan from gap Connah’s Quay has proved to be one of the best January signings in the WPL this season. Since joining the Robins, the attacker has scored five times and made four assists, including two assists at Rhyl on Sunday.
The turning point for Newtown’s season could be their 3-3 draw with The New Saints in January that brought the Saints’ record breaking run of 27 consecutive wins to an end after Jamie Price equalised from a free kick in the dying seconds of the match. That was Rushton’s first appearance for the Robins this season, and they have not lost any of their eight matches with him in the side.
Mike Hayes (Bala Town)
Bala went behind twice against Cardiff Met at Cyncoed on Saturday, but Colin Caton had options on the bench that could change the game. It was 2-2 on the hour-mark when the manager brought on Ian Sheridan, Mike Hayes and Lee Hunt, and it was the substitutes that combined to score the winning goal. Hayes showed incredible pace to get on the end of his own pass after he flicked the ball on in midfield, beat the Met defender to the ball and whipped in a cross for Hunt to head home. Mike Hayes is Bala’s lead goal scorer this season with 14 WPL goals to his name.