WPL weekend preview – Halfway to the split

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11 games down, 11 games to go until the split – which clubs will make the Top Six, and which clubs will face a relegation battle?

Friday, 3 November

Connah’s Quay v Prestatyn | Friday – 19:45
Connah’s Quay have climbed up to 2nd place after a 1-0 away win at Barry Town last weekend thanks to captain George Horan’s first half header.

The Nomads have the best defensive record in the WPL this season having conceded only seven goals in their 11 league games, keeping five clean sheets.

Andy Morrison’s men are unbeaten at home in the WPL this season (won 3, drawn 2), as well as winning their only cup game at home.

Prestatyn let a 1-0 lead slip against Aberystwyth last weekend and lost 1-2 which leaves Neil Gibson’s side only three points clear of the drop zone.

Prestatyn are yet to win away from home in the league this season (drawn 2, lost 3), and it will be a tough ask for the Seasiders on Friday against the side that beat them 4-0 on the opening weekend.

Connah’s Quay have never lost at home to Prestatyn in the WPL (played 7: won 3, drawn 4)

Last meeting:
Prestatyn 0-4 Connah’s Quay (11/08/17)

Bala Town v Llandudno | Friday – 19:45
Bala are up to 7th spot after a run of three consecutive wins, and another three points on Friday would lift them above Llandudno into the Top Six.

Jordan Evans scored his third goal in as many games last Saturday as Bala claimed a 1-0 away win at Carmarthen.

Colin Caton’s crew have kept two clean sheets in their last two outings – prior to that the Lakesiders had not managed a clean sheet since the opening weekend.

Following Alan Morgan’s dismissal, Llandudno brought a run of five games without a win to an end on Saturday against struggling Newtown (2-1).

Llandudno haven’t won or scored at Maes Tegid since their promotion to the WPL (3-0, 0-0, 3-0).

Last meeting:
Bala Town 3-0 Llandudno (17/12/16)

Aberystwyth v Cefn Druids | Friday – 20:00
Cefn Druids start the weekend in 4th place after a remarkable run of seven league games without defeat (won 4, drawn 3).

Huw Griffiths deserves huge praise for guiding the Druids to their highest ever position in the WPL following a run that includes impressive wins over Bala Town, Llandudno and Bangor City.

The Ancients have only conceded twice in their last six games, and the solid defensive platform has been vital as they’ve pushed up the table.

Aberystwyth will be looking to climb out of the relegation zone for the first time since August after winning two of their last three matches.

Neville Powell is still waiting for his first home win in the WPL as Aberystwyth manager (drawn 1, lost 5).

Aberystwyth have not won any of their previous four meetings with Cefn Druids – since winning 0-3 at the Rock last December.

Last meeting:
Cefn Druids 2-0 Aberystwyth (25/08/17)

Saturday, 4 November

Cardiff Met v Carmarthen | Saturday – 12:45 (S4C)
Cardiff Met will welcome Carmarthen to Cyncoed Campus on Saturday with live coverage starting at 12:30 on S4C.

The students’ strong run of four consecutive league victories came to an end last Saturday at the home of the champions, The New Saints (2-1).

It’s been a frustrating start to the season for Mark Aizlewood, who’s side sit bottom of the table having lost nine of their 11 league games this season.

Performances have improved for the Old Gold recently and the results will surely come, but they need to start picking up points sooner rather than later if they are to avoid the drop.

Carmarthen can take confidence from the fact that they’ve not lost a WPL match at Cyncoed Campus (won 1, drawn 1).

Last meeting:
Carmarthen 1-2 Cardiff Met (07/05/17) WPL Play-offs 2016/17

Newtown v Bangor City | Saturday – 14:30
Newtown are on a poor run of six league games without a win and have dropped down into dangerous territory by the bottom of the table.
Since beating Aberystwyth 4-0 back in September, the Robins have only scored twice in six games.

Things aren’t going too well at Bangor either as the Citizens have lost five of their last six games in all competitions.

After such a strong start to the season where Kevin Nicholson’s side were considered title contenders, the Citizens now face a real battle to make the Top Six, and anything other than three points at Latham Park on Saturday would be a big blow for Bangor City.

Last meeting:
Bangor City 3-2 Newtown (06/05/17) WPL Play-offs 2016/17

The New Saints v Barry Town | Saturday – 14:30
The Saints went three points clear at the top of the WPL table last weekend following a 2-1 win against second placed Cardiff Met.

TNS have won all five of their home games in the WPL this season (scored 16, conceded 2).

It won’t be an easy afternoon for Barry Town who have only scored once in five away games this season (0-1 at Bangor).

Gavin Chesterfield will be glad to see the back of October as Barry failed to win any of their four league games during last month, scoring only one goal (drawn 1, lost 3).

The New Saints and Bary Town are the two most successful clubs in WPL history with 18 trophies between them – TNS (11), Barry (7).

The last time TNS hosted Barry Town at home was at Llansantffraid back in February 2004 when the Saints’ current manager and assistant-manager, Scott Ruscoe & Steve Evans, both scored in a 3-0 home win.

March 2001 was the last time Barry Town won a league game away from home against The New Saints.

Last meeting:
Barry Town 0-1 The New Saints (25/08/17)

Highlights of all WPL matches will be on Sgorio every Monday at 5:35 on S4C.