WPL weekend preview

Barry Town United Vs Newtown

Welsh Premier League weekend preview for 15/16 September fixtures.

Friday

Bangor v Connah’s Quay Nomads | Friday – 19:45
The game of the weekend will be played at Nantporth on Friday night as Connah’s Quay travel to Bangor to face Kevin Nicholson’s Citizens.

Both teams start the weekend with 9 points from their opening four fixtures.

The game at Bangor will be a tough test for Andy Morrison’s men as the Citizens have not conceded at Nantporth since the opening game of the season, in a 5-2 win over Welsh Premier League champsion The New Saints.

Kevin Nicholson’s side have won all three home games this season.

Michael Wilde scored his 157th Welsh Premier League goal in Connah’s Quay’s 1-0 victory over Bala Town last weekend – his third of the season. This goal lifts him up to 6th on the Welsh Premier League all time scorers list.

Last meeting:
Cei Connah 1-1 Bangor (25/03/17)

Cefn Druids v Prestatyn | Friday – 19:45
Both sides start the weekend with four points from their opening four fixtures.

Although Cefn Druids lost their opening game of the season on The Rock to Cardiff Met (0-3), Huw Griffith’s team have a good home record in 2017. Having played eight times at The Rock in 2017, Cefn Druids have won five, drawn once and lost twice.

Prestatyn return to the Welsh Premier League after two seasons in the Huws Gray Alliance, with Neil Gibson’s men losing twice, winning once and an impressive away draw (2-2) to league leaders Llandudno.

Last meeting:
Derwyddon Cefn 0-1 Prestatyn (10/04/15)

Cardiff Met v The New Saints | Friday – 19:45
Cardiff Met have had an impressive start to the WPL season winning three of their opening four games.

It took the students nine games to reach 9 points last season – a significant improvement by Christian Edwards’ team.

Forward, Adam Roscrow has picked up the August Player of the Month award after scoring three in August – and is already halfway to equaling his goal tally from last term (6 goals in WPL 2016/17).

Although losing 5-2 on the opening day of the season to Bangor, The New Saints have won all four of their last games in all competitions – including a win against Livingston on penalties in the 3rd round of the Irn Bru Cup.

If Greg Draper starts for The New Saints he will start his 100th Welsh Premier League match – having scored 85 goals.

Last meeting:
Met Caerdydd 0-5 Y Seintiau Newydd (18/03/17)

Saturday

Llandudno v Barry Town United | Saturday – 14:30
Llandudno are the only unbeaten side in the Welsh Premier League after winning three and a 2-2 home draw against Prestatyn last Thursday.

Alan Morgan has been named Manager of the Month for August after Llandudno’s impressive start to the season.

Barry Town United secured their first win back in the Welsh Premier League in a 2-0 win over Newtown last Saturday. Kayne McLaggon scored twice in the victory – his first time on the scoresheet in the Welsh Premier League.

Last meeting:
Welsh Cup 4th Round 1994/95
Y Barri 1-1 Llandudno
Llandudno 3-1 Y Barri (ail-chwarae)

Bala Town v Carmarthen | Saturday – 14:30
Bala Town welcome Mark Aizlewood’s Old Gold to Maes Tegid this Saturday.

Colin Caton will be happy to be back home this weekend after a disappointing 1-0 loss against the Nomads. Bala have a good home record having beaten Newtown (3-0) and Cardiff Met (2-1) this season.

Carmarthen are bottom of the league with zero points from their opening games of the season.

The Old Gold play their opening six fixtures away from home while the work is completed on the new 3G pitch at the Cymru Tyres Stadium, and they will have to make sure that they start picking up points while on the road otherwise Mark Aizlewood’s men could find themselves trailing the rest of the pack.

Last meeting:
Y Bala 1-1 Caerfyrddin (08/04/17)

Newtown v Aberystwyth | Sadwrn – 14:30
Newtown are unbeaten at Latham Park this season having beaten Carmarthen (4-1) and a draw against Cefn Druids (1-1).

Aberystwyth start the weekend in the drop zone with one point from the opening four games.

Neville Powell’s men have only scored once this season, and that was a debatable goal on the opening weekend against Barry Town.

The last time the teams met Nick Rushton scored a hat-trick for Newtown in a 6-1 win back in April.

Last meeting:
Y Drenewydd 6-1 Aberystwyth (22/04/17)

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