WPL weekend preview

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We’re six games into the WPL season, and as we come to the end of September its Bangor City that leads the pack with five wins from six, but can they hold on to the top spot by the end of the weekend…

Friday

Bala Town v Aberystwyth | Friday – 19:45
Bala Town are on a bizarre run of four consecutive defeats (3 WPL, 1 League Cup), and Colin Caton’s side have failed to score in all four games.

The Lakesiders will hope that they won’t go on to lose four consecutive league games for the first time since August 2013 as they prepare to face rock-bottom Aberystwyth.

Neville Powell hasn’t had the best of starts with his new club as Aberystwyth are the only remaining WPL side without a win this season.

Both sides have struggled to find the net this season with both teams failing to score in four of their six games to date.

Last meeting:
Aberystwyth 1-3 Bala Town (25/11/16)

Saturday

Bangor City v Barry Town | Saturday – 14:30
Bangor City start the day as table-toppers with five wins from six so far this season.

The Citizens have won their five home games this season (4 WPL, 1 League Cup), which means that visitors Barry Town face a tough challenge as they’re still in search for their first away goal of the season.

Bangor’s Gary Taylor-Fletcher (5) and Barry’s Kayne McLaggon (4) lead the goal-scoring chart ahead of the weekend.

As well as scoring four times this term, McLaggon has assisted the only other two goals his team has scored and has therefore contributed directly to 100% of Barry’s goals this season.

Newcomers Barry haven’t conceded more than once in a game this season, and their defence will have to stay solid to keep out Kevin Nicholson’s Citizens, who have the best attacking record in the league after six games.

Last meeting:
Bangor City 2-1 Barry Town (20/03/04)

Carmarthen v The New Saints | Saturday – 14:30
Following six consecutive away games, Camarthen finally come home as they get ready to play their first ever competitive game on the new 3G surface at the Cymru Tyres Stadium.

The Old Gold find themselves down in the relegation zone after losing five of their opening six fixtures.

Since conceding five goals against Bangor City on the opening weekend, The New Saints have kept five consecutive clean sheets in the WPL.

The Saints came out winners in their last meeting (at Park Hall in March)…. but Liam Thomas scored the only goal of the game when the clubs last met at Carmarthen back in February, a result that brought TNS’ run of 31 games without defeat to an end.

Last meeting:
The New Saints 2-0 Carmarthen (25/03/17)

Llandudno v Cefn Druids | Saturday – 14:30
Llandudno came out firing this season, winning their first three games without conceding a single goal.

The Seasiders still have the joint best defensive record in the league (conceded three in six).

Cefn Druids gave Bala Town a 3-0 thumping in their last outing, and Huw Griffiths will look to continue the good form as the Druids search for their first away win in 2017/18.

The only previous two meetings between these sides at Parc Maesdu have ended goalless.

Last meeting:
Cefn Druids 3-2 Llandudno (14/04/17)

Cardiff Met v Prestatyn | Saturday – 14:30
The students will be hoping to get back to winning ways after failing to score in their last two matches against Connah’s Quay and The New Saints, although they did pick up a good point against the champions.

Christian Edwards’ side are unbeaten at Cyncoed Campus this season (won 1, drawn 1).

Prestatyn come into the game on the back of three consecutive draws (vs Newtown, Cefn Druids and Llandudno).

This will be the first ever meeting between the two sides.

Newtown v Connah’s Quay | Saturday – 17:15 (S4C)
Connah’s Quay will aim to bounce straight back from their midweek defeat to Bangor City when they travel to Latham Park on Saturday.

John Danby was the man of the match at Nantporth on Tuesday as he produced save after save to keep the scoreline respectable.

Despite the defeat, Connah’s Quay still boast one of the best defensive records in the league (conceded three in six).

Newtown have not conceded in their last two match (vs Aberystwyth and Prestatyn), but they face a tougher test this weekend against last year’s WPL runners-up.

These two clubs have already met 50 times in the WPL and they have an equal head-to-head record: Newtown won 20 (40%), Connah’s Quay won 20 (40%), drawn 10 (20%).

The Robins have won their last three home matches against Connah’s Quay, and not one of the last 14 meetings between the sides have been drawn.

Last meeting:
Newtown 2-1 Connah’s Quay (19/11/16)

Highlights of all the weekend’s WPL fixtures will be on Sgorio this Monday at 5:35 on S4C.