WPL weekend preview

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With The New Saints busy competing in the Irn Bru Cup on Saturday, we could see Bangor City climb back to the top of the table by the end of the weekend.

Saturday, 7 October

Aberystwyth v Barry Town | Saturday – 14:30
Despite picking up a point at Bala last weekend, Aberystwyth remain at the bottom of the league and are the only WPL club without a win this season.

Neville Powell’s side have the worst attacking record in the league (4 goals in 7 games) and they are yet to pick up a point at home this season.

They did however grab a point against Barry at Jenner Park on the opening weekend of the season when Jonny Spittle scored a controversial goal for the Black & Greens.

Barry have climbed up to 7th spot following a remarkable victory at Bangor last weekend thanks to Kayne McLaggon’s late winner (0-1).

As well as scoring five 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 WPL goals this season.

Gavin Chesterfield’s men booked their place in the League Cup quarter final with a 4-2 win over Afan Lido on Tuesday night, but there was more woe at Park Avenue where Aberystwyth lost 1-2 to Huws Gray outfit Airbus UK.

Last meeting:
Barry Town 1-1 Aberystwyth (13/08/17)

Cefn Druids v Newtown | Saturday – 14:30
The Druids are going strong and are into the Top Six following wins against Bala and Llandudno.

Newtown fell to a 0-1 defeat at the hands of Connah’s Quay last weekend, although there was serious suspision that Callum Morris’ effort had not completely crossed the line.

The Robins have failed to score in three of their last four league games, but they did score twice against Newtown on Tuesday night (2-0) to secure a place in the League Cup quarter final.

Three of the last five meetings between the two sides have finished 1-1.

Last meeting:
Newtown 1-1 Cefn Druids (18/08/17)

Prestatyn v Carmarthen | Saturday – 14:30
Prestatyn are on a run of six games without a win (5 WPL, 1 League Cup), and they will aim for nothing less than three points at home to struggling Carmarthen on Saturday.

After losing 0-5 at home to TNS last weekend, the Old Gold remain in the bottom two.

But only three points separate these two sides and a win for Carmarthen would put them equal on points with Prestatyn in 10th spot.

There might be some tired legs in the Carmarthen camp since they needed extra time to beat Haverfordwest on Tuesday night with Liam Walsh netting the only goal in the 119th minute.

Last meeting:
Carmarthen 5-2 Prestatyn (28/03/15)

Bala Town v Bangor City | Saturday – 14:30
Bangor will look to bounce back on Saturday following two defeats last week.

The Citizens fell to a shock 0-1 loss at the hands of Barry Town on Saturday before losing 2-0 to the Nomads in the League Cup on Tuesday night.

But a win against Bala this weekend will see Kevin Nicholson’s side return to the top of the table.

Things haven’t going too great at Bala Town recently as Colin Caton’s team picked up only one point from their four games in September.

Bala have beaten Bangor in their last two meetings, and City have not won at Maes Tegid since February 2012, 0-1 – Mark Smyth.

Last meeting:
Bangor City 1-2 Bala Town (17/03/17)

Sunday, 8 October

Cardiff Met v Llandudno | Sunday – 14:30
Llandudno will make the long journey south to Cyncoed Campus this Sunday where Cardiff Met have not lost any of their three league games this season (won 2, drawn 1).

The students also won in midweek, but they needed extra time to see off lower league Pontypridd in the Nathaniel MG Cup (2-1, a.e.t)

Both clubs have had strong starts to the season and are level on points in the Top Six after their opening six games.

The two sides have almost an identical record in the league – both have won four, drawn once and lost twice – both have conceded five times, but Met (11) have scored one more than Llandudno (10).

The clubs have only met twice in the WPL (Met won 1, drawn 1) therefore Llandudno are still in search of their first win against the students.

Last meeting:
Cardiff Met 1-1 Llandudno (27/11/16)

Highlights of all WPL fixtures + The New Saints’ Irn Bru Cup highlights will be on Sgorio this Monday at 5:35 on S4C.