WPL weekend preview

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Last weekend we were treated to 28 goals across all six league games and we’ll be hoping for more of the same as we look forward to ‘Matchday 10’ in the Welsh Premier League.

Friday, 20 October

Prestatyn v Bangor City | Friday – 19:45
Bangor lost their place at the top of the table following a disappointing 2-3 defeat at home to Cardiff Met, having been 2-0 ahead with only 20 minutes to play.

Neil Gibson will demand a positive reaction from his players after they fell to a 6-1 defeat at the hands of the champions on Saturday.

Even though Prestatyn have only scored four in four at home this season, they have managed to win half of their league games at the Motion Finance Stadium (2/4).

Danny Holmes’ first half strike was the difference between these two sides earlier this season as the Citizens secured a 1-0 victory at Nantporth with Prestatyn ending the game with 10 men due to James Stead’s dismissal for an off-the-ball incident.

Last meeting:
Bangor City 1-0 Prestatyn (25/08/17)

Aberystwyth v The New Saints | Friday – 20:00
Neville Powell breathed a sigh of relief on Saturday night as he won his first league game as Aberystwyth manager at the ninth time of asking.

Aber captain Jonny Spittle grabbed his third goal of the season to nick all three points in the dying seconds against his former club Llandudno on Saturday (2-3).

The Saints returned to the top of the table following an impressive 6-1 victory over Prestatyn last weekend.

TNS have the best attacking record in the league (2.7 goals a game), while Aber have the worst (0.8 goals a game).

Aberystwyth have not won any of their last 23 meetings with The New Saints (since August 2007).

Last meeting:
Aberystwyth 1-5 The New Saints (01/10/16)

Saturday, 21 October

Cefn Druids v Carmarthen | Saturday – 14:30
Cefn Druids start the weekend in 5th place and are on a fabulous run of five league games without defeat (won 3, drawn 2).

This is the Druids’ best start in their 14 seasons in the Welsh Premier League – 15 points after nine games (they had 14pts after nine games in 2000/01).

Huw Griffiths’ next target will be to beat Carmarthen in the WPL for the first time since February 2008 (3-1) – Karl Connolly netting twice for the Druids and Danny Thomas scoring for the Old Gold.

Carmarthen haven’t lost any of their last 10 league meetings with Cefn Druids (won 8, drawn 2).

But it could be a very long season for Aizlewood’s men who are sitting bottom of the table having lost eight out of nine in the WPL so far.

This is Carmarthen’s worst start in their 22 seasons in the Welsh Premier League (3 points after nine games).

Last meeting:
Cefn Druids 0-0 Carmarthen (14/01/17)

Cardiff Met v Newtown | Saturday – 14:30
Cardiff Met climbed up to second place last Saturday as they beat Bangor City for the second time this season.

Only Connah’s Quay (6) have conceded less than Cardiff Met this season (7).

Things aren’t going as smoothly at Newtown who are on a run of four league games without a win (lost 2, drawn 2).

The Robins have not won away, neither have they scored away from home this season, while the students remain unbeaten at Cyncoed.

Last meeting:
Newtown 0-1 Cardiff Met (17/12/16)

Bala Town v Barry Town | Saturday – 14:30
Bala Town and Barry Town will go head-to-head for the first time on Saturday with both clubs eyeing a place in the Top Six.

Colin Caton looked like a relieved man on Thursday night as Bala Town won for the first time since August.

Gavin Chesterfield’s side suffered defeat at the hands of Cefn Druids last weekend (1-3) with danger-man Kayne McLaggon netting for Barry once again.

As well as scoring six 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.

Connah’s Quay v Llandudno | Saturday – 17:15 (S4C)
The Connah’s Quay Nomads will welcome Llandudno to the Deeside Stadium on Saturday live on Sgorio.

Andy Morrison’s new signing Melford Simpson grabbed the winning goal at Carmarthen last Saturday with his first touch in the WPL less than a minute after coming as a substitute.

After a great start to the season, Llandudno have lost their spark lately and have lost four consecutive WPL games for the first time in their history.

1-0 defeats away to TNS and Cardiff Met weren’t too much of a shock for Llandudno, but Alan Morgan will not be happy that his side has lost at home to Cefn Druids and Aberystwyth during that same run.

Connah’s Quay have only lost twice in the league this season, and one of those losses came against Llandudno (1-0, Toby Jones), and the Seasiders will be looking to end their losing streak and complete the double over the Nomads on Saturday.

Last meeting:
Llandudno 1-0 Connah’s Quay (26/08/17)

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