WPL match previews

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Following The New Saints’ shock defeat at home to Barry Town last weekend, the champions will be competing in the Irn-Bru Cup over the weekend, which gives Connah’s Quay and Cardiff Met the chance to leapfrog the Oswestry outfit at the top of the table.

Bangor City v Aberystwyth | Tuesday – 19:45
Aberystwyth are out of the relegation zone for the first time since August after a 1-0 win against Cefn Druids on Friday.

Neville Powell will hope to keep the good form going as he prepares to return to Nantporth for the first time since being sacked by Bangor City.

Bangor City are back in the Top 4 after a 1-2 win at Newtown last weekend thanks to Dean Rittenberg’s brace.

The Citizens are the only club that haven’t had a draw in the WPL this season.

Steven Hewitt scored an injury time winner when the clubs last met in a dramatic encounter at Park Avenue back in September.

Last meeting:
Aberystwyth 2-3 Bangor City (23/09/17)

Friday, 10 November

Bala Town v Connah’s Quay | Friday – 19:45
Connah’s Quay could go three points clear at the top of the WPL table with a win at Maes Tegid on Friday.

Andy Morrison’s men are on a run of eight games without defeat in all competitions (6 WPL, 2 League Cup).

The Nomads have the best defensive record in the league having conceded only eight goals in 12 games, keeping five clean sheets.

John Danby has proved himself hard to beat as Bala have only scored once in their last four meetings with Connah’s Quay.

But the Lakesiders have climbed up to the Top Six after winning four games on the bounce for the first time since December 2016.

Last meeting:
Connah’s Quay 1-0 Bala Town (08/09/17)

Saturday, 11 November

Carmarthen v Newtown | Saturday – 14:30
The bottom two go head-to-head at Richmond Park on Saturday in a relegation scrap.

Carmarthen start the weekend eight points from safety after losing 10 out of 12 WPL games this season.

Following their 5-0 thumping at the hands of Cardiff Met last weekend, it’s no surprise that Carmarthen have the worst defensive record in the league having conceded 30 goals in 12 games (2.5 goals a game).

The Old Gold haven’t picked up a single point from their three home games this season, scoring only once – from the spot against Connah’s Quay.

But Newtown are also winless on the road this season, scoring only once in six away games in the WPL.

The Robins are on a terrible run of seven WPL games without a win and have slid into the bottom two.

Since thrashing Aberystwyth 4-0 back in September, Chris Hughes’ Newtown have only scored three goals in seven league games.

There have been at least four goals scored in the last four league meetings between the two sides (New 4-1 Cam, Cam 3-1 New, New 4-2 Cam, New 4-1 Cam).

Newtown have already beaten Carmarthen twice this season.

Last meeting:
Carmarthen 0-2 Newtown (24/10/17) League Cup Quarter Final
Newtown 4-1 Carmarthen (26/08/17)

Prestatyn v Cardiff Met | Saturday – 14:30
Prestatyn start the weekend three points clear of the relegation zone after losing their last two games.

Neil Gibson’s Seasiders have conceded at least twice in their last six games and will have to tighten up defensively if they are to avoid the drop.

Cardiff Met could climb above The New Saints with a win at the Motion Finance Stadium.

This time last season, Cardiff Met had 14 points after winning four out of 12 games – this season they have 25 points after winning eight of their 12 league fixtures.

Only Connah’s Quay (8) have conceded less than the students after 12 games (9).

Last meeting:
Cardiff Met 2-1 Prestatyn (30/09/17)

Barry Town v Llandudno | Saturday – 14:30
Iwan Williams will take the reins for Llandudno for the first time on Saturday as his side travel to Jenner Park.

Llandudno have only won once away from home this season (0-2 vs Aber), but Williams will be determined to get off to a winning start after leaving his role as Caernarfon manager.

Last Saturday, Barry Town won away against The New Saints for the first time in 16 years through a deflected Kayne McLaggon solo goal.

Another win this weekend would see Barry Town go level on points with Llandudno in mid-table.

Barry Town have the worst attacking record in the WPL this season with only nine goals scored in 12 games (seven from McLaggon) – but their defensive record is amongst the best (conceded 11 in 12).

Last meeting:
Llandudno 1-0 Barry Town (16/09/17)

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