WPL weekend preview

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A full set of Welsh Premier League fixtures awaits this weekend as the trailing pack try to keep the leaders, The New Saints, within their grasps.

Friday, 8 December

Connah’s Quay v Aberystwyth | Friday – 19:45
Aberystwyth are gathering some momentum after winning their last two matches without conceding once, scoring seven goals (Aber 3-0 New, Aber 4-0 Bala).

Neville Powell’s men sent cup holders, Bala Town out of the competition at the first attempt in emphatic style last weekend.

The Seasiders are currently one of three teams level on points, hovering dangerously around the relegation zone.

Connah’s Quay knocked out Cwmbrân Celtic in the Welsh Cup on Saturday, to book their place in the 4th round.

But the Nomads are without a win, and without a goal in their last two league matches and have fell seven points behind table toppers TNS.

After scoring seven goals in their opening two fixtures (Pres 0-4 CQ, CQ 3-1 Cam), Connah’s Quay have only netted 12 in 13 WPL matches since then.

Last meeting:
Aberystwyth 1-3 Connah’s Quay (05/11/16)

Prestatyn v Cefn Druids | Postponed
Both clubs will be looking to bounce back following disappointing Welsh Cup defeats against lower league sides last weekend.

Prestatyn were beaten 0-3 at home to Ruthin of the Huws Gray Alliance, while Llanrhaeadr from the third tier knocked out the Druids (3-2).

The two clubs will now concentrate solely on the league as Cefn Druids aim for a Top Six spot, while Prestatyn are battling to get out the drop zone.

This will be the 10th WPl meeting between the two sides who have an equal head-to-head record to date – three wins each and three draws.

Last meeting:
Cefn Druids 2-2 Prestatyn (15/09/17)

Saturday, 9 December

Carmarthen v Llandudno | Saturday – 14:30
Carmarthen start the weekend 11 points from safety after losing 13 out of 15 WPL games this season.

Since the league structure change in 2010, no side has had a worse start than Carmarthen after 15 games (4 points).

The Old Gold did enjoy a rare taste of victory last weekend as they saw off Ammanford in the Welsh Cup, which could be the boost that Mark Aizlewood’s side needed.

Llandudno also won their cup fixture as they eased past Gresford with a comfortable 4-0 scoreline.

Llandudno have won the last four meetings with Carmarthen, and have not conceded in their last three matches against the Old Gold.

Last meeting:
Llandudno 3-0 Carmarthen (12/08/17)

Barry Town v Bangor City | Saturday – 14:30
Bangor City are on a solid run of five consecutive wins in all competitions, and are back in the race for the championship.

Barry Town on the other hand have lost their last three in all competitions and are in need of a win to lift their spirits and to avoid sliding towards the bottom of the table.

But Gavin Chesterfield’s men were jubilant following their last meeting with Bangor which finished 0-1 to Barry thanks to Kayne McLaggon’s strike (0-1).

Barry Town have one of the worst attacking records in the league (12 goals in 15 games), but have one of the strongest defences (conceded 16 in 15).

Last meeting:
Bangor City 0-1 Barry Town (30/09/17)

Newtown v Cardiff Met | Saturday – 14:00
The students will look to close the gap on TNS when they travel to Latham Park on Saturday.

Christian Edwards’ side have only lost one in 13 in all competitions, and have only conceded twice in their last six games (six clean sheets in last nine games).

Newtown are struggling down the wrong end of the table having only won four out of 15 WPL matches so far (27%).

Cardiff Met have a 100% against Newtown in the WPL after winning all three of their previous meetings.

Last meeting:
Cardiff Met 2-0 Newtown (21/10/17)

Bala Town v The New Saints | Saturday – 17:30 (S4C)
The New Saints are back on top of the WPL table following a run of six consecutive wins in all competitions.

The champions have scored 14 goals in their last three outings and have recently booked a place in the League Cup final, the Welsh Cup 4th round and have opened a bit of a gap at the top of the table.

Bala Town have lost their way in recent weeks, losing their last two matches, conceding nine goals without scoring once (Ban 5-0 Bala, Aber 4-0 Bala).

The Welsh Cup holders crashed out of the competition last weekend, and will need to re-group quickly to avoid another thumping this Saturday.

Last meeting:
The New Saints 3-0 Bala Town (19/08/17)

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