WPL weekend preview

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After several postponements due to the cold weather last weekend, the JD Welsh Premier League sides are now ready to return to the fields for a weekend full of football.

Thursday, 14 December

Newtown v Llandudno | Thursday – 19:45 (Facebook Live)
Newtown welcome Llandudno to Latham Park on Thursday night with coverage live on Sgorio’s Facebook page.

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

Iwan Williams will expect a reaction from his side following a disappointing goalless draw against bottom side Carmarthen in their last outing.

The last three meetings between these two clubs at Latham Park have been drawn.

Last meeting:
Llandudno 2-1 Newtown (28/10/17)

Friday, 15 December

Carmarthen v Barry Town | Friday – 19:45
Carmarthen start the weekend 10 points away from safety after losing 13 out of 16 WPL games this season.

The Old Gold picked up their first point since October with a 0-0 result at home to Llandudno last weekend, their first point at home on their new 3G pitch.

Mark Aizlewood’s men have failed to score in six of their last seven league games – scoring only in the 5-2 defeat away to The New Saints.

These are the two teams with the lowest scoring record this season, scoring 25 goals between them in 16 games each.

Last meeting:
Barry Town 3-1 Carmarthen (21/09/17)

The New Saints P-P Connah’s Quay | Friday – 19:45
It’s 1st against 2nd at Park Hall this weekend where The New Saints will hope to open a lead at the summit.

Halfway through the season and it’s tighter at the top than it has been for years but the Saints could move away from the pack this Friday night.

TNS are currently four points clear of the Nomads with a game in hand but Andy Morrison’s men will feel confident after knocking five past Aberystwyth last Friday.

Connah’s Quay haven’t scored a WPL goal at Park Hall since December 2012, and have not won away against TNS in the league in 22 years, since October 1995.

Last meeting:
Connah’s Quay 0-1 The New Saints (20/11/17) League Cup Semi Final
Connah’s Quay 2-2 The New Saints (10/10/17)

Saturday, 16 December

Aberystwyth v Prestatyn | Saturday – 14:30
After a heavy defeat at Deeside last Friday night (5-1), Aberystwyth will be glad to return to Park Avenue where they have won their last two matches without conceding once, scoring seven goals (Aber 3-0 New, Aber 4-0 Bala).

This is a big fixture in the race to avoid the drop as both sides are currently equal on points down the wrong end of the table.

Prestatyn’s match against Cefn Druids was postponed last weekend, therefore Neil Gibson’s side will be eager to get back on the pitch to redeem themselves following a shock 0-3 defeat to lower league Ruthin in their last outing.

Prestatyn have lost five of their last six matches in all competitions, and will need to pick up points over the next two weeks in their fixtures against Aber and Barry, ahead of a tough Christmas period which includes a double-header against Bala, before facing league champions, The New Saints.

Last meeting:
Prestatyn 1-2 Aberystwyth (28/10/17)

Cardiff Met v Bala Town | Saturday – 14:30
The students will look to close the gap on TNS when they face Bala Town 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).

Cardiff Met are the only club unbeaten at home in the WPL this season (won 5, drawn 3), conceding only three goals in eight games so far.

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).

But Colin Caton’s side boast a 100% record against Cardiff Met after winning all five of the previous meetings between the two sides.

Last meeting:
Bala Town 2-1 Cardiff Met (26/08/17)

Cefn Druids v Bangor City | Saturday – 17:30 (S4C)
Both clubs are enjoying good seasons so far as Bangor are battling for an automatic European spot, while Cefn Druids have been the surprise package amongst the Top Six.

The Citizens have been performing well recently and are currently on a run of six games without defeat in all competitions (won 5, drawn 1).

The Druids have been pretty solid at The Rock this season, securing clean sheets in half their home games in the WPL.

Cefn Druids came out winners in their previous meeting (0-1 at Nantporth), but the Ancients have not beaten Bangor at home since March 2009.

Last meeting:
Bangor City 0-1 Cefn Druids (27/10/17)

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