Preview: Newtown v Llandudno

Rhys Llwyd

Rhys Llwyd

Friday, 17 Mar 2017, 12:26

This Sunday, Newtown welcome Llandudno to Latham Park in the race for 7th spot and a place in the WPL Europa play-offs with kick off at 15:00 live on S4C.

Newtown could take a big step towards the play-offs if they can see off Llandudno at Latham Park on Sunday to go five points clear in 7th spot.

Jason Oswell grabbed his second hat-trick of the season last weekend as Newtown secured a comfortable 0-4 win away at Aberystwyth to make it five consecutive league victories since the split for the Robins.

Chris Hughes’ side have sneaked up to the top of the Bottom Six, while Jason Oswell has also climbed to the top of the goal scoring chart (16) and is now now in the driving seat to claim the WPL Golden Boot.

Llandudno will have been disappointed to have not taken all three points against Rhyl last Saturday after conceding a 90th minute equaliser from a corner.

Alan Morgan’s men have the worst attacking record in the WPL this season having netted only 24 goals in 27 outings.

Jason Oswell has scored more league goals this season than all five of Llandudno’s top scorers combined.

Things were looking bleak for Newtown back at the start of December when they were down in the drop zone and were facing relegation out of the WPL for the first time in their history.

But now the Robins are on a run of seven league games without defeat and have scored 18 goals in their last six games (3 goals a game).

The turning point for Newtown’s season could be their 3-3 draw with The New Saints in January that brought the Saints’ record breaking run of 27 consecutive wins to an end after Jamie Price equalised from a free kick in the dying seconds of the match.

Newtown have won all of their five games since then.

Llandudno secured European football last year after finishing 3rd in their first season in the top flight, but they will need to end Newtown’s impressive run this Sunday for any realistic chance of making the play-offs this season.

Last meetings:
Llandudno 1-2 Newtown (04/02/17)
Newtown 0-0 Llandudno (29/10/16)
Llandudno 0-0 Newtown (10/09/16)

Newtown v Llandudno – LIVE on S4C this Sunday, 19 March at 14:45.