Sgorio picks the five players that stood out in the Welsh Premier League over the weekend.
Mike Lewis (Barry Town)
Barry Town climbed up to 8th spot following an entertaining match at Jenner Park where they came out 3-1 winners. Mike Lewis was kept busy all match (mainly by Declan Walker) and had to make several fine saves to keep Barry’s noses in front.
Declan Walker (Aberystwyth)
In Dylan Ebenezer’s words, at times it felt like ‘Barry Town v Declan Walker’ at Jenner Park on Saturday as the in-form right-back tried everything he could to salvage a result for his side. The Aber top scorer released fierce shots from everywhere and finally got his reward with a beautifully taken acrobatic volley in the second half. Walker also produced a remarkable goal-saving tackle to deny James Demetriou a debut goal for Barry Town.
Nick Rushton (Newtown)
Striker Nick Rushton grabbed a birthday brace as the Robins came out winners in a dramatic seven-goal thriller at Parc Maesdu. It was another vital three points for Newtown who after winning 4 in 5 have climbed above Llandudno to the top of the ’Bottom Six’ in the race for play-off qualification.
Dean Rittenberg (Bangor City)
After losing twice against Cardiff Met in the first phase, Bangor were determined to get their own back on Saturday. Witha comfortable 3-0 win, the Citizens are the first team to beat the students by more than one goal this season – and Dean Rittenberg netted the best goal of the game with a delightful curling effort that floated over Will Fuller into the back of the net.
Mark Jones (Carmarthen)
Both Mark Jones and Luke Bowen marked their returns to the WPL with debut goals for Carmarthen on Saturday as the Old Gold climbed off the bottom of the table for the first time since October. Frontman Mark Jones played his part in all three of Carmarthen’s goals – his shot turned in by Liam Thomas for the first – his through ball leading to the second – before puncing on a defensive error to score the third.
On this day in 2003, Wales lost 1-0 to Russia in front of 73,000 fans at the Millenium Stadium.