Sgorio picks the five players that stood out in the Welsh Premier League over the weekend.
Matthew Hall (Bangor City)
Matthew Hall pulled out one of the best performances of the season on Saturday as Bangor City beat champions TNS to take a step closer to securing European football. Young keeper Hall kept his fifth clean sheet in eight games, and denied the WPL top scorer, Greg Draper on several occasions. After the match the Saints’ no.9 took to Twitter to congratulate his opponent on his terrific display: “My good deed done for the day! Getting the young lad a big move! Well played pal – all the best for rest of the season”
Arek Piskorski (Cefn Druids)
Cefn Druids put in a remarkable shift on Friday night to beat Bala Town and close the gap on Cardiff Met in 5th position. Polish winger Arek Piskorski scored the opener and created chances for his teammates as Huw Griffiths’ side looks to have gained some momentum ahead of the play-offs.
Michael Bakare (Connah’s Quay)
Michael Bakare makes yet another appearance in the 5-on-form after scoring once and assisting another goal as the Nomads saw off Cardiff Met with ease to stay in 2nd place. The Connah’s Quay winger has been impressive since signing for Andy Morrison’s side last summer, netting his 10th goal of the season on Saturday.
Matthew Williams (Llandudno)
It’s been a rather disappointing season for Llandudno, but there was reason to celebrate over the weekend as Matty Williams’ solo goal secured the club’s place in the WPL. The player/assistant-manager showed great technique to volley home against Aberystwyth at Parc Maesdu on Saturday and the coaching staff can now start preparing for life in the top flight next season.
Mark Jones (Carmarthen)
In the battle to avoid relegation, Carmarthen have closed the gap on Aberystwyth (10th) to five points and will fight to the end to avoid the drop. Frontman Mark Jones proved to be the difference between the two sides as he scored once and made two assists for the Old Gold. Since rejoining Carmarthen, Mark Jones has contributed to nine out of 15 of his team’s league goals (60% – 2 goals, 7 assists).
On this day in 1961 one of the legends of Welsh football - Ian Rush - was born.