Halfway to the split

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Rhys Llwyd

Rhys Llwyd

Wednesday, 24 Oct 2018, 14:10

It looks like we have a proper title race on our hands in the WPL this season, but it’s also tight down the other end of the table, and two of the bottom four will go head to head in a tasty fixture live on Facebook this Friday night.

Friday, 26 October

Llandudno v Cefn Druids | Friday – 19:45 (Facebook Live)
The pressure is on at Llandudno who have lost their last five matches and have had their worst start to a season in the WPL (8 points from 11 games).

With just seven goals in 11 outings, Llandudno manager Iwan Williams questioned his players’ commitment following their disappointing defeat to Aberystwyth last weekend.

Huw Griffiths’ side visit The Giant Hospitality Stadium looking for their first away win of the season.

Halfway to the league split and both managers will feel that this is a game that they need to win.

The Druids came out on top in the reverse fixture (2-1), netting twice from corners to secure the win.

Recent WPL form:
Llandudno: ❌❌❌❌❌
Cefn Druids: ❌➖✅❌➖

Caernarfon v Connah’s Quay | Friday – 19:45
Connah’s Quay could regain top spot overnight if they were to win at the Oval on Friday night.

The Nomads trail TNS by one point following their 3-0 defeat at Park Hall last weekend.

Caernarfon have hit a bit of a rough patch recently having not won in their last four games.

The Cofis have already beaten the Nomads once this season (0-1), but Caernarfon haven’t won at home against Connah’s Quay in the WPL since September 2005.

Recent WPL form:
Caernarfon: ✅➖➖➖❌
Connah’s Quay: ✅✅✅✅❌

Llanelli v Aberystwyth | Friday – 19:45
Despite their slow start, Llanelli find themselves only one point from the safety of the 10th position.

The Reds have received seven red cards in 11 league games this season, and the suspensions have effected Andy Hill’s plans on the field.

After four games without a win, Aberystwyth secured a well-needed victory away at Llandudno last weekend to go six points clear of the drop zone.

Aberystwyth won 3-1 in the reverse fixture, and another win on Friday could see the Black & Greens climb into the top half.

Recent WPL form:
Llanelli: ❌❌✅❌❌
Aberystwyth: ➖❌❌➖✅

Saturday, 27 October

Bala Town v Barry Town | Saturday – 14:30
Bala are on an impressive run of five games without defeat, and are now only five points from the top, and could potentially climb above Barry on Saturday.

Like their opponents Barry Town, the Lakesiders have a 100% record at home in the WPL this season.

It was an eventful encounter when these clubs met earlier this season as Kayne McLaggon scored the winner with his hand before Bala finished the game with only nine men on the pitch.

Recent WPL form:
Bala Town: ➖✅➖✅✅
Barry Town: ✅✅❌✅✅

Newtown v The New Saints | Saturday – 14:30
Newtown have been very efficient this season, winning four of their last five games and competing for a return to the Top Six.

Chris Hughes’ Robins have won all their home games this season, conceding only once in four games at Latham Park.

But The New Saints will be their toughest test yet as the champions go into the game in a boisterous mood having returned to the summit following their 3-0 win over the Nomads last weekend.

Three of the last four league meetings between these sides at Latham Park have been drawn, but Newtown have not beaten TNS at Latham Park since Boxing Day 2013.

Recent WPL form:
Newtown: ✅✅✅❌✅
TNS: ➖❌✅✅✅

Sunday, 28 October

Cardiff Met v Carmarthen | Sunday – 14:30
The clubs go head to head on Sunday for the third time this season – Carmarthen beat Met in the league, before the students had their pay-back in the Nathaniel MG Cup second round.

The Old Gold desperately need a win having lost their last five games, and Neil Smothers’ side are without a win in seven matches in all competitions.

Carmarthen have not won away from home in the WPL since March.

Recent WPL form:
Cardiff Met: ❌✅❌✅➖
Carmarthen: ➖❌❌❌❌

Highlights of all WPL fixtures will be on Sgorio every Monday at 5:30 on S4C.