WPL weekend preview

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Only four points separate nine teams in the middle of the WPL table which means we could see a lot of movement over the weekend.

Friday, 21 September

The New Saints v Bala Town | Friday – 19:45
The New Saints lead the pack, three points clear at the top as they go in search of their eighth consecutive title.

Scott Ruscoe’s side have scored 17 goals in their last four league outings without conceding a single goal.

Bala Town travel to Park Hall in search of their first away win of the season.

The Lakesiders have impressed at home, but have lost on their travels to Newtown, Barry Town and Aberystwyth.

Colin Caton’s side have never beaten The New Saints in their 28 WPL meetings to date.

The Saints have scored 30 goals in their last eight league matches against Bala Town – scoring at least three goals in each of their last six WPL encounters with Bala Town.

Recent WPL form:
TNS – ❌✅✅✅✅
Bala Town – ❌✅❌✅❌

Saturday, 22 September

Carmarthen v Aberystwyth | Saturday – 14:30
Carmarthen have lost their three away games this season, but have been solid at home and are yet to concede at Richmond Park.

The Old Gold have not lost any of their last four meetings with Aberystwyth since the 0-5 thrashing at Richmond Park in September 2016.

Neville Powell will hope that his Green & Blacks can build on the impressive 3-2 win against Bala Town last weekend, but a defeat would mean that Carmarthen (10th) would climb above Aberystwyth (7th).

Recent WPL form:
Carmarthen – ❕❌✅✅❌
Aberystwyth – ❌❌✅❌✅

Caernarfon v Llanelli | Saturday – 14:30
The two league newcomers go head-to-head at the Oval on Saturday.

t’s been a strong start for Sean Eardley’s Cofis who have won against three of last season’s Top Six sides.

Caernarfon have only scored three goals in six games, but those goals have been enough to secure 1-0 wins against Cefn Druids, Cardiff Met and Connah’s Quay.

Llanelli on the other hand have dropped to the bottom of the table having lost four of their six league games this season, conceding three goals a game on average.

It will be the first meeting between the two sides in the WPL since March 2009 when Llanelli when comfortably at the Oval (0-5).

Recent WPL form:
Caernarfon – ❌✅❌✅❌
Llanelli – ✅❕❌❌❌

Barry Town v Cefn Druids | Saturday – 14:30
Gavin Chesterfield’s men have beaten title challengers Bala Town and Connah’s Quay at Jenner Park this season, and hope to keep their 100% home record intact.

Cefn Druids won their two league games against Barry Town last season to pip the Dragons at the post to reach the Top Six.

There’s over 15 years since Barry beat the Ancients in the league at Jenner Park back in March 2003 when Adebayo Akinfenwa was on the score sheet for the home side in a 6-0 victory for Barry Town.

Recent WPL form:
Barry Town – ✅❕✅❌✅
Cefn Druids – ❌❌✅❌✅

Newtown v Cardiff Met | Saturday – 14:30
Newtown have won their two home games in the WPL this season, but are yet to win on the road.

After winning their opening two games, Cardiff Met have since been defeated by Caernarfon, Carmarthen and Llandudno, losing ground on TNS at the top.

The clubs have already met once this season when goals by Eliot Evans and Dan Spencer put Cardiff Met on their way to a 2-1 opening weekend win at Cyncoed Campus.

Recent WPL form:
Newtown – ✅❕✅❌❌
Cardiff Met – ✅❌❌✅❌

Llandudno v Connah’s Quay | Saturday – 19:30 (S4C)
After a very slow start to the season, things seem to be picking up at Llandudno.

Llandudno failed to score in their opening three matches, but after winning their last two WPL matches against Barry and Cardiff Met, there’s more of a spring in Iwan Williams’ step.

The Seasiders have been solid at the back with ex-Nomads partnership, Kai Edwards and Mike Pearson impressing in defence since arriving at Maesdu over the summer – Llandudno have kept 4 clean sheets and conceded only 3 goals in 6 WPL games.

But they still seem to be struggling at the other end – only Caernarfon (3) have scored less than Llandudno (4) this season.

Connah’s Quay start the weekend three points behind league leaders TNS, and are ready to pounce if the champions slip up.

The Nomads started the season on fire by knocking seven past Llanelli before winning at home to TNS and Aberystwyth in August.

Then came the curse of the ‘Manager of the Month’ award for Andy Morrison as his side started September with two league defeats against Barry Town (2-0) and Caernarfon (0-1).

Connah’s Quay were back to winning ways as they eased to a 3-1 win against Newtown last weekend, and as things are beginning to click at Llandudno it’s hard to call which way this one could go in front of the live cameras on Saturday night.

Recent WPL form:
Llandudno – ❕❕❌✅✅
Connah’s Quay – ✅❌❌✅✅

Highlights of all WPL fixtures will be on Sgorio every Monday at 5:35 on S4C.