WPL weekend preview

Barry vs Llandudno21

The two at the top, Connah’s Quay and Barry Town go head to head this Saturday, while The New Saints look to climb up from their unfamiliar third position.

Friday, 9 November

Llandudno v Bala Town | Friday – 19:45
Following seven WPL games without a win (1 draw, 6 defeats), Llandudno have slipped into the relegation zone.

They’ve wasted no time in recruiting 37 year old play-maker, Gary Taylor-Fletcher who will bring vital experience and quality into the Llandudno changing room.

Bala Town are only five points behind the league leaders having won three of their last four league matches.

Colin Caton’s crew have already beaten Llandudno once this season through goals from Stuart J Jones and Henry Jones (2-1).

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

The New Saints v Caernarfon | Friday – 19:45
TNS are in a very unfamiliar position, sitting behind Connah’s Quay and Barry Town in third place in the WPL.

The Saints still boast the best attacking record and best defensive record in the league, but after two games without a win they are now two points behind their title challengers.

The champions will be glad to be returning to Park Hall where they have scored 26 goals and conceded only twice in six league games this season.

Caernarfon won four of their opening seven fixtures this season, but they’ve also slid down the table recently having not won any of their last six games.

The Saints won 0-3 at the Oval earlier this season, and another win against the Cofis would put TNS back on top of the league overnight.

A decade has gone by since Caernarfon last played away against TNS in the WPL – the Saints won 6-0 on that day in September 2008 with both Scott Ruscoe and Michael Wilde claiming a brace apiece.

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

Saturday, 10 November

Carmarthen v Cefn Druids | Saturday – 14:30
The Old Gold and the Druids meet in a crucial clash in the bottom half of the table, with only one point separating the two sides.

Carmarthen brought a run of eight games without a win to an end last weekend as they came out on top in a seven-goal thriller against Caernarfon (4-3).

Cefn Druids won comfortably in the reverse fixture (4-0), but since that victory, Huw Griffiths’ Ancients have only won one in seven.

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

Connah’s Quay v Barry Town | Saturday – 14:30
Deeside Stadium hosts the biggest game of the weekend as the two at the top battle to stay at the summit.

Only goal difference separates Connah’s Quay and Barry Town who have an identical record in the WPL this season (won 9, drawn 1, lost 3).

Gavin Chesterfield’s Barry Town have won seven of their last eight league matches, and have caused several shocks this season, including a 2-0 win over Connah’s Quay at Jenner Park.

Barry will be hoping to do the double over the Nomads, But it’s been 16 years since the Dragons’ last away win against Connah’s Quay in the Welsh Premier League.

Recent WPL form:
Connah’s Quay: ✅✅❌➖✅
Barry Town: ❌✅✅✅✅

Newtown v Llanelli | Saturday – 14:30
Newtown have spent the last two seasons in the Bottom Six, but the Robins are now staking a claim to return to the Top Six after a strong start to the season.

The Robins have already beaten Llanelli at Stebonheath Park this season (1-3), but Newtown haven’t won any of their last seven home games against Llanelli in the WPL (since 2004).

Andy Hill’s Llanelli have lost 10 of their last 11 matches and sit bottom of the table.

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

Sunday, 11 November

Cardiff Met v Aberystwyth | Sunday – 14:30
Aberystwyth are on a terrific run, following three wins on the bounce including a historic victory against The New Saints last weekend.

As Aber go one way, Cardiff Met seem to be going the other way and the students are into the bottom half after picking up one win from their last five league outings.

Cardiff Met performed brilliantly at Park Avenue earlier this season as they sailed to a 1-4 away win, and not many would have predicted then that Aber would be above Met in the table in November.

If Aberystwyth’s fine form is to continue then they will have to beat the Archers in the WPL for the first time in their history.

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

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