WPL weekend preview

The Nathaniel MG Cup semi finals brought shocks and surprises, but it’s back to league action this weekend with only five points separating the top six at the start of play.

Friday, 30 November

Aberystwyth v Carmarthen | Friday – 19:45
Aberystwyth are enjoying their best run in the WPL in eight years, having won five consecutive league games for the first time since March 2010.

It certainly hasn’t been an easy spell for the Seasiders as four of their last five matches have been away from home where Neville Powell’s side secured vital wins against Llandudno, Llanelli, Cardiff Met and Bala Town, as well as recording a remarkable win at home against The New Saints.

Carmarthen have opened up a five point gap between themselves and the bottom two after losing only once in their last four games.

It finished 2-2 when these clubs met earlier this season at Richmond Park, and Carmarthen have performed well at Park Avenue in recent years and have not lost on any of their last five visits to Aberystwyth in the WPL (won 4, drawn 1).

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

Cefn Druids v Bala Town | Friday – 19:45
With seven games left until the split, it’s going to be a challenge for the Druids to reclaim their Top Six status this season as they are currently nine points adrift of sixth placed Newtown after winning only one of their last six matches.

Bala Town are level on points with Aberystwyth in the 4th position, but a victory for the Lakesiders would lift them to 3rd place overnight.

Henry Jones left it late to nick all three points for Bala Town when they last faced the Druids – (Bala 2-1 Cefn), but Colin Caton’s crew have not won away at The Rock in four years.

Recent WPL form:
Cefn Druids: ➖➖➖✅❌
Bala Town: ✅❌✅✅❌

Saturday, 1 December

Connah’s Quay v Llandudno | Saturday – 14:30
Connah’s Quay lead the pack in the WPL, one point ahead of TNS and Barry Town after 15 games.

Despite being on top, the Nomads have only won one of their last five league matches.

At the bottom of the table, Llandudno have gone nine league matches without a win, and are on their worst ever run in the WPL (drawn 1, lost 8).

Connah’s Quay won comfortably in the reverse fixture with Callum Morris grabbing a hat-trick at the giant Hospitality Stadium (Llno 0-4 CQ), but it’s been three years since the Nomads won at home against Llandudno.

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

Llanelli v Caernarfon | Saturday – 14:30
Both clubs are itching to return to the field following impressive wins for the two sides in their latest outings.

Llanelli beat Cefn Druids in their last match, to complete the double over the Ancients and to climb off the bottom of the table for the first time since September.
It was Cardiff Met that fell at the hands of the Cofis as Caernarfon made it two consecutive WPL wins for the first time in a decade.

Caernarfon cruised to a 3-0 win when the clubs met earlier this season, but the Canaries have never won a league fixture at Stebonheath Park.

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

The New Saints v Cardiff Met | Saturday – 14:30
TNS will be desperate to ge their own back on the students after an embarrassing 4-1 defeat against Cardiff Met earlier this season..

And after yet another defeat last weekend against lower league Cambrian & Clydach in the Nathaniel MG Cup semi final,, Scott Ruscoe will expect a reaction from his side on Saturday.

The Saints certainly have been shakier than usual this season having lost four out of 15 league matches so far.

TNS have not lost more than four WPL games in a season since 2007/08 when they lost six times in a 34 game season and finished as runners-up behind Llanelli.

Cardiff Met are without a win in their last five league games, but the Archers were victorious last weekend as they beat Connah’s Quay for the first time ever to book their place in the League Cup final where they will face Cambrian & Clydach in January.

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

Barry Town v Newtown | Saturday – 19:30 (S4C)
It’s fair to say that both Barry Town and Newtown have over-achieved this season and the two clubs are competing in the top half after a strong start to the campaign.

Barry start the weekend only one point behind league leaders, Connah’s Quay, while Newtown are in fine form having lost only once in their last eight league matches.

Barry Town had not lost at home since January until their 0-2 defeat against The New Saints at Jenner Park in their last game.

Joe Kenton grabbed a brace as Newtown claimed a 2-0 win over Barry when the clubs met back in October, and the Robins are the only club to remain undefeated at home this season.

But on the road, things haven’t been going as well for Chris Hughes’ side who have won only twice in eight away matches.

And at Jenner Park, it’s been 17 years since Newtown last tasted victory (May 2001).

It should be quite the encounter between two of last season’s Bottom Six, but who have their eyes firmly set on the top half this time around.

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

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