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Sion Richards

Sion Richards

Sunday, 30 Dec 2018, 12:05

Carmarthen v Llanelli is Sgorio’s live game on new year’s day with the broadcast live on S4C at 17:00, with kick off at 17:15.

Sunday, 30 December

Newtown v Aberystwyth | Sunday – 14:30

Aber have fallen out of the top six after Caernarfon secured a point against Llandudno on Saturday.

Caernarfon are ahead of Aber on goal difference only as the race for the top six reaches its climax on the 12th of January.

The three points at Park Avenue means that Newtown have more or less secured a place in the top six. A point on the weekend will be enough to secure the opportunity to play European football next season for Chris Hughes’ boys.

Joe Phillips scored the only goal in the last meeting between the two sides on Latham Park to win the three points for Aberystwyth in March.

Recent results in the WPL:
Aberystwyth: ✅➖❌❌❌
Newtown: ➖❌✅➖✅

Monday, 31 December

Cardiff Met v Barry Town | Monday – 13:00

Following yet another win at Jenner Park, Barry will be heading into the new year at the top of the table!

Barry have won 17 of their 20 games at Jenner Park in 2018 – an incredible record and the main reason behind this year’s success.

The result on Boxing Day means that it’s more or less impossible for Met to finish in the top six – disappointing when considering that European football was the target this season.

The two sides have only met once at the Cyncoed Campus in the WPL – Met winning 3-0 exactly a year before they meet on Monday.

Recent results in the WPL:
Cardiff Met: ❌➖✅❌❌
Barry Town: ❌✅✅✅✅

Tuesday, 1 January

Connah’s Quay v Bala Town | Tuesday – 13:00

The result on Boxing Day has meant that the Nomads are no longer top of the tree – the first time they’ve not been in pole position since November!

Another fantastic performance from Henry Jones and Colin Caton’s boys means that the Lakesiders remain only three points behind TNS in 3rd position.

Steven Tames received a second yellow card for kicking the ball away in the last minute against the Nomads on Boxing Day – the league’s top scorer will no doubt be a huge loss to Bala when they play Connah’s Quay again on Tuesday.

Bala haven’t won a league game at the Deeside Stadium since September 2016 with Lee Hunt’s penalty winning all three points for the Lakesiders.

Recent results in the WPL:
Connah’s Quay: ➖✅✅✅❌
Bala Town: ❌➖➖✅✅

Cefn Druids v The New Saints | Tuesday – 14:30

The New Saints extended their unbeaten run in the league to five games after putting seven goals past Druids on Boxing Day, including a fantastic hat-trick courtesy of Ryan Brobbel.

TNS are now only a point behind Connah’s Quay after they were beaten by Bala on Boxing Day. The Saints are four points behind league leaders Barry following 19 games.

The hammering on Boxing Day was the worst defeat of the season for Druids who are a point behind Met in 8th.

Druids haven’t beaten TNS at home in the league in over a decade (August 2007)!

Recent results in the WPL:
Cefn Druids: ❌➖❌✅❌
The New Saints: ✅➖➖✅✅

Llandudno v Caernarfon | Tuesday – 14:30
The race for the top six continues as the Cofis climb up into sixth after their 3-3 draw with Llandudno on Saturday.

Sean Eardley was not impressed with Caernarfon’s performance after the draw and the Cofi’s manager will demand more from this team as they push for a top six finish.

Things aren’t looking good for Llandudno – twelve games without a win in the league.

The sides have never met at the Giant Hospitality Stadium in the WPL.

Recent results in the WPL:
Llandudno: ❌❌❌❌❌
Caernarfon: ✅✅➖✅❌

Carmarthen v Llanelli | Tuesday – 17:15

Two sides who are near the bottom of the league go head to head at Richmond Park for the first time in the WPL since the 2012/12 season.

Llanelli have extended the margin between themselves and Llandudno in the race to avoid relegation following the draw game with Carmarthen on Boxing Day – every point is important for Andy Hill’s men by now!

The point also means that the Old Gold are now only two points behind Cefn Druids in 9th and three points behind Met in 8th.

Llanelli haven’t beaten Carmarthen in the league since September 2011.

Recent results in the WPL:
Carmarthen: ❌✅➖➖➖
Llanelli: ✅➖❌❌➖