Welsh Premier League Preview

The battle at the top of the Welsh Premier League table continues with only a point separating league leaders Connah’s Quay Nomads and Barry Town United. The Sgorio cameras will be at Jenner Park this Saturday as Gavin Chesterfield’s Barry Town face Caernarfon Town in the 7:35 kick off.

Friday, 21 December

Aberystwyth v Cefn Druids | Friday – 19:45
A win for Aberystwyth will take them to 4th in the league overnight and would leave them within a point of The New Saints.

But if Aber lose, Caernarfon will have the opportunity to leapfrog them in the table, should they beat Barry on Saturday.

Ten points separate Cefn Druids and the top six, meaning it’s almost possible for the Ancients to repeat last year’s achievement of finishing sixth. Huw Griffiths’ men have only won one of their last 8 league games.

Aber’s best league run in three years ended abruptly last weekend as Caernarfon demolished Nev Powell’s boys 4-0 at the Oval.

Druids haven’t won away at Aber since January 2017.

A lovely goal courtesy of James Davies was the difference between the two sides earlier on
in the season – (Cefn 1-0 Aber).
Recent results in the WPL:
Aberystwyth: ✅✅✅➖❌
Cefn Druids: ➖✅❌➖❌

Saturday, 22 December

Connah’s Quay v Cardiff Met | Saturday – 14:30
For the first time in six years, we’re half way through the season in the Welsh Premier League and have a different side to The New Saints leading the pack.

Bangor were the last club (apart from TNS) to top the table after 17 games in 2012/13, but the Citizens finished 3rd in the league that season, 25 points behind the Champions, The New Saints.

The Nomads have only lost one of their last 12 league games (3-0 vs TNS).

Despite Met winning a league game for the first time since October on the weekend, a place in the top six still looks unlikely. The Students are six points behind Newtown in 6thposition and have difficult fixtures on the horizon.

Met have never beaten Connah’s Quay in the league (lost 6, 3 draws). Connah’s Quay won the reverse fixture comfortably at Cyncoed Campus earlier on in the
season – (Met 1-3 Con), Met have however beaten Connah’s Quay since then in
the semi-final of the Nathaniel MG Cup – their first ever win over the Nomads.

Recent results in the WPL:
Connah’s Quay: ✅➖➖✅✅
Cardiff Met: ❌❌❌➖✅

Llandudno v The New Saints | Saturday – 14:30
Things keep getting worse for Llandudno in the JD Welsh Premier League – 11 games without a win for Iwan Williams’ men (lost 10, 1 draw).

TNS need to be careful as the gap between them and the top two is increasing – they’re now 5 points behind Connah’s Quay who lead the table and 4 points behind Barry in second.

Llandudno’s worst ever defeat came against TNS recently (6-1, 17/10/18).

The New Saints have never lost a game against Llandudno (won 9, 1 draw).

The two sides have met twice this season, with TNS scoring a total of 11 goals in the two
games – TNS 6-1 Llno in the WPL, and 0-5 in the Nathaniel MG Cup.

Recent results in the WPL:

Llandudno: ❌❌❌❌❌
TNS: ❌❌✅➖➖

Llanelli v Bala Town | Saturday – 14:30
Llanelli’s disappointing season continued on the weekend after losing 4-0 to Cardiff Met at Cyncoed Campus.

Steven Tames scored again for Bala on the weekend to win an important point for the Lakesiders at Maes Tegid. His goal also saw him become the league’s top scorer with 13 goals.

Three points separate Colin Caton’s boys and TNS in third place, but Bala are only two points above Caernarfon in seventh place.

Llanelli haven’t beaten Bala since December 2012 (1-2 at Maes Tegid).

Bala won the reverse fixture earlier on in the season as Llanelli finished the match with nine
men – (Bala 3-
1 Llni)
.

Recent results in the WPL:
Llanelli: ❌❌✅➖❌
Bala Town: ✅✅❌➖➖

Newtown v Carmarthen | Saturday – 14:30
The Robins are still flying in the league – 4th position and only three points behind TNS.

But, like Bala and Aberystwyth, Newtown will have to be careful with Caernarfon only two points behind and ready to pounce.

Five points still separate the Old Gold and the bottom two after all three sides failed to pick up any points last weekend.
Carmarthen have beaten Newtown in the last three meetings between the two sides.

Luke Bowen scored twice as Carmarthen comfortably beat Newtown in the reverse fixture
at the beginning of the season – (Carm 3-0 New).

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

Barry Town v Caernarfon | Saturday – 19:35 (S4C)
The Dragons continue to surprise this season – only a point behind league leaders Connah’s Quay and four points above TNS in third.

Sean Eardley’s boys are on a 4-match unbeaten run (winning 3, 1 draw). If results go their way this weekend, the Cofis could be in the top six at Christmas.

Barry were well beaten the last time both sides played on Jenner Park with Caernarfon winning 0-5 in 2004!

At the beginning of the same season, Caernarfon’s record win came against Barry. The Cofis won 8-0 at the Oval with James McIlvogue scoring 4 first half goals!

This match is also Barry’s worst ever defeat!

There has yet to be a draw game between the two sides.

Marcus Jones’ stunning goal was the difference between the two sides earlier on in the
season – (Cfon 0-1 Barry).

Recent results in the WPL:
Barry Town: ✅➖❌✅✅
Caernarfon: ❌✅✅➖✅