Join the Sgorio crew for a live game in the JD Welsh Premiership from Latham Park this Saturday, 15 December – Kick-off 7.30.
Two teams that have surprised the commentators – for very different reasons -will be meeting up in mid Wales.
Many predicted a difficult period for Newtown but the Robins have had a good first half season.
On the other hand, there were great expectations of Llandudno after increasing in strength over the summer, but the northerners are still in the doldrums and the pressure is mounting.
Newtown v Llandudno | Saturday – 19:30 (S4C)
Latham Park will host the live game this weekend as the Robins host Llandudno hoping to keep their unbeaten home record in the WPL intact.
But there was a shock at Newtown last Saturday as the Robins fell to a 1-2 defeat to Huws Gray club Rhyl in the Welsh Cup third round.
After two seasons in the Bottom Six, Newtown start the weekend in 6th place, determined to claim a top half finish this year.
Llandudno on the other hand, are bottom of the league after a frustrating run of 10 league games without a win (lost 9, drawn 1) – their longest run without a win in the WPL.
Llandudno started the season with a solid back-line, keeping four clean sheets in six games, conceding only three goals – a run which included their goalless draw at home to Newtown.
But after back to back wins against Barry and Cardiff Met in September, the Seasiders have hit a wall, and its been a long three months without a league win for Iwan Williams’ side.
In the eight seasons since the 12 team league structure change, the club at the bottom of the table at the halfway point has finished in the bottom two on seven occasions (7/8), BUT… only four of those seven have been relegated due to other clubs failing to secure a domestic license.
So half of the teams who were bottom of the WPL after 16 games have managed to avoid relegation!
Bangor are the only club to be at the bottom at the halfway point and manage to finish outside the relegation zone – 10th in 2014/15.
Llandudno won their third round Welsh Cup tie against Briton Ferry Llansawel last weekend – could that be the win they needed to kick-start their great escape?!
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