Nomads pile the pressure on the champions


Connah’s Quay have closed the gap at the top of the table and the Nomads could climb to the summit on Saturday before the Saints travel to the capital on Sunday.

Friday, 28 September

Cefn Druids v Caernarfon | Friday – 19:45
The Druids remain in the bottom two after an injury time sucker-punch saw Huw Griffiths’ 10-men lose 2-1 at Jenner Park last Saturday.

The Ancients have lost five out of seven in the WPL this season, inlcuding an opening weekend 1-0 defeat to Caeranarfon at the Oval.

Sean Eardley will be chuffed with the way the Canaries have coped with their transition into the top flight as Caernarfon are currently sitting nicely in 4th place.

Caernarfon have won and lost alternately so far in the league this season, so they will need to break the pattern if they are to get anything out of the game on Friday.

The clubs haven’t met at the Rock since April 2016 when the Cofis thrashed the Druids 0-7 in the Huws Gray Alliance!

Recent WPL form:
Cefn Druids: ❌✅❌✅❌
Caernarfon: ✅❌✅❌✅

Bala Town v Llandudno | Friday – 19:45
It’s been a relatively frustrating start to the season for both these sides who will aim for nothing less than three points on Friday.

Bala Town were happy with their goalless draw at Park Hall last weekend, but Colin Caton’s crew need to do perform week in, week out if they are to compete with TNS who are now six points above the Lakesiders.

After a slow start, it looked like wins against Cardiff Met and Barry had kick started Llandudno’s season – but a 4-0 defeat at home to Connah’s Quay last weekend has knocked Iwan Williams’ back down to 9th place.

Llandudno haven’t won any of their previous four WPL meetings with Bala Town on Maes Tegid.

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

Llanelli v Newtown | Friday – 20:00
Llanelli have lost their last four league games and need to start picking up points to avoid slipping away from the rest of the pack.

Andy Hill’s Reds have conceded 21 goal in seven WPL games so far (3 goals a game on average).

Newtown will be satisfied with their start to the season as they sit in sixth place.

The Robins have won their three home games, but are yet to win on the road in the WPL this season.

Llanelli have not beaten Newtown at Stebonheath Park in the WPL since their remarkable 9-2 win back in September 2011 (hat-tricks for both Craig Moses and Rhys Griffiths, two goals for Chris Venables and one for Craig Williams)!

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

Saturday, 29 September

Aberystwyth v Barry Town | Saturday – 14:30
Barry Town are enjoying life near the top end of the table after wins against Connah’s Quay, Bala Town, Cefn Druids and Caernarfon this season.

Aberystwyth fell to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of lower league Cambrian & Clydach in the Nathaniel MG Cup on Tuesday night, and Neville Powell will be looking for a reaction from his boys.

The Grenn & Blacks have not beaten Barry at home in the WPL in almost 15 years (December 2003).

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

Connah’s Quay v Carmarthen | Saturday – 14:30
Connah’s Quay could climb above TNS to the top of the table if they manage to beat Carmarthen at the Deeside Stadium on Saturday.

Only one point separate the top two sides who have the exact same record as they did at this stage last season.

The Old Gold start the weekend in 10th position having lost their three away games in the WPL this season.

Connah’s Quay keeper, John Danby is set to make his 100th WPL appearance and has kept 39 clean sheets in his 99 league games for the Nomads to date.

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

Sunday, 30 September

Cardiff Met v The New Saints | Sunday – 12:45 (S4C)
At lunch time this Sunday, Cardiff Met welcome Scott Ruscoe’s side to the Cyncoed Campus as the students look to claim their first ever victory against The New Saints.

The students are into their third season in the WPL, and having fallen at the final hurdle in the play-off final in their last two seasons, they’ll be hoping that it will be a case of third time lucky this year as they set their sights on European qualification.

But Met haven’t been at their best recently, losing four of their last five WPL matches.

The New Saints start the weekend on top of the league, and the Oswestry outfit are aiming for their eighth consecutive WPL title.

The champions are on a run of five league matches without defeat, and without conceding a single goal (won 4, drawn 1).

Having only conceded two goals in seven WPL matches, TNS have the best defensive record in the league, as well as the best attacking record with 22 goals scored and an average of over three goals per game.

Nine months have passed since the Saints beat Cardiff Met in the League Cup final (1-0), but the following two meetings between the sides were both drawn.

Join the Sgorio crew at 12:30 for live coverage from the capital.

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

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