JD Cymru Premier weekend preview

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After three games each, half of the Cymru Premier clubs remain unbeaten, but that will surely change over the weekend.

Friday, 30 August

Carmarthen v Barry Town | Friday – 19:45
Barry Town are level on points with Bala Town and Cardiff Met at the top of the league table.

Carmarthen on the other hand have had a slow start, but picked up a crucial point away from home against Connah’s Quay on Monday afternoon (1-1).

It’s been almost 20 years since Carmarthen last beat Barry Town back in March 2000 (Carm 3-2 Barr), and the Dragons have won each one of their last seven matches against the Old Gold since 2016.

League record:
Carmarthen: ❌❌➖
Barry Town: ✅✅➖

Cefn Druids v Aberystwyth | Friday – 19:45
Cefn Druids are one of the six clubs that remain unbeaten after one win and two draws in the Cymru Premier this season.

Aberystwyth will be hoping to redeem themselves after an embarrassing defeat at the hands of TNS on Monday (Aber 1-10 TNS), which equalled the record for the heaviest home defeat in Cymru Premier history.

The Ancients haven’t lost any of their last four meetings with Aberystwyth (won 3, drawn 1), and Huw Griffiths’ side have won their last four home matches against the Black & Greens.

League record:
Cefn Druids: ➖✅➖
Aberystwyth: ✅❌❌

Cardiff Met v Newtown | Friday – 19:45
Another two clubs who are unbeaten go head to head on Friday, although Newtown will feel that they possibly should have won their home games against Cefn Druids and Pen-y-bont.

The Robins travel to Cyncoed Campus in search of their first win away from home against Cardiff Met.

Like both Bala and Barry, the Archers have picked up seven points from two wins and one draw so far this season.

League record:
Cardiff Met: ➖✅✅
Newtown: ➖✅➖

Bala Town v Connah’s Quay | Friday – 19:45
Bala Town start the weekend on top of the table, on alphabetical reasons alone!

Bala and Barry’s record are exactly the same following their 2-2 draw at Jenner Park on Monday.

The Nomads are unbeaten, but with only three points from their three draws Andy Morrison will feel slightly disappointed with his side’s results.

Connah’s Quay have won their last three matches against Bala Town, and have only lost one of their last 14 games against Colin Caton’s Lakesiders.

League record:
Bala Town: ✅✅➖
Connah’s Quay: ➖➖➖

Airbus UK v Caernarfon | Friday – 20:00 (S4C)
Airbus UK and Caernarfon are two of the five clubs that are still searching for their first Cymru Premier win this season.

The Wingmakers have been performing well, but Steve O’Shaughnessy’s side will need to start picking up points sooner rather than later if they are to avoid a relegation scrap.

Caernarfon have also played decently but have struggled in front of goal, scoring only once in their opening three fixtures..

Almost 12 years have flown by since Caernarfon last won a top flight game at the Airfield (Air 1-2 Cfon – October 2007).

League record:
Airbus UK: ❌❌❌
Caernarfon: ❌➖➖

Saturday, 31 August

The New Saints v Pen-y-bont | Saturday – 14:30
Scott Ruscoe expected a reaction from his players following their first ever league defeat to Bala Town last Friday, and the manager got his wishes on Monday as the Saints struck ten past a helpless Aberystwyth on Monday afternoon.

TNS hit ten at Park Avenue to equal the league record for an away victory (Aber 1-10 TNS).

Pen-y-bont picked up their first point in the Cymru Premier away at Newtown on Monday (1-1), but it should be a much sterner test for the new-comers at Park Hall on Saturday.

League record:
The New Saints: ✅❌✅
Pen-y-bont: ❌❌➖

Highlights of all the weekend’s action will be on Sgorio every Monday at 5:35 on S4C.