JD Cymru Premier weekend preview

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The first month of the season has flown by and there’s a familiar look to the table since The New Saints climbed to the summit following their midweek win against Newtown.

Friday, 13 September

Connah’s Quay v Aberystwyth | Friday – 19:45
Connah’s Quay are one of three clubs that remain unbeaten in the league, but the Nomads are three points behind TNS in the fifth position after three frustrating draws in August.

Andy Morrison’s men have followed up the three draws with three wins in all competitions, winning 1-0 against Bala Town and Cefn Druids in the league as well as another 1-0 victory against Cove Rangers in the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup.

Connah’s Quay boast the best defensive record in the league after conceding only twice in five games – but they also have the lowest scoring record after netting only four times.

Aberystwyth have lost three of their last four games and have not won at the Deeside Stadium in almost four years.

League record:
Connah’s Quay: ➖➖➖✅✅
Aberystwyth: ✅❌❌✅❌

Saturday, 14 September

Airbus UK v Barry Town | Saturday – 14:30
Airbus’ season finally took off last Saturday as they departed Park Avenue with the three points (Aber 1-2 Air) – it was the Wingmakers’ first Cymru Premier win since March 2017, which also came against Aberystwyth.

Barry start the weekend one point behind the league leaders after going unbeaten in their first five matches (won 3, drawn 2).

Airbus and Barry have never met in the top flight as they’ve managed to narrowly avoid each other over the years – Barry Town were relegated in 2003/04 while Airbus were promoted, and when Barry regained their place at the end of the 2016/17 season, Airbus were relegated.

League record:
Airbus UK: ❌❌❌❌✅
Barry Town: ✅✅➖✅➖

Caernarfon v Pen-y-bont | Saturday – 14:30
Despite winning only one of their opening five fixtures, Caernarfon start the weekend in the top half.

No club has scored less goals than the Cofis (4) who have failed to find the net in three of their five league games to date.

Pen-y-bont dropped to the bottom of the table following their 6-1 defeat at home to Bala Town, and although Rhys Griffiths’ men have scored in every league game, Pen-y-bont are still waiting for their first win in the Cymru Premier.

League record:
Caernarfon: ❌➖➖✅➖
Pen-y-bont: ❌❌➖❌❌

Cefn Druids v Carmarthen | Saturday – 14:30
After a strong start to the season the Druids have slid to 8th spot following two consecutive defeats.

Carmarthen are second from bottom after failing to record a win so far (drawn 2, lost 3).

Cefn Druids won three of their four games against Carmarthen last season.

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

Newtown v Bala Town | Saturday – 14:30
Like the Druids, Newtown’s strong start has faded seeing the Robins fall to 9th position after two defeats on the bounce.

And just like Connah’s Quay and Caernarfon, the Newtown have only managed four goals in their five opening games.

But only TNS (16) have scored more than Bala (13) in the league, with Chris Venables leading the top scorer chart with goals to his name.

Bala Town won three of their five meetings with Newtown last season, including their play-off semi final victory at Latham Park back in May (New 1-2 Bala).

League record:
Newtown: ➖✅➖❌❌
Bala Town: ✅✅➖❌✅

Monday, 16 September

Cardiff Met v The New Saints | Monday – 20:00 Facebook Live
On Monday night, two of the front runners will go head-to-head at Cyncoed Campus as the students welcome the Saints with only one point separating the two sides.

Cardiff Met recorded a comfortable 4-1 victory when the Saints visited Cyncoed last September, which was the Archers’ first ever win against the Oswestry outfit.

That was the Saints’ heaviest league defeat since losing 5-2 to Bangor City on the opening weekend of the 2017/18 season.

The New Saints conceded 31% of their goals last season against Cardiff Met (5/16).

Cardiff Met are one of three clubs that remain unbeaten in the league after five games, but Christian Edwards was unimpressed with his players’ attitude in their last outing against Carmarthen which saw the students share the points with the Old Gold.

League record:
Cardiff Met: ➖✅✅✅➖
The New Saints: ✅❌✅✅✅

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