Four teams aim for the top and a tasty battle between the bottom two awaits in the JD Cymru Premier this weekend.
Aberystwyth v Caernarfon | Friday – 19:45
After their 1-0 opening weekend defeat at the hands of the champions, the Cofis have gone on a solid run of five games without a loss (won 3, drawn 2).
Aberystwyth on the other hand have dropped down to 9th position after losing four of their last five matches.
Caernarfon won 4-0 in the last meeting between these sides, and Aber’s Black & Greens have not scored a league goal against the Canaries since November 2008.
Newtown v Connah’s Quay | Friday – 20:00 (Facebook Live)
The Nomads are on a six match unbeaten streak against the Robins (won 5, drawn 1), and a win at Latham Park on Friday would lift Connah’s Quay to the top of the table overnight.
Connah’s Quay are one of three clubs that remain unbeaten after six games in the Cymru Premier, and unsurprisingly it’s Andy Morrison’s men that boast the best defensive record in the league (conceded only three goals in six games).
So i’t going to be extra challenging for the Newtown’s frontmen on Friday who have managed only five goals in six games so far this season.
Connah’s Quay: ➖➖✅✅✅
Carmarthen v The New Saints | Saturday – 14:30
The Saints failed to capitalise on the chance to go top at the capital on Monday night and were lucky to pick up a point after equalising in the dying seconds against Cardiff Met at Cyncoed Campus (Met 1-1 TNS).
Carmarthen have had a frustrating start to the season and are still waiting for their first win of the campaign (drawn 3, lost 3).
Neil Smothers’ side have lost their last four meetings with The New Saints conceding 19 goals in the process (4.75 goals a game).
The New Saints: ❌✅✅✅➖
Pen-y-bont v Airbus UK | Saturday – 14:30
This promises to be a crucial match at the KYMCO Stadium between the two newly promoted sides who start the weekend in the relegation zone.
Having picked up only a single point so far this season (lost 5, drawn 1), Pen-y-bont are bottom of the league.
Airbus have also lost five of their six games but managed to beat Aberystwyth.
These clubs haven’t met since December 2016 when Pen-y-bont caused an upset by knocking the Wingmakers out of the Welsh Cup with a 4-1 thrashing in the third round.
Airbus UK: ❌❌❌✅❌
Bala Town v Cardiff Met | Saturday – 14:30
Bala Town’s tremendous start to the season seems to have fizzled out, with the Lakesiders winning only one of their last four matches (vs Pen-y-bont) and dropping to fifth place.
Cardiff Met are one of three Cymru Premier clubs who remain undefeated following the first six matches and Christian Edwards’ men will feel disappointed to have conceded so late against The New Saints on Monday night, missing out on the three points and the chance to go joint-top.
The Archers make the long trip up to Maes Tegid for the first time since their play-off final triumph back in May when Eliot Evans’ winning penalty saw the students reach Europe for the first time in the club’s history.
Bala Town: ✅➖❌✅❌
Cardiff Met: ✅✅✅➖➖
Barry Town v Cefn Druids | Sunday – 14:30
Barry Town go into the weekend as league leaders following a remarkable start to the season (4 wins, 2 draws), and Gavin Chesterfield will be hoping to retain the top spot against a side who have only won once this season.
Ramirez Howarth scored an impressive hat-trick for Druids against Carmarthen last weekend, but it wasn’t enough to seal the victory for the Ancients (Cefn 3-3 Carm), and Huw Griffiths’ men have now gone four league matches without a win.
The Dragons enjoyed facing the Druids last season, winning all three meetings (2 Cymru Premier, 1 Welsh Cup).
Barry Town: ✅➖✅➖✅
Cefn Druids: ✅➖❌❌➖
Highlights of all the weekend’s action will be on Sgorio every Monday at 5:35 on S4C.