JD Cymru Premier weekend preview

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The two at the top go head-to-head at Park Hall on Saturday, but before then the Robins head north to the Canaries’ nest live on S4C this Friday night.

Friday, 27 September

Bala Town v Aberystwyth | Friday – 19:45
Aberystwyth find themselves in poor form having lost five of their last six league games, but their confidence will be higher following their victory against Nathaniel MG Cup holders, Cardiff Met on Tuesday night.

The Black & Greens have won their last three matches against Bala Town, scoring at least three times in each one of those games.

The Lakesiders have also slid down the table after winning only one in five, and Colin Caton’s side have not won at home against Aberystwyth in almost three years (November 2016).

Recent league form:
Bala Town: ➖❌✅❌❌
Aberystwyth: ❌✅❌❌❌

Caernarfon v Newtown | Friday – 20:00 (S4C)
After their 1-0 opening weekend defeat at the hands of the champions, the Cofis have gone on a solid run of six league games without a loss (won 3, drawn 3), their longest unbeaten run in the top flight since 2003.

Newtown have only won one in five, but despite that, a victory at the Oval would put them level on points with Caernarfon.

No club took more points from Caernarfon than Newtown last season with the Robins winning three of their four meetings with the Canaries in 2018/19 (same amount as TNS).

Newtown booked their place in the Nathaniel MG Cup quarter final with a 2-1 win over Pen-y-bont on Tuesday night, while Caernarfon were beaten 1-4 by Cymru North side Prestatyn.

Recent league form:
Caernarfon: ➖✅➖✅✅
Newtown: ➖❌❌✅➖

Saturday, 28 September

Airbus UK v Carmarthen | Saturday – 14:30
For the second consecutive week, Airbus find themselves in a ‘bottom-two six-pointer’ with fellow strugglers Carmarthen.

After their 3-1 defeat at Pen-y-bont last Saturday, Airbus are now bottom of the league, level on points and goal difference with Carmarthen.

The Old Gold are the only club who are without a win in the Cymru Premier this season, and Neil Smothers will be determined to change that at the Hollingsworth Group Stadium.

Airbus were also knocked out of the cup on Tuesday night by Flint Town of the Cymru North, while Carmarthen saw off Briton Ferry Llansawel to reach the quarter final.

Recent league form:
Airbus UK: ❌❌✅❌❌
Carmarthen: ➖❌➖➖❌

Cardiff Met v Cefn Druids | Saturday – 14:30
Cardiff Met are one of the three unbeaten sides in the league and it’s been a fine start for the students who finished 7th last season.

But Met were beaten by Aberystwyth in the Nathaniel MG Cup on Tuesday night, and will hope to get back to winning ways this Saturday.

Cefn Druids have only won once this season and Huw Griffiths’ side are now without a win in their last five games (lost 3, drawn 2).

The home side seems to come out on top when these sides meet as the away team hasn’t won any of the previous six games between the Archers and the Anicents.

Recent league form:
Cardiff Met: ✅✅➖➖✅
Cefn Druids: ➖❌❌➖❌

The New Saints v Barry Town | Saturday – 14:30
Park Hall will host the crucial top of the table clash as Barry Town start the weekend one point above the champions, The New Saints.

After going seven games without defeat, Barry Town could put out a real statement if their unbeaten run was to continue this weekend.

The Saints have won each one of their home fixtures this season, while Barry Town have won every one of their away games in the league.

Barry have not conceded in their last four matches, but with TNS scoring an average of 3.3 goals per game this season it will be tough to keep them out at their own fortress.

Scott Ruscoe’s side won four of their five games against Barry last season, with the only other meeting finishing 2-2 after Jonathan Hood’s 95th minute equaliser at Park Hall back in February.

TNS were dumped out of the League Cup on Tuesday night, losing on penalties to JD Cymru North side Bangor City.

Recent league form:
The New Saints: ✅✅✅➖✅
Barry Town: ➖✅➖✅✅

Sunday, 29 September

Connah’s Quay v Pen-y-bont | Sunday – 14:30
Following their first ever top flight victory last weekend, Pen-y-bont will be hoping for another strong display as they face Connah’s Quay on Sunday.

The Nomads are one of the three unbeaten sides, but over half of their league matches this season have been drawn (4/7).

The stubborn Connah’s Quay defence have only conceded four goals in seven league games this season, while Pen-y-bont have let in 18 goals.

Recent league form:
Connah’s Quay: ➖✅✅✅➖
Pen-y-bont: ➖❌❌❌✅

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