JD Cymru Premier weekend preview

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Barry Town’s George Ratcliffe and Sion Spence have been called up to the Wales u21 squad, which means that Barry’s game against Pen-y-bont has been postponed this weekend, leaving the rest of the pack with a chance to close the gap on the league leaders.

Friday, 11 October

Cefn Druids v Newtown | Friday – 19:45
The Druids have dropped into 10th position following a run of six games without a win, and after their disappointing display against Bala Town last Friday night, Huw Griffiths’ side must up their game if they are to avoid a relegation scrap.

Things haven’t been going smoothly for Newtown lately either as the Robins have only won one of their last seven league games.

It should be a tight affair at the Rock as the last six meetings between these sides have ended in a draw.

Recent league form:
Cefn Druids: ❌❌➖❌❌
Newtown: ❌✅➖❌❌

Saturday, 12 October

Aberystwyth v Cardiff Met | Saturday – 14:30
After flying out the blocks, and although they remain unbeaten, Cardiff Met’s strong start has fizzled out slightly as the students have only won one of their last five games in all competitions.

Aberystwyth had lost four league games on the bounce before their draw at Pen-y-bont last Friday, but after conceding in the 90th minute, Gavin Allen stated that the draw felt like another defeat.

But the Green & Blacks did manage to beat Cardiff Met in the Nathaniel MG cup third round last month (Met 0-1 Aber), knocking out the holders on their own patch.

Recent league form:
Aberystwyth: ❌❌❌❌➖
Cardiff Met: ✅➖➖✅➖

Bala Town v Carmarthen | Saturday – 14:30
Bala Town could potentially climb up to 2nd place on Saturday as the Lakesiders aim to make it four wins in a row.

Carmarthen are the only team not to win any of their opening nine league games this season, and with manager Neil Smothers taking a time-out from his duties it’s a time of uncertainty for the Old Gold.

Bala have won each of their last three meetings with Carmarthen since they were beaten 0-4 at Maes Tegid back in October 2017.

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

The New Saints v Airbus UK | Saturday – 14:30
The New Saints have lost their last three games in all competitions, dropping down to fourth place, seven points behind Barry Town.

The reigning champions have not kept a clean sheet in their last eight league games – their longest run since the 2008/09 season.

TNS have scored 13 goals in their last three games against Airbus (4.3 goals a game), and the Wingmakers have never won at Park Hall.

Recent league form:
The New Saints: ✅➖✅❌❌
Airbus UK: ✅❌❌✅➖

Tuesday, 15 October

Connah’s Quay v Caernarfon | Tuesday – 19:45
Connah’s Quay will be concentrating on their Scottish Challenge Cup fixture over the weekend, but after their match against Partick Thistle the Nomads face a tough test against the Cofis on Tuesday night.

Only one point separates the two teams who have both been in fine form this season – Connah’s Quay remain unbeaten in the league this season, while Caernarfon haven’t lost since the opening weekend (8 league games).

The reverse fixture ended goalless back in August with Leo Smith missing a first half penalty for the Canaries.

Recent league form:
Connah’s Quay: ✅✅➖✅✅
Caernarfon: ➖✅✅✅✅

Highlights of all the weekend’s action will be on Sgorio every Monday at 5:30 on S4C.