JD Cymru Premier weekend preview

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The top four go head to head this weekend as Connah’s Quay face The New Saints on Friday night before league leaders Barry Town travel to Caernarfon on Saturday.

Friday, 1 November

Cardiff Met v Pen-y-bont | Friday – 19:45
After winning only one of their last eight games, Cardiff Met need a victory if they are to avoid the possibility of dropping into the bottom six.

Pen-y-bont are in a more serious struggle as Rhys Griffiths’ side have only won of their last 12 games.

Pen-y-bont are the only Cymru Premier team without a clean sheet this season, but they’re also the only club to have scored in all of their league games so far.

Cardiff Met won the reverse fixture with Will Evans, Dylan Rees and Mael Davies all on target for Christian Edwards’ side at the KYMCO Stadium back in August (Pen 1-3 Met).

Recent league form:
Cardiff Met: ✅➖➖❌❌
Pen-y-bont: ✅❌➖❌❌

Bala Town v Newtown | Friday – 19:45
Following two tough fixtures against Barry Town and The New Saints, Bala Town’s next five league games are against teams from the bottom half, beginning with Newtown on Friday.

But the Robins are now only two points behind Cardiff Met in the race for the Top Six after their 1-0 win against the students last Friday.

Newtown have the lowest attacking record in the league this season (11 goals in 12 games), Chris Hughes’ side managed to scrape a 1-0 win against Bala Town earlier this season through a late George Harry strike.

Both clubs have a short recovery time following their Nathaniel MG Cup quarter final fixtures on Tuesday night where Bala Town knocked out Prestatyn while Newtown were beaten on penalties by STM Sports.

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

Connah’s Quay v The New Saints | Friday – 20:00 (S4C)
Two of the big guns meet at Deeside on Friday for the first time since the Saints beat the Nomads 3-0 in the Welsh Cup final back in May.

Connah’s Quay gave TNS a real title challenge last season but fizzled out at the end with Scott Ruscoe’s Saints ending the season 12 points clear of Andy Morrison’s men, but it’s the Nomads who lead the Saints by one point ahead of this weekend.

The Nomads remain unbeaten in the league this season, but the Saints could still climb to the top of the league with a win on Friday and if Barry fail to beat the Cofis on Saturday.

Only two points separate the top three, and with Connah’s Quay facing a trip to Barry Town next weekend it’s going to be a crucial couple of weeks in the title race.

Recent league form:
Connah’s Quay: ✅✅✅✅➖
The New Saints: ❌❌✅✅✅

Saturday, 2 November

Airbus UK v Aberystwyth | Saturday – 14:30
There’s two ways of looking at Aberystwyth’s recent form – on one hand the Black & Greens are unbeaten in five games in all competitions, but on the other hand they are without a league win since August (8 games).

Airbus have lost eight of their 12 league games this season, but Steve O’Shaughnessy’s side did beat Aberystwyth in the reverse fixture at Park Avenue (Aber 1-2 Air).

Airbus will have the wind beneath their wings as they have won their last three games against Aberystwyth.

Aberystwyth beat Carmarthen in the Nathaniel MG Cup on Tuesday night, following up on their impressive draw against Connah’s Quay over the weekend – but failing to beat the likes of Carmarthen, Pen-y-bont and Airbus in the league over the last two months means that Aber are down to 10th place.

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

Caernarfon v Barry Town | Saturday – 14:30
Barry Town start the weekend as league leaders with a game in hand, but they’ll be preparing for a tough test at the Oval where Caernarfon are yet to lose a Cymru Premier fixture this season.

These teams played out a goalless draw at Jenner Park earlier this season (Caernarfon and Bala Town are the only clubs to pick up points against Barry Town this season).

Barry Town have not lost a league game away from home since losing 3-0 at Newtown back in March.

Gavin Chesterfield’s Dragons face a gruelling couple of weeks as they welcome Connah’s Quay to Jenner Park next Saturday – and if they can remain unbeaten through these two games then that will surely please the Barry boss.

Recent league form:
Caernarfon: ✅✅❌❌✅
Barry Town: ✅✅✅➖✅

Carmarthen v Cefn Druids | Saturday – 14:30
After a disappointing spell, the Druids have turned things around recently winning their last two games, climbing up to 8th position only five points behind Cardiff Met in the race for the Top Six.

Carmarthen remain rock bottom as they are still without a win in the league, and a cup exit at the hands of Aberystwyth on Tuesday will only have added to their woes.

The Old Gold have failed to score in their last three outings, and have only scored twice in their last six games which will be of concern to current manager Danny Thomas.

The previous meeting between these sides produced a goal-fest (Cefn 3-3 Carm) with Ramirez Howarth stealing the show with a sensational hat-trick for the Druids at The Rock.

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

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