JD Cymru Premier weekend preview

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Only four points separate the top five in the Cymru Premier and the two front runners go head-to-head at Jenner Park this Saturday, while Cefn Druids hope to secure their fourth consecutive win to go level on points with Cardiff Met in the race for the Top Six.

Friday, 8 November

Newtown v Caernarfon | Friday – 19:45
After a comfortable win over unbeaten Barry Town last weekend the Cofis will be looking to go level on points with the league leaders on Friday night.

Caernarfon have nine games left before the league split, and all those fixtures are against clubs that are lower than the Cofis in the table.

In the race for the Top Six, Newtown are only three points behind Cardiff Met who sit in 6th place.

Newtown have the lowest scoring record in the league this season (11 goals in 13 games), and the Robins need to start finding the net if they’re to avoid a third consecutive defeat against the Canaries.

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

Aberystwyth v Bala Town | Friday – 20:00 (S4C)
Aberystwyth hit five times at the Airfield last Saturday to secure their first league win since August.

Since losing 2-0 against Bala Town in the reverse fixture Aberystwyth are unbeaten in their last six games in all competitions.

Aberystwyth have won six games this season (in all competitions), but only once have they won at home (first league game of the season vs Carmarthen).

This will be the second of Bala Town’s run of five games against clubs from the bottom half of the table, and if Colin Caton’s side can win all those games then they certainly won’t be far off the summit.

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

Saturday, 9 November

Airbus UK v Pen-y-bont | Saturday – 14:30
The two newly promoted sides meet this Saturday in an all-important fixture at the wrong end of the table.

Pen-y-bont have won only once in 12 league games this season, and that victory came against Airbus back in September (Pen 3-1 Air).

Airbus have lost nine out of 13 league games this season (equal with Carmarthen for the highest amount), and O’Shaughnessy’s side have had the least amount of draws (1).

Despite the slow start, Pen-y-bont are the only club to score in every one of their league games this season, but they’re also the only team yet to secure a clean sheet this term.

Recent league form:
Airbus UK: ➖❌✅❌❌
Pen-y-bont: ❌➖❌❌➖


Cefn Druids v Cardiff Met | Saturday – 14:30
After winning three Cymru Premier games on the bounce for the first time since 2003, another win for Cefn Druids on Saturday would put them level on points with Cardiff Met in 6th position.

Cardiff Met have only won one of their last nine games in all competitions, but on the other hand, only the top two have lost less league games than Met this season (2).

Late goals have been costly for Christian Edwards’ side recently – in their last three home games Cardiff Met have dropped five points in injury time after conceding late on against The New Saints, Connah’s Quay and Pen-y-bont.

Half of the students’ league games this season have finished in draws (6/12), and the Archers need to turn those draws into wins if they’re to hold on to their place in the Top Six.

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

Barry Town v Connah’s Quay | Saturday – 14:30
The two at the top who are level on points meet at Jenner Park on Saturday in a massive game in the title race.

Connah’s Quay start the weekend as league leaders – the only unbeaten side left in the Cymru Premier – and after failing to beat Barry Town last season, Andy Morrison will be determined to get one over on Gavin Chesterfield.

Barry Town, who have a game in hand, lost in the league for the first time this season at Caernarfon last Saturday.

But the Dragons were without six midfielders last weekend (Jordan Cotterill, Clayton Green, Troy Greening, Sion Spence, Callum Sainty, Robbie Patten), and their most missed absentee was possibly young impressive keeper, George Ratcliffe.

Recent league form:
Barry Town: ✅✅➖✅❌
Connah’s Quay: ✅✅✅➖➖

The New Saints v Carmarthen | Saturday – 14:30
Carmarthen are still waiting for their first win of the season and it would be a big shock if they were to finally get that win at Park Hall this weekend.

The Old Gold haven’t won at Oswestry in seven years (November 2012), and the champions have scored 25 goals in their last five games against Carmarthen (average of five goals per game).

The New Saints are only one point behind the two at the top, therefore a draw at Jenner Park would give Scott Ruscoe’s side the chance to climb to the summit.

TNS have the best scoring record in the league (2.6 goals per game), and the Cymru Premier joint top scorer, Greg Draper will look to add to his tally (10 goals), as the experienced frontman has netted six times in the last four games against Carmarthen.

Recent league form:
The New Saints: ❌✅✅✅➖
Carmarthen: ❌❌➖❌❌

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