Cymru Premier Friday night preview

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With a full set of fixtures taking place on Friday and again on Monday it’s going to be a busy couple of days for the Cymru Premier sides.

Friday, 23 August

Caernarfon v Connah’s Quay | Friday – 19:45
After an opening weekend defeat at the hands of the champions, things won’t be getting much easier for Caernarfon this Friday as they face last season’s runners-up at the Oval.

The Cofis felt a little disappointed to leave Park Hall empty handed after a promising performance against The New Saints (TNS 1-0 Cfon).

Connah’s Quay didn’t get off to a perfect start either, as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Cardiff Met on Saturday.

These clubs met five times last season and their head-to-head record was equal – Caernarfon won twice, Connah’s Quay won twice and the other game was drawn.

Cefn Druids v Airbus UK | Friday – 19:45
Airbus make the short journey to The Rock on Friday as they go searching for their first Cymru Premier victory since 2017.

After conceding twice in the first half against Bala Town last weekend, Airbus raised their game in the second half and proved that they will be no push-overs this season (Air 1-2 Bala).

It finished goalless between Newtown and the Druids last Friday – the sixth consecutive draw between the two sides!

Airbus may have won a couple of cup games at The Rock in recent years, but it’s been over a decade since they last won a league game at the home of the Druids (December 2008).

Pen-y-bont v Cardiff Met | Friday – 19:45
Pen-y-bont were frustrated not to get anything out of their first match in the top flight after controlling long periods of the game against Barry Town last Friday (Pen 1-2 Barr).

But Rhys Griffiths can certainly take some positives from a solid display, especially considering how Llanelli, the previous club that was promoted from the Cymru South, ended up losing 7-0 in their opening fixture last season.

Met manager, Christian Edwards will be satisfied with his side’s point away from home at Connah’s Quay on Saturday, but the students will be expecting nothing less than three points this Friday.

The last meeting between the sides was back in December 2017 when Cardiff Met won 1-3 at the KYMCO Stadium in a Welsh Cup third round tie.

Bala Town v The New Saints | Friday – 19:45
Both clubs tasted victory on the opening weekend, but at least one of these sides will lose their 100% record this Friday.

The champions will be favourites as they knocked seven past Bala on their last visit to Maes Tegid, which was the Lakesiders’ heaviest defeat since joining the Cymru Premier (Bala 0-7 TNS).

Bala Town’s new shot-stopper, Josh Tibbetts impressed on his Cymru Premier debut, and Louis Robles, Lee Molyneux and Steve Leslie also made an impact in their first league game for Colin Caton’s side.

The New Saints have not lost any of their 32 meetings with Bala Town in the Cymru Premier (won 21, drawn 11, lost 0).

Barry Town v Aberystwyth | Friday – 19:45
Both Barry and Aber also won on the opening weekend, and at least one of the clubs will lose their 100% record on Friday.

Aberystwyth manager Matthew Bishop was happy with the performances of attackers Marc Williams and Luke Boundford against Carmarthen as their goals helped Aber to go top of the league after the first matchweek (Aber 3-2 Carm).

Barry have yet to lose against Aberystwyth since returning to the Cymru Premier in 2017 (4 wins, 2 draws).

The last time Aber won at Jenner Park was in 2003 when Marc-Lloyd Williams and Bari Morgan scored for the Black & Greens (0-2).

Carmarthen v Newtown | Friday – 20:00 (S4C)
The Old Gold welcome Newtown to Richmond Park on Friday with both sides looking for their first win of the season in the Cymru Premier.

The Robins must keep a close eye on Liam Thomas on Friday – the talented striker has five goals in his last four appearances against Newtown and has scored 14 goals in his last 13 Cymru Premier outings.

Following a goalless draw at home to Cefn Druids last weekend, Newtown manager Chris Hughes will be hoping that his new attackers Lifumpa Mwandwe, Ian Sheridan and George Harry can supply a goal threat come Friday night.

Carmarthen are unbeaten in their last four matches against Newtown – they’ve not lost against the Robins since November 2017 (Carm 0-2 New).

Highlights of all Friday’s fixtures will be on Sgorio this Monday at 5.35 on S4C.