WPL weekend preview

Only three points separate the clubs in the three horse race for the WPL championship, and the title contenders will be live on Sgorio this weekend with Barry Town hosting Connah’s Quay on S4C on Saturday night before The New Saints take on Caernarfon at the Oval live on Facebook on Monday night.

Friday, 22 February

Bala Town v Newtown | Friday – 19:45
After several postponements Bala Town return to WPL action this weekend, five weeks since their last league match.

The Lakesiders lost all three of their WPL fixtures in January, conceding at least three goals in all three games and Colin Caton’s side are without a clean sheet in the league since November (Bala 3-0 Met).

Newtown have lost eight of their 13 away games this season (62%), and have not won a league game away at Maes Tegid in almost four years, since April 2015.

With a place in the top three an unlikely scenario for both clubs, they will be starting to prepare for the play-offs, while Bala also have one eye on their Welsh Cup quarter final against Cardiff Met in two week’s time.

Last meetings:
Bala Town 3-2 Newtown (12/10/18)
Newtown 2-0 Bala Town (01/09/18)

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

Saturday, 23 February

Aberystwyth v Cardiff Met | Saturday – 14:30
This game promises to be a tasty fixture and will prove to be a crucial one in the race for the playoffs between both teams who are in 7th and 8th place respectively.

A win for the students would increase the points gap they have over Aberystwyth by eight points – this would then prove to be a very hard task for any team to catch up with the Cardiff based team.

Cardiff Met have won 3-0 in five of their last six league games and have beaten Aberystwyth 3-1 in the Welsh Cup during this run.

The forward Adam Roscrow has most definitely found his scoring boots as he has netted eight goals in Cardiff Met’s last eight matches.

Aberystwyth have lost eight out of their last ten matches but with a fifteen point advantage over the bottom two sides, Aber seem to be rather safe to prepare for another season in the Welsh Premier League.

Cardiff Met have beaten Aberystwyth in everyone of their last three meetings in the Welsh Premier League at Park Avenue.

Last meetings:
Aberystwyth 1-3 Cardiff Met (26/01/19) Welsh Cup Fourth Round
Cardiff Met 2-3 Aberystwyth (11/11/18)
Aberystwyth 1-4 Cardiff Met (17/08/18)

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

Carmarthen v Cefn Druids | Saturday – 14:30
There were two valuable wins for both teams last weekend to pick them up even higher from the bottom two.

The Druids haven’t lost a league game at Richmond Park since March 2015.

James Davies has scored the winning goal for the Druids on their last two visits to Richmond Park.

The Old Gold have been found guilty of using an ineligible player in a League game against Llanelli Town and therefore have been deducted three points.

Last meetings:
Carmarthen 2-3 Cefn Druids (10/11/18)
Cefn Druids 4-0 Carmarthen (15/09/18)

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

Llandudno v Llanelli | Saturday – 14:30
The relegation scrap between the bottom two sides at The Giant Hospitality Stadium is a must win match for both teams.

Llanelli have had the better of Llandudno twice this season with James Loveridge netting three goals in two games against the Seasiders in the first phase.

Llandudno will be without their manager Iwan Williams for the rest of the season after the club released a statement confirming that Williams had been granted compassionate leave.

Last meetings:
Llanelli 2-1 Llandudno (05/01/19)
Llandudno 1-2 Llanelli (06/10/18)

Recent WPL form:
Llandudno: ❌❌➖✅❌
Llanelli: ✅❌➖❌❌

Barry Town v Connah’s Quay | Saturday – 19:30 (S4C)
Two of the top three go head to head live on Sgorio at Jenner Park on Saturday as the race for the title heats up.

With eight league games remaining, only three points separate Barry Town (3rd) and the table toppers, Connah’s Quay.

Barry have won 10 of their 11 home games in the WPL this season with only TNS winning away at Jenner Park so far.

Connah’s Quay start the weekend top of the table, but despite being at the summit, Andy Morrison’s Nomads have not kept a clean sheet in their last 11 matches, since beating Llandudno 3-0 on the 1st of December.

Jonathan Hood’s rocket of a free kick secured a point for Barry against The New Saints last Saturday to keep Gavin Chesterfield’s boy firmly in the title race.

Last meetings:
Connah’s Quay 2-2 Barry Town (10/11/18)
Barry Town 2-0 Connah’s Quay (01/09/18)

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

Monday, 25 February

Caernarfon v The New Saints | Monday – 19:45 (Facebook Live)
Sgorio will be live at The Oval ond Monday night as TNS go on the huntg for three points in their bid to retain the WPL title.

TNS’ impressive run of seven consecutive wins came to and end in dramatic fashion last Saturday when Jonathan Hood’s late equaliser stunned the champions.

But the Saints are still unbeaten in the league since their last meeting with Caernarfon back in November.

Despite losing to the Cofis at Park Hall in November, the Oswestry outfit have not lost away from home against Caernarfon in the WPL in over 20 years (December 1998).

Last meetings:
The New Saints 0-1 Caernarfon (09/11/18)
Caernarfon 0-3 The New Saints (31/08/18)

Recent WPL form:
Caernarfon: ✅✅✅❌❌
The New Saints: ✅✅✅✅➖

Highlights of all WPL fixtures will be on Sgorio every Monday at 5:30 on S4C.