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Cai Thomas

Cai Thomas

Friday, 5 Apr 2019, 13:19

Things are hotting up at both ends of the table as the Welsh Premier League season nears its climax. A win for Carmarthen would see both Llandudno and Llanelli relegated from the top flight of Welsh football.

At the top end of the table, the Nomads have a great chance to shorten the gap to just one point between themselves and league leaders TNS with a win in Caernarfon on Friday night.

Friday night, 5 April

Aberystwyth v Llanelli | Friday night – 19:45

With only four league games remaining, Welsh Premier League safety is out of Llanelli’s hands.

Even if the Reds beat Aberystwyth, a Carmarthen win against Llandudno would be enough to send Andy Hill’s men down.

Llanelli must win to avoid relegation on Friday night.

After announcing the return of Matthew Bishop as manager, Aber will be hoping his experience can push the team all the way in the race for seventh place.

Two points is all that seperates Met and Aber, meaning that a win on Friday night would lift Bishop’s boys above met in the table until atleast Saturday.

Llanelli are currently enduring a horrendous run of results in the league – they’ve lost five games in a rown in the WPL whilst Aber have four wins in five – ominous signs for Llanelli?

Aberystwyth beaten llanelli in every game thye’ve played this season, scoring at least 3 goals in each of these fixtures.

The prolific striker Geoff Kellaway has scored in all three of these games for Aber.

Gemau diwethaf:
Llanelli 2-4 Aberystwyth (08/02/19)
Llanelli 1-3 Aberystwyth (26/10/18)
Aberystwyth 3-1 Llanelli (31/08/18)

Recent results in the WPL:
Aberystwyth: ✅❌✅✅✅
Llanelli: ❌❌❌❌❌

Caernarfon v Connah’s Quay | Friday night – 19:45 (Facebook Live)

As domestic football in Wales draws to a close, it’s fair to say that anything less than three points will be insufficient for Andy Morrison’s men, especially when considering TNS’ blistering form. The Nomads are four points behind TNS with four games remaining.

A win for the Canaries would leave them level on points with Newtown (4th) as the Cofis attempt to secure a home fixture for the play-offs.

Since the WPL split in January, the Cofis have found it difficult against the league’s big guns.

In their last five games, the Cofis have only won once whilst the Nomads have only lost one in five in the league.

A little over a month has passed since Sgorio’s cameras captured the last battle between Caernarfon and Connah’s Quay at the Oval – Rob Hughes’ stupendous effort into the stanchion and Michael Wilde’s second half tap-in was enough to secure the Nomads’ place in the Welsh Cup Semi-Finals.

Andy Morrison will undoubtedly be hoping for a similar result on Friday.

Recent games:
Caernarfon 1-2 Connah’s Quay (01/03/19) Welsh Cup Quarter-Final
Connah’s Quay 6-2 Caernarfon (08/02/19)
Caernarfon 0-0 Connah’s Quay (26/10/18)
Connah’s Quay 0-1 Caernarfon (12/09/18)

Canlyniadau diwethaf yn UGC:
Caernarfon: ❌❌❌✅❌
Connah’s Quay: ✅➖✅❌✅

Saturday, 6 April

Carmarthen v Llandudno | Saturday – 14:30

Will this be the week where Llandudno’s fate is finally sealed?

A win for the Old Gold at Richmond Park would see Llandudno relegated to the Huws Gray Alliance.

But, after going on a run of 17 games without a win from September-February, things have improved for Tudno.

With two wins and a draw in their last five league games, it’s likely that any Llandudno resurgence will prove to be too little too late.

Carmarthen haven’t been at their best recently – they’ve lost four of their last five league games.
A glimmer of hope for Llandudno perhaps?

Recent games:
Llandudno 3-1 Carmarthen (09/02/19)
Llandudno 1-2 Carmarthen (17/11/18)
Carmarthen 0-0 Llandudno (18/08/18)

Recent results in the WPL:
Carmarthen: ❌✅❌❌❌
Llandudno: ✅❌✅➖❌

Cefn Druids v Cardiff Met | Saturday – 14:30

After the disappointment of losing to Connah’s Quay in the Welsh Cup Semi-Final, Met have a great chance to bounce back at the weekend.

Only two points seperate Met and Aber, which means the Students will have to win at The Rock to stay in seventh if Aber beat Llanelli on Friday night.

Following a good run of results recently, Druids’ place in the league next season has been secured.

Druids have only lost one of their last seven games – vs Met!

Met are enjoying a purple patch in the league at the moment – they’ve won seven of their last nine league games, keeping a clean sheet in all seven of these wins.

Cefn Druids have yet to beat Met this season.

Gemau diwethaf:
Cardiff Met 3-0 Cefn Druids (10/02/19)
Cefn Druids 1-1 Cardiff Met (20/10/18)
Cardiff Met 1-0 Cefn Druids (18/08/18)

Recent results in the WPL:
Cefn Druids: ❌✅✅➖✅
Cardiff Met: ✅✅❌✅✅

Bala Town v Barry Town | Saturday – 14:30

Despite missing out on the Welsh Cup final, Barry have the opportunity to secure a place in Europe on the weekend.

If the Dragons come away with a point or more at Bala and if Newtown lose vs TNS, Barry will secure third place.

The 7-0 loss to TNS on Wednesday was the heaviest WPL defeat in Bala’s history. Colin Caton will undoubtedly be looking for a positive response on Saturday.

The two sides have been poor in the league lately – only one win in their last five league games for both Bala and Barry.

Scoring goals seems to be Bala’s biggest problem at the moment – they’ve only scored five goals in six games since the split – Steven Tames’ injury has had a clear effect on the Lakesiders’ performances.

Bala have only won once since the split – against Barry a few weeks ago.

Recent games:
Barry Town 0-2 Bala Town (16/03/19)
Bala Town 0-1 Barry Town (27/10/18)
Barry Town 3-2 Bala Town (19/08/18)

Recent results in the WPL:
Bala Town: ❌❌✅❌❌
Barry Town: ➖➖❌❌✅

Newtown v The New Saints | Saturday – 14:30

It was Seventh Heaven for TNS at Bala on Wednesday – their resounding win at Maes Tegid has opened up a gap of four points at the top of the league with only fourg games left top play.

Scott Ruscoe’s men will go into Saturday’s game full of confidence – TNS haven’t lost on Latham Park since Boxing Day 2013!

If Connah’s Quay lose to Caernarfon on Friday, TNS could potentially go seven points clear at the top of the table with a win on Saturday.

Newtown are the opposition – a side that have failed to beat TNS this season.

It will certainly be a challenge for the Saints on the weekend – Newtown have only lost one league game at home this season – Latham Park has proved to be a stronghold for the Robins this season.

Before the game on Saturday, 148 days will have passed since TNS last lost a league game (0-1 vs Caernarfon, 09/11/18)!

Recent games:
The New Saints 5-0 Newtown (08/02/19)
The New Saints 4-0 Newtown (04/01/19)
Newtown 1-1 The New Saints (27/10/18)

Recent results in the WPL:
Newtown: ❌✅➖✅❌
The New Saints: ➖✅✅✅✅

Highlights of all the weekend’s action will be on Sgorio every Monday afternoon at 5.35