JD Cymru Premier weekend preview

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Halfway to the split and a gap has started to open between the top and bottom half of the JD Cymru Premier league table.

Friday, 25 October

Aberystwyth v Connah’s Quay | Friday – 19:45
Connah’s Quay climbed to the summit following their fortuitous late win against Cardiff Met last weekend.

Down by the bottom, Aberystwyth are eager to pick up some points after seven league games without a win.

The Nomads have won their last four league meetings with Aberystwyth scoring 16 times in the process (4 goals per game).

Recent league form:
Aberystwyth: ❌❌➖➖➖
Connah’s Quay: ➖✅✅✅✅

Newtown v Cardiff Met | Friday – 19:45
It’s been said that the current top and bottom six is unlikely to change but Newtown will hope to have something to say about that as they look to close the five point gap between themselves and Cardiff Met in the 6th position.

Cardiff Met were unlucky to concede a late own goal against Connah’s Quay last Saturday as they fell to their first league defeat of the season.

The home side has won the last six meetings between these clubs and as the students have only won one of their last seven games, Chris Hughes will be licking his lips at the opportunity to take a step towards the Top Six.

Recent league form:
Newtown: ➖❌❌✅❌
Cardiff Met: ➖✅➖➖❌

The New Saints v Bala Town | Friday – 19:45
The New Saints will be determined to get their own back at Bala this Friday after the Lakesiders enjoyed their first ever league win against the champions earlier this season (Bala 3-1 TNS).

Bala Town are on a run of five games without defeat and a win this weekend would lift Colin Caton’s men above TNS into the 3rd position.

But The New Saints boast the best attacking record in the league (32 goals in 11 games), 10 goals more than the second-best team, which is Bala Town (22 goals).

Recent league form:
The New Saints: ✅❌❌✅✅
Bala Town: ❌✅✅✅➖

Saturday, 26 October

Caernarfon v Carmarthen | Saturday – 14:30
Following a fine run of eight league games without defeat, Caernarfon have now lost two on the bounce and dropped down to 5th place.

But the Canaries are in a much better position than Carmarthen who sit bottom of the table having not won any of their opening 11 matches.

There have been no clean sheets in the last nine meetings between these sides since January 2006 (Cfon 0-2 Carm).

Recent league form:
Caernarfon: ✅✅✅❌❌
Carmarthen: ❌❌❌❌➖

Barry Town v Airbus UK | Saturday – 14:30
Barry start the weekend trailing table toppers Connah’s Quay by one point, but have a game in hand.

Gavin Chesterfield’s Dragons remain unbeaten in the league, while Airbus have the joint highest amount of losses this season (7).

Barry and Airbus have never met at Jenner Park in the top flight as they’ve managed to narrowly avoid each other over the years – Barry Town were relegated in 2003/04 while Airbus were promoted, and when Barry regained their place at the end of the 2016/17 season, Airbus were relegated.

Recent league form:
Barry Town: ✅✅✅✅➖
Airbus UK: ❌✅➖❌✅

Sunday, 27 October

Pen-y-bont v Cefn Druids | Sunday – 14:30
Afetr seven games without a win, Cefn Druids’ disappointing run finally came to an end last Friday as a James Davies double helped the Ancients to a 3-1 win against the Cofis.

Pen-y-bont might have only won one of their 10 league games, but they are the only Cymru Premier side to have scored in every game this season.

It’s at the other end that they’re struggling as Pen-y-bont are the only club still waiting for their first clean sheet of the campaign.

Recent league form:
Pen-y-bont: ❌✅❌➖❌
Cefn Druids: ➖❌❌❌✅

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