JD Cymru Premier weekend preview

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On the final weekend before the split will it be Newtown, Cefn Druids or Cardiff Met who will make the cut and reach the Top Six…

Saturday, 18 January

Aberystwyth v Pen-y-bont | Saturday – 17:15
Both clubs enjoyed impressive away wins against higher placed oppositions last weekend as Aberystwyth and Pen-y-bont prepare for the second half of the season in the Bottom Six.

Last Friday, Aberystwyth beat Caernarfon for the first time since November 2008, while Pen-y-bont won 2-3 away at The Rock.

The reverse fixture between these side finished as a 1-1 draw with Kostya Georgievsky cancelling out Wees Baynes’ delightful free-kick with a last minute equaliser.

Recent league form:
Aberystwyth: ✅❌➖❌✅
Pen-y-bont: ❌❌➖➖✅

Cardiff Met v Caernarfon | Saturday – 17:15
After an absurd last minute winner against Bala Town on Saturday, Cardiff Met are still in the race for the Top Six, but would need to beat Caernarfon and hope that Newtown lose against Airbus.

The Cofis are on a disappointing run having not won in four games and not scoring in their last three outings – but Sean Eardley’s side have still managed to secure a Top Six spot for the second season on the bounce.

These clubs have only met four times since the Cofis’ return to the top flight – Caernarfon have won the three league fixtures, but Cardiff Met winning possibly the most important game between the teams which was the play-off semi final at the Oval back in May.

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

Bala Town v Cefn Druids | Saturday – 17:15
Cefn Druids missed the opportunity to climb up to 6th as they lost 2-3 against Pen-y-bont on Saturday, and now their fate lie in the hands of Newtown and Cardiff Met.

The Druids would need to win away at Bala for the first time in the Cymru Premier and rely on favours from Airbus and Caernarfon if they were to sneak back into the Top Six.

The Lakesiders were dealt a blow in their title bid as they were beaten in stoppage time at Cardiff Met last Saturday.

Recent league form:
Bala Town: ✅❌✅✅❌
Cefn Druids: ✅➖❌❌❌

Barry Town v Carmarthen | Saturday – 17:15
Despite being on a run of three games without defeat, Carmarthen remain joint bottom with Airbus UK.

Barry Town haven’t lost any of their last 16 meetings with Carmarthen, since losing 3-2 at Richmond Park almost 20 years ago!

In their last 11 outings, only once have Barry Town managed to score more than one goal a game, but the Dragons have never lost at home to the Old Gold in the Cymru Premier.

Recent league form:
Barry Town: ❌✅➖✅❌
Carmarthen: ❌❌✅➖➖

Newtown v Airbus UK | Saturday – 17:15 (S4C)
A point would be enough for Newtown to secure the final place in the Top Six, but a defeat against Airbus would open the door for Cardiff Met or the Druids to capitalise.

Airbus are on a run of 11 games without a win (drawn 2, lost 9) and Steve O’Shaughnessy’s Wingmakers are in danger of dropping straight back down into the JD Cymru North.

But the Broughton boys did win the reverse fixture back in October (2-0), which was Airbus’ most recent win, and their biggest win this season.

Recent league form:
Newtown: ✅✅➖✅❌
Airbus UK: ❌➖❌❌➖

The New Saints v Connah’s Quay | Saturday – 17:15
The top two go head to head at Park Hall with only one point separating the two sides on the final weekend before the split.

It finished 1-1 between these two teams at the Deeside Stadium back in November, but the Saints are unbeaten in their last five meetings with the Nomads.

Connah’s Quay will be looking for their first away win against TNS in the Cymru Premier in over 24 years (October 1995).

Recent league form:
The New Saints: ✅❌✅✅✅
Connah’s Quay: ❌✅✅✅✅

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