JD Cymru Premier weekend preview

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One point separates the top two – two points separate the bottom three – and two clubs are level on points in the race for the final play-off spot, which means it’s going to be a crucial weekend in the JD Cymru Premier.

Friday, 14 February

Aberystwyth v Airbus UK | Friday – 19:45
Airbus UK will be looking to lift off the bottom of the table as they head to Park Avenue on Friday night – the only ground where the Wingmakers have won away from home this season.

Steve O’Shaughnessy’s men are on a run of 13 games without a win and need to turn the corner quickly if they are to avoid relegation.

In the last meeting between the two sides Aberystwyth claimed a 1-5 away win at the Group Hollingsworth Stadium which was their biggest away win since September 2016.

Previous meetings:
Airbus UK 1-5 Aberystwyth (02/11/19)
Aberystwyth 1-2 Airbus UK (07/09/19)

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

Connah’s Quay v Caernarfon | Friday – 19:45
The Nomads will be determined to keep the pressure on The New Saints who are only a point above Connah’s Quay in the race for the title.

Caernarfon are on a disappointing run after picking up only one point from a possible 18 in their last six league games (drawn 1, lost 5).

Connah’s Quay have netted 10 goals in their last two home games against Caernarfon (CQ 4-2 Cfon / CQ 6-2 Cfon).

Previous meetings:
Connah’s Quay 4-2 Caernarfon (15/10/19)
Caernarfon 0-0 Connah’s Quay (23/08/19)

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

Bala Town v The New Saints | Friday – 20:00 (S4C)
Back in August, Bala Town secured their first ever league win against The New Saints, and another victory this Friday could leave the Lakesiders only three points behind the champions.

The league’s top two goal-scorers will be going head to head as Chris Venables (20) and Greg Draper (18) both set their sights on the Golden Boot.

Following their defeat to Newtown last weekend, The New Saints have lost five league matches in a season for the first time since 2007/08.

Previous meetings:
The New Saints 1-0 Bala Town (25/10/19)
Bala Town 3-1 The New Saints (23/08/19)

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

Saturday, 15 February

Carmarthen v Cardiff Met | Saturday – 14:30
Carmarthen are out of the bottom two, but remain level on points with 11th placed Pen-y-bont in the battle for survival.

Cardiff Met will be hoping to hold their place at the top of the Bottom Six following a run of four consecutive victories in all competitions.

The Old Gold have a good record against Cardiff Met this season after securing one win and one draw against the students in the first phase.

Previous meetings:
Cardiff Met 0-3 Carmarthen (16/11/19)
Carmarthen 2-2 Cardiff Met (07/09/19)

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

Cefn Druids v Pen-y-bont | Saturday – 14:30

After watching his side beat Airbus on Friday night, Cefn Druids’ new boss Stuart Gelling will take the reins for the first time this weekend.

Pen-y-bont have only won one of their last 10 league matches, with that win coming at the Rock against the Ancients in January.

There was plenty of excitement in both matches between the two sides in the first phase of the season – the away side winning 2-3 in both matches with the home side finishing with 10 men on both occasions.

Previous meetings:
Cefn Druids 2-3 Pen-y-bont (11/01/20)
Pen-y-bont 2-3 Cefn Druids (27/10/19)

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

Newtown v Barry Town | Saturday – 14:30
Newtown and Barry will do battle for the fourth time this season at the weekend after the Robins dumped Barry Town out of the Welsh Cup third round back in December.

Newtown’s shock victory away at TNS last weekend saw Chris Hughes’ men start the second phase of the season in style, whilst Barry were left frustrated against Connah’s Quay after Kayne McLaggon was sent off in their home defeat.

Perhaps challenging for a top two spot is out of both clubs’ reach by now, but finishing 3rd could be enough to a secure a spot in Europe (as Barry did last season), meaning that this could potentially be the target for these two clubs going forward.

Previous meetings:
Barry Town 0-1 Newtown (07/12/19) Welsh Cup 3rd round
Barry Town 0-1 Newtown (30/11/19)
Newtown 2-3 Barry Town (05/10/19)

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

Highlights of all the weekend’s action will be on Sgorio on Monday night at 5:30 on S4C.