JD Cymru Premier weekend preview

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With six games left to play in the Cymru Premier season, Connah’s Quay start the weekend four points clear of The New Saints at the top of the table. Two of the bottom three go head-to-head at Broughton on Saturday while Cardiff Met host Cefn Druids in the race to reach the play-offs.

Friday, 13 March

Caernarfon v The New Saints | Friday – 19:45
The Cofis breathed a sigh of relief last weekend as they recorded their first league win in 2020 with a 3-1 victory against Newtown at the Oval.

But there was further frustration for the champions who conceded a late equaliser against Barry Town after failing to turn dominant possession and chances into goals.

The result leaves the Saints on their longest run without a league win since the 2005/06 season (4 games).

Caernarfon have already beaten TNS at the Oval this season, but Scott Ruscoe’s side can’t afford anymore slip-ups if they are to catch up with Connah’s Quay and retain the Cymru Premier championship.

Last meetings:
Caernarfon 1-0 The New Saints (04/10/19)
The New Saints 1-0 Caernarfon (18/08/19)

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

Connah’s Quay v Newtown | Friday – 19:45
Connah’s Quay will feel that they missed an opportunity to open up a six point gap at the summit after they drew 2-2 with Bala Town last weekend.

But Andy Morrison’s men remain four points clear at the top, and after winning their last six home matches against Newtown the Nomads will be full of confidence come Friday

August 2015 was the last time Newtown won away at Deeside (0-2), and after losing their last three games Chris Hughes will expect a reaction from his Robins.

Last meetings:
Connah’s Quay 3-1 Newtown (15/11/19)
Newtown 1-1 Connah’s Quay (20/09/19)

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

Aberystwyth v Carmarthen | Friday – 19:45
Carmarthen were dealt a blow in their bid for survival as they lost at home to bottom side Airbus UK last Saturday.

The Old Gold are now three points from safety but have a game in hand over 10th placed Pen-y-bont.

Aberystwyth have only lost one of their last 10 meetings with Carmarthen, with five of those games ending in draws.

Last meetings:
Carmarthen 0-3 Aberystwyth (29/10/19) Nathaniel MG Cup
Carmarthen 0-0 Aberystwyth (18/10/19)
Aberystwyth 3-2 Carmarthen (16/08/19)

Recent league form:
Aberystwyth: ✅❌✅❌➖
Caerfyrddin: ➖❌✅✅❌

Saturday, 14 March

Airbus UK v Pen-y-bont | Saturday – 14:30
It’s another huge game down the bottom as Airbus look to climb within a point of Pen-y-bont.

But Rhys Griffiths’ men are on a good run having won their last two without conceding a goal, and they have already done the double over the Wingmakers this season.

Airbus will feel rejuvenated after securing their first win since October but still have a long way to go if they are to avoid the drop.

Last meetings:
Airbus UK 1-2 Pen-y-bont (09/11/19)
Pen-y-bont 3-1 Airbus UK (21/09/19)

Recent league form:
Airbus UK: ➖❌❌➖✅
Pen-y-bont: ✅❌❌✅✅

Barry Town v Bala Town | Saturday – 16:30
It’s 4th vs 3rd at Jenner Park, and since finishing 3rd has been enough to secure European football in the last five years there’s certainly plenty to play for between now and the end of the season.

A win for Barry would close the gap between them and Bala to four points, and with a game in hand, Gavin Chesterfield could start dreaming about another European adventure.

Both fixtures between these sides were drawn in the first phase, and after both teams drew again last weekend, another draw wouldn’t be a bad bet on Saturday.

Last meetings:
Bala Town 1-1 Barry Town (19/10/19)
Barry Town 2-2 Bala Town (26/08/19)

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

Cardiff Met v Cefn Druids | Saturday – 17:15 (Facebook/Youtube)
With both teams level on points in the 7th and 8th positions this will be a vital game in the race for the play-offs.

Both Met and the Druids have failed to win any of their last two league fixtures and will be determined to get the upper hand in the Bottom Six.

Cardiff Met finished 7th last season and qualified for Europe through the play-offs, and it was Cefn Druids who won the play-offs the previous year, beating the students in the final.

Last meetings:
Cefn Druids 2-1 Cardiff Met (03/12/19)
Cardiff Met 2-1 Cefn Druids (23/11/19)

Recent league form:
Cardiff Met: ✅✅✅➖❌
Cefn Druids: ❌✅✅❌➖

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