What a fixture we have this Friday night for you, between two of the league’s heavyweights! Colin Caton’s Bala Town appear to be firing on all cylinders at the moment after overcoming a tricky spell earlier in the season, and they welcome Andy Morrison’s Nomads to Maes Tegid this Friday evening for a fixture that could have big implications at both ends of the top six.
The Nomads currently sit level on points with Scott Ruscoe’s reigning champions The New Saints at the top of The JD Welsh Premier League standings, with goal difference the only thing keeping TNS ahead at the top presently, whereas Bala are seven points further back in sixth place – seven points covering six places, just wow! – and will be looking to close the gap on the sides above them with Llandudno breathing down their necks two points behind in seventh.
The Lakesiders have impressed massively in recent weeks, overcoming Llandudno last week for their fourth consecutive victory in The JDWPL, whereas The Nomads were typically efficient in their win over Prestatyn Town last weekend which saw them take their undefeated streak to six games – currently the longest in the league.
With TNS not in JDWPL action this weekend, instead flying the flag for Wales in The Irn Bru Scottish Challenge Cup, this is a great chance for The Nomads to take top spot in the short-term, whereas Bala can close the gap on a top four separated by just two points at present. Lots on the line, don’t miss this one!
It is no secret that these two sides are finding it very tough going at the moment in The JD Welsh Premier League for one reason or another, with neither Mark Aizlewood’s Carmarthen nor Chris Hughes’ Newtown having tasted JDWPL victory since MD5 back in early September.
A 5-0 defeat for Carmarthen last weekend will have been very difficult to take for everyone involved at The Old Gold, as Cardiff Met cantered to victory at Cyncoed, especially after doing so well the previous week against Bala Town at Richmond Park and only narrowly losing out to a Jordan Evans wonder goal.
Returning to Richmond Park this weekend, Aizlewood’s men need to start making home advantage count, as they’re yet to pick up a single point at home since the completion of their 3G pitch project.
Newtown, following the defeat of Aberystwyth Town at the hands of Bangor on Tuesday, will perhaps have been buoyed by the fact that Neville Powell’s side losing will enable The Robins to creep out of the relegation zone on goal difference if they win in Carmarthenshire on Saturday afternoon. Head to Richmond Park on Saturday afternoon to see how this one pans out!
With defeat at Connah’s Quay last weekend following on from Aberystwyth’s victory at Bastion Gardens in MD11, this is the first time this season that Neil Gibson’s Prestatyn Town go into a league fixture having lost back-to-back JDWPL games.
Obviously The Seasiders would ideally not want to have lost two games in succession at any point in the season, but for a newly-promoted side to get to this point in the season before suffering that particular statistic, every credit to them for their efforts!
Cardiff Met travel up to Prestatyn on Saturday afternoon having cantered to an emphatic victory over Carmarthen last weekend, but they’ll be very wary of playing a tough, organised Neil Gibson side on their own grass pitch after being given a good game by The Seasiders down at Cyncoed earlier in the year.
Again, with TNS out of action this weekend in the league, it is a great chance for The Students to try and make top spot their own if results go their way, and for Prestatyn they have a great chance here to open up a gap on the teams fighting to stay out of the relegation places and close in on those fighting for fifth and sixth position!
Finally, we turn to the fixture between two sides that have dominated the media when it comes to JDWPL coverage over the last week or so, as The New Saints’ conquerors Barry Town United welcome Llandudno FC’s new boss Iwan Williams to Jenner Park for his first game as manager of The Seasiders.
What a game we have in store here! Barry Town United only just came up short when they travelled up to Maesdu Park to face a Llandudno side then managed by Alan Morgan who came out of the fixture as 1-0 winners – interestingly, that was Morgan’s last JDWPL win as Llandudno manager, so can Barry Town United be Iwan Williams’ first win as boss of the club?
The Dragons, quite possibly – and understandably so – still on cloud nine after their 1-0 victory at Park Hall last weekend, will simply be concentrating on themselves, going about their business and adapting to the challenges put in front of them. Williams’ Caernarfon side played a very attacking brand of football – can he bring that to Llandudno even in just a week’s worth of training? It’ll be interesting to see – Jenner Park is the venue for this one, so don’t miss it!