Sgorio’s Facebook page is once again the place to be this Thursday night as The Dragons of Barry Town United and The Old Gold – who secured what JDWPL fans voted as the best result of the weekend last time out, thumping Bala 4-0 at Maes Tegid – face off in front of the Sgorio cameras.
Gavin Chesterfield’s men once again came up just short on their latest trip to North Wales against Llandudno, with Mike Williams’ crisp volley proving the difference between the two sides, so they’ll be keen to get back to Jenner Park and follow up on their last great home result against Newtown.
For Mark Aizlewood’s Carmarthen, what can you say about a team that had previously registered no points in four games before going on to Bala Town, facing last season’s JD Welsh Cup winners, and comfortably winning 4-0? It’s a remarkable result to say the least in the circumstances, and perhaps The Lakesiders were somewhat caught off guard following Carmarthen’s blistering start to the game, but it won’t be that way this Thursday as, if they weren’t before then Barry will certainly now be well aware of what they’re going to be facing.
A rematch of last season’s Nathaniel MG Cup Semi-Final, this one is set to be great! Don’t miss it.
The second of two Thursday night fixtures this week, unfortunately you won’t be able to catch Cefn Druids and Bala on Facebook Live this time around, but if last season’s fixture at this venue is anything to go by then you have one big reason to make the trip down to The Rock and watch the game, with last season’s iteration turning out to be a spectacular 4-4 draw.
The Ancients are just starting to find their feet, it would seem, and tightening up a few key areas could see Huw Griffiths’ side really start to kick on and rediscover the form and play that saw them end last season so strongly. The losses to The New Saints and Cardiff Metropolitan were admittedly somewhat heavy, but those opponents are two of the most fearsome in the league, and even within those games there were positives for Druids to take.
As for The Lakesiders, to say they’ll have a point to prove in this game after last Saturday’s outing wouldn’t be a stretch of the imagination at all, as it’s not often you’ll find them on the end of a 4-0 drubbing against anyone at this level. Colin Caton’s men will possibly be more motivated than ever for this fixture, and with that in mind you can expect a big performance to follow. Don’t miss it!
It is a first for The Seasiders to go into a fixture with The New Saints leading Scott Ruscoe’s men as opposed to trailing them in the standings, but that is the situation Llandudno find themselves in at this point, ahead of the reigning champions by three points at the top of the table at this early stage of the season.
The table-topping Llandudno had to grind out a victory against Barry Town United last time out as the visiting Dragons did their utmost to come away from The Giant Hospitality Stadium with some points, but it wasn’t quite to be and Morgan’s men extended their lead at the top of the table.
For TNS, they made the lengthy trip down to the capital last Friday to face off against Cardiff Metropolitan and all we can say is this – don’t let the 0-0 fool you, as that was one fantastic game of football, with both sides having great chances to secure victory, although the draw was probably the fairest result.
Last season particularly, The New Saints secured convincing and high-scoring victories over Llandudno in the league, but given The Seasiders’ start to the season, will that change this week? Get down to Park Hall and find out!
JD Welsh Premier League Legend Neville Powell is set to make his first appearance against former club Bangor City since returning to management over the summer in the Park Avenue dugout, and Sgorio’s cameras will be there to broadcast it live on S4C.
Kevin Nicholson in the opposite dugout will be well aware of Powell’s fabled status within the league, and the history he made when leading The Citizens, but The Citizens are flying at the moment so it is sure to be a very difficult reunion for Powell with his former club.
A 4-0 defeat at Latham Park last weekend won’t have done Aber any good confidence-wise, but the Ceredigion outfit can only get better as the weeks go on with Powell still getting to terms with the side after a very late confirmation as manager of the Park Avenue side coming just a week or two before the new season started.
City’s game with The Nomads at The Bangor University Stadium last week was abandoned after 41 minutes with Bangor in the lead after the floodlights failed on the banks of The Menai Strait, so perhaps The Citizens will be relatively well-rested going into this fixture – one thing is for certain though, with a reunion of this magnitude between such establishments of The JDWPL, Sgorio will be broadcasting a fantastic fixture to watch. Make sure you tune in or get down to Park Avenue to watch the action!
Neil Gibson’s men are starting to find some real momentum and, in truth, it is only very fine margins that have stopped them picking up a more significant haul of points thus far. Two winnable fixtures in terms of chances created which ended up being two 2-2 draws in a row away to Cefn Druids and Llandudno followed a narrow 1-0 loss away with ten men against Bangor City, and you have to wonder if luck had gone their way a bit more, would Prestatyn be five points or so better off now than they are?
Alas, this is the situation they’re in, with five points to show for their first five games, which is something Gibson probably would have taken if offered to him at the start of the season, and they come up against a Newtown side on Saturday who are starting to find some form themselves. The disappointing performance down in Barry two weeks ago aside, Newtown have been good on the whole over the last few weeks, and they’re sat just inside the top six as a result.
It promises to be a very competitive fixture between these two sides who have battled hard for every point they’ve earned so far this term, and of course Gibson and Chris Hughes have plenty of history going back to their time together at the Flintshire club, so get down to the Motion Finance Stadium to watch this one as it will not disappoint!
Arguably the toughest game of the season yet for both of these sides, The Nomads vs The Students may be the last fixture to feature on our preview this week but by no means does that mean it’s the least significant as this will surely be a fantastic clash pitting some top tactical wits and playing styles against each other.
The Nomads have been very good so far this season, picking up from where they left off last term with regards to their defensive stinginess as they lead the division alongside Llandudno in terms of the fewest goals conceded, but also their style of play and tempo has perhaps gone up a notch or two this year so far, so a fearsome foe for any team in the division – particularly at The Deeside Stadium – without a doubt!
For Met, well, what a difference a year makes! Contrast their start to last season with this one, after a season’s experience under their belts, and really the transformation is quite remarkable. Picking up their first ever point against The New Saints last weekend at Cyncoed, Christian Edwards’ side will be on a real high for their trip north, but under no illusions either as to how difficult and different a challenge this will be to facing Scott Ruscoe’s side last week.
In a weekend stacked with superb fixtures and plenty on the line in every game, you’re sure to see a great game wherever you find yourself in The JD Welsh Premier League, no greater perhaps than this one at the home of The Nomads!