It is fair to say that things haven’t gone at all to plan for either of these teams over the last few weeks, with The Lakesiders on a run of three straight defeats in the league and Aberystwyth having not picked up a point since their opening fixture against Barry Town United.
Colin Caton’s men have now conceded eight goals without reply in The JD Welsh Premier League, which is incredibly unlike one of his sides, but they’re just missing any luck in front of goal because Bala have been dominating possession and territory for large periods in their last few games without ever really challenging the goalkeeper.
For Aber, Nev Powell’s men performed better against Bangor City last weekend, but a crazy finish to the game saw the score go from 1-1 after 88 minutes to The Seasiders losing 3-2 by full-time.
A result is much-needed for both of these sides, and as the only fixture contested on Friday night, be sure to get down to Maes Tegid and check this one out.
Finally, Carmarthen Town get to return home to Richmond Park, with their 3G pitch project having been completed on schedule, in time to welcome reigning JDWPL Champions The New Saints to contest the first Welsh Premier League fixture on the surface.
Mark Aizlewood’s target of going into this game with six points from their lengthy six-match away trip to start the season hasn’t been met, but boy they’ve had a very tough run of fixtures to contest with and, had they been a bit more fortunate, they could well have even surpassed that target.
Facing The New Saints at Richmond Park last year saw Carmarthen stop the champions’ incredible domestic unbeaten streak, and no doubt Aizlewood will be hoping for a performance of that magnitude from his side again this time around, but facing Scott Ruscoe’s men and overcoming them will be incredibly tough.
The Seasiders’ first JDWPL defeat of the season came last weekend at the hands of The New Saints at Park Hall, as Alan Morgan’s men lost 1-0 in a game where Dave Roberts starred in goal for the visitors in keeping the deficit to a minimum and giving Llandudno a real chance to get back into the game.
Unfortunately that didn’t quite materialise and a loss was the eventual result, but against Cefn Druids this weekend at home Llandudno will have an opportunity to get back to winning ways.
Facing The Ancients, however, is always a tough task, and Druids will be coming into this one absolutely bursting at the seams with confidence, one would imagine, as they thumped Bala 3-0 last time out despite having to soak up a lot of pressure from the visiting Lakesiders.
It promises to be a very intriguing game on the northern coast so make sure you get down to Llandudno to catch this one if you’re in the area!
After losing out to The Nomads last weekend on Deeside, it is back to Cyncoed for The Students this weekend where they have proved ever so formidable in the league, with Prestatyn Town making the trip down to the capital to be hosted by Christian Edwards’ men.
Both sides will be content at the very least with their start to the season, surely, as Prestatyn find themselves on six points with Cardiff Met on 10 at this early stage, but both will perhaps rued a lack of a clinical edge at times throughout the season, with some great chances at picking up further points being squandered at this early stage.
To say that is quite picky, however, as following promotion Prestatyn have done very well in the circumstances, and nobody has told Cardiff Met what this supposed Second Season Syndrome actually is, apparently, as the Cyncoed outfit have just picked up where they left off from last season and put in some remarkable performances.
How will these two sides get on in their first-ever meeting tomorrow? You know what to do! Get down to Cyncoed and find out.
With their 100% home record still intact and The Citizens on a real high after taking top spot, now perhaps isn’t the best time to face Bangor City, but that is the task Gavin Chesterfield’s Barry Town United have to deal with on Saturday afternoon as they make their way north.
Admittedly, fatigue could well be a factor for Bangor after the rearranged fixture against The Nomads in midweek, but Kevin Nicholson should certainly have the squad to cope with that as The Dragons come to town.
What a unique challenge Barry pose though. It has been a strong return to JDWPL level for Chesterfield’s charges, with seven points after six games a very creditable return for a newly promoted side looking to make a foothold in this division for the long-term, and with Kayne McLaggon in the kind of form he is in, could the three points be on their way back to Jenner Park with Barry after Saturday’s showdown?
In The Top Six after six games, Chris Hughes will surely be pleased with where his side find themselves at this stage of the season and, having been in attendance at The Bangor University Stadium on Tuesday night, will have seen first-hand what small weaknesses there are in The Nomads’ armour to exploit.
For Andy Morrison, he cut a very frustrated figure after Tuesday’s encounter where he said that Bangor had outdone The Nomads in most aspects of the game – particularly in the second half – so expect a response from them at Latham Park on Saturday evening.
Live on S4C, Dylan Ebenezer and co. will be on hand to present and take you through what is sure to be another fascinating live fixture of JD Welsh Premier League football.