It has been a dream week so far for Gavin Chesterfield’s Dragons, we think it is fair to say! A backs-against-the-wall victory over Bangor City at The Bangor University Stadium last weekend was followed up by a 4-2 win over Afan Lido in The Nathaniel MG Cup on Tuesday night, but can they make it three wins from three when they head to Park Avenue on Saturday afternoon?
It was 1-1 at Jenner Park when these two sides met in their opening fixture of the season back in August and since then both teams have had quite contrasting fortunes in The JD WPL.
Whilst three wins and three narrow defeats have followed for Barry since that first fixture, one draw and five defeats has been Aberystwyth’s story of the season since then in the league, with Airbus UK Broughton knocking them out of The Nathaniel MG Cup on Tuesday night.
With their sole focus now on the league for an extended period, and a positive draw against Bala Town at Maes Tegid to build on from their last league fixture, could Aber spark somewhat of a resurgence in this fixture on Saturday? Get down to Ceredigion to find out!
The Citizens won’t squander many more chances this season than they did against Barry last weekend. Take nothing away from Mike Lewis and the defenders lining up in front of him for The Dragons at Bangor last Saturday, they were excellent, but Bangor had their fair share of top chances and they didn’t take any of them as Barry converted what was more or less their only real chance of the game to take a 1-0 win.
Disappointed is a word that would quite fairly describe the feelings of the Bangor management team after the game, and they’ll certainly be going into this game against The Lakesiders at Maes Tegid looking to put the Barry defeat firmly in the rear-view mirror.
For Colin Caton’s men, they’re not in the best of form at the moment, but Bala for large spells in their recent games have shown a lot of positive signs and surely they’ll bounce back from a fairly slow start soon. Could a Gwynedd Derby be the perfect catalyst to get The Lakesiders back to their best? You can have that question answered by making your way to Maes Tegid on Saturday afternoon.
The Ancients and The Robins are doing quite well at the moment, aren’t they? For Huw Griffiths’ side, they’ve really found their stride after having to play some tough teams in the opening few games – Alec Mudimu’s goal in particular is a demonstration of the confidence this side are playing with at the moment – and Newtown are on a role, too, discounting their very narrow defeat to Connah’s Quay last weekend.
Successive league victories at home to Bala and away to Llandudno are no mean feat for the Cefn Mawr outfit, and they welcome Newtown to The Rock on Saturday afternoon with both sides pretty high on confidence.
Newtown progressed to the last eight of The Nathaniel MG Cup on Tuesday afternoon with victory over Holywell Town, and they’ll face a rematch of last season’s quarter-final with Carmarthen Town in the next round at Richmond Park in a few weeks, but can they keep their fairly positive run in the league going until then? Getting a result at The Rock will certainly help them along the way.
A slender loss to Cardiff Met at Cyncoed last weekend was Prestatyn’s fate, but to be fair to Neil Gibson’s side not many teams are going to come away from the capital with points this season if The Students continue their current form, so they shouldn’t be too deflated in defeat.
Returning to Bastion Gardens could be the perfect remedy for the newly-promoted side, and they welcome Carmarthen Town to the North Wales coast on Saturday afternoon who have shown some very positive signs at times during their recent games after a difficult start to the season comprised of numerous consecutive away games.
Their return to Richmond Park last week didn’t go too well for The Old Gold, who were thumped by The New Saints, but prior to that came the emphatic victory over Bala Town and since then Mark Aizlewood’s side have also found their way into The Nathaniel MG Cup quarter-finals, so perhaps Carmarthen can start to turn things around in the coming weeks. A victory, or even a positive result, in Prestatyn would certainly help their cause.
Cardiff playing at Cyncoed usually doesn’t spell good news for whoever the visitors are on any given weekend, but Llandudno have started the season very strongly so could they put an end to The Students’ unbeaten record at home so far this season?
The two losses inflicted upon Christian Edwards’ men so far have come away from home to Bala Town and Connah’s Quay Nomads, with the only points dropped at home coming against The New Saints in a 0-0 draw. Wins at home against Bangor and Prestatyn, as well as away to Cefn Druids and Aberystwyth are what The Students have to show for their efforts otherwise this season, so certainly it is a set of very creditable results.
Llandudno, after a superb start to the season, are level on points with Met and only trail on goal difference at this present time, but following an unbeaten run of five games to start the season which saw The Seasiders top the league, two defeats in their last two games mean Llandudno will be very keen for a result at Cyncoed to keep chase with the top boys in the division at this early stage. If you’re in and around the capital on the weekend, why not warm up for Wales’ game on Monday by going to watch this one?
With The New Saints competing in The Irn Bru Cup on Saturday – keep an eye out for our piece with their manager Scott Ruscoe, previewing their clash with Elgin City – this fixture against The Nomads has been rearrange for next week, but we have a funny feeling that it’ll be well worth the wait!
A point is all that separates these two heavyweights at this stage of the season in the standings, with TNS top on 16 points and The Nomads one back in second, and in truth throughout most of their clashes in recent times it has only been the finest of margins that has separated either side on the pitch too, with The New Saints just having that touch more of a clinical edge in helping them take victories from these clashes.
Having avenged their recent JD WPL defeat to Bangor City by knocking The Citizens out of The Nathaniel MG Cup at The Deeside Stadium on Tuesday, The Nomads’ confidence will be sky-high, especially after their win against Newtown and factoring in that The New Saints have an extra game to play against Elgin. Andy Morrison’s men will be as fired up as ever for this one. Can they get a win against Scott Ruscoe’s champions?