Date: Tue 12 Jan 2016

Dafabet WPL Matchday 22 Preview

Its the end of Phase One in the Dafabet WPL with five clubs battling it out for the last two space in the Top Six of Phase Two.

As we know the WPL clubs play each other twice in the first phase of the 2015/16 competition (22 matches) and the league then splits into Top Six (Championship Conference) and Bottom Six (Play-Off Conference), with the clubs in those groups playing each other twice again (10 matches) to make a 32 fixture league season.

During the second phase no club in the bottom six may finish higher than seventh, no matter how many points are gained during the split stage. Our clubs finishing in third to seventh place will then take part in a Play-Off to determine who gains the third UEFA Europa League spot in 2016/17. Should the JD Welsh Cup Winners be amongst those clubs, the eighth placed club would be invited into the Play-Offs.

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Aberystwyth Town, Bangor City and Carmarthen Town all must win to have any chance making the Top Six in Phase Two of this season's competition. A point should be enough for gap Connah's Quay and Newtown to cement their place in the Championship Conference (permitting heavy scorelines with gap v TNS and Carmarthen v Rhyl).

If any of the clubs are level on points to determine the final two places for the Championship Conference it will come down to goal difference, then goals for and if need be matches won.


Saturday 16th January

Aberystwyth Town v Newtown AFC (17:15)

Live on S4C

Eighth place Aberystwyth Town welcome Newtown to Park Avenue in front of the Sgorio cameras live on S4C this Saturday knowing that they must win (by a number of goals too) to have any real chance of securing a Top Six spot for Phase Two. Last time out the Seasiders lost out to Port Talbot Town 1-3 which means the club have lost their last three matches at home.

Newtown realistically need a point to guarantee their Championship Conference position for Phase Two (unless there is a massive win by Carmarthen Town). The Robins have failed to win in their last two away matches with their recent outing amounting to a 3-0 defeat to Bangor City last Friday night.

Earlier in the season Aberystwyth and Newtown played out a 0-0 at Park Avenue back in October.

The previous six encounters at Park Avenue has seen Aberystwyth win three, two draws being played and Newtown winning once. It was a 1-0 win for Aberystwyth back in October 2014 thanks to a Chris Venables penalty. In Phase Two, Aberystwyth edged it with a 3-2 win in January 2015 thanks to goals from Mark Jones, Ross Stephens and Sion James.

Seasiders Dafabet WPL Form

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Robins Dafabet WPL Form

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Bala Town v MBi Llandudno (17:15)

Bala Town sit proudly in second place already knowing they'll be challenging amongst the Top Six in the second half of the season. It almost didn't go their way on Saturday as they trailed 0-2 to Haverfordwest County before three goals from Mike Hayes, Sam Rodon (og) and Ian Sheridan bagged the Lakesiders another win.

MBi Llandudno were the second side this season to confirm their Championship Conference status (behind TNS) following a fantastic first ever season in the top flight of Welsh domestic football. Tudno latest display was live on Sgorio when they defeated Bangor City 0-3 on New Years Day with Marc Williams, Danny Hughes and Alan Bull getting on the scoresheet.

Earlier in the season they met at Parc MBi Maesdu with the game ending 0-0 in the clubs first ever WPL fixture.

Lakesiders Dafabet WPL Form

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Bangor City v Haverfordwest County (17:15)

There's a glimmer of hope for Bangor City heading into the final Phase One matches of the campaign. Their 3-0 win over Newtown last Friday thanks to Sion Edwards, Ryan Edwards and Porya Ahmadi goals sees them just three points off the Top Six, with goal difference going to be a factor if they find themselves level on points.

Haverfordwest County could have found themselves out of the bottom two last weekend if they could have won at Bala after leading them 2-0 at one stage. The Bluebirds already know that they are fighting it out in the Play-Off Conference for Phase Two and currently find themselves in 12th position six points from escaping the bottom two.

Earlier in the season it was Haverfordwest who won 2-1 in West Wales with Jack Christopher and Kieran Howard getting on the scoresheet.

The previous six encounters at Bangor University Stadium has seen Bangor win four, one draw and Haverfordwest County winning once. The last time both clubs met on Bangor territory was in January 2011 ended 6-0 to the Citizens including a Les Davies brace.

Citizens Dafabet WPL Form

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Bluebirds Dafabet WPL Form

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Carmarthen Town v Rhyl FC (17:15)

Carmarthen Town are still in with a shout to make the Top Six and must beat Rhyl at Richmond Park on Saturday. The Old Gold played out a 0-0 draw last time out at home against Port Talbot Town the day after New Years Day.

Rhyl are on a run of nine matches without a win and know they are definitely fighting a relegation battle in Phase Two. Their last fixture saw another point gain away at Maes Tegid against Bala Town.

Earlier in the season Carmarthen travelled to Rhyl beating them 1-4 as Mark Jones, Chris Thomas, Kyle Bassett and Liam Thomas scoring for the Old Gold.

The previous six encounters at Richmond Park has seen Carmarthen win three and Rhyl win three. It was a 1-0 win for Carmarthen back in August 2014 thanks to a Luke Cummings effort. In Phase Two, Rhyl got the better of Carmarthen winning 1-3 with goals from Ashley Ruane, Ryan Astles and Rob Hughes.

Old Gold's Dafabet WPL Form

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Lilywhites Dafabet WPL Form

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gap Connah's Quay v The New Saints (17:15)

gap Connah's Quay currently sit in fifth position occupying one of the last two Top Six places for Phase Two. The Nomads mathematically need a win but a draw should confirm their place (though a heavy defeat to TNS and a massive win by Carmarthen could cause really issues). They lost 3-2 to Airbus UK Broughton in their last matches at the Hollingsworth Group Stadium after leading 1-2 with nine minutes to go.

The New Saints are still unbeaten in the 2015/16 campaign, secured their Championship Conference status a long time ago and are currently nine points clear at the top of the table. They pushed aside Newtown on New Years Day 4-1 as Adrian Cieslewicz, Jamie Mullan, Ryan Edwards and Mike Wilde all scored.

Earlier in the season The New Saints won 2-0 at home thanks to a Scott Quigley brace.

The previous six encounters at the Deeside Stadium has seen gap Connah's Quay win once and The New Saints win the other five. It was a 1-5 win for TNS back in September 2014 including a brace from Greg Draper.

Nomads Dafabet WPL Form

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Saints Dafabet WPL Form

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Port Talbot Town v Airbus UK Broughton (17:15)

Despite their impressive 1-3 win at Aberystwyth Town last Sunday Port Talbot Town already knew their Phase Two football was in the hands of the Play-Off Conference. After 21 matches the Steelmen are in 10th place on 23 points but a win over Airbus UK Broughton would put them in good stead for chasing seventh place.

Airbus UK Broughton are in fourth place on 33 points and are amongst Llandudno, Bala and TNS in the Championship Conference for Phase Two. The Wingmakers beat gap Connah's Quay at home on the first of the month 3-2 courtesy of Ian Kearney, James Murphy and Tony Gray on the score-sheet.

Earlier in the season Airbus UK Broughton came out on top winning 2-0 thanks to a late brace from top goalscorer Tony Gray.

The previous six encounters at the GenQuip Stadium has seen Port Talbot win four and draw the other two. It was a 2-0 with two ex players Rhys Griffiths and Keyon Reffell scoring. In Phase Two, Port Talbot snatched a 1-0 win with Liam McCreesh scoring a 90th minute goal.

Steelmen Dafabet WPL Form

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Wingmakers Dafabet WPL Form

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