Can Gap join TNS in the Top 6?
This Saturday at 4.15 all five remaining Phase 1 games will be played – and the coveted 6th position will be claimed by one of five teams. GAP Connah’s Quay are currently sitting pretty in 6th place by virtue of one solitary goal. Carmarthen, Newtown, Bala and Aberystwyth are still very much in the mix and you can follow all of the excitement on Sgorio on S4/C tomorrow afternoon.
Ddydd Sadwrn am 4.15pm bydd y pum gêm sy’n weddil yn rhan gyntaf tymor Uwch Gynghrair Cymru-Corbett Sports yn digwydd.Mae un lle ar ôl i’w hawlio yn y chwech uchaf ar gyfer ail hanner y tymor ac mae gobeithion pum tîm yn dal yn fyw. GAP Cei Connah sy’n chweched ar hyn o bryd – diolch i wahaniaeth goliau gwell na Chaerfyrddin o un gôl yn unig. Mae gobeithion Y Drenewydd , Y Bala ac Aberystwyth yn fyw o hyd hefyd a gallwch ddilyn yr holl gyffro ar Sgorio ar S4/C brynhawn yfory.
Saturday 2nd February All kick-offs 16:15
Airbus UK Broughton v Afan Lido FC
No team news from either club.
Bala Town v Gap Connah's Quay
Bala Town welcome Gap Connah’s Quay to Maes Tegid on Saturday for the live match and what an exciting week end for the Welsh Premier League with 5 teams contesting the 6th spot in the league before the break.
Colin Caton has all the squad available for selection on Saturday except for John Irving who is serving his 3rd match ban following his sending off at Port Talbot.
Bala Town must win their match on Saturday to have any chance of making the 6th spot and we are hoping that Newtown draw or beat Carmarthen!! and Aberystwyth would have to score double figures to be in with any chance of making the 6th spot if Bala Town are to win their match or I am sure that Aberystwyth are hoping for Bala/Gap Connah’s Quay and Carmarthen/Newtown will draw their matches and they beat TNS at the Venue; so many scenarios!!!
I am sure that all the clubs are keeping a close eye on the weather forecast over the next couple of days and we at Maes Tegid will endeavour to do everything possible to ensure that this match will go ahead on Saturday and updates will available on our web-site, Twitter and Facebook sites as well as contacting myself direct.
Gap Connah’s Quay are pleased to announce the signing of 20 year- old forward Sean Breen from Chorley Town. Sean was a regular in the Morecambe Reserve set up before leaving last autumn.
We hope Wirral based Sean will form a pacey and lively front duo with Michael Hayes for the second phase of the WPL season. He is registered in time to make a debut at Bala this Saturday.
Bangor City v Port Talbot Town
Bangor City report that James Brewerton is suspended following last week's red card; there are also doubts over Robbie Booth (calf) and Chris Jones (flu), as they look forward to Saturday's home match against Port Talbot Town KO 4.15pm.
Neville Powell stated that it is crucial that we win as every point gained will be vital when the season reaches its conclusion at the end of April. Even though we have not won in the league since November, confidence remains high as we welcome Port Talbot Town to the Book People Stadium for their first visit, Port Talbot Town will be a difficult test as they have signed 3 players from Llanelli since the original fixture was due to be played on the 19th January.
Three weeks without a game, Port Talbot manager Scott Young is confident his side will show no signs of rust as they return to action with a visit to Bangor City on Saturday. The Blues are coming off a three-game winning streak, having already secured a top-six finish, ahead of the final game before the league split.
“We know they are a strong side that have been one of the top two teams in the league for several years. But they have an excellent playing surface and we have won a few games so we can go there high in confidence,” said the Town manager.
Meanwhile, there’s been plenty of activity off the field with the Steelmen raiding Llanelli to secure the return of popular striker Martin Rose, central defender Lee Surman and midfield-man Ashley Evans.
“We wanted to create competition for places throughout the side and I’m delighted to have been able to bring the three players in,” said Young after completing the trio of signings,” said the Port Talbot chief, who is pleased to see competition for places throughout the squad.
“These signings help strengthen our side right down the spine with experience - with people who have done it, and who’ve have played against all the different types of sides at this level – winning games in a winning team”
Martin Rose is unavailable for Port Talbot’s first ever trip to Bangor’s Book People stadium, whilst Ryan Green also serves a one-match suspension.
The club have also confirmed the departures of Nicky Holland and Dylan Blain who both move to Llanelli.
Carmarthen Town v Newtown AFC
No news from Carmarthen Town
Newtown Boss Bernie McNally has said that the final frantic day before the league split, is a great occasion to be involved with. The robins chief has told the club reporter on Thursday that the lads are looking forward to the overdue game. "The lads are very much looking forward to Saturday, and it's going to be a great occasion to be involved in."
McNally's men had a good training session in midweek, and the players can't wait for the long awaited Carmarthen game. On the injury front only one player is a doubt for Saturday’s game. Ashley Jones picked up a foot injury following a heavy tackle whilst on Wales duty this week. The full extent of the damage will be known later on in the week.
The New Saints v Aberystwyth Town
The Miracle of Park Hall, Part 2, is still on! After the hope of Aberystwyth Town finishing the first half of the season in a top six spot seemingly being dashed by poor results over the Christmas period, consecutive home wins over title chasing Prestatyn Town and Airbus UK gave the Seasiders a lifeline for the top six, which is still available this weekend.
Last time out Aberystwyth Town took on Airbus UK, and in a game of few chances, Aberystwyth Town took a 1-0 win, Mark Jones slotting home past the Airbus keeper midway through the second half. Manager Tomi Morgan was delighted with the result, and the impact Mark Jones had had on the side since his arrival on New Year’s Day. However, since then Aberystwyth have further strengthened, having signed Mid Wales based players Chris Venables and Antonio Corbisieiro from Llanelli in the last fortnight.
Aberystwyth Town can also confirm that they have parted company with Josh MacAuley. Signing from Bala Town last January, Josh has made 22 (+3) Welsh Premier appearances whilst scoring twice for the Seasiders and Aberystwyth Town would like to thank him for his spell at the club and wish him well for the future.
This weekend sees Aberystwyth Town travel to current champions and league leaders The New Saints. A full time side, with players with full international honours in their ranks, as well as new signing and ex-Man United trainee Jamie Mullan, they will provide a tough test to an Aberystwyth side who have only beaten The New Saints once in their last 19 visits to Oswestry.
Aberystwyth have a very strong squad available for the game though, with just Sean Thornton and Liam James out injured, with Gavin Cadwallader, Glyndwr Hughes and Rhydian Davies alongside the new signings trying to force themselves into the first eleven this Saturday.
The permutations for Aberystwyth to finish in the top six are simple. Carmarthen v Newtown and Bala v Connah’s Quay both must end in draws, while Aberystwyth must win.
Welsh Premier Womens League
Sunday 3rd February 2013 All 14:00
Aberystwyth Town Ladies v Swansea City Ladies
Caerphilly Castle Ladies & Girls v Port Talbot Town Ladies
Cardiff City FC Ladies v Wrexham Ladies
Cardiff Metropolitan Ladies v Caernarfon Town Women's FC
Llandudno Junction Ladies v Northop Hall Girls
Llanidloes Ladies v Newcastle Emlyn Ladies
This week’s contributors…..
Aneurin Venables, Ruth Crump, Jonathan Drury, Gwynfor Jones, Matt Burgess, Trevor Green