This weekend promises to be one of the best so far with some real crunch ties taking place at both ends of the table.
On Friday night we start at The Rock as Cefn Druids take on Caernarfon Town. Coming into the game the Ancients are sitting just 1 place and 1 point above the drop, so a win here at home is a must. However just 1 point in 5 games coming into it doesn’t really give the hosts much optimism against the side sitting 5th in the table.
It’s a different story for the Canaries who are sitting in the top half after 10 games. A win for them is arguably more important as they look to keep up with the top 4 as well as hold off Cardiff Met who are a point behind with a game in hand. Caernarfon will be looking to bounce back from that disappointing 4-2 defeat at Connah’s Quay on Tuesday night and have the chance to remain unbeaten against sides in the bottom half of the table so far. Coincidentally, the only team to deny the Canaries the 3 points in this instance is Cefn when they played out a 1-1 draw at The Oval back in August.
The other game on Friday night sees a well anticipated showdown between bottom side Carmarthen and 8th placed Aberystwyth Town. It’s been a slow start to the season for both sides with Carmarthen yet to win after 10 games. Aber themselves are only 5 points ahead with their only win this season coming in this reverse fixture on opening day. Aber ran out 3-2 winners in a close encounter. Luke Boundford and Marc Williams netting twice ensured Aber took the points that day so the Old Gold will be out for revenge. This is one not to miss! Plus, it's live on Sgorio!
We now turn are attention to Super Saturday as another 4 highly anticipated games go ahead. Starting at the Airfield as Airbus take on Newtown. It was a slow start to the season for the Wingmakers as they lost their first 4 games and found themselves rock bottom however their fortunes have turned and they now sit in 9th with 2 wins and a draw to their name. The 2 are yet to play each other this season so this could go anywhere. Airbus come into this on the back of a 6-2 drumming at Park Hall against reigning champions TNS whilst Newtown overcame Cefn Druids last Friday. Airbus have 1 win, a draw and 3 defeats coming into this whilst Newtown have 2 wins, a draw and 2 defeats. Who’s your money on?
Next we have an all top 6 tie at Jenner Park as Barry face Bala. The Linnets have had an exceptional start to the campaign with a point lead and a game in hand over Connah’s Quay and a 4 point gap over reigning champions TNS. Barry are unbeaten so far this season and have a win and 2 draws against the current top 6 sides, including a draw at Bala. They’ll be looking to ensure that another slip up doesn’t occur this time round after drawing from a winning position in the reverse fixture. For Bala, it’s also been a bright start with 6 wins and 1 draw in their opening 10 games.
Next up is Cardiff Met V Connah’s Quay, two of Wales’ European sides from this season. It’s the second meeting between the sides this season after a 1-1 draw at Deeside in August. Jordan Lam and Jamie Insall on the score sheet that day. Connah’s Quay will look to continue their run after a 4-2 home win against Caernarfon in midweek. That result mean they have won 4 of their last 5 league games with no defeats in that period. It’s a must win game for Nomads as they look to pile the pressure on Barry. For the hosts it’s a different story with 4 draws in the last 5 as Met dropped points against Carmarthen, Airbus, The New Saints and Aberystwyth. The victory being a 2-1 away win at Bala. Met currently have a 5 point lead over 7th placed Newtown with a game in hand and will be looking to cement their spot in the top half with a win here.
Our final game is newbies Penybont against reigning champions TNS. On paper, this one should be easy enough for the Saints however this season it’s been anything but as they’ve racked up another record, only this time it’s their most defeats after just 10 games where they’ve gone on to win the title. They’ve already dropped 11 points this season and find themselves 4 points off top spot with a game extra than league leaders Barry. Their last 5 games have seen them win twice, draw once and lose twice, on the bounce against Caernarfon Town and Barry Town. However the Saints will be looking to carry on from their 6-2 win against fellow newcomers Airbus last week. It’s been another slow start this time for Penybont as they’ve racked up just 5 points in 9 games. They’ve lost all 6 games they’ve played against top 6 sides so far, including a 2-1 defeat to the Saints in the reverse fixture. Their only win so far coming against Airbus, their northern counterparts from last campaign. This promises to be another close contest.
Friday October 18:
Cefn Druids V Carmarthen Town (19:45)
Carmarthen Town V Aberystwyth Town (20:00, Live on Sgorio)
Saturday October 19:
Airbus UK V Newtown (14:30)
Bala Town V Barry Town United (14:30)
Cardiff Met Uni V Connah’s Quay Nomads (14:30)
Penybont V The New Saints (14:30)