Nearly a third of the way through this fantastic JDWPL season, we have a league table filled with huge intrigue from top to bottom.
The Seasiders were bested last time out by Cefn Druids as James Davies made a triumphant return to action for the Ancients by scoring the winner at The Rock for Huw Griffiths side, condemning Aber to their second consecutive defeat, whereas Caernarfon couldn’t quite get the better of Bala Town in a game where Danny Brookwell scored two wonderful goals to help Sean Eardley’s side to a 2-2 draw.
The last five games for the Cofis have seen them secure two wins, two draws and a defeat, which by the standards of any newly-promoted side is pretty special – especially so early in the season – but such is the level Caernarfon have set at this early stage of the season, the Canaries admitted to being dissatisfied with not having picked up more wins recently following the draw at home to Bala.
Which, if any, of these two sides will get back to winning ways on Friday night? Head to Park Avenue to find out.
With the Lakesiders having had to work hard away from home last time out to secure a draw against Caernarfon Town, they will be pleased to return to Maes Tegid in MD10 in the hope of continuing their 100% home form.
The biggest threat to that record so far this season, perhaps, will be visiting Colin Caton’s side on Friday night, however, as Chris Hughes’ high-flying Robins venture to Gwynedd looking to secure their fourth-consecutive league win, which would be tie the best winning runs in the league this season, with the Nomads currently in the middle of a run of four straight wins, and TNS having accomplished the feat earlier in the season.
The Robins have already handed defeat to Bala once this season, and following the Llandudno victory in MD8 the Lakesiders boss Caton admitted to WPL.Cymru that he felt the one time his side had performed below-par this season was against Newtown, so will they be looking to avenge that, surely.
It is set to be a great game at Maes Tegid – head down there to catch it in person!
The Reds secured an enormous victory up at Llandudno in MD9 and whilst Iwan Williams’ side will have their own inquisition into what exactly went wrong, that will matter little to Andy Hill’s side as they made the most of the chances they created and secured a first JDWPL victory since MD2 topping the Seasiders 2-1.
Still at the foot of the table, Llanelli could find themselves out of the drop zone with another victory in MD10, as they welcome Cardiff Met to Stebonheath – a side who are in the middle of their own struggles for results at the moment, even if their performances have been generally impressive.
With Met on 12 points in seventh place, at present they are within reach of fifth spot if other results go their way this weekend, but with Cefn Druids starting to look more like the side that stormed to Europe last season, they are under threat from the teams beneath them too. Both sides will be very keen to grab the win for different reasons on Friday night – who are you backing?
Barry Town United’s fine run of form hit a bit of a speedbump in MD9 as they were comfortable beaten 2-0 at Latham Park by Newtown AFC in a clash between two of the league’s most in-form sides.
Whilst defeat for the Dragons is never welcomed by Gavin Chesterfield, the Barry Town United boss will have been particularly disappointed with the mistake made by goalkeeper Mike Lewis at the back allowing Newtown’s Joe Kenton to score on the stroke of halftime, with the Dragons never recovering.
Carmarthen’s winless run in the JDWPL stretched to five games on the weekend as they were bested by The New Saints at Richmond Park – the Old Gold performed well against Barry Town United under Neil Smothers’ leadership last season, however, so can Carmarthen keep that up this year? Head down to Jenner Park to find out.
Three days after competing in the Nathaniel MG Cup against Coleraine at Deeside, the Nomads will be back to welcome Cefn Druids to their home ground, where Andy Morrison’s side will be hoping to secure a victory that may put more pressure on champions TNS, whom they lead in the standings, with The New Saints facing Llandudno at Park Hall the next day.
On a four-game winning streak at present, Connah’s Quay have matched the best winning run of the season – previously set by TNS – and will be looking to take the overall record for the season on Tuesday with another win, but it will not be easy against a Cefn Druids side who are starting to look like their old selves, having secured consecutive point-scoring performances for the first time this season.
How do you see this game panning out? Will the Nomads win five straight or will Druids continue to pick up vital points? Head to Deeside to find out.
The New Saints got back to winning ways in the JDWPL on Saturday as they came away from Richmond Park with a comfortable 3-0 win and all three points to bring back to Park Hall with them, keeping chase with the Nomads in the process.
Out of the Irn Bru Cup following defeat to Queen’s Park in the previous round, Scott Ruscoe’s side are in the midst of a ten-day break where they’ll surely appreciate some time to reflect and evaluate the season so far, but no more than Llandudno will do, who will have some soul-searching on the agenda during their break.
Taking anything from this game would be a huge boost to Llandudno, who have massive games against Aberystwyth and Cefn Druids to come before the end of the month, and whilst naturally Williams as the manager will take some of the pressure for the side’s struggles, the players have to look at themselves too as they’ll know they could be doing much better with their performances.
Head to Park Hall to catch this one.
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