The mid-season break in the JD Welsh Premier League continues this weekend, but ten JDPWL sides are in action in the Fourth Round of the JD Welsh Cup, with a place in the Quarter-Finals at stake.
There are three all-Welsh Premier League ties taking place. Two of those see top six and bottom six sides square off, as Barry host Cefn Druids and Connah's Quay travel to Carmarthen.
The Nomads and Old Gold last played two weeks ago in the final match of Phase 1, which saw Neil Smothers' side come from behind twice to win the game 3-2 thanks to Liam Thomas' injury time penalty. The holders have made a few signings since that game, as they look to stay in the running to complete a possible unique League/Cup/IRN-BRU Cup treble.
Barry and Druids have also met once already this month, the Linnets running out 5-2 winners on MD21 at the Rock. Huw Griffiths' side have certainly tested the League leaders in both their meetings this season and will fancy their chances of potentially picking up a result.
The other all-JDWPL tie sees Nathaniel MG Cup winners Cardiff Met travel to Aberystwyth. These sides met in the Fourth Round last season at Cyncoed, where Aber ran out 1-0 winners on their way to the Final. Neville Powell’s side though currently find themselves on a six-match losing run, compared to Met’s four wins on the bounce, although the Seasiders did beat Met in their last encounter back in November.
The four remaining Welsh Premier League sides all face trips to lower-league opposition. Headlining the Fourth Round is the live Sgorio clash between Bangor City and Caernarfon Town, the first meeting between the sides since 2015. Sean Eardley’s side have had a great season to date, guaranteeing a top six finish thanks to their impressive Phase 1, and they’ll be looking at making another run in the Welsh Cup having made the Semi-Finals two seasons ago.
Bangor are currently second in the Huws Gray Alliance though and will provide a tough test for the Cofis, who have sold out their 1300 ticket allocation for the tie. Over 2000 supporters expected for what might be one of the biggest attended games in Welsh domestic football in years.
Bottom side Llandudno meanwhile head west to Anglesey to play giantkillers Llangefni Town. The Welsh Alliance side have already knocked top flight opposition out of this season’s competition, beating Llanelli 1-0 in the previous round. Iwan Williams’ side need a boost going into Phase 2, as they look to hold on to their JDWPL place, but they won’t find it easy at Cae Bob Parry.
2017 winners Bala Town make the long trip south to face Haverfordwest County. The former Welsh Prem side are currently second in Welsh League Division 1, two points behind leaders Penybont having played a game more. The Lakesiders are unbeaten in their previous four visits to Pembrokeshire, but having ended Phase 1 with three defeats in a row will be taking nothing for granted tomorrow.
The New Saints meanwhile make a much shorter trip to Huws Gray leaders Airbus UK Broughton. This is a rematch of the 2016 Final, which Saints won 2-0. Airbus have a ten point advantage over Bangor and Rhyl at the top of the table, and will no doubt relish testing themselves against the current JDWPL champions.
The final tie of the round is an all Tier 2 affair, as Cambrian & Clydach look to bounce back from their Nathaniel MG Cup Final defeat at home to Rhyl. The Lilywhites have won 13 of their last 14 games in all competitions and Cambrian will have to be at their best if they’re to keep their impressive cup record this season going.
Full JD Welsh Cup Round 4 Draw
Kick-offs 14:30 unless stated
Aberystwyth Town v Cardiff Met
Airbus UK Broughton v The New Saints
Bangor City v Caernarfon Town (19:30 - LIVE ON S4C)
Barry Town United v Cefn Druids
Cambrian & Clydach Vale BGC v Rhyl
Carmarthen Town v Connah's Quay Nomads
Haverfordwest County v Bala Town
Llangefni Town v Llandudno
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