We’ve lost one game to the weather already, but the remaining five are set to be superb.
Llandudno may have the marginally better form guide – although not by much – but it is them who definitely need a positive result in this one more than their opponents, you would have thought, as they seek to start Phase Two on the right foot and make a push for survival.
They’ve certainly signalled their intentions in the transfer market too, bringing in a number of players all over the pitch as they go all out to secure JDWPL status in the next ten games. Aberystwyth haven’t been idle either, and Marc Williams in particular is an interesting signing as he will take on the club he helped venture to Europe a few years ago in his seasider debut if selected to play at Park Avenue tomorrow.
Ten points adrift of survival at present, Llandudno needs wins and fast. Aber are clinging onto the tails of Cardiff Met who – if recent form is to be believed – are set to take Phase Two by storm as well, so they’ll also need a result if they’re serious about bagging that seventh spot in April. Don’t miss this one.
Now then, you may have noticed that Cardiff Met have been on an absolutely scorching streak of late, cup games included, but this Saturday a significant test awaits them as they head to Richmond Park to take on the Old Gold – a side who have always seemed to do well against the Archers.
It hasn’t been a bad break from JDWPL action for Met by any stretch, as they bagged their first major national honour, winning the Nathaniel MG Cup in a great final against the wonderful Cambrian and Clydach, and progressed to the last eight of the JD Welsh Cup, but now they turn their attentions to a playoff push.
Carmarthen will do their utmost to throw a spanner in the works for Christian Edwards’ side, and they too will have ambitions to increase the gap between them and the teams below, as Llandudno, Llanelli and Cefn Druids have all invested well over the course of the January window.
Head over to Richmond Park to catch this one!
An absolutely huge game here, which could see Llanelli’s gap to safety cut to just three points if they’re able to continue the form they showed against Druids in Phase One and bag a win at The Rock, but Huw Griffiths’ side will certainly have something to say about that!
Winding the clocks back to August, it was quite a game at The Rock when these two sides faced off in a five-goal thriller. Truth be told, the Ancients could well have had five goals themselves in the first half of that game as Llanelli were not at the races early doors, but they took a 2-0 lead into the interval. The second half saw a total reversal of fortunes, as Llanelli had three chances and took them to secure a big comeback victory against last season’s surprise package.
Both of these sides have done good business in January, and it will be a big boost to whoever comes out on top in this one – if anyone does, of course – for their hopes for Phase Two. Get down to The Rock to catch this one. If it’s half as good as the Phase One iteration, you are in for a real treat!
We turn to the top six now as Newtown welcome Connah’s Quay Nomads to Latham Park on Saturday afternoon, with Andy Morrison’s side gunning to close the gap at the top of the table after they were overcome by Carmarthen on the last day of Phase One to see their grip on top spot slip.
With Jake Phillips returning from a loan at Bangor City, Adam Barton joining from Dundee United, Priestley Farquharson providing defensive reinforcements and Lewis Brass offering options between the sticks, the Nomads have done good business in January and will be looking to reclaim top spot post-haste – where they have sat for most of the season, really.
Newtown have recruited well, too, and know that a victory – which they came close to achieving in the Phase One iteration of this fixture – would see them close the gap to the top three, and continue their sparkling form. Head down to Newtown to see this one play out.
Last but not least, we have the Cofis and the Dragons – we’ve been treated to two great games in Phase One when these two sides faced off. Barry and Newtown are the only two sides in the league to remain unbeaten against the Cofis so far this year, so could that change on Saturday?
A big derby victory in the JD Welsh Cup for Caernarfon will have done their confidence huge favours, and the signings of Leo Smith – as well as the promotion of some academy players to the first team squad – and keeping hold of most of their key players will help the Cofis keep their good form going into Phase Two, no doubt.
Barry currently lead the league, but this is their first time in the top six since their return to the JDWPL, and this will be a real test for them – and Caernarfon, of course – with regards to how they deal with the pressure and the rigour of top six football week in, week out.
This one is set to be sublime, so you know what to do – head to The Oval and catch it in person!
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