Date: Thu 07 Mar 2019

#JDWPL MD27 Preview

We’ve got six huge games for you again this weekend, with a first-versus-second clash headlining the action.

With four games taking place across the country on Friday night, and a further two on Saturday with the showpiece being Connah’s Quay Nomads vs The New Saints live on Sgorio, the action just gets better and better in your JD Welsh Premier League.

Aberystwyth Town v Carmarthen Town | Friday, March 8th 2019 (19:45)

Aberystwyth’s significant victory over Cardiff Metropolitan in MD26 action will count for little if they can’t capitalise and build a run of good results by bagging a win over the Old Gold this weekend.

Both sides have had players called into Mark Jones’ Wales C Squad, with Matthew Jones featuring for the Seasiders and Liam Thomas earning a call-up for the Richmond Park club, and both will surely play a big role in Friday night’s fixture as Aber chase down seventh spot and Carmarthen look to build a bigger gap to the drop zone.

Neil Smothers’ side have had time to put their disappointing home defeat to Cefn Druids behind them from two weeks ago, and will be looking to get back to winning ways in order to ensure their JDWPL status for 2019/20 with only a handful of games to go after this weekend.

Aberystwyth Town last five league results: LDWLW
Carmarthen Town last five league results: WWLWL

Caernarfon Town v Bala Town | Friday, March 8th 2019 (19:45)

A huge game for both sides who are really struggling for results at present, if the previous outings between these two sides this season are anything to go by then you’re in for a mighty treat at the Oval on Friday night as Sean Eardley’s Caernarfon Town host Colin Caton’s Bala.

The Phase One iteration of this fixture was a pretty bonkers 2-2 draw, where Danny Brookwell – who appears to enjoy a goal against Bala! – bagged a brilliant brace but it wasn’t quite enough for the Canaries to take all three points.

Bala do still have two games in hand in the standings over the Cofis, but only sit three points behind them at present, so this game presents a big opportunity for the Lakesiders to draw themselves back level on points with Caernarfon with their two games in hand against Barry Town United and TNS to come. Don’t miss this one, it is sure to be a cracker!

Caernarfon Town last five league results: WWLLL
Bala Town last five league results: LLLDL

Cefn Druids v Llandudno FC | Friday, March 8th 2019 (19:45)

A huge fixture between two sides who seem to be finding some of their better league form at the right time, Llandudno travel to Cefn Druids with the same brief as every week so far in Phase Two – they have to bag some points at The Rock. All three, ideally, if they are to continue their fight for survival.

A loss for Llandudno on Friday night and a win for Carmarthen against Aberystwyth would put them 12 points adrift of safety with 15 points to play for, whereas a win for the Seasiders and a loss for the Old Gold would cut that gap to six, which is much more achievable, so a huge weekend for all at the Giant Hospitality Stadium.

Cefn Druids are looking very good at the minute, with the January acquisitions – particularly Danny Gosset – having a strong impact for the Ancients. Fans of the Druids must be wondering what their season could have been like had they secured the likes of Gosset and Owen much earlier in the year.

There’s been little between these two sides previously this season, so we’re in for a very interesting game on Friday night. Head down to the Rock to catch this one live.

Cefn Druids last five league results: DDLWW
Llandudno FC last five league results: LDWLW

Llanelli Town v Cardiff Met | Friday, March 8th 2019 (19:45)

A similar story for Llanelli as it is for Llandudno, they need a good result this weekend or their task of survival could become almost impossible.

They welcome a Cardiff Met side who suffered quite a significant knock back in MD26 action as they missed the opportunity to give themselves a commanding lead in seventh place with a loss at Park Avenue.

As it stands, a loss on Friday night for Met and a win for Aber could see the Ceredigion club take seventh for themselves with only five games to play, but a trip to Met to contend with themselves.

It really is a huge game for both teams, so head down to Stebonheath to catch this clash.

Llanelli Town last five league results: LDLLL
Cardiff Metropolitan last five league results: WLWWL

Newtown AFC v Barry Town United | Saturday, March 9th 2019 (14:30)

With Bala and Caernarfon playing each other on Friday night, and at least one of those sides certain to drop points, this weekend presents a great chance for Newtown AFC to consolidate that fourth spot for themselves, but they’ll have a big task in stopping Barry Town United if they are to do so.

Newtown’s home form this year has been magnificent, and perhaps they’re catching Barry at the right time as they’re winless in the league in Phase Two so far, albeit having contested very difficult fixtures.

With a game in hand, Barry sit six points behind Connah’s Quay in top spot, and with the potential for at least one of the top two to come unstuck on Saturday evening, this is a great chance for Barry to pull themselves right back into the mix at the top of the table.

We very much have a three-horse title race this season, and that’s fantastic, but Barry could make it even more interesting with a good result at Latham Park. Chris Hughes and his boys will have something to say about it though – head down there to catch them in action.

Newtown AFC last five league results: DWLWD
Barry Town United last five league results: WWLDD

Connah’s Quay Nomads v The New Saints | Saturday, March 9th 2019 (17:15 LIVE ON SGORIO)

This is it, the one we’ve all been waiting for. Can Connah’s Quay Nomads land a big blow in the title race, or will TNS’ experience tell as they go on and bag a big win with only a handful of games to go?

You just have to get down to the Deeside Stadium for this one. First versus second. The challengers against the champions. Andy Morrison against Scott Ruscoe. This is going to be epic, and whichever way it goes it’s going to set up a wonderful end to the season.

It has been one win apiece for these two sides so far this season, as Connah’s Quay topped TNS on the opening day of the season at Deeside, before the champions got a win of their own at Park Hall later in Phase One.

Will Andy Morrison continue his impressive record against the champions, or will the champions find a way to win and retake top spot in the standings at this crucial stage of the season?

Get down to Deeside and find out for yourself.

Connah’s Quay Nomads last five league results: LWWDW
The New Saints last five league results: WWWDW

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