Yes, we could have our two relegated sides confirmed this weekend’s action, and third spot could be sealed too for Barry Town United – or none of that could happen and this bonkers season could throw another hatful of twists and turns at us.
Well, would you look at that form guide for Aberystwyth Town!? Not bad reading at all, is it? Had it not been for a little collapse of form in December, the Seasiders could well have been in the mix in the top six right now, but alas they didn’t make the cut and instead find themselves putting on a show in the bottom half as they vie for seventh spot in the standings.
They welcome a Llanelli Town side to Park Avenue who have won as many games all season as Aber have done in their last five league outings, which shows how much Andy Hill’s side have had their troubles this year.
11 points off safety with four games left to play – including this one against Aber – Llanelli know it’s now or never in terms of getting the results they need to stay up. It would take an awful lot of luck at this point, but it is still mathematically possible that the Reds could be in the JD Welsh Premier League next season.
A big clash for both teams, Connah’s Quay Nomads will want to win every game between now and the final game of the season when they face the champions at Park Hall, and hope that The New Saints slip up somewhere along the way to set up a title showdown on MD32, but this Friday they face the stern test of a trip to The Oval to face the Cofis who will be desperate to turn their form around.
Phase Two was always going to be a huge challenge for Caernarfon in the top six, and they have battled incredibly hard throughout their fixtures beyond the split, but haven’t quite been able to get consistent results.
The incentive for them this week, however, is that if they can get a win and keep the pressure on Newtown AFC – who don’t play until the day after – they could leapfrog the Robins in the standings at a crucial time of the season and, depending on playoff permutations, fourth place could secure home advantage throughout the playoffs. What an advantage that would be to whoever manages to bag that fourth spot.
Don’t forget to head down to The Oval to catch this one, or tune into the match live on Sgorio’s Facebook page if you can’t be there in person.
Llandudno will have felt that they could have won their last two games in the league – a draw away at Cefn Druids and a loss at home to Aber is what they actually came away with – which would have been good for an extra five points in the standings.
Had they bagged those results, this one would have been an absolutely huge game, as Carmarthen sit on 27 points and Llandudno would have been on 24. In reality, the gap stands at eight points, so enough for Carmarthen to feel slightly more comfortable than they might have done otherwise, but they’ll still want to get a win here to put a difficult run of results to bed.
A loss for Llandudno would see them relegated from the JD Welsh Premier League after three years in the top flight, as they would sit 11 points adrift of the tenth-placed Old Gold with three games left to play, so there is plenty of incentive for Mark Cowan’s side to go out there and bag the three points to keep their survival hopes alive for the time being.
Having secured their JD Welsh Premier League status for another year following their MD28 win against Llanelli Town, the Ancients know they are safe and have nothing to lose from this point on.
Their form in the last few weeks has been absolutely superb, as new signings have settled in well and provided a huge boost to the team, and they’ll be looking to continue that form against playoff-chasing Cardiff Met who visit The Rock this Saturday.
Two points ahead of Aberystwyth at present, who sit in eighth place and are chasing the Archers down for that seventh spot, Met have the edge at present but will know that they can’t afford any more slips if they are to maintain their advantage over Aber and go into the post-season in the best possible form.
These two sides always produce thoroughly entertaining games – head down to The Rock to catch this one.
A big game for both sides, Newtown – with their near-perfect home record – welcome Scott Ruscoe’s title-chasing champions to Latham Park on Saturday afternoon with the Robins hoping to hunt down Barry Town United who currently occupy third and The New Saints looking to win five straight to continue their charge at the top of the standings.
It was an emphatic 7-0 victory for TNS in midweek as they brushed Colin Caton’s Bala aside with ease at Maes Tegid and sent out somewhat of a statement with their performance that ensured they went four points clear of the Nomads at the top of the table with only a few games to go.
Newtown’s home record has been superb this term, and as they hope to chase down Gavin Chesterfield’s Barry – who have a nine-point advantage in third place at present – they know they probably need to win every game from now until the end of the regular season to be in with a shout of nabbing third. No small task against the champions, but the Robins have been superb at home this season.
With only two wins in their last ten league fixtures between these two sides, it has been a difficult few weeks for Bala Town and Barry Town United. Coincidentally, Bala’s last win came against Barry at Jenner Park, but since then two significant defeats against The New Saints have put the Lakesiders in a position where they’ve only won of their last five league games.
Barry finally won their first game of Phase Two last time out against Caernarfon, and will have been delighted with their performance as they scored at crucial times of the game to seal a 4-0 win over Sean Eardley’s side and gave a very good go of the JD Welsh Cup semi-final they contested last time out against The New Saints, ultimately falling just a little bit short.
Barry need four points from their remaining four games to secure third spot and automatic qualification for the UEFA Europa League, but with a win or draw this weekend and a loss for Newtown against TNS that would take them too many points clear of fourth with three games to play, so they could wrap up European football this weekend.
It will be a tough ask to do that, mind, against a Bala Town side who are desperate to get back to winning ways themselves.
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