Date: Thu 18 Apr 2019

#JDWPL MD31 Preview

With two match-days to go, there is still plenty to be decided in the JD Welsh Premier League.

Read on to find out what you can expect from the MD31 action.

Newtown AFC v Bala Town FC | Friday, April 19th 2019 (14:30)

An important game for both sides as they look to build some positive momentum ahead of the playoffs, Newtown welcome Bala Town to Latham Park in a game which the two teams will be desperate to win as the Robins find themselves on the back of three-game losing streak and the Lakesiders in the midst of a slightly longer losing run.

The visitors can no longer catch Caernarfon in fourth place, so cannot secure home advantage throughout the playoffs, but they can make up some ground on the Robins and try to secure fifth before the end of the term and at least give themselves a home game in the playoff semis, but they’d need to win their remaining two games and hope for Newtown to fail to win either for that to happen.

We could be looking at a playoff semi-final between these two sides, and given how well both have done at home this season in general, home advantage in that match could be decisive, so there’s a lot on the line here – don’t miss this one.

Newtown AFC last five league results: DWLLL
Bala Town last five league results: WLLLL

Cardiff Metropolitan v Aberystwyth Town | Saturday, April 20th 2019 (14:30)

Arguably the biggest game of the weekend, a win for Cardiff Met here against Aberystwyth Town would see them secure a European playoff place with one game to go, whereas a win for the Seasiders would put them in the driving seat for securing seventh going into MD32, two points ahead of the Archers.

Met got back to winning ways last week after grinding out a result against Llandudno at the Giant Hospitality Stadium – they will know their performance could have been better as they held out for a 2-1 win, but at this stage of the season it is all about results.

Aberystwyth are one of the most in-form sides in the league at present, with 13 points of a possible 15 in their last five outings and they masterminded a win over Met as a part of that run too, so they’ll be full of confidence as they travel down to Cyncoed.

There have been plenty of great clashes between these two sides in the last few years – expect another great edition to be added to the list this weekend. Catch this one in the capital!

Cardiff Metropolitan last five league results: LWWLW
Aberystwyth Town last five league results: WWWWD

Cefn Druids v Carmarthen Town | Saturday, April 20th 2019 (14:30)

A final game at The Rock this season for the Ancients this season, they welcome Carmarthen Town to the north-west for a clash between two sides who are safe and looking towards a summer where they can plan to climb the table in the 2019/20 season.

For Druids, if they can keep this excellent group of players they have together and add a few more pieces, they will surely be looking towards finding their way back into the top six for the 2019/20 season, and the same for Carmarthen, who have shown flashes of excellence this season and secured some very creditable results.

2019/20 could be very exciting for both teams, but for now it is about seeing out the current season in the best form possible and building again in the summer.

Cefn Druids last five league results: WDWWD
Carmarthen Town last five league results: LLLWW

Connah’s Quay Nomads v Barry Town United | Saturday, April 20th 2019 (14:30)

The Nomads will wrap up second place officially if they avoid a defeat this weekend against Barry Town United at Deeside, but they’ll be looking to win their last two games as they build towards a JD Welsh Cup Final at The Rock against The New Saints on May 5th.

Barry Town United were unable to do The Nomads a favour last week as they faced The New Saints at Jenner Park in what proved to be the decisive game in the title race, where Scott Ruscoe’s side ran out 4-0 winners and secured an eighth-consecutive JD Welsh Premier League title, but they’ll be looking to go full steam ahead for the summer now as they build towards a Europa League adventure.

Head down to the Deeside Stadium to catch this fixture.

Connah’s Quay Nomads last five league results: WLWLW
Barry Town United last five league results: LLWWL

Llanelli Town v Llandudno FC | Saturday, April 20th 2019 (14:30)

The goal for both of these sides as the end of the season approaches is not to finish bottom of the table, with their relegation confirmed already going into this 11th-vs-12th battle, and Llandudno know that if they avoid defeat on Saturday they’ll more or less have secured that goal.

Llanelli are offering some of their younger players a fantastic experience in the final few weeks of the season, with the youngsters being blooded in recent bottom six action as their relegation has been confirmed.

For Llandudno, last weekend saw their season exposed in a microcosm as they fell behind to a deflected opener, conceded a poor second, and battled back to within a goal but didn’t have enough cutting edge and guile to secure the point they arguably deserved.

Head to Stebonheath to catch this one on Saturday afternoon.

Llanelli Town last five league results: LLLLL
Llandudno FC last five league results: WDLLL

The New Saints v Caernarfon Town | Saturday, April 20th 2019 (19:30 LIVE ON SGORIO)

A crowning of the JD Welsh Premier League champions on their home turf, oh how Caernarfon Town would love to crash that party – and they know they’ve got it in them as they’ve beaten The New Saints at Park Hall before!

This Saturday evening TNS are set to be presented with their eighth-straight JDWPL title at Park Hall after securing it with a 4-0 win over Barry Town United at Jenner Park in MD30 – Scott Ruscoe’s side have been in storming form since suffering their last defeat in the league, which was against the Cofis no less, and have secured the league with games to spare.

Caernarfon go into this game knowing that if they don’t lose they’ll hold onto fourth spot for at least another week and that a win could put them in the driving seat for home advantage throughout the playoffs. The Oval could be quite a fortress for any European hopefuls to have to go through, that’s for sure! What an incentive for the Cofis to go on and try and spoil the TNS title party!

Head to Park Hall or tune in to catch this one live on Sgorio.

The New Saints last five league results: WWWWW
Caernarfon Town last five league results: LWLWW

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