WPL Preview: Matchday 15
A full card of Dafabet Welsh Premier League was planned for this coming weekend, but only five games will be played owing to storms in Mid Wales postponing Cefn Druids’ Friday night trip to Aberystywth.
Although there will be 90 minutes less action, it won’t decrease the quality of the weekend’s football as the league edges ever closer to the business end of phase one.
Airbus UK vs Rhyl FC (19/11/16 2:30pm)
To pick a game of the weekend brings tough choices, but Airbus UK’s clash against Rhyl promises to be a gritty and entertaining affair. Both teams are in ruts, without a win in six games, with Rhyl suffering the worse run of two having picked up zero points from their last six games.
Airbus will see the game as an opportunity to record only their fourth win of the season, with the game a real six pointer that will send either Airbus out of, or Rhyl into the relegation zone.
As neither side can afford to lose, the Hollingsworth Group stadium is set to host a nail-biting clash on Saturday afternoon.
Carmarthen Town vs The New Saints (18/11/16 7:45pm)
The New Saints look well on their way to becoming holders of a new British record for the amount of consecutive league fixtures won, but will have to show their mettle away to Carmarthen on Friday evening.
The New Saints are in the middle of a distinctly busy period of their season, having played at Livingston in the Irn Bru Cup on Sunday and again on Tuesday when their Nathaniel MG Cup semi final against The Nomads was called off after 73 minutes due to fog.
Carmarthen come into the game off the back of a hard fought 2-2 draw against Cefn Druids last week, and will look to their home advantage as a means to stop the dominant Saints.
Cardiff Met vs Bangor City (19/11/16 2:30pm)
The Students will be out to make a statement on Saturday when they welcome the Citizens to Cyncoed Campus. Both teams enter the fixture in positive forms, taking six points from their last three games.
Bangor City have had a revival of a season so far, looking serious contenders for Europe under Andy Legg. A win for them will keep the heat on second placed Connah’s Quay, whilst Cardiff can take a significant scalp by beating Bangor to keep their top six dream alive.
Newtown AFC vs gap Connah’s Quay (19/11/16 2:30pm)
Newtown have had a torrid season so far, and will have to pull off an impressive performance against Connah’s Quay on Saturday.
The Robins impressed against Bangor at Latham Park last week, but ultimately lost 2-1 to leave them at the bottom of the table, all be it by just one point. The game is still well within the Robin’s reach, as Nomads are at an intense point of their season which will see them play three games in a week.
The Nomads have lost just one game all season and their top six qualification could be sealed by the end of November, but Newtown’s Latham Park has been somewhat a bogey ground for them recently, as they lost there in both visits last season.
Llandudno FC vs Bala Town (19/11/16 2:30pm)
Llandudno’s half price entry day will hopefully bring a big crowd to the GiantHL Stadium, but a win would mean even more to Alan Morgan’s men. They are looking to bounce back from a somewhat flat performance against Connah’s Quay, and will be up against a buoyant Bala who have won three consecutive games.
A win for Bala come see them go into the top three if Cardiff can get a result against Bangor, whilst three points for Llandudno will greatly benefit their campaign for a top six place.
Stay tuned for all results and match reports from matchday 16 right here at Y Clwb Pel Droed.