WPL Round Up: Bala and Bangor push for Europe as Airbus face relegation
The Dafabet Welsh Premier League saw another round of key results over the weekend affecting both the top and bottom six.
Wins for Bangor and Bala have kept the race for 2nd very much alive, whilst a loss for Airbus has left them looking in serious danger of relegation.
Cefn Druids 1-2 Newtown
Newtown climbed into 7th after goals from Ryan Kershaw and Nick Rushton defeated Cefn Druids, who scored via Corey Roper. Kershaw opened the scoring in the 15th minute with a well controlled chip of the keeper.
Rushton scored in the 67th minute with Roper reducing Druids’ deficit just one minute later, but Newtown held out to make it three wins from their last three and unbeaten in five.
Carmarthen 0-1 Bala Town
Carmarthen’s recent form was a dealt a blow when Bala Town defeated them 1-0 at Richmond Park on Saturday. A Kieran Smith goal was enough for Bala to take all three points despite Carmarthen putting them under pressure during stages of the second half.
With third-placed gap Connah’s Quay unable to play this weekend, Bala extended their lead over them to six points as they stay second.
Aberystwyth 3-4 Llandudno
Park Avenue saw a seven goal thriller with Llandudno edging an away win on Saturday. Sam Hart sent Llandudno 1-1-0 up in the first half before the game opened up to an extreme extent in the second. Aberystwyth made the score 3-1 within 15 minutes of the restart with goals from Luke Sherbon, Luke Borrelli and a Chris Jones penalty.
Although the home side looked comfortable, momentum shifted to Llandudno with a 10 minute burst seeing goals from Mike Williams, Danny Hughes and Marc Williams win the game for the visitors. The result sees Aberystwyth slip to 10th just two points above the relegation zone while Llandudno have hit that all important 30 points mark.
Bangor City 3-2 Cardiff Met
Nantporth watched an intense battle between the Citizens and the Students where Bangor edged out a second consecutive victory. A Henry Jones brace and goal from Dean Rittenburg sent Bangor 3-0 ahead in the first half, but Met fought back after the interval.
Eliot Evans and Dan Evans brought Cardiff back into the game, with a controversial equaliser from a corner via an Emlyn Lewis header ruled out in the dying moments of the game.
Airbus UK 0-2 Rhyl FC
This scoreline may well have dark implications for Airbus UK, who knew this was a must win game for chances of survival. Second half goals from Steve Lewis and Toby Jones saw Rhyl take control and hold out for victory which massively boosts their fight against relegation as they sit 11th just two points behind Aberystwyth in 1oth.
Airbus meanwhile are in dire straits, 10 points from safety and with just seven games to play. Whilst it is far from over, the Wingmakers will need a drastic change in fortunes to avoid relegation to the Huws Gray Alliance.
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