Preview: Another crunch weekend in the WPL
The Dafabet Welsh Premier League has just four rounds left, and the stakes are high with the business end of the season in full flow.
This weekend all 12 sides are in action, and hoping for three points to secure Europe, a play off place or safety.
Here, Y Clwb Pel Droed takes a look at the games ahead and how they may play out.
- TNS vs Carmarthen Town
- gap Connah’s Quay vs Bangor City
- Cardiff Met vs Bala Town
The New Saints return to Park Hall off the back of a rare loss at Deeside in the week. They took the lead in typical fashion, but goals from John Disney and Declan Poole sent Nomads to a shock win over the Champions. Their next opponents, Carmarthen Town, have also beaten TNS this season, but this may only add fuel to the fire for Craig Harrison who will be looking for a response from his players.
gap Connah’s Quay will be fired up after their win, but must not underestimate a talented Bangor squad. Bangor come into the game after losing to Bala last week, knowing they must get a result to keep their hopes of automatic European qualification realistic.
The pressure is on Bala Town, who were demoted to third following gap’s defeat of The New Saints. They travel to a Cardiff Met side without a win in six games, but a return to Cyncoed Campus could give them a much needed boost to return to form.
- Aberystwyth Town vs Cefn Druids
- Llandudno vs Airbus UK
- Newtown AFC vs Rhyl
Aberystwyth welcome Cefn Druids in the first game under new management, as Wayne Jones has taken the hot seat after a managerial change this week which saw Matthew Bishop step aside for the rest of the season. Jones faces a big test against a strong and confident Druids outfit who see safety within their reach – but Aberystwyth will see the game as a must win in their fight to stay up.
Airbus UK will hope to take flight after their comeback against Aberystwyth last week, when they came back from 2-0 to win 4-2 in a game where losing meant relegation. Their trip to Llandudno will be a daunting one, as the home side are chasing 7th place for entry into the Europa League play-offs.
Newtown and Rhyl played out two dramatic games in Phase One, and another battle will be expected when they play on Sunday. Like with every team this weekend it is a huge game, with Newtown looking to stay 7th whilst Rhyl want to move out of the relegation zone.
The games kick off on Saturday with a 2:30pm kick off with the exception of Rhyl vs Newtown which takes place on Sunday for a 3:00pm kick off.