Welsh Premier prepares for Friday night football feast
The JD Welsh Premier League matchweek three gets underway on Friday evening, with three fixtures that bring a lot of excitement even at this early stage of the season.
Here, Y Clwb Pel Droed previews the action coming Welsh football fans’ way.
Barry Town vs The New Saints
This fixture sees two of Wales’ most successful clubs go head to head in a game that will no doubt trigger nostalgia of Barry’s championship-winning days – but the South Wales side won’t be playing for sentiment at Jenner Park as they look to inflict TNS’ second defeat of the season.
The New Saints go into the game having bounced back from a 5-2 defeat to win 3-0 at Bala, but Barry will prove a stern test for TNS as they found out in last year’s MG Nathaniel Cup final where Barry matched them for more than 70 minutes.
A big crowd is expected to witness Barry try to pull off what could be a significant result for the club in their first season back in the top flight.
Bangor City vs Prestatyn Town
Bangor City’s feet are firmly back on the floor for tonight’s fixture after their shock 5-2 win over TNS was succeeded by a 3-1 loss at Cardiff Met last week.
Despite this loss against the students, the Citizens will be confident in getting back to winning ways against Prestatyn Town with Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Kevin Nicholson so far proving more than capable operators at a Welsh Premier level.
Prestatyn Town travel to Nantporth as the underdogs, but boosted by a sensational late winner against Barry at the Motion Finance last week.
Composure will be key for the Seasiders as they play their first away game of the season in front of the Bangor faithful after two weeks on the run at home.
Cefn Druids v Aberystwyth Town
It may be August but there will be a cutting atmosphere at the Rock as both sides search for their first win of the 2017/18 season.
Neville Powell’s Aberystwyth side took a point in controversial style at Barry, before losing 2-0 to Llandudno at Park Avenue.
Cardiff Met meanwhile lost 3-0 at Cardiff Met, before taking a point from Newtown.
These results see both sides yet to get into top gear, but Cefn Druids will hope to change that with home advantage on their side.
Aberystwyth will see this winning this fixture as key to their ambitions of competing for Europe again, and will be expected to go all out in order to deliver manager Powell’s first win as Aberystwyth boss.