Fans Preview: Welsh Premier League 2018-19

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Aberystwyth Town: Callum Howen of This is Welsh Football (@CallumHowen)

Expectations for this season: We had a better season last year and have managed to keep most of our key players (e.g. Wollacott and Walker) and with the quality we have brought in, I believe we could push for a Top six place.

How would you assess your clubs transfer business this summer:

I’m happy! We have brought in a mix of youth, experianced and local lads.

Wes Baynes and Alan Goodall will bring some much needed experience into the team whilst Lee Jenkins, Tom Evans, Jack Rimmer and Mathew Jones shape the future of the club.

Key Player: Ryan Wollacott

Ryan Wollacott – Easily our best center-back since the squad clear out of 2015-16, he’ll be a vital player for us this year.

Keep an eye out for: Lee Jenkins

Lee Jenkins – Really impressed during pre-season especially in our 3-0 win over Neston!

The opposition player I’d most like at my club:

Alfons Fosu-Mensah – Yes he has just signed for Llandudno but he is the type of striker I like, a physical striker with a killer strike! 16 goals in 22 games for Airbus last season proves how lethal he is and we have struggled to sign a consistent striker in the past few years.

Fixture most looking forward to:

It’s difficult to choose, but I’ll have to go with Llandudno (A). I love the trip to Llandudno and it’s always a good day out!

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Bala Town: David Bullen (@dbullen98)

Expectations for this season: Hopefully win one of the cups and push TNS as hard as possible for the league.

How would you assess your clubs transfer business this summer:

Team has definitely been strengthened with quality signings but Henry Jones is the cherry on the cake.

Key Player:

Keep an eye out for: Nathan Burke

The opposition player I’d most like at my club: Aeron Edwards

Fixture most looking forward to:

Connah’s Quay, they will be our main rivals to push TNS.

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Barry Town United: Calum Grant (@CGrantSport)

Expectations for this season: Top six after last season and a decent cup run

How would you assess your teams transfer business:

Shame Saddler has left, that’s a big hole to fill in the dressing room but additions like Robbie Patten and Modou Touray should improve the squad both looked good in the game against Redditch and possibly could help Barry with a top 6 finish with their extra bit of class.

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Key Player: Mike Lewis

Mikey Lewis, helped Barry win points between the sticks. Head and shoulders above Massaro. Lewis’ distribution key in setting up Barry attacks from the back.

Keep an eye out for:

Scored a hat trick in his home debut v Redditch yesterday.

On loan from Newport County so will want to impress. Allows McGlaggon to get in behind the back line as he’s able to hold the ball up well and looks like he and Southampton already have good chemistry together

Opposition player you’d most like to have:

Alec Mudimu. One of the best CM in the league last season.

Fixture most looking forward to:

Both Met games and Caernarfon away (avenge cup defeat from last season)

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Caernarfon Town: Aled

Expectations for this season:

While many would take 10th place, expectations at a club like CTFC are high, and some feel the squad is good enough to be in the top six.

It’s hard to foresee exactly what will happen, but I’d love to see the Cofis around the mid-table point and feel that would be a good return. Maybe a 7th spot with an outside chance of getting into Europe!

How would you assess your teams transfer business:

Subtle. Shrewd (hopefully). Ross Stephens and Ben Maher have come in from relegated Prestatyn Town.

I admittedly don’t know too much about them but hopefully, they’ll fit in nicely. Cai Jones has come in from Porthmadog for his second spell with the Cofis.

He’s a strong lad and hopefully, he can chip in with a few valuable goals this season. Sion Bradley is another addition from Port, who just might prove to be a very smart signing.

He was the Supporters’ choice for Player of the Season at Port last year in a tough and competitive league, and Sean Eardley will be hoping he can carry that momentum into the WPL to play a large part in the Cofis’ campaign.

Key Player: Nathan Craig

There are a few big players at Caernarfon Town these days, but it’s hard to look beyond captain Nathan Craig and his left foot wand. I also believe Darren ‘Cofi Messi’ Thomas can prove himself to be one of the best forward-thinking players in the league.

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Keep an eye out for:

The aforementioned Sion Bradley will probably be looking to make an instant impact, as will the other three signings.

Danny Brookwell can be a frightening prospect when he hits the accelerator so might be one for spectators to look out for.

And Nathan Craig of course. Been playing at a level far below where he should be for a few years. Expect a few cross-field pings and thundering set-pieces.

Opposition player I’d most like at my club:

Could name a fair few after the Bangor exodus this summer. Other clubs have capitalized smartly, including Cefn Druids, but none more than Bala Town in my opinion.

Danny Gosset was consistently superb each time I saw him last season, including the Wales C encounter against England. Never panics in possession and hardly ever gives the ball away.

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Cardiff Metropolitan University: Matthew James (@casadelcalcio)

Expectations for this season:

As with every season, the key will be picking up points early and getting to that magic 30 point mark which generally sees you into the top six.

I once again expect us to achieve that and hopefully build on that foundation in the second phase. Despite 2 consecutive losses in the Europa League play-off final, I have no doubt this will galvanise the players and hopefully with those experiences we can make it third time lucky this season.

How would you assess your clubs transfer business over the summer?

Transfer business, what’s that?! On a serious note, we have recruited a number of players who look capable of stepping into our first team squad and despite losing exciting winger Jordan Lam and influential midfielder Josh Barnett, we have looked strong in pre-season and should have more strength in depth than last season.

Key Player:

Whilst the goals and assists of both Eliot Evans and Adam Roscrow were vital last season and I would hope for more of the same this time around.

Joel Edwards is a player that maybe sometimes goes under the radar but the former Hereford FC captain makes the game look easy at times and is equally adept at centre-back or full-back with all the attributes of a top class defender.

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Keep an eye out for:

Sam Snaith. A young striker who has helped Llantwit Major to two consecutive promotions into Welsh League Division One.

Snaith has been on the books of Cardiff City and also had a trial with Newport County over the summer and should provide us with another option in attack either alongside Roscrow or allowing him to play just behind.

Strong on the ball and with good technical ability, Sam bagged his first for the club in our recent friendly against Barry and I expect more goals from him once the season starts.

Opposition player most like at our club

A difficult choice this one but I would have to go for Henry Jones over Jamie Mullan.

With Mullan playing in the same position as player of the year Eliot Evans, I think he may struggle to get in the team so the Bala man gets my vote!

Jones has vision, quality on the ball and is capable of changing the game in an instant and I’m sure he will play a big part for the Lakesiders this season.

Fixture most looking forward to:

Without doubt it would have to be the festive fixtures against Barry although I am also looking forward to making my first trip to Caernarfon and experiencing the Oval first hand.

Carmarthen Town

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Cefn Druids: Gavin Pritchard (Gavlaa96)

Expectations for this season: To again challenge for Top six football and hopefully replicate what we achieved in the playoffs last season but I wouldn’t be upset if we didn’t win it this time around.

How would you assess your clubs transfer business this summer: Smart, Quiet and calculated. I still think there’s a couple more to come but I think the way our deals have been done it’s been topping off what we already do best.

Key Player: Nathan Peate

Keep an eye out for: Ben Burrows!

The opposition player (Welsh Premier League) I’d most like at my club: Greg Draper! Need a 15+ goal striker per season.

Fixture most looking forward to: First game of the season away at Caernarfon Town.


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