Huws Gray Alliance Preview – Matchday 6
This weekend sees the next set of Huws Gray Alliance games return. After a shaky few results, Bangor and Airbus go head to head as the chief game of the weekend, in a game that may well define this early season in the Huws Gray.
But there are plenty more games at hand, as the second tier of football continues in the same exciting vein.
Airbus vs Bangor City
Airbus come into this game in very good form. Steve O’Shaughnessy’s men come into this match with a 100% record, winning five games out of five to start the season. Airbus have made an impressive start to the Huws Gray Alliance season and top the table with 15 points and they will be looking to make it six from six by beating rivals Bangor City in what is bound to be a tough test.
Bangor also made a good start by winning their first three games, including wins at Ruthin and Guilsfield. However, since their defeat against Porthmadog, Craig Harrison has seen his side’s form drop, as his star studded side have lost at Denbigh before drawing to Holyhead at home last Friday.
A result for Airbus could really underline their title hopes this year.
Guilsfield vs Llanrhaeadr
After a good win at Conwy Borough on the opening day of the season, the Guils have found it tough in the opening month. Nathan Leonard’s side have only won twice in their first five games. With an even tougher league this year, the manager will be hoping his side can bounce back against the newly promoted side to maintain some momentum.
However, Llanrhaeadr have upset the bookies to start this season. It had been suggested that the newboys would struggle in the Huws Gray Alliance but following their three wins in their opening five games, they have proven their ability to mastermind some impressive results against top sides.
A big game for both sides, and one Guilsifield will not want to slip up on.
Holywell vs Conwy Borough
Gareth Sudlow was appointed manager of Holywell just this summer, and after a difficult start to life as manager Sudlow got his first win against Llanrhaeadr last weekend.
But, life as a manager has been difficult for Sudlow, who has already seen his side lose twice, and will be expecting a tough test against Conwy this Friday.
Conwy started the season with difficult games against Guilsfield and Airbus, but Gareth Thomas’s side have shown their quality. Despite just narrowly losing both games, Conwy have since gone on a three match unbeaten run picking up wins against Holyhead, Buckley & Denbigh.
Buckley Town vs Porthmadog
Buckley returned to the Huws Gray Alliance at the first time of asking last season. On their return, Buckley started at league favourites Bangor City and suffered a heavy defeat. Dan Moore’s side have picked up two wins in their last five games, and the manager will be hoping for more of the same this weekend, after beating Prestatyn Town last time out at Bastion Gardens.
In their fixture they face an impressive Porthmadog. In the summer Porthmadog recruited really well and it showed as they made an impressive start to the season. Early season form has showed why many have tipped the club to be in the top six this term. Port produced an impressive performance at Bangor City, and secured all three points, something they’ll be hoping they can reproduce this weekend.
Denbigh vs Penrhyncoch
After a fantastic season last season for Denbigh, former manager Eddie-Maurice- Jones left the club to join rivals Rhyl. Denbigh appointed Matthew Jones and Dewi Llion as joint managers, but life hasn’t been easy for the club this time out.
The club have struggled to start the season, picking up one solitary win against Bangor out of their five games.
Penrhyncoch on the other hand, come into this game on the back of beating Flint Town United last weekend. So far this season they have made a good start winning three games out of the five games, and they will want three points again this weekend.
Flint Town United vs Ruthin Town
It’s been a very busy transfer window at Flint Town United as Niall McGuiness has brought in a lot of new players in the aim of improving his side to get Flint fighting for a top 6 finish come the end of the season.
Flint have made a steady start to their campaign picking up wins at home to Holyhead and away to Denbigh, they’ve picked up draws at home to Holywell & Port, and have lost just once, away last weekend to Penrhyncoch.
Chris Williams Ruthin Town find themselves in the top six at the beginning of September. Ruthin’s home form has been key for Williams’ side after playing six games, picking up wins at home to local rivals Denbigh and Guilsfield, as well as securing an impressive win at Holywell on the opening day of the season.
Williams has done a fantastic job at Ruthin and he will be looking to keep his team improving and show team they can be a force in the league.
Holyhead vs Prestatyn
Holyhead come into this game looking to get their first win of the season, after an impressive performance at Bangor last week, Darren Garmey will want his side to build off that performance against Prestatyn this Saturday.
Prestatyn come into this game on the back of a heavy home defeat to Buckley last Saturday. Prestatyn’s early season form has left the seasiders third from bottom and they’re finding life in the Huws Gray Alliance hard after losing the bulk of their squad this summer.
Rhyl vs Gresford
Rhyl come into this game following their impressive result last Saturday at Porthmadog. Director of football Eddie-Maurice-Jones has made a great start at Belle Vue. Early signs show that he wants to lead Rhyl back into the Welsh Premier League.
This Saturday he comes up against his former club Gresford and faces a tough test against his friend Steve Halliwell, but the Rhyl boss would like his impressive start to continue.
Gresford have made a great start to the season picking up wins at Denbigh and Holyhead, but come into the Rhyl game on the back three defeats, something they will be looking to put a stop to this time out.