Huws Gray Alliance Matchday Seven Preview
This weekend the Huws Gray Alliance returns after last week’s Huws Gray Cup action.
In one of the testing fixtures of the weekend, league leaders Airbus face a difficult game as they head to Y Traeth to face Porthmadog, while Bangor will hope to replicate their result against Gresford in the cup as they face the side in league action.
Conwy Borough vs Rhyl
Conwy come into this game on the back of a five game unbeaten run. Borough were very impressive last time out against Llanrhaeadr, running out 4-0 victors. Rhyl travel to Y Morfa on Friday night on the back of two defeats, as the Lilywhites suffered a 2-1 loss last Friday to rivals Denbigh Town. Director of football Eddie-Maurice-Jones will want his side to leave with all three points this weekend.
Holywell Town vs Denbigh Town
This bottom of the table clash sees Holywell Town face off against Denbigh at Halkyn Road. Both teams will be looking to pick up a much needed victory in this tough test. Holywell suffered a 4-0 defeat at league leaders Airbus last Saturday, but Gareth Sudlow will want his side to build on their league form and keep momentum going in the Huws Gray Alliance.
Denbigh will travel to Holywell this Friday on the back of their 2-1 win at Rhyl last Friday and will be hoping to use this as a platform to kick on this season, starting with this weekend’s test.
Gresford Athletic vs Bangor City
Gresford face off against Bangor just one week after facing the former Welsh Premier League champions in the Huws Gray Cup. There were positives for Steve Halliwell, despite losing in the 5-3 thriller. The game is Gresford’s first home match of the season, and the club will be hoping to entertain the home fans with a big victory over the favourites.
Bangor City picked up the win last Friday after a much improved second half. Harrison will be pleased his side advanced in the cup after winning the game and he will be looking to build momentum to resume their title challenge with Airbus.
Guilsfield vs Buckley Town
Both teams head into this game with mixed form. Both sides were knocked out of the Huws Gray Cup last weekend, meaning there will be an added incentive for both sides to ensure they bounce back with a win in league action this weekend.
Guilsfield have won two out of three games at home this season, and the Guils will be looking build on their home form and make it fortress for the remainder of the campaign. Buckley picked up a massive three points last time in the league against Porthmadog, something they will be hoping to replicate this weekend.
Llanrhaeadr vs Flint Town United
Llanrhaeadr return to home soil this weekend after a difficult two weeks, as they suffered two defeats to Holywell in the league and Conwy Borough in the Huws Gray Alliance Cup. Llan welcome an in-form Flint to the Recreation Ground this Saturday. Niall McGuiness’ side come into this game second in the league, but McGuinness will be looking for a reaction from his players after being knocked out of the cup they won last season by Holyhead Hotspur.
Penrhyncoch vs Holyhead
Penrhyncoch have had a fantastic start to the season, winning three out of their six games as they sit seventh in the league. Penrhyncoch were knocked out of the Huws Gray Alliance Cup, but Gari Lewis will be looking for his players to bounce back with a victory against a Holyhead side who have struggled for wins this season.
However, the visitors travel to Penrhyn on a three match unbeaten run as they picked up a point at Bangor, followed up by a win against Prestatyn, before they knocked current holders Flint out of the Huws Gray Alliance Cup. Darren Garmey will want his side to keep the momentum and to produce another match winning performance against Holyhead this weekend.
Porthmadog vs Airbus
Porthmadog welcome the league’s in-form side Airbus to Y Traeth on Saturday. This game could be the game of the weekend, and could be a difficult game for Steve O’Shaughnessy’s men.
Craig Papirnyk will be looking to return to winning ways in the league after his side lost at Buckley 2-1 last time out. Although, Papirnyk’s side took revenge last Saturday when they beat the Bucks 3-0 in the Huws Gray Alliance Cup.
Airbus are yet to drop a point in the league, winning six out of six, but this weekend could prove a tough test.
Prestatyn vs Ruthin Town
The Seasiders find themselves bottom of the Huws Gray Alliance six games into the season. But, Prestatyn won 4-0 in Cup action last Saturday and the Prestatyn bosses will be looking to build on their win and transform it into league form. Ruthin have had a mixed start to their league campaign this year, having started with three wins and four losses. Ruthin come into this game on the back of a win.
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