North East Wales set for Saturday action: WNL Preview
After last week’s Welsh Cup games, we return to league action with the exception of two fixtures, as Brickfield Rangers make the very short trip up the A483 to Rhostyllen in the Premier League Cup and Overton welcome Offa Athletic in the Division One League Cup.
Premier League Cup Round 1
Rhostyllen v Brickfield Rangers
It’s been a tricky start to the season so far for Rhostyllen as they have failed to record a win in the league so far this season and lost manager Gareth Parry last week.
But they will be in buoyant mood after last week’s Welsh Cup win where they overcame Welsh Alliance Division two side Aberffraw on penalties to book a first round tie against Huws Gray side Guilsfield.
However, Brickfield are flying high so far, only dropping four points in their opening seven games and emphatically beating Llanrwst United 5-0 away from home. Odds will be stacked against the villagers but having got that first win last week they will look to build on this in what will be a tricky afternoon for the hosts.
WNL Premier Division
Chirk AAA v Llay Welfare
If results go right for Chirk, the Colliers could see themselves sitting top of the league by Saturday evening. A heavy defeat in late August to Brymbo has been Chirk’s only league defeat this season, although last week’s Welsh Cup defeat to fellow Premier Division side Mold will have been hard to take.
Llay have started the season well sitting mid table with only two defeats to their name. Welfare’s steady start is predominantly down to their strong defence, having only conceded seven goals. Chirk’s leading scorer Joe Williams will have to be on fine form to break down the visitors back four.
Corwen v Hawarden Rangers
Another side looking to finish the weekend on top of the pile is Corwen. They welcome Hawarden Rangers who have found it tough in the league with only one win since the opening day.
The task for the visitors will be even harder as Corwen haven’t conceded at home this season and maintain a 100% home record, while Hawarden have lost all three of their away games. This could be a tough afternoon for the visitors.
FC Nomads v Brymbo
Another high flyer, Brymbo travel to Flintshire to face FC Nomads. The visitors have enjoyed an excellent start and will be looking to continue that on Saturday.
Nomads will be looking to continue their steady fledgling season as they sit comfortably mid table. Brymbo will be looking to improve on their one win, one defeat away, while Nomads will attempt to keep the visitors at bay having only conceded three times on home soil.
Lex XI v Cefn Albion
A short trip down the A483 for Albion as they make the trip to Stansty Park. Both teams have struggled so far this season, however since Albion’s drubbing at the start of September off Mold, they have now gone four games unbeaten in all competitions.
Lex continue struggling to find any kind of form having only recorded one win in September, that being in the Welsh Trophy against Division one, Llangollen Town. Both sides will be desperate to pick up all three points.
Llanuwchllyn v Penycae
Both sides find themselves winless and will be keen to use this game to kick start their seasons. Except for Rhostyllen, either team have leaked more goals than any other side but have only found the back of the net a combined six times.
Llanuwchllyn would have expected to have been in a better position by now but they do find themselves struggling. Penycae will look to take their young side into Gwynedd to build on last week’s excellent Welsh Cup win against Welsh Alliance Division two side, Meliden.
Queens Park V Mold Alexandra
Queens Park welcome Mold to The Dunks as the hosts sit only one place and one point behind their counterparts. Despite sitting in fifth place if results go Mold’s way they also could find themselves top come Saturday night.
Queens Park have conceded more goals in the top half of the table than any other side and the league’s top scorer, Callum Freeman, will look to capitalise on that for the visitors.
Rhos Aelwyd v Saltney Town
Both teams found themselves on the wrong side of defeats in the Welsh Cup last week with Rhos falling to a 4-3 defeat by Brymbo and Saltney’s 4-0 defeat at the hands of inform Welsh Alliance Division one side Llanefni Town.
Last season’s Welsh trophy finalists, Rhos have failed to record a win at home in the league so far this season, while Saltney find themselves unbeaten on the road. This will not count for much come kick off, Ponciau Banks yielded only one defeat last season and can be an incredibly tricky place to go to secure three points.
However, Saltney will look to maintain a strong placing in the table behind the likes of Corwen, Brickfield and Chirk.
Rhydymwyn travel to Coedpoeth and despite sitting mid table, the Flintshire side have only played three times and will be hoping to snatch a win and move closer to the chasing promotion pack.
Winless Johnstown welcome Castell AC and the leagues other winless club New Brighton Villa make the trip up to Mynydd Isa.
Leaders Plas Madoc take a short trip down the A5 to Llangollen hoping to maintain their 100% record and Rhossllanerchrugog’s excellent start to their first season in the WNL will be put under test as they host Cefn Mawr Rangers.
The league also sees one cup game as Overton face Offa Athletic in the first round of the League Cup. The winners will be rewarded with a home tie against Mynydd Isa Spartans.