Five games to watch in Wales this weekend
The international break is here, giving club football fans the perfect opportunity to go and watch a local game. Luckily for them, Wales has a full card of fixtures to offer.
Whilst a number of clubs across the border are out of action, the entire Welsh pyramid remains in action, with some big clashes taking place this weekend.
Here we’ve picked five fixtures to ensure your Saturday football fix is fulfilled.
1. Penybont v Haverfordwest County – Welsh Football League Division One
This A470 derby is one of the biggest games of the Welsh Football League Division One season so far.
The game sees first placed Penybont host second placed Haverfordwest at the Kymco Stadium, and with both sides having applied for a FAW domestic licence, the result could end up swinging promotion come the end of the season.
Rhys Griffith’s Penybont will fancy their chances as they remain unbeaten, but will have to adapt to life without manager Griffiths on the touchline as he begins a suspension.
Haverfordwest will take the spot with a win, with Lee Trundle expected to play a pivotal role in manager Wayne Jones’ plan.
2. Bangor City v Flint Town United – Huws Gray Alliance
In North Wales, there is a game that has similar impetus at the top of the table.
Bangor City, who were clear favourites for the Huws Gray Alliance title in the summer, welcome Flint Town United to the VSM Stadium.
Bangor need a win to keep in sight of Airbus UK, who are running away with the league so far with nine wins from nine.
But Flint will fancy following in the footsteps of Porthmadog, who beat Bangor at Nantporth earlier in the season.
It won’t be the first time Craig Harrison and Niall McGuinness have gone head to head, with the pair meeting as the managers of The New Saints and Rhyl respectively.
3. Caersws v Llanidloes – Mid Wales League Division One
This match is both a derby and a top of the league clash in Mid Wales.
Caersws have scored an incredible 48 goals in 11 games, cementing them as favourites for an immediate return to the Huws Gray Alliance.
But they will be tested against neighbours Llanidloes, who can go six points behind from Caersws with a game in hand, should they grab a win at the Recreation Ground.
It may be October, but both sides could well look back on this game as an important one in the race for this year’s Mid Wales title.
4. Aberbargoed Buds v Croesyceliliog – Welsh Football League Division Two
Back in South Wales there is another game that sits on a knife edge, as both Aberbargoed Buds and Croesyceiliog will arrive at the Buds’ ground as unbeaten teams tomorrow.
Croesyceililiog are arguably the favourites, but only on paper, as they sit top of the league with nine games played whilst Aberbargoed Buds are fifth, winning five from five.
The Buds will be looking to use their home advantage to seal a vital three points to rise as high as third in Division Two.
5. Connah’s Quay Nomads v Coleraine FC – Irn Bru Cup
This is no ordinary match as Deeside, as for the first time ever an overseas side will play a senior competitive game at Deeside.
Nomads’ Irn Bru Cup third round tie sees them welcome Northern Irish League side and Irish Cup champions Coleraine to Connah’s Quay.
The game is Nomads’ reward for their shock win over Falkirk last month, and they will fancy their chances against the Bannsiders, who haven’t recorded a win in five games.
With a sizeable following expected to travel over the Irish Sea, it should be a big occasion at Deeside.
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