Welsh Alliance Previews – Division 1 and Take Stock Van Hire Cup
This weekend is set to be an exciting one in the Welsh Alliance League with both league and cup action taking place.
With seven league fixtures and seven in the cup, fans of the Welsh Alliance have plenty of choice of action this weekend in North Wales football.
WELSH ALLIANCE Division 1
Bodedern Athletic vs Llandyrnog United
Bodedern Athletic will be hoping to build on the 3-1 League Cup win against Llanberis last week, and the side currently sit third in the table, with 16 points from their opening eight matches.
Meanwhile the visitors, Llandyrnog United, find themselves struggling down near the bottom of the table, just two points off the foot of the table.
Greenfield vs Penrhyndeudraet
The hosts will be looking to build on last week’s Lock Stock Cookson Cup performance, where they beat St Asaph City 6-2, to record only their third victory of the season.
Greenfield however, come up against last weekend’s top scorers in Penrhyndeudraeth, who hammered Mynydd Llandegai 9-4 after extra time in an incredible match.
Llandudno Albion vs St Asaph City
Llandudno Albion sit fifth in the league heading into this match, having won five, drawn one and lost three of their nine matches this season.
The visitors meanwhile head into the match in a patchy run of form, having won two, drawn one and lost two of their previous five matches.
Llanrug United vs Barmouth Dyffryn
Llanrug United will be looking to continue their recent good run of results against a Barmouth Dyffryn side that has struggled so far this season. The goalscoring form of Aaron Hughes is a huge bonus for the hosts, with his 10 goals in the league a big factor in his side’s current form.
Barmouth Dyffryn find themselves struggling towards the other end of the table, with just eight points from their opening 10 matches leaving them just five points ahead of Llandudno Junction, who sit bottom of the table.
Llanrwst United vs Llandudno Junction
The hosts will be looking to bounce back after exiting the League Cup last week following a 1-0 loss to Llangefni Town. Prior to last week’s loss, Llanrwst were unbeaten in their previous five matches, having lost their opening three matches of the season.
Llandudno Junction have won just one of their 10 matches this season, losing all of their other nine matches. The visitors have conceded 43 goals in their 10 matches, scoring just five.
Mynydd Llandegai vs Prestatyn Sports
Mynydd Llandegai sit 11th in the league, with two wins, three draws and three losses from their opening eight matches. They face a Prestatyn Sports team that sit just two points ahead of them in the table.
The visitors lost 2-0 to Nantlle Vale in the Lock Stock Cookson Cup last week, having drawn 2-2 against Vale in the league the week previously.
Nantlle Vale v Llangefni Town
This match could have big implications for the Welsh Alliance Division One, as top of the table Llangefni Town take on second place Nantlle Vale, who sit four points behind them. Both teams are currently undefeated this season, and neither will want to lose their impressive records.
Nantlle Vale have drawn their previous three league matches, having won all five previously, meanwhile the visitors, Llangefni Town, have won seven and drawn just one match so far this season. With both teams having impressive goalscoring and defensive records, its hard to pinpoint any weaknesses that either team will look to exploit.
TAKE STOCK VAN HIRE CHALLENGE CUP
Gaerwen vs Blaenau Amateurs
The hosts have only won once this season, and will know they are clear outsiders against an in-form Blaenau Amateurs side in the Take Stock Van Hire Challenge Cup. However, they will be buoyed by the fact that it is not another league match, and will relish the chance to enjoy some Cup success if they manage to knock out the favourites.
Blaenau Amateurs meanwhile sit eight points clear at the top of the table, and will be hoping to add a Cup run to their successful league form this season.
Kinmel Bay vs Aberffraw
Kinmel Bay come into the match on the back of a comfortable 7-0 victory against Amlwch Town last week in the league.
The visitors come into the match having beaten Llannefydd 1-0 last week to bounce back from a disappointing 2-1 loss to Pentraeth the previous week.
Llannefydd vs Pwllheli
Llannefydd have been in good form this season, finding themselves fifth after 10 games.
Pwllheli meanwhile, have only played four matches this season, so are still something of an unknown quantity. However, in those four matches, they’ve scored 16 goals and only conceded seven, and are looking to build on a good result last week at Meliden, when they won 7-0.
Llannerchymedd vs Glan Conwy
The hosts suffered a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Y Felinheli in the league last week, and know that they face an equally tough test as they take on fellow high-flyers Glan Conwy this weekend.
The visitors, who find themselves near the top of the table in the league, will be hoping that in-form striker Jordan Phillips continues his fine form in front of goal which has seen him net 11 in the league this season.
Meliden vs Amlwch Town
Meliden will be hoping to bounce back following last week’s 7-0 loss at the hands of Pwllheli. The hosts have been in a disappointing run of form that has seen them lose four of their previous five fixtures. However, they will be aware that a win in the Cup could help boost their confidence ahead of a crucial few weeks of action.
The visitors meanwhile are bottom of the league, and have lost every single match this season. Amlwch will be desperate to beat Meliden and to progress to the next round in the Cup, in order to experience an element of success this season, as their early season form suggests it will be a tough league season for them.
Pentraeth vs Mochdre Sports
While the hosts were beaten 2-0 by Blaenau Amateurs last week, they were in a fantastic run of form having recovered after a poor start to the season.
Mochdre Sports meanwhile are in a poor run of form, and lost 8-0 to Holyhead Town last week, to make it five losses from their previous six matches.
Felinheli vs Holyhead Town
The hosts are the only Division Two team still unbeaten this season, and will be hoping league top scorer Iwan Owen brings his fine run of form into the Cup this week, with the striker having scored 13 goals so far this season.
Holyhead Town will be looking to build on the performance that saw them ease past Mochdre Sports 8-0 last week.