Matchday 13 in Mid Wales brings an added twist as Round One of ER Jenkins Cup gets underway, with league fixtures still going ahead.
The big game of the weekend is two of Division One’s heavy weights going head to head on Friday night. Could this be Churchstoke’s weekend to finally get three points on board and will there be any cup upsets?
Friday 2nd Nov Kick Off 7.30pm
Caersws vs Welshpool
These two former JD Welsh Premier League teams go head to head after positive starts to the season. The hosts boast an impressive goal scoring record so far this season but suffered a 2-0 loss at home to Llanidloes last time out.
Welshpool on the other hand sit in fifth place, and will be hoping to upset the odds and topple the league leaders. However Luke Ogilvie’s side have won their last three games on the bounce, winning 9-1 in their last away game.
All kick Off at 2.15pm except for Llansantffraid who kick off at 2.30pm
Aberaeron vs Radnor Valley
This is a big test for Aberaeron as they host second placed Radnor who defeated Tywyn 5-0 in their last time game. However the hosts have found good form lately with three straight wins against Builth Wells, Welshpool and Churchstoke.
This is only Abaraeron’s second home game of the season, and they will be hoping to make it two home wins in two.
Builth Wells vs Churchstoke
The pressure will be on the visitors this weekend as they look to finally register a win. One point and five goals in their last five games gives them some hope after going down 3-1 against Aberaeron in their last outing.
Builth come into this game on the back of three wins, their last coming in a tightly contested 4-3 match away at Kerry.
Kerry vs Llanidloes
Llanidoes manager Hugh Clarke was in high spirits talking to the local press after their last league win against league leaders Caersws. This gives the visitors every confidence in their own performances in the league as they take on a Kerry side with only win in their last four games.
Llanfair vs Carno
Sixth vs tenth with seven points separating the two teams. Carno will travel to Llanfair looking to close this gap to just four points after gaining nine points from a possible twelve.
A win for Llanfair could see them climb as high as fourth in the league.
Llansantffraid vs Berriew
The home side have only just got their season going after picking up four of their five points in the last three games.
Fourth placed Berriew will be doing their upmost to stop this mini revival and gain on the top three teams with a victory.
Tywyn Bryncrug vs Llandrindod
Just a point separate these two teams stuck at the wrong end of the table coming into the winter months.
Tywyn will be wanting to give their home fans something to cheer about after conceding thirteen in their last two away games without reply.
Saturday 3rd November kick off 2.15pm
Four Crosses vs Waterloo Rovers
Just the one game in Division Two this weekend but one in which Four Crosses could move above their visitors with a win. If Waterloo win then they would go as high as fourth place; leaving them one point off of Montgomery in third.
Both teams come into this game with one win each in their last outings.
Kick off 2.15pm except for Hay St Mary and Presteigne, who kick off at 2.30pm
ER Jenkins Cup 18-19 – Round 1
League form counts for nothing in a cup game, with the ER Jenkins Cup kicking off with a whole host of exciting fixtures in Round One.
Dyffryn Banw vs Dolgellau
Twelve league points may separate these two teams but both have conceded their fair portion of goals already this season with goal differences of -8 and -9 respectively.
Both sides will be looking for tighter defences this weekend.
Hay St Mary’s vs Abermule
High scoring Hay St Mary meet an improving Abermule side in the cup. However, Abermule will be hoping that if they can keep things tight at the back, they may be able to spring a surprise on their opponents.
Local rivals meet with teams looking to gain momentum to take away. back into league form.
Borth have been busy recently signing Gethin Ap Dafydd, Fergus Morris, Jac Morris and Steve Bailey, so they will be looking to bed in these new players in what will be an exciting cup encounter.
Newbridge-on-Wye vs Montgomery
League leaders Newbridge will want to keep up the winning feeling when they entertain third placed Montgormery in the ER Jenkins Cup this weekend.
Newbridge are free scoring so far this season, but have shipped some 33 goals already in the league and could be an issue for them in this cup tie if Montgomery are at their best.
Presteigne vs Rhayader
The hosts will have to be on goal scoring form to beat former Welsh Premier League side Rhayader this weekend in the cup.
But the visitors will be confident of progress to the next round.
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