Date: Wed 15 Mar 2017

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With just five fixtures to go until The Dafabet Welsh Premier League Playoffs, the stakes are constantly getting higher and the match-ups are becoming more and more intriguing. This Friday we have two fixtures taking place; one with huge implications on The Race for Europe, and the other massive for the battle to avoid relegation. Three thrilling encounters are set to take place on Saturday, before a live Sunday fixture between two of the teams battling for seventh. Read on to find out more!

Bangor City FC v Bala Town FC | Friday, March 17th 2017 (19:45)

Two teams involved in high-scoring affairs last weekend, this game at The Bangor University Stadium is set to be a fierce battle between two of The Dafabet Welsh Premier League’s best as Ian Dawes’ men will be desperate to make the most of this huge opportunity to cut the gap to Colin Caton’s Bala Town in second.

The Lakesiders’ 3-1 victory over The Citizens earlier on in Phase Two will be fresh in the memory for both sides, particularly the home team however, as some of Bangor’s stars have said in recent weeks that they’re eager to put that result right when the reverse fixture comes around – now it’s here, and Bangor have their chance.

Bala haven’t lost two games in succession since September, and this is a team that has significantly strengthened in terms of chemistry and belief since then, so topping Caton’s charges will be far from easy, who will be very keen themselves to put last weekend’s 3-2 defeat to The New Saints behind them.

What a fixture to kick off the weekend’s action – if you’re in the area, be sure to head over to what is bound to be a great game of football, and a Gwynedd Derby no less!


Cefn Druids v Rhyl FC | Friday, March 17th 2017 (19:45)

No wins in three for The Ancients shows how quickly the tide can turn for teams this season in The Dafabet WPL as it wasn’t that long ago that Huw Griffiths’ team were considered one of the league’s form sides.

If ever there was a time for Druids to rediscover the form they were showing just over a month ago, it’s this Friday night against Niall McGuinness’ Lilywhites, as just two points separate Druids in ninth and Rhyl in 11th, with 10th-placed Aberystwyth facing Airbus in this weekend’s other relegation clash, so there’s a possibility that if there’s a loser in this Friday night fixture then they’ll finish the weekend in the bottom two.

A win and two draws in their last three games isn’t bad going for The Lilywhites, who seem to have turned a corner of sorts in recent weeks, but this match at The Rock is the reverse of Rhyl’s opening Phase Two fixture, where Griffiths’ side cantered to a 2-0 victory against McGuinness’ men at The Belle Vue. There’s a lot riding on this fixture, so be sure to head over to The Rock if you’re in the area.


Carmarthen Town AFC v Gap Connah’s Quay | Saturday, March 18th 2017 (14:30)

Two defeats in their last three games now for The Old Gold presents a significant drop off in results from the form they showed at the start of Phase Two, where Mark Aizlewood’s men topped two of the league’s best teams in successive outings.

This weekend, Carmarthen welcome Gap Connah’s Quay to Richmond Park after The Nomads secured their first win of Phase Two since being defeated by The Old Gold at The Deeside Stadium in their opening Phase Two fixture.

A last-gasp 3-2 defeat to The Citizens last weekend will have been a bitter pill to swallow for Aizlewood and his team, but they’ve consistently had good results against Andy Morrison’s men so far this season, so although nobody enjoys the prospect of battling The Nomads, Carmarthen’s men will be going into this fixture more confident than most, surely.


Cardiff Metropolitan v The New Saints | Saturday, March 18th 2017 (14:30)

Five minutes of madness cost The Students dearly last weekend against The Nomads, according to Met Manager Wayne Allison, as they lost 2-0 at The Deeside Stadium and are still yet to pick up a win in Phase Two.

Returning home this coming weekend to Cyncoed Campus greatly increases The Students’ chances of getting back to securing positive results, as their only point-scoring showing of Phase Two came at home against Carmarthen Town a couple of weeks ago, but Met’s Phase Two performances are steadily improving and surely a win isn’t too far around the corner?

To get that this weekend though will be tough, as The New Saints haven’t let up despite securing their latest league title, with their attacking performance against Bala last weekend hailed as one of the club’s best ever by Connah’s Quay Manager Andy Morrison, who was in attendance watching The Nomads’ youth teams as TNS topped Bala 3-2.

The Students have been hailed by a number of The New Saints’ stars so far this season for their performances against the champions, and Met will have to match that level of performance again on the weekend.


Airbus UK Broughton v Aberystwyth Town | Saturday, March 18th 2017 (14:30)

If Aberystwyth and Cefn Druids secure victories this weekend then Andy Thomas’ Airbus will be condemned to relegation from The Dafabet Welsh Premier League at the end of the season.

Two draws and three losses thus far in Phase Two are what The Wingmakers have to show for their efforts, but if they ever needed a win this season then it’s now, against Matthew Bishop’s men on Saturday afternoon.

The intriguing thing about this fixture though, is that the same thing could be said for Aberystwyth, as a win for Druids or Rhyl could leave The Seasiders in a precarious position or, at the very least, tighten up affair between ninth and 11th, where any one of Rhyl, Druids or Aber currently are in immediate danger of finding themselves in the bottom two at the end of any given weekend.

So, yet again, there is an awful lot on the line for both teams this weekend, and that is sure to be reflected on the pitch so keep your eye on this one.


Newtown AFC v Llandudno FC | Sunday, March 19th 2017 (15:00 Live on Sgorio)

What a battle we have for seventh place, with this Sunday fixture really set to go some way in deciding who is going to find themselves securing a European Playoff Spot come the end of the season.

For The Robins, they’re flying high at the moment to say the least, as they’ve won all five of their Phase Two fixtures thus far, and with three of their five remaining games coming at home, a win for Chris Hughes’ side here would really put them in the driving seat for a European Playoff place.

The Seasiders will want to put in a performance more similar to their second half showing against The Robins earlier in Phase Two than the first half, because Alan Morgan’s side really got at Newtown at times in the second period and put them under a lot of pressure, threatening to steal a point at the end!

What a game we have for you at Latham Park, live on Sgorio this Sunday. Don’t miss it!


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