What a live fixture we have in store for you as Phase One draws to a close – Colin Caton’s Lakesiders against Sean Eardley’s Caernarfon Town. If this one is even half as entertaining as the reverse fixture at The Oval earlier in the season then we are all in for a treat with this fixture, that’s for sure!
Back in October Danny Brookwell scored two stunning solo goals for the Cofis against Bala to put the Canaries in a strong position to go and secure a big win, but Caton’s side fought back well in the second half to ensure it was honours even in a classic Gwynedd Derby.
Brookwell is still a doubt for this fixture, after suffering a hamstring injury on New Year’s Day against Llandudno, but the Cofis did very well without him last time out as they came from behind to beat Carmarthen and secure top six status for Phase Two at the first time of asking.
Bala need to do better than they did at Cyncoed last weekend, as Cardiff Met brushed them aside with a virtuoso performance from the Archers, and Caton’s side certainly know as much so expect a big response from them. Don’t miss this one.
2019 started off pretty well for Gavin Chesterfield’s side as they secured a great result up at The Rock against Cefn Druids last week, and to close out Phase One they return home to face an Aberystwyth Town side who are in desperate need of a positive result going into Phase Two.
A quick glance at the Aber form guide shows how brutal football can be – not long ago, Park Avenue was bouncing as the club was in the midst of an eight-game unbeaten run comprising seven wins, but since that run came to an end, well, the last five results have very much bucked the trend.
Performances in that time have still been at a good level, as Connah’s Quay’s Andy Morrison last week admitted that the margin of his side’s victory against Aber flattered the Nomads and that the Seasiders played positively and with confidence during the game.
Can they grab a big result at Jenner Park? Head down there to find out!
Carmarthen Town haven’t had the best start to 2019, but they have the chance to finish Phase One on a high this weekend as they welcome the league leaders to Richmond Park knowing that they can throw a spanner into the works of the Nomads’ title-chasing machine.
One win in the last five is how the form guide reads for the Old Gold, but they’ve generally performed well in that spell and shown flashes of a team more than capable of pulling themselves towards the upper half of the bottom six and mixing it with the playoff chasers, but they need to start picking up a good haul of points on a consistent basis.
For the Nomads, they’ve lost just one of their last five and looking in pretty good fettle while in the midst of that run too, with convincing wins against Bala and Aberystwyth to show for their last two outings. Another big win to finish Phase One would do wonders for the Nomads’ confidence as they go into a crucial stage of their season.
Llandudno FC now have a mountain to climb, don’t they, having suffered defeat at the hands of Llanelli down at Stebonheath last weekend – seeing the Reds completing a Phase One double over the Seasiders, something they’ve only managed to achieve against Llandudno and Cefn Druids.
Scratch beneath the surface though and there must have been signs of encouragement for Iwan Williams’ side last week, with two of his newest – and arguably most important – signings unavailable, his key centre-backs out with injury or suspension, and a mish-mash of players out of position all over the field, yet they still had plenty of chances to win a crucial game.
Cardiff Met will be an entirely different challenge, as the Archers look like they’re back to their best right now, having blown Bala away last weekend at Cyncoed in a comprehensive 3-0 victory that could quite easily have been more convincing in terms of the score line. Any kind of result for Llandudno in this one would be impressive, and a big boost for them going into the split.
Rounding out perhaps the most challenging run of games up to the end of Phase One will see Cefn Druids head to Latham Park to face Chris Hughes’ Newtown in a fixture that gives both sides an opportunity to get back to winning ways before Phase Two.
For large periods of the game against TNS last week, Newtown performed well and had good opportunities in the game, but a crazy spell in the ten minutes before and after halftime saw the champions take a commanding lead in the match from which the Robins never recovered. Their form in recent weeks has been good, and they’ll want to get back to those more positive results this weekend.
One win in their last five is how the form guide reads for Druids, but they’ve shown their intent to change that as they’ve recruited strongly in January so far with Jack Kenny and John Owen joining the ranks up front to give James Davies and Dean Rittenberg some much-needed support and competition. Who will take the victory this weekend? Head to Newtown to find out!
Leon Britton’s arrival in the JD Welsh Premier League went quite well for Llanelli, we think it is fair to say, as they secured a vital win against their direct relegation rivals Llandudno FC, but this weekend they face a much sterner test as they travel to the home of the champions to face The New Saints in their final outing of Phase One.
Britton told WPL.Cymru in the week that he feels Llanelli have everything they need to climb the table, and whilst the win over Llandudno is certainly significant, imagine what any kinds of points haul at Park Hall would mean to Llanelli.
The New Saints have found some real form in recent weeks, and they’ll as eager as ever to finish Phase One on a run of five consecutive victories. It looks tasty at the top for Phase Two, that’s for sure, and all over the table for that matter! The break before then will fly by, hopefully, but for now, why not show support for our 12 superb JDWPL sides in this final fixture of a fabulous Phase One?
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