Date: Thu 13 Sep 2018

#JDWPL MD6 Preview

We take a look ahead at the weekend's fixtures.

We had some big results in MD5, and with the last round of fixtures only concluding on Tuesday and MD6 commencing tomorrow, we are absolutely bombarding you with football at the moment and that is just how we like it!

Connah’s Quay Nomads v Newtown | Friday, September 14th 2018 (19:45)

It has been quite the week for Nomads so far, as they secured a historic victory against Falkirk in the Irn Bru Scottish Challenge Cup, before succumbing to a narrow defeat to Caernarfon Town on Tuesday night.

Tomorrow night, they welcome Chris Hughes’ Newtown to the Deeside Stadium, where both sides will want to get back to winning ways after positive starts to the season in the league, with the Nomads coming into this game off the back of a frantic schedule and two consecutive league defeats, and Newtown having suffered a loss at the hands of Carmarthen last time out.

One of four teams tied on nine points, the Nomads lead Newtown by two in the standings, so victory for the Robins in this fixture could see them leapfrog Morrison’s side in the standings – get down to Deeside to catch this one!

Connah’s Quay Nomads Last Five: WWWLL
Newtown Last Five: LWDWL

Llanelli Town v The New Saints | Friday, September 14th 2018 (19:45)

The Reds welcome The New Saints to Stebonheath this weekend after the champions have had a similarly up-and-down week to the Nomads we mentioned earlier, as TNS crashed out of the Irn Bru Scottish Challenge Cup at Park Hall on Saturday, but bounced back in emphatic style in midweek with their demolition of Aberystwyth.

Llanelli currently occupy one of the relegation slots in the standings on four points from their opening five games, but such is the nature of the standings at the moment that a win for Andy Hill’s side and other results going their way could see Llanelli on the verge of a top six spot.

James Loveridge has been a highlight for Llanelli so far, with his four goals in five games only bettered by Bala’s Steve Tames and Saints’ Greg Draper. If the Reds are to have a real chance of victory in this one against the champions, the forward is going to have to be at his best.

Llanelli Town Last Five: LWDLL
The New Saints Last Five: WLWWW

Caernarfon Town v Barry Town United | Saturday, September 15th 2018 (14:30)

What a result for the Cofis in midweek. Not many teams will go to Deeside and come away with three points this season: the champions themselves have tried and failed already, for that matter.

For the second weekend in succession, Barry make a lengthy trip north – after last week’s outing against Llandudno – but will be hoping for some points to take back to Jenner Park with them this time around.

Last season these two sides faced each other in the JD Welsh Cup, and it was the Cofis who came away with a victory thanks to that now infamous Nathan Craig free-kick which sent Caernarfon on their way to victory. Will Barry exact their revenge this weekend?

Caernarfon Town Last Five: WLWLW
Barry Town United Last Five: LWDWL

Cefn Druids v Carmarthen Town | Saturday, September 15th 2018 (14:30)

After proclaiming the Druids were back following their victory over Llandudno in front of the Sgorio cameras two weeks ago, it was a tough result to take for Huw Griffiths and his side down at Cyncoed last Sunday as they lost 1-0 as a result of an indirect free-kick following an error by the goalkeeper Michael Jones.

Other than that though, it was a good performance from the Ancients on the whole, as Cyncoed is far from the easiest place to visit and they wont be the last team to be defeated by the Archers on home turf this season, but now with a return to The Rock perhaps they can get back on track.

Carmarthen have built up a head of steam in recent weeks, and come into this fixture off the back of two victories in their last two JDWPL fixtures, and will take confidence from the struggles of the Ancients in recent weeks, but nonetheless it will still be a very challenging fixture for both sides and one very victory is equally important for both. Don’t miss this one at The Rock.

Cefn Druids Last Five: LLLWL
Carmarthen Town Last Five: LDLWW

Aberystwyth Town v Bala Town | Saturday, September 15th 2018 (19:30 LIVE ON S4C)

The Seasiders have a big defeat to bounce back from in front of the TV cameras this weekend, but the memory of last season’s JD Welsh Cup victory over Bala will surely be one which will fill Aber with some belief to go into this game.

A 6-0 defeat against The New Saints was a bitter pill to swallow, but Saints have been in devastating form at home this season and had already heavily beaten Carmarthen and Barry at Park Hall by big margins, so it is no disgrace by any means for Nev Powell’s side.

For Bala, they got back to winning ways against Llanelli last week, but as you’ll see from the form guide below, their form has been quite inconsistent so far, all of their wins so far having come at Maes Tegid. With Nomads stumbling in recent weeks in particular, now is as good a time as ever for sides chasing those top spots to try and find some consistency and build some momentum.

Can Bala grab consecutive league wins for the first time this season this weekend, or will Aber get back to winning ways? Tune in to Sgorio to find out.

Aberystwyth Town Last Five: WLLWL
Bala Town Last Five: WLWLW

Cardiff Met v Llandudno | Sunday, September 16th 2018 (14:30)

The Archers put a winless run to bed with a hard-fought victory over Cefn Druids on Sunday at Cyncoed, and now they’ll be looking to kick on towards some more consistent point-scoring form as they welcome Llandudno to the capital on Sunday – fresh off the back of Iwan Williams’ side bagging their first league win of the season.

Things will be looking up for Met in the coming weeks, as their extensive injury list of Adam Roscrow, Brad Woolridge, Charlie Corsby, Rhydian Morgan and Will Fuller (at varying speeds) make their way back from long injury layoffs, and with those absentees in mind, it is important to evaluate Met’s season so far in that light.

A difficult run of games where the clinical edge in front of goal was clearly lacking for Llandudno, the Seasiders found that edge last weekend as they won 2-0 against Met’s rivals, Barry, and will be hoping to continue it into this coming weekend. How do you see this one panning out?

Cardiff Metropolitan Last Five: WWLLW
Llandudno Last Five: LDDLW

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