An exciting set of mid-week fixtures are upon us in the JD Cymru Premier as 1st meets 2nd, 3rd meets 4th and the bottom two go head-to-head.
Tuesday, 12 October
Caernarfon Town (4th) v Flint Town United (3rd) | Tuesday – 19:45
Caernarfon Town are in fine form having lost only once in their last eight outings.
The Cofis have kept five clean sheets in their last seven games, setting out a statement that they are once again real contenders for a top half finish.
Only one point separate the two teams, and despite the strong start, Flint Town United have not won away from home in the league since their opening weekend win at Cardiff Met.
Flint Town United have failed to win any of their last nine meetings with Caernarfon Town (lost 8, drawn 1), but the Silkmen will be full of confidence following their 3-2 victory over Barry Town United on Saturday.
Caernarfon Town: ➖✅✅➖✅
Flint Town United: ❌✅❌❌✅
Connah’s Quay (8th) v Newtown (5th) | Tuesday – 19:45
After six successful seasons under Andy Morrison, Connah’s Quay are now in an unfamiliar situation as they sit in the bottom half of the table with only two wins from eight league games.
Not one Connah’s Quay player has scored more than one goal in the league this season, but the Nomads remain solid defensively as they have only conceded six goals in eight games, equalling The New Saints’ and Bala Town’s record.
This is Connah’s Quay’s worst start to a campaign since 2014/15 and their longest run without a win in one season since 2014/15.
But the barren run without a win could end on Tuesday as Connah’s Quay are unbeaten in 10 meetings with Newtown and have won each of their last seven home games against the Robins.
Consistency seems to be Newtown’s biggest issue this season as they’ve recently lost against Aberystwyth Town and Carmarthen Town, but proved in their last two games that they can comfortably beat Barry Town United and Pen-y-bont when they’re at their best.
Connah’s Quay: ➖❌❌͏͏➖❌
Pen-y-bont (9th) v Haverfordwest County (10th) | Tuesday – 19:45
Level on points in 9th and 10th positions, this could be a significant encounter for two struggling sides.
With only one win from eight league games, with that victory coming against bottom side Cefn Druids, it’s been surprising to see Pen-y-bont start the campaign so poorly after finishing 4th last season.
Each one of Pen-y-bont’s four home league matches have ended 1-1 so far this season, but Rhys Griffiths will expect nothing less than three points this Tuesday.
Their opponents, Haverfordwest County have climbed out of the relegation zone for the first time since August following a run of five games without defeat, which includes wins against Flint Town United and Cardiff Met.
But Pen-y-bont haven’t lost any of their last six meetings with the Bluebirds (won 5, drawn 1).
Haverfordwest County: ❌❌✅➖✅
Barry Town United (7th) v Cardiff Met (6th) | Tuesday – 19:45
It’s been a mixed bag of results for these two clubs who will be battling it out for a place in the Top Six.
Barry Town United have lost their last three games, dropping down into the bottom half, while Cardiff Met have won six of their last eight and have climbed up to the top half.
Gavin Chesterfield’s Dragons will be looking for pay-back after Cardiff Met beat the Jenner Park boys 3-0 in the JD Welsh Cup third round last month.
Barry Town United: ✅✅❌❌❌
Cardiff Met: ✅✅❌✅❌
The New Saints (1st) v Bala Town (2nd) | Tuesday – 19:45
It’s 1st against 2nd at Park Hall on Tuesday as The New Saints look to increase the six point gap between themselves and Bala Town.
The New Saints recorded a good win against champions Connah’s Quay on Saturday, while Bala Town became the first team to drop points against Cefn Druids this season.
It could be a tough test for Colin Caton’s side as Bala Town have never won against The New Saints at Park Hall, and the Lakesiders have failed to score in their last three meetings with the Oswestry outfit.
The New Saints: ✅➖✅✅✅
Bala Town: ✅✅✅✅➖
Wednesday, 13 October
Cefn Druids (12th) v Aberystwyth Town (11th) | Wednesday – 19:45
After 16 consecutive league defeats, Cefn Druids’ dreadful run finally came to an end on Saturday as they secured an unexpected point at Maes Tegid.
It was certainly a step in the right direction for Andy Turner’s Ancients, but they still face a mammoth task to try and close the seven point gap between themselves and the safety of the 10th position.
Aberystwyth Town have only scored in two of their eight league fixtures, and Antonio Corbisiero’s men have dropped into the relegation zone after their loss to Caernarfon Town, which was their fifth 1-0 defeat in eight games this season.
But the Black & Greens have won their last five meetings with Cefn Druids, scoring a total of 19 goals (3.8 goals per game).
Aberystwyth Town: ❌❌✅❌❌
Cefn Druids: ❌❌❌❌➖
Highlights of all matches will be available on the Sgorio online accounts.