Halfway through the JD Cymru Premier season and The New Saints have opened a 12-point lead at the summit.   

It could be a significant weekend in the race for European football as 3rd placed Newtown host 2nd placed Flint Town United, while the league leaders The New Saints welcome 4th placed Pen-y-bont. 


Friday, 17 December 

Caernarfon Town (7th) v Aberystwyth Town (10th) | Friday – 19:45 

Caernarfon Town start the weekend in the bottom half, but the Canaries have a game in hand as they’re fixture against Flint Town United was postponed for the second time on Tuesday night due to a waterlogged pitch. 

The Cofis may have lost six of their last eight games, but Huw Griffiths’ men are still well in the race for the Top Six as they trail 6th placed Bala Town by just two points. 

Following back-to-back defeats Aberystwyth Town are back down amongst the strugglers and are level on points with Haverfordwest County (11th). 

Caernarfon Town have already beaten Aberystwyth Town this season (Aber 0-1 Cfon) and the Cofis have lost just one in eight against the Seasiders (won 5, drawn 2). 

League form:

Caernarfon Town: ❌✅❌✅❌ 

Aberystwyth Town: ➖✅✅❌❌

Cefn Druids (12th) v Bala Town (6th) | Friday – 19:45 

After 25 games without a win and only two points this season, things are looking bleak for Cefn Druids.  

Bala Town have made the Top Six for the last seven years, but with just one win from their last seven outings, Colin Caton’s clan could be cutting it close this season. 

The Lakesiders have won four of their last eight meetings with Cefn Druids, but the reverse fixture earlier this season ended in a 1-1 draw as Andy Turner’s Ancients picked up their first point of the campaign at Maes Tegid. 

League form: 

Cefn Druids: ❌➖❌❌❌ 

Bala Town: ❌➖✅❌➖

Cardiff Met (9th) v Barry Town United (8th) | Friday – 19:45 

At Cyncoed Campus, Cardiff Met will be looking to beat Barry Town United for the fourth time this season. 

Since September the Archers have seen off the Dragons in the Welsh Cup, the Nathaniel MG Cup and in the reverse league fixture. 

At the start of the season both clubs would have set their sights on making it into the Top Six, and as they’re currently three points adrift of Bala Town (6th) with an identical record, this could be a make-or-break encounter for the two teams. 

League form: 

Cardiff Met: ❌❌❌✅➖ 

Barry Town United: ➖➖✅❌❌ 


Saturday, 18 December 

Connah’s Quay (5th) v Haverfordwest County (11th) | Saturday – 14:30 

Connah’s Quay have been rejuvenated under Craig Harrison and are currently on a run of 10 games without defeat (won 7, drawn 3). 

The Nomads have kept six consecutive clean sheets in the league and it’s no surprise to see that Connah’s Quay have the best defensive record once again this season (conceded nine goals in 16 games). 

It will be a tough test for Haverfordwest County who haven’t beaten Connah’s Quay since 2010 and are without a win at the Deeside Stadium since 2003. 

League form: 

Connah’s Quay: ✅✅➖✅➖ 

Haverfordwest County: ❌➖❌❌➖ 


Newtown (3rd) v Flint Town United (2nd) | Saturday – 14:30 

Not many would have predicted in August that we’d be seeing Newtown and Flint Town United battle it out for second place and European qualification. 

The two dark horses are level on points, but Flint Town United hold the advantage as they have a game in hand. 

Flint Town United won the reverse fixture comfortably (4-1) despite playing the last 30 minutes a man short following Michael Wilde’s dismissal. 

But the Silkmen haven’t won a league fixture at Latham Park in 25 years (1995/96). 

League form: 

Newtown: ✅➖❌✅✅ 

Flint Town United: ✅✅➖❌✅ 


The New Saints (1st) v Pen-y-bont (4th) | Saturday – 17:15 

At Park Hall, Pen-y-bont will be aiming to become the first team to topple The New Saints at their own patch since April. 

The New Saints (1) and Pen-y-bont (3) are the two teams who have lost their least amount of league games this season, and the visitors will be full of confidence after smashing seven past the Druids last Saturday. 

Rhys Griffiths’ gang were the first side to take points from the Saints this season (Pen 1-1 TNS), but before that match Pen-y-bont had lost all seven previous meetings with the Oswestry outfit. 

League form: 

The New Saints: ✅❌✅✅✅

Pen-y-bont: ❌✅➖✅✅ 


Highlights of all games will be available on Sgorio’s online accounts. 

Rhys Llwyd

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