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There are only two rounds of matches left to play in the first phase of the JD Cymru Premier season, but the Top Six teams will already be setting their sights on automatic European qualification, while the Bottom Six teams will be battling to avoid relegation. 

 

Tuesday, 10 January 

 Airbus UK (12th) v Caernarfon Town (8th) | Tuesday – 19:45 

 

Airbus UK will be determined not to reach the split on negative points with the Wingmakers in real danger of breaking the record as the worst team to ever play in the league. 

 

Last season, a struggling Cefn Druids side finished the first phase with only two points, which was the lowest ever tally at the split.  

But this season, a three-point deduction for fielding an ineligible player in the reverse fixture against Caernarfon Town has left Airbus on -2 points, after losing 19 of their 20 league games since their promotion. 

Caernarfon Town are another club who are in a rut as the Cofis have lost six successive league games and have had to settle for a place in the Bottom Six for the first time since their promotion in 2018. 

Caernarfon Town have secured just one point from a possible 24 in their last eight league matches, which is their worst form in the top-flight since the 2006/07 season. 

But the Canaries have won their previous four meetings with Airbus, therefore Huw Griffiths will be confident that the Cofis can bring the disappointing streak to an end this Tuesday. 

 

League form: 

Airbus UK: ❌❌❌❌❌ 

Caernarfon Town: ❌❌❌❌❌ 

 

Bala Town (3rd) v Connah’s Quay (2nd) | Tuesday – 19:45 

To the Top Six, and it’s a crucial clash between Bala Town and Connah’s Quay who are only four points apart in the hunt for 2nd place and automatic European qualification. 

 

Connah’s Quay are enjoying a run of 19 games without defeat in all competitions (won 15, drawn four), which is their longest ever run without a loss. 

 

But three of those draws have come in their last four matches, which has allowed The New Saints to break 11 points clear at the summit, and Bala Town to close the gap from below. 

 

Bala Town have a remarkable home record with 10 wins and nine clean sheets in their last 12 matches at Maes Tegid in all competitions. 

 

But it will be a tough test on Tuesday against a Connah’s Quay side that have won their last three games against Bala Town, including the 1-0 win in August thanks to a long-range lob from Ryan Stratulis. 

 

These clubs will meet again before the end of the month to compete for the first silverware of the season in the Nathaniel MG Cup final on 28 January. 

 

League form:
Bala Town: ✅❌✅✅✅ 

Connah’s Quay: ➖➖✅➖✅
 

 

Flint Town United (9th) v The New Saints (1st) | Tuesday – 19:45 

With only three points separating the four clubs between the 8th and 11th positions, Flint Town United are certainly in a relegation scrap this season. 

 

But the Silkmen are unbeaten in their last four home matches after claiming positive results against Cardiff Met (1-1), Caernarfon Town (2-1), Connah’s Quay (0-0) and Aberystwyth Town (1-1). 

 

The New Saints are still unbeaten in the league this season, and the reigning champions have now gone 26 league games without defeat since March (won 22, drawn four). 

 

The Oswestry hotshots have won the championship a record 14 times but could this be the year that the Saints christen themselves as ‘Invincibles’ by going through a whole league campaign without a loss.  

   

Flint Town United have a worrying record against The New Saints since their promotion (drawn one, lost six), which includes their most recent hammerings of 6-2 and 7-0 in their last two meetings.  

 

League form: 

Flint Town United: ➖➖❌✅➖
The New Saints: ✅✅✅✅➖
 

 

Aberystwyth Town (11th) v Pen-y-bont (5th) | Tuesday – 20:00 

Following five consecutive defeats, Aberystwyth Town breathed a small sigh of relief on Friday after a 1-1 draw away at Flint Town United. 

Aberystwyth Town are one of only two clubs who have been ever-present since the league’s formation back in 1992 (along with Newtown), and Anthony Williams will be determined not to see the Black & Greens slip into the second tier. 

Pen-y-bont will be full of confidence on the back of their impressive 5-1 victory against Caernarfon Town on Saturday, and after sealing their place in the Top Six for a third successive season, Rhys Griffiths’ squad will now be eyeing up a top three finish.  

Finishing in 3rd place has been enough to seal a ticket to Europe in each of the last eight seasons, and with just four points separating Bala Town (3rd) and Newtown (6th) it bodes to be a thrilling and competitive second phase to the campaign. 

A win for Aberystwyth Town would lift them out of the relegation zone, but the Seasiders have lost their last three meetings with Pen-y-bont. 

 

League form: 

Aberystwyth Town: ➖❌❌❌❌
Pen-y-bont: ✅✅➖❌✅
 

 All goals and highlights can be viewed on Sgorio’s online accounts. 

Rhys Llwyd

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