#JDWPL MD22 Preview
The Phase One finale is here. MD22 has finally arrived, and it is set to be an absolutely stunning Saturday evening of football. Read on to find out more about the six final fixtures of Phase One with our preview below.
Aberystwyth Town v Connah’s Quay Nomads | Saturday, January 13th 2017 (17:15)
Free of the threat of finding themselves in the drop zone for the first time in a long time, Aberystwyth Town go into this weekend with the clear goal of building up a bigger gap between themselves and Prestatyn in eleventh, whilst also looking to close the gap on Newtown and the teams above them ahead of what is set to be a superb Phase Two battle in the bottom six.
The Nomads travel to Park Avenue in a fine run of form knowing that a point, barring Bangor beating TNS by more than four goals, would secure them second place going into Phase Two, but Andy Morrison and his team will no doubt be going all-out for the victory so they can mount a charge for top spot in Phase Two.
Neville Powell’s side will have felt somewhat unlucky, perhaps, to not have come away from Cyncoed last weekend with all three points, despite their very impressive performance, but this Saturday they have a chance to finish Phase One with what would be their first JDWPL win in five. Park Avenue is the place to be if you want to know how this game pans out.
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Barry Town United v Bala Town | Saturday, January 13th 2017 (17:15)
These two sides are winless in their last two and will want to get three points on the board before the split so as to allow them to start Phase Two off on the right foot, but with that in mind – and the very impressive form shown by both of these sides throughout various points in the season – this is going to be a very tight affair between two sides looking to get back to winning ways.
For Barry Town United, they do still have very slim hopes of making the top six, if Llandudno beat Druids and then The Dragons muster up enough goals to overcome the (at present) six-goal difference between Iwan Williams’ side and Gavin Chesterfield’s side in the goal difference stakes.
This promises to be a very good game between two top sides, with a result for either side key to setting up a positive start to Phase Two. Make sure you head to Jenner Park to check this one out.
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Carmarthen Town v Cardiff Metropolitan | Saturday, January 13th 2017 (17:15)
The injury crisis and hectic schedule has deeply affected Cardiff Met in the last few weeks of this season, without a doubt – so much so, that a cursory look at the form guide tells you that this weekend’s opponents at the foot of the table have more victories in their last eight league games than Met do (The Old Gold lead 2-1).
With the Nathaniel MG Cup final coming up next weekend and Met in fifth, only able to climb one place in the standings on Saturday if other results go their way, you could forgive The Archers for fielding a weakened team, but the reality is they’re already doing that because of the plethora of first-team injuries they’ve suffered over the last few weeks.
Carmarthen Town can’t escape the drop zone this weekend, but should they win and Prestatyn Town lose then it would mean that The Old Gold manage to lift themselves off of the foot of the table going into Phase Two. Don’t miss this one, a rematch of last season’s Europa League Playoff semi-final.
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Newtown AFC v Prestatyn Town | Saturday, January 13th 2017 (17:15)
Well, they love a comeback don’t they? Newtown AFC never cease to amaze, with their superb second half overturning of a 2-0 deficit against Cardiff Met at Latham Park on Tuesday evening coming not long after The Robins secured a comeback victory over The JDWPL Champions TNS – if there are comeback kings in this league, surely it is Chris Hughes’ side?
The team needing a comeback in this game though, is Prestatyn Town. Neil Gibson’s side desperately need to come back to regularly point scoring ways, with nine losses in their last ten JDWPL games showing just how difficult a time The Seasiders have had of late.
Prestatyn will be in the drop zone come the split regardless of what happens in this fixture, but they’re in danger of being overtaken by Carmarthen Town and left behind by Aberystwyth who occupy tenth at present if they don’t get back to picking up points on a regular basis. A string of good results could soon see them out of the drop zone – can they start that run on Saturday evening?
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The New Saints v Bangor City | Saturday, January 13th 2017 (17:15)
A lot of football has been played since The JDWPL kicked off to the thunderous tremors caused by Bangor City’s 5-2 victory over The New Saints on the opening night of this 2017/18 JD Welsh Premier League season. That result set the bar for what has – I’m sure you’ll agree – been a superb season of football so far, and everyone has eagerly been anticipating the rematch, without a doubt, and it couldn’t come at a better time, really.
With The New Saints having started to carve out a significant gap at the top of the table now – leading by nine points over second-placed Connah’s Quay Nomads – what a time for their first conquerors this season to resurface at the home of the champions to take them on in the last fixture of Phase One.
No doubt The Citizens will be raring to go after the split to try and hunt down Scott Ruscoe’s side at the top of the table, but there is equally little dispute that a victory for Kevin Nicholson’s side in this game would be of real significance for the title race – can they give The New Saints something to think about before Phase Two?
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Cefn Druids v Llandudno FC | Saturday, January 13th 2017 (17:15 LIVE ON SGORIO)
Win and you’re in, that’s the aim for Llandudno FC in this game against Cefn Druids as they chase down the final top six place for Phase Two. The Ancients occupy the final top six spot at the moment, and have been in the top half for most of the season – they just need a draw at The Rock to secure what Huw Griffiths said would be his greatest achievement in management, which is some statement!
It is one Iwan Williams echoed in his own post-match assessments following Llandudno’s 1-1 draw with Bala Town last weekend, and in his young managerial career finishing in the top half would certainly be a huge marker of just why the former Caernarfon boss is so highly rated – Llandudno have only lost one in their previous seven games, too.
What a way to finish Phase One, with a top six showdown live on S4C’s Sgorio – you have no excuse at all to miss it, so make sure you watch to find out who will complete the top six line-up for Phase Two!