Ahead of the latest weekend of action, we take a look at the key games across the three divisions.
JD Cymru Premier
Connah’s Quay Nomads v The New Saints (Friday, 20:00 – LIVE ON S4C)
Second host third in the live game on Friday night, as Nomads and Saints meet for the first time this season, where a win for either side will take them top above Barry for a night at least, with the latter in action on Saturday.
The two sides have had plenty of fierce battles over the last couple of seasons and if Nomads are going to mount another push for the title this year, then taking points from tonight’s clash is a must.
Quay’s unbeaten start to the season was extended last week with a 1-1 draw at Aberystwyth. Saints have won their last three in the league to keep pace, but two of their three defeats to date in the league have come on the road, and all three have come against other current top five sides.
Caernarfon Town v Barry Town United (Saturday, 14:30)
The other big game at the top of the table is Saturday, as leaders Barry travel to fourth place Caernarfon.
The sides drew 0-0 back on MD05 at Jenner Park, and both teams will be looking to gain advantage with Nomads and Saints meeting each other the day before.
Unbeaten so far this season, Barry’s last defeat away in the league was back in March last year, whilst Caernarfon’s last home defeat was in February, so both teams have good form to protect.
JD Cymru North
Flint Town United v Penrhyncoch (Saturday, 14:30)
An intriguing game is in prospect at Cae y Castell, where Flint, the league’s second highest scorers take on Penrhyncoch, who are joint with Prestatyn as the league’s tightest defence.
Free-scoring Mark Cadwallader and Richie Foulkes have contributed 27 goals to Flint’s tally between them already, marking them out as the danger men the Roosters will need to look out for. Last time out in the League, they beat Ruthin 7-0 with Foulkes and Callum Bratley both scoring hattricks.
This will be a test for Gari Lewis’s team but so far this season they have shown that they are a difficult team to beat, having conceded only ten goals. With a draw against Porthmadog the last time out an away win for the Roosters would draw them level on points with tomorrow’s opponents.
Porthmadog v Corwen (Saturday, 14:30)
New Corwen manager Sion Tudor Jones will be looking to inspire his side to their second win of the season against his former club as two of the bottom three meet at Y Traeth.
Porthmadog have gone three games unbeaten and will look to use Tuesday’s 7-0 win over Llanberis in the JD Welsh Cup as platform to build on and climb up the table.
Tightening up at the back must be one of Jones’ priorities, as Corwen have the worst goals against record in the league, having conceded 31 goals. A massive game at the bottom offers the perfect opportunity to address that.
JD Cymru South
Goytre United v Llantwit Major (Friday, 19:30)
Lee John’s men may sit in 12th in the JD Cymru South, but Goytre United have played the fewest games of any club in the league so far this season.
The Port Talbot outfit know that a win at home against Darren Robinson’s Llantwit Major could go a long way to defining this chapter of the season.
A dogged, resilient side, Major will be no easy opponents. With four wins and two draws in 10 games, Robinson will be looking to extend the gap between the two sides to as many as seven points this weekend by getting a win at Glenhafod Park.
Haverfordwest County v Swansea University (Friday, 19:30)
Swansea University made a real statement of intent last weekend when they came back from 2-0 down to defeat Llanelli Town 3-2 at home.
The win gave Dafydd Evans’ men sole possession of top spot, but this week’s game could be even more important as a consequence.
The Bluebirds lie in second place ahead of the game, just three points behind the Students, but a win for Swansea Uni would give them a six point advantage of their opponents.
Image: Rhys Skinner Photography/Barry Town United AFC.