Weekend Lowdown: Welsh Premiership

by Sion Cleaver

Another week has gone by and Wales’ top-flight league has enjoyed a busy weekend of fixtures. We begin at the weekend’s only Friday night game between Airbus UK Broughton and Aberystwyth Town. A minute into the match, Airbus’ very own Glenn Rule put the ball into the back of his own net to put the visitors Aberystwyth into the lead. The game remained rather stale and scrappy at times until the 76th minute when Mike Hayes equalised for the home side with a thunderous goal. Aberystwyth were lucky to escape with a point on Friday night, they’re not enjoying a great spell at the moment and if they continue they might have to look at staying up rather than getting into Europe as their main objective for the season.

Carmarthen enjoyed a reasonable attendance on Saturday when you take into account that Swansea City were playing West Brom a few miles away, their result however didn’t live up to expectations. The home side have enjoyed a brilliant streak of performances as of late, and they looked set to live up to that when they took the lead in the 41st minute thanks to a nice finish from Nick Harrhy. The second half saw Craig Garside equalise for the away side with over half an hour left to play. The game remained entertaining to watch with free-flowing and clever football from both sides, Bangor took the lead late into the second half with a wonderful 83rd minute goal from Neil Thomas. The game ended 2 – 1 to Bangor City in the end, sending the loyal away support on their six hour journey home with a smile on their faces.

Big boys Neath Athletic travelled to minnows Newtown on Saturday afternoon for the weekend’s Televised match on S4/C, Newtown were only just getting over their 9 – 2 defeat away to Llanelli. Thirty minutes into the match, Newtown conceded two goals in quick concession, Mathew Rees and Luke Bowen both getting on the scoresheet. The second half saw Chris Jones score a wonderful goal to bring the scoreline up to three nil for the South Wales side, former Swansea City man Kerry Morgan eventually tied up the game with Neath’s fourth in the 87th minute. A poor performance on Newtown’s part, who’s dreadful streak seems to be continuing, relegation seems to be on the cards for them I’m afraid.

The New Saints welcomed league new boys Afan Lido to Park Hall for a 2.30pm kick-off on Saturday, Christian Seargeant took the Oswestry based side into the lead within twelve minutes and Craig Jones doubling TNS’ lead in the 34th. Afan Lido could barely touch the ball at times, with the professional TNS side passing the ball on their artificial pitch like Barcelona. Matty Williams sealed the win with fifteen minutes left to go, making it 3 – 0 for the The New Saints, Afan Lido are set to join Newtown in the relegation fight this season.

Sunday afternoon saw Bala Town take on Llanelli AFC at home, this was one of the more tightely contested games of the weekend, with Rhys Grffiths scoring two within the first quarter of an hour for Llanelli. Craig Moses took the away side to 3 – 0 in the 62nd minute only to see Bala take one back two minutes later thanks to a brilliant effort from Liam Loughlin. Even though they were 3 – 1 down, Bala showed the workings of a well-oiled machine at times, they didn’t deserve to be losing like they were. Rhys Griffiths got his hat-trick for Llanelli with just under twenty minutes left, making it 4 – 1 to the away side. Bala got one back with four minutes to spare thanks to Rhys Darlington but it was too late. The scoreline didn’t reflect the flow of the game, although Llanelli did well to get the three points.

The GenQuip Stadium saw a Sunday afternoon stalemate between two of the league’s Europa League hopefuls, Port Talbot Town and Prestatyn both enjoyed spells of possession although nobody managed to get on the scoresheet. Both teams had a few moments of excellence but sadly not enough to take the three points. 0 – 0 was a fair result in the end.

That’s it for this week’s Welsh Premier League round-up, join me next time for more action from Wales’ top-flight football league! Until next time Amigos, hwyl fawr.

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