Games to please across the leagues (Aug 23-24)

Llansannan line up before their first win of the season. Can they make it two wins out of two on Saturday? Picture: Gwyn Gelli, CPD Llansannan

Every weekend I preview one game from each league covering the North Wales area….

JD Cymru Premier (Friday 7.45 pm)
Cefn Druids v Airbus UK Broughton

Goalmouth action from Airbus’ opener with Bala (white). Picture: Andrew Lincoln

Neither side was able to register a win on the opening weekend – Airbus losing narrowly 2-1 at home to Bala, while Druids picked up a commendable 0-0 draw at Newtown.
This has been a well-matched fixture in the Welsh Premier over the years. Of 18 meetings, Druids have won six, Airbus five with seven draws.
And a draw looks the best bet to me at The Rock on Friday.

JD Cymru North (Friday 7.45 pm)
Rhyl v Llangefni Town

Rhyl celebrate a goal in their Nathaniel MG Cup win at Buckley. Picture: James Curran, Rhyl FC

Both teams kicked off the campaign in winning fashion last Saturday – Rhyl recording a superb 2-1 result at last season’s runners-up Flint Town United, while Cefni overcame Gresford Athletic 2-0 thanks to a Matthew Jones double.
Llangefni are back in tier-two for the first time since 2011-12, but have won this league twice – the same amount of times as the Lilywhites.
Eddie Maurice-Jones’ side will be buoyed by that great win at Cae-y-Castell and with home advantage should triumph by two clear goals.

Top Mark Uniforms North East Wales League (Friday, 6.30 pm)
Mold Town United v Sychdyn

Sychdyn took on Bangor 1876 (in blue) last weekend in the FAW Trophy. Picture: TL Sports Photography

Two teams based less than two miles apart – this is more of a derby than Terence Trent.
Could be some goals here – in their two draws to date, Mold have scored seven and conceded seven, while Sychdyn won their opener 6-4 against Acton before going down 1-0 to Caerwys in midweek.
Should be a good game, but I fancy Sychdyn to edge it by one or two goals.

Lucas Oil Anglesey League (Friday, 7pm)
Arriva Bangor v Bodorgan

Can Arriva Bangor bounce back against Bodorgan?

Bodorgan caused quite a stir on Tuesday when they went to leaders Holyhead Hotspur Reserves and romped to a 5-1 victory.
Definitely a contender for Performance of the Midweek. The villagers will travel to Arriva Bangor confident of achieving another upset, and why not – especially with Arriva losing at Llanfairpwll on Wednesday. However, I back the Busmen to record a win.

Lock Stock Welsh Alliance (Saturday, 2.30 pm)
Division One: Holyhead Hotspur v Denbigh Town

Will Dean Garmey be a key man for Hotspur on Saturday?

What a game this has the potential to be!
Two sides relegated from the Huws Gray Alliance last season, but looking more than capable at this early stage of bouncing straight back up.
Denbigh Town, top of Division One with four wins on the bounce, travelling to the New Stadium to face Hotspur – three straight victories and 18 goals scored.
Arguably the match of the day across all leagues and both sides could end it with their unbeaten records still intact. I’ve just got a feeling Hotspur could nick it though.

Guy Walmsley Welsh National League (Saturday, 2.30 pm)
Premier Division: Brymbo v Queen’s Park

Can Brymbo end Queen’s Park’s winning run?

Champions Queen’s Park have started the season very strongly with four successive wins, while Brymbo have taken just one point out of a possible last six, having won their first two matches.
The Steelmen are still handily placed in fifth and will not want a repeat of the six goals they let in against Cefn Albion at Tanyfron last weekend – they lost the fixture 6-4 having been 3-0 up inside 20 minutes.
Hard to bet against the Park at present, but Brymbo have the ability to land a draw at least. Just leaning towards an away win.

Cartrefi Cymundeol Gwynedd League (Saturday, 2.30 pm)
Bangor 1876 v Nefyn United

Can Bangor’s Dylan Summers-Jones add to his eight goals in three games? Picture: TL Sports Photography

Who is going to stop Bangor 1876?
Mel Jones’ men have been victorious in their first two matches, including an awesome 10-0 caning of Caergybi on Monday.
Nefyn are looking strong this season though, with the goals of manager Carl Jones helping them stand out.
The Penwaig had also won two from two going into Thursday’s clash with Waunfawr, and celebrated a fine 3-2 triumph at Caerwys in the FAW Trophy last weekend.
Bangor to win, but by no more than two goals.

Salisbury & Co (St Asaph) Vale of Clwyd and Conwy League (Saturday, 2.30 pm)
Premier Division: CPD Llansannan v Rhuddlan Town

How will Wayne Hughes and his Rhuddlan team fare at Llansannan?

Two teams who started the season with excellent wins last Saturday – Llansannan taking the spoils 3-1 at Llanelwy Athletic and Rhuddlan recovering from 3-1 down to whip Meliden 6-3.
That game at Llanelwy saw Sannan’s star striker Leon Gierke score a cracker but miss a bagful of great chances. Guaranteed he will not let an opponent off the hook like that again this season.
Rhuddlan have some quality goal-getters of their own, though, Jay Whitehouse leading the way with his hat-trick last Saturday.
Can see this one being a 3-2 either way, and I just go for Llansannan with them having home advantage.

How did I do with my predictions last week?

Conwy’s goal machine Corrig McGonigle helped ensure my prediction for a Porthmadog win over the Tangerines was totally wrong. Pic: Aled Jones

JD Cymru Premier
Airbus UK Broughton v Bala Town

My prediction: Good first-up test for the Wingmakers in a game likely to be decided by the odd goal. I would lean in Bala’s favour.
Final score: Airbus 1 Bala 2 (I WIN)

JD Cymru North
Porthmadog v Conwy Boroug
My prediction: This one could go either way, with 3-2 a decent forecast, perhaps in Port’s favour with them being the home team.
Final score: Porthmadog 0 Conwy 2 (I LOSE)

Lock Stock Welsh Alliance Division One
Glan Conwy v Bodedern Athletic

My prediction: This one could end up a draw, I’d say two-apiece.
Final score: Glan 2 Bodedern 1 (I LOSE)

Guy Walmsley Welsh National League Premier Division
Brymbo v Cefn Albion

My prediction: I go for a 1-1 draw.
Final score: Brymbo 4 Albion 6 (I LOSE – but who could have picked that score!)

Salisbury and Co (St Asaph) Vale of Clwyd and Conwy League Premier Division
Llanelwy Athletic v Llansannan

My prediction: With their fine summer form behind them, I go for Llansannan 2-1 or 3-1.
Final score: Llanelwy 1 Llansannan 3 (I WIN)

Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd League
Trearddur Bay Bulls v Menai Bridge Tigers

My prediction: Another close one, and I’m sticking my neck out and tipping the Tigers just to edge it.
Final score: Bulls 1 Tigers 0 (I LOSE)

Top Mark Uniforms North East Wales League
Borras Park Albion v Mold Town United

My prediction: Could be lots of goals in this one, but I’m favouring Mold to take the spoils.
Final score: 2-2 (I LOSE)

Lucas Oil Anglesey League
Arriva Bangor v Mountain Rangers

My prediction: I’m going for a 4-3, with Arriva making the most of home advantage – just.
Final score: Match postponed

FAW Trophy round one
Bangor 1876 v Sychdyn

My prediction: The home team should win this one, but the Mold-area villagers will prove far from a walkover.
Final score: Bangor 1876 5 Sychdyn 1 (I WIN – and it wasn’t as easy as the score may suggest).

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