Friday, August 30
JD Cymru Premier (7.45 pm)
Bala Town v Connah’s Quay Nomads
North Wales’ two chief flag bearers of recent times in the top league clash at Maes Tegid on Friday night.
Hosts Bala are current Cymru Premier leaders, having already beaten newcomers Airbus and finally defeated The New Saints at the 33rd attempt in league combat before returning from Barry Town United with a very commendable 2-2 draw last time out.
Last season’s runners-up Nomads have yet to record a league success this term, all three of their matches ending in draws.
The Quay won three of the four WPL tussles between the sides last season, but the Lakesiders have marginally had the better of things overall in 28 league clashes, leading by 11 victories to 10 with seven draws.
If selected, Bala defender Anthony Stephens will make his 100th Cymru Premier appearance.
Unbeaten Town have started well and I think they will end the evening still undefeated after a hard-fought draw.
Saturday, August 31
JD Cymru North (2.30 pm)
Rhyl v Prestatyn Town
These great Denbighshire rivals will meet for just the third time in the tier-two Cymru North on Saturday.
Before last season, all previous encounters between the pair had been in the Welsh Premier, Rhyl winning four and Prestatyn none, with four draws.
Town finally broke their duck in league matches against the Lilywhites last term, winning 3-0 at Belle Vue in a Boxing Day Cymru Alliance derby. That result halted Rhyl’s nine-match winning streak. The other 2018-19 battle between the pair ended 1-1.
Prestatyn are early leaders of the 2019-20 Cymru North table with three straight wins, while the Lilies have won two and lost one, having surprisingly crashed 2-0 at Llandudno in midweek.
Form favours an away win on Saturday, but Rhyl will be determined not to lose two in a row and again, a draw is my prediction.
Welsh Cup qualifying round one (2.30 pm)
Amlwch Town v Holyhead Town
What a cracker in prospect at Lon Bach!
These two sides met just a fortnight in a Welsh Alliance Division Two clash with Holyhead winning 6-5 at Millbank.
The fans would settle for a similar-type thriller in the Welsh Cup on Saturday, although the respective managers would probably not prefer a repeat scoreline.
Holyhead’s big danger comes in the shape of twin strikers Asa Thomas and Gary Jo Owen, who have netted 18 goals between them in only six games this term.
But Amlwch offer plenty of goal threat as well, in the shape of prolific Ryan Rowlands and Luke McGivern.
Holyhead just edge it for me, but it could be very close.
Lock Stock Welsh Alliance Division One (2.30 pm)
Llanberis v Nantlle Vale
An attractive-looking encounter between local rivals lying fourth and fifth respectively in Division One.
Nantlle arrive at Ffordd Padarn still unbeaten after six league games, although only two have resulted in wins.
The two meetings between these Arfon sides last season finished in draws and yes, I’m going to sit on the fence again and forecast a sharing of the points.
Guy Walmsley Welsh National League Premier Division (2.30 pm)
Cefn Albion v Holywell Town
Both of Holywell’s league games to date have ended 0-0, their season beginning late through no fault of their own.
By contrast, Albion’s matches have been full of goals, the most notable a 6-4 triumph at Brymbo, where they were three-down after 20 minutes.
Cefn are not quite into their stride yet and the Wellmen have been strengthened this week by the return of former goal machine Phil Lloyd.
With home advantage, I’m just leaning towards Albion.
Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd League (2.30 pm)
Llannerchymedd v Llanystumdwy
Two teams at the wrong end of the table who have tasted some heavy defeats meet at Tan Parc.
Llanystumdwy are the only one of the pair to pick up a point, although they have had twice as many attempts as Medd, drawing 3-3 at Glantraeth.
Expect a high-scoring draw.
Salisbury and Co (St Asaph) Vale of Clwyd and Conwy League (2.30 pm)
Division One: Llysfaen v Llanfairfechan Reserves
Third hosts second, Llysfaen having won their only game so far, while Llanfairfechan have a victory and a draw on their record.
Llysfaen started their season on fire with a 7-2 blitzing of Henllan last Saturday. It will be harder against Llanfair, who themselves have defeated Henllan 3-1, but I believe Llysfaen can get the win.
Top Mark Uniforms North East Wales League (2 pm)
Brymbo Victoria v Borras Park Albion
Victoria are unbeaten in three, having piled up 24 goals, while Borras have a win, a draw and a loss on their log to date.
With their goals potential, it should be a home victory, but Albion have already proved they are no pushovers this season. Prediction: home win.
Lucas Oil Anglesey League (2.30 pm)
Pentraeth Res v Y Fali
This pair have kicked off the campaign nicely, Pentraeth lying fourth with Y Fali a place above.
Both have only lost once with plenty of goals produced by each.
Y Fali have been ruthless in the net-finding department, while Pentraeth had their confidence knocked last time out when Cemaes Bay whipped them 6-2 at Bryniau Field.
Away win on the cards.