North Wales football: Games To Please Across The Leagues (Sep 7)

Caernarfon Town players celebrate last Saturday’s late winner at Airbus. Picture: Andrew Lincoln

JD Cymru Premier (Sat, 2.30 pm)
Barry Town United v Caernarfon Town

An attractive tussle on the cards as early Cymru Premier leaders Barry welcome the always entertaining Caernarfon Town to Jenner Park.

This pair met four times last season – Caernarfon’s first back in the top flight since 2008/09.

Barry won 4-0 and 2-1 at home, and gained a 1-0 victory away, with the Canaries coming out on top 2-0 at The Oval in February 2019.

The South Wales side are unbeaten in four league encounters so far, while after two draws and a narrow defeat at TNS, the Cofis celebrated their first CP victory of the campaign last weekend in a 3-2 thriller at Airbus.

Caernarfon will go for it at Jenner Park and are capable of grabbing at least a draw.

JD Cymru North (Sat, 2.30 pm)
Llandudno v Conwy Borough

Conwy Borough will be relishing the prospect of Saturday’s derby at Maesdu Park. Photo provided by Conwy Borough FC

Ninth entertains sixth in what should be an interesting local derby at Maesdu Park.

Tudno have made a mixed start to the campaign, celebrating home wins over Corwen and Rhyl, but being whipped 4-1 by Gresford at Maesdu as well as slumping to a 2-0 defeat at Colwyn Bay last weekend.

Conwy have enjoyed good victories against Llangefni Town (4-0) and Porthmadog (2-0), held Bangor City 0-0 and gave joint-leaders Flint Town United a fine battle only to lose 5-3.

There are a number of injury concerns in the Llandudno camp, Dean Seager and Robbie Parry among those rated doubtful.

The home side will also need to be wary of talented goal machine Corrig McGonigle.

Conwy are more than capable of shading this one.

Lock Stock Welsh Alliance Division One (Sat, 2.30 pm)
Greenfield v Holyhead Hotspur

Will Chris Jones find the target for Hotspur at Greenfield. Pic: Eye in the Sky

Not many Welsh Alliance fixtures on this weekend, but there’s a cracker in store when Greenfield host Holyhead Hotspur in Division One.

Hotspur were going great guns, winning their opening four matches in a canter before being beaten 3-0 in their last outing at Llandudno Albion.

Greenfield have been such a steady side at this level since their promotion three seasons ago and could prove every bit as difficult an opponent as Albion, having already seen off Glan Conwy and Bodedern at home this term.

I can foresee a high-scoring draw.

Guy Walmsley Welsh National League Premier Division (Sat, 2.30 pm)
Brymbo v Penycae

Brymbo hitman Ben Kearney

The Premier Division is such high quality this season – even at this early stage one could see six or seven teams making a title challenge.

Brymbo currently top the pile but they can expect a good test when a much-improved Penycae visit Tanyfron.

Although the Steelmen’s 6-4 loss to Cefn Albion on August 17 suggested they could be a little vulnerable at The Crick, Philly Hudson’s side have been pretty solid ever since.

Penycae haven’t quite got fully going yet, but a 6-0 Welsh Cup win over Caerwys last weekend will have done them no harm.

Salisbury and Co (St Asaph) Vale of Clwyd and Conwy League Premier Division (Sat, 2.30 pm)
CPD Llansannan v Llandudno Athletic

Llansannan FC line up before their opening game against Llanelwy Athletic. Pic: Gwyn Gelli

Two teams which came so close to title glory last season meet up at the Llan Siro.

Both Llansannan and Athletic are expected to be up there challenging near the top this term.

In these early days, Tom Lewis’ side have recorded a win and a draw, while Rhys Lane’s men have delivered a victory and a defeat.

No serious form guide, but with home advantage and that man Leon Gierke on call, a Sannan triumph looks likeliest.

Back of the net! A-haaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd League (Sat, 2.30 pm)
Menai Bridge Tigers v Nefyn United

Nefyn (red and white) in recent action against Bangor 1876. Picture: Kevin Owen, Bangor 1876 media

Just the one Gwynedd League game on this Saturday but it’s a good one – the champions versus a team looking well capable of being among the title hopefuls.

Despite losing a number of key players over the summer, as well as long-serving manager Sean Brett, the Tigers lie second after an impressive start under new boss Aaron Rowlands.

Nefyn are four points behind Menai in fifth spot, but have played two games less. Their player-manager Carl Jones is already established as one of the best strikers in the league.

A potential corker this one and I just edge against the Tigers and predict a Nefyn win.

Top Mark Uniforms North East Wales League (Sat, 2 pm)
Penyffordd Lions v Chirk Town

Chirk Town have started the season in perfect fashion

New boys Chirk could not have made a better start – played three, won three, goals scored 20 goals conceded 2.

With class acts like Tom Freeman in the side, it is little wonder the Taverners have begun life in the North East Wales League, where they sit second, so well.

They should be in for a stiff test at Penyffordd, though. The Lions have played all their three games away, winning two and losing one, and are currently third in the standings.

Always back an unbeaten record – Chirk to win, but it could be close.

Lucas Oil Anglesey League (Sat, 2.30 pm)
Mountain Rangers v Bodorgan

Can Mountain Rangers maintain their unbeaten record?

The leaders entertain the seventh-placed side – and there are seven points between the pair.

A guaranteed home win? Not necessarily.

Bodorgan have picked up some really good results on their travels, winning 5-1 at Holyhead Hotspur Reserves, as well as grabbing a 3-3 at both Arriva Bangor and Pentraeth Reserves.

When you have plenty of goals potential in the side anything can happen – and Bodorgan are very capable in this department.

Mountain have settled nicely into this league, however, unbeaten with four wins and a draw, and goals throughout the team with Sam Williams particularly potent of late.

I think Rangers will edge it, but Bodorgan will prove again they are nobody’s fools.

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