Games to please across the leagues (Sep 20-21)

Holywell Town in their smart new away kit sponsored by Soccer Million. Photo: Lee Douglas, Holywell Town FC

Friday, September 20 (8 pm)

Cymru Premier
Newtown v Connah’s Quay Nomads

Will Nomads add to their goals tally at Newtown? Pic: Nik Mesney NCM Media

After drawing their opening trio of games, Nomads are now into the groove, three successive wins having lifted them to third.
It’s been ruthless stuff from Andy Morrison’s side, who have the best defensive record in the league with just three goals conceded in their six matches.
Tomorrow evening they visit a Newtown outfit currently unbeaten at home and boosted by last weekend’s 1-0 win over in-form Bala Town at Latham Park.
This will be the 57th top-flight meeting between the teams, Nomads leading by 25 wins to 20 with 11 draws.
I back the Quay to edge a narrow win, but you can never dismiss Chris Hughes’ Newtown, who so often upset the big boys.

Saturday, September 21

All matches kick off at 2.30 pm unless stated

Cymru North
Bangor City v Llandudno

Bangor City are unbeaten this season. Picture provided by Bangor City FC

Given their respective successes not so long ago, it seems alien describing a match between Bangor City and Llandudno as a ‘mid-table tier-two clash’ but that’s exactly what it is at present.
City are undefeated under Stephen Vaughan Jr and more than capable of maintaining that status against a Tudno outfit which has blown hot and cold so far.
Home win for me, but if the visitors can reproduce the form shown in last weekend’s 4-1 victory over Porthmadog, then it could end up close.

Welsh Alliance Division One
Bodedern Athletic v Denbigh Town

Bodedern manager Ricky Williams (right)

Last season’s runners-up Bodedern have been inconsistent so far this term but they do have a 100% home record, which should stand them in good stead for the visit of the leaders.
Denbigh are flying – seven wins out of eight and two on-fire strikers in Jake Walker and Mark Roberts.
The form book points to a draw and I can see this one ending up that way.

Welsh National League Premier Division
Brickfield Rangers v Holywell Town

Have Brickfield turned the corner?

After a poor start to the campaign which sees them next-to-bottom after four straight defeats, Brickfield hinted they are getting things together last weekend when they beat Rhydymwyn in the Welsh Cup.
Holywell drew their opening two matches 0-0, but have since upped their game with convincing victories over Cefn Albion and Plas Madoc, before demolishing Hawarden Rangers in the Welsh Cup last Saturday.
With 16 goals scored in their last three outings, it is hard to bet against Johnny Haseldin’s side taking the points at Clywedog Park.

Vale of Clwyd and Conwy League Premier Division
Cerrigydrudion v Rhuddlan Town

Premier Division leaders Rhuddlan Town

Leaders Rhuddlan were given a stiff test in winning 4-3 at Bro Cernyw last weekend, and they should be in for another hard encounter at Cerrigydrudion.
Cerrig have started well, currently lying fourth with two wins, a draw and one defeat, but Town are undefeated, scoring lots of goals, and can make it five victories in six outings on Saturday.

Gwynedd League
Trearddur Bay Bulls v Caergybi

Trearddur Bay Bulls will be keen to return to winning ways. Pic: Wynne Evans

All the ingredients for a brilliant local derby.
Bulls will be ready to charge after surprisingly losing their undefeated record at Bontnewydd last weekend, while Caergybi aim to build on winning their most recent outing against Bethesda.
Both these combatants fought it out for the Anglesey League title last season with Bay, then known as Bryngwran Bulls, just prevailing.
To add spice, a number of players on either side will be facing their old club on Saturday.
No love lost, no quarter given. I can see Caergybi getting a draw at Lon Isallt.

North East Wales League (2 pm)
CPD Sychdyn v Brymbo Victoria

Sychdyn in action against Bangor 1876 (blue)

Second entertains first at Wat’s Dyke Way as a Sychdyn outfit which has lost just once in the league takes on undefeated leaders Victoria.
Both sides are banging in the goals right, left and centre so it should be a tremendous contest.
Vics will battle to the end, but I just fancy Sychdyn to edge this one.

Anglesey League
Pentraeth Res v Holyhead Hotspur Res

Hotspur Reserves celebrate winning the Megan Cup last season

Fifth v fourth at Bryniau Field in this Lucas Oil Dargie Cup encounter.
The young Hotspur side have been great on their travels so far, while Pentraeth have looked a little shaky at home, although they did comfortably beat their most recent visitors CPD Cefni.
On overall form, I go for a Holyhead victory.

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