Welsh Cup round two northern section – Saturday, November 9
Bangor 1876 v Ruthin Town (2.30 pm)
Three levels are between these sides who clash at Nantporth on Saturday.
After winning their first 13 matches in all competitions, 1876 suffered a first-ever competitive defeat last weekend when going down 4-1 at Llanrwst United in the FAW Trophy.
It could be even harder for Mel Jones and Dylan Williams’ side when they come up against a Ruthin outfit currently 11th in tier-two Cymru North.
Town have lost their last two away matches at Llandudno (0-1) and Flint Town United (0-7) but their Welsh Cup form in recent times has been impressive.
Tier-five Gwynedd League Bangor 1876 eliminated Penycae from two standards above on penalties in the last round, but to get past Ruthin would be their biggest achievement yet.
Bangor City v Prestatyn Town (2.30 pm)
City will not remember their last game against Prestatyn with great affection – a 7-0 league defeat at the Motion Finance Stadium on September 27.
The Seasiders have continued to dominate most opponents since then and lead the Cymru North by 10 points, while the Citizens’ form has been very patchy.
Greenfield v Flint Town United (1.30 pm)
A local derby sees Greenfield of Welsh Alliance Division One host Cymru North high-flyers Flint.
The home side will be doubly determined to bounce back after going out of the FAW Trophy 2-0 to underdogs Cefn Mawr Rangers last weekend.
Flint have been a strong side all season and will start as definite favourites.
Holyhead Hotspur v Buckley Town (2.30 pm)
Definite potential upset here as Welsh Alliance Division One title hopefuls Holyhead entertain Buckley of the Cymru North.
The visitors are fifth bottom of their league, while Hotspur are third at their level and will have been buoyed by Wednesday’s 8-1 home thrashing of Penrhyndeudraeth in the FAW Trophy.
Holyhead have numerous danger men up front, including top-scorer Robert Jones, while Craig Moore bagged four against Penrhyn and will be one to watch if he keeps his place.
Porthmadog v Gresford Athletic (2.30 pm)
Good tussle on the cards between two Cymru North clubs.
Porthmadog, 15th in the table, take on 12th-placed Gresford. This one really could go either way with both teams capable of upsetting the best, but also lacking in consistency over the campaign to date.
Games between Port and Gresford have been very tight affairs over recent seasons.
Last term’s clash at Clappers Lane was settled by Shaun Cavanagh’s late, late penalty, but the return at Y Traeth proved to be something of an exception, Port romping home to a 6-0 win and a Julian Williams hat-trick.
Llandudno v Llanfair United (2.30 pm)
With Llandudno having home advantage and being eight places above their visitors in Cymru North, a Seasiders victory looks the most likely outcome at Maesdu Park.
Llannefydd v Guilsfield (1.30 pm)
Potential for a surprise as Welsh Alliance Division Two team Llannefydd welcome Cymru North opponents Guilsfield.
Guils are sixth in the table and are coming off the back of a fine 2-0 league win at Bangor City last weekend.
Llannefydd are more than capable though, and merit much respect.
Mold Alexandra v Llanrug United (1.30 pm)
Mold have been performing well in the Welsh National League this season with just one loss in seven and they knocked New Brighton Villa out of the FAW Trophy last weekend.
Llanrug also progressed in the FAW Trophy last Saturday when an added time Alan Mark Owen goal delivered them a 1-0 triumph at underdogs Aberffraw.
Rug are traditionally strong in cup competitions, but they have their work cut out at Alyn Park.
Nantlle Vale v Colwyn Bay (1.45 pm)
One of the day’s most interesting ties sees Welsh Alliance Division One hopefuls Vale greet Cymru North side Colwyn Bay at Maes Dulyn.
Bay are in great form at present, having risen to third in their tier-two league, while Nantlle have made a fairly ordinary start at their standard.
The Penygroes-based hosts will be up for this one though, with the likes of Aaron Hughes and Aaron Thomas capable of finding the net at any time.
Rhyl v FC Queen’s Park (2.30 pm)
This pair last met in the 2017/18 season when both were in the Cymru Alliance.
Rhyl won all three meetings that campaign, 6-1 at home and 4-1 away in the league, as well as 2-0 in the HGA Cup.
The Park are in steady form in the WNL Premier Division, but the Lilywhites are fifth in the level up Cymru North and must start favourites for this latest encounter.