Seven to Savour: Top games on the North Wales football scene this weekend

Llangefni Town manager Chris Roberts. Pic: Dai Sinclair

Friday, January 10

Cymru North (7.30 pm)
Llangefni Town v Porthmadog

Big points are at stake when 12th placed Llangefni host third-from-bottom Porthmadog tonight.
Cefni will have been boosted by an excellent 3-0 win at Buckley last time out, while Port are winless in five, but did fight back bravely to draw 2-2 with high-flyers Flint last weekend.

Llangefni Town general manager Peter Davies said: “What a fascinating match we have in prospect between two sides who I have always felt are far better than their somewhat lowly league table positions suggest. After 18 games played, Town are in 12th place with 18 points, a 5 point advantage over Porthmadog in 15th.
“The recent form book reveals that in the last 5 league games Llangefni have won 1, drawn 2 and lost 2 – exactly the same as Porthmadog. This may indicate a draw is potentially on the cards between two closely matched sides, as happened earlier in the season when the result was a 2-2 draw at Porthmadog.
“However, it is a brave person who would bet on such an outcome, especially as both teams are playing with great determination to win every point they can.”

Saturday, January 11

Cymru North (2.30 pm)
Prestatyn Town v Conwy Borough

Prestatyn top-scorer Rob Hughes

Although nine points clear at the summit, Prestatyn will not be expecting an easy ride from a Conwy outfit lying sixth.
The Tangerines have been in losing positions in several games recently, but have fought back brilliantly to either draw or win.
However, Prestatyn have won four on the bounce against tough opposition, showing their ability to grind out results as well as win in style.
Conwy will want to forget their last meeting with Prestatyn, the Seasiders romping to a 7-0 victory at Y Morfa last September.

Welsh Alliance Take Stock Van Hire Challenge Cup semi-final (1.30 pm)
Aberffraw v Gwalchmai

Gerallt Roberts (right) of Aberffraw is the Welsh Alliance Division Two Manager of the Month for December. He is pictured with league official Alun Griffiths

Next-to-bottom Aberffraw welcome a Gwalchmai team riding high in fourth spot, but this is cup football where the form book often goes out of the window.
Berffro are renowned for saving their best form for knockout games and they are desperate to secure a well-deserved trophy for the cabinet after a number of near misses in other campaigns.
Gwalch have gone off the boil in recent weeks and will see Saturday’s game as an opportunity to get them back on track.
Y Felinheli and Pwllheli meet in the other semi.

Welsh National Premier Division League Cup (1.30 pm)
Rhostyllen v Cefn Albion

Rhostyllen will be going all out to eliminate Premier Cup holders Cefn Albion

What a prospect as second hosts first in the Premier in this cup quarter-final.
In the last meeting between the pair, Cefn won 4-1 at Rhostyllen in the league back in October.
With 27 goals from 17 games in all competitions, Tom Douglas will be an obvious danger man for the hosts, whereas Premier Cup holders Albion have numerous players capable of finding the target, not least the prolific Alex Williams.

Gwynedd League (2 pm unless stated)
Bro Goronwy v Bethesda Athletic

Bethesda’s Ally Issa (right) could be a player to watch

This could be an interesting one.
On paper, with Bro fourth and Pesda next-to-bottom, it looks like a probably Goronwy win.
But Athletic have strengthened in the January transfer window, and they recorded just their second victory of the campaign last weekend when they thrashed Llannerchymedd 8-0. Medd are bottom of the table, but it was still a performance to suggest Robbie Jones’ side are moving forward.
Despite losing so many players this term, Bro are doing really well, having kicked off 2020 with a 3-0 triumph at Ogwen Tigers.

Vale of Clwyd and Conwy League Premier Division (2 pm)
Bro Cernyw v Llansannan

Bro Cernyw will be out for revenge against Llansannan

Great local derby on the cards as fourth entertain fifth.
Bro don’t lose too many these days, whereas Llansannan’s 3-2 defeat at leaders Rhuddlan last weekend was their first reverse in a long while.
Tom Lewis’ side do hold a recent win over Cernyw, overturning them 3-0 in the NWCFA Junior Cup in November.

North East Wales League (2 pm)
Brymbo Victoria v Caerwys

Caerwys manager Jordan Hadaway

Caerwys have been in great form since Jordan Hadaway took over as manager, but they are in for their biggest test yet when they visit leaders Victoria on Saturday.
Brymbo have lost just once in 12, while Caerwys have risen up to fourth on the back of a good run.
Vics won 3-1 at Caerwys in the reverse fixture back in October.

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