Six of the Best: some of North Wales football’s top games this weekend

Macauley Taylor (yellow/blue) in action for Prestatyn during last Saturday’s Welsh Cup win at Swansea University. Picture: John Pickles

Saturday, February 1

JD Cymru North (2 pm)
Ruthin Town v Prestatyn Town

With a 12-point lead at the top and six straight league wins behind them, Prestatyn are favourites against everyone they play these days.
However, the Seasiders might see Saturday’s trip to Ruthin as a trickier one than most.
Last season, Prestatyn lost home and away to the Vale of Clwyd side, and with them yet to face Chris Hardy’s men this term, Neil Gibson’s table-toppers may feel a little revenge is due.
Ruthin are in a solid but unspectacular 11th place, but are more than capable of troubling the best on their day. Since the turn of the year, however, they have lost narrowly to Colwyn Bay, Rhyl and Gresford Athletic.
In December they did much better, taking seven points out of nine at home.
Prestatyn’s record in all competitions this season is: played 29 won 25 drawn 1 lost 3.

Lock Stock Welsh Alliance Division Two (2 pm)
Gaerwen v Penmaenmawr Phoenix

Unbeaten in their last seven matches, Gaerwen could go top of Division Two if they defeat current leaders Penmaenmawr at Lon Groes on Saturday.
The Anglesey side are having a fantastic season. In 2018-19, they managed just 32 points from their 28 matches, but the islanders passed that total in just their 16th game this term. They are currently on 36 from 17.
Penmaenmawr beat Gaerwen 3-0 in the Division Two reverse fixture back in September, but were defeated 3-2 at home by the Anglesey side in the Mawddach Cup in December.
Phoenix are also enjoying a great season, but have gone a little off the boil lately, taking just a point from their last two home clashes.

Lock Stock Cookson Cup semi-final (1.30 pm)
Greenfield v Holyhead Hotspur

Greenfield (light/dark blue) in cup action against Flint this season. Picture: Lee Douglas

This could be a belter as the Welsh Alliance leaders travel to Greenfield, who are solidly placed in seventh and boast the best defensive record in Division One.
Hotspur won 3-2 at Greenfield in the league last September and the Holy Islanders are in tremendous form, currently unbeaten in nine games in all competitions.

Guy Walmsley Welsh National League Premier Division (2.30 pm)
Holywell Town v FC Queen’s Park

Can Holywell come out on top against Queen’s Park?

Great tussle on the cards as unbeaten Holywell host Queen’s Park, who finished top of the Premier last season, only to be stripped of the title after having three points deducted for fielding an ineligible player.
The Wellmen are currently third in the Premier with a record of 11 wins and two draws, with 52 goals scored and a miserly six conceded – the best defensive stat in North Wales.
The Park are fourth and just three points off the lead. They have won their last two league matches and possess one of the division’s finest players in striker Barry Torrence.

Salisbury & Co (St Asaph) Vale of Clwyd and Conwy League Premier Division (2 pm)

Llanfairfechan Town v Rhuddlan Town

Can Llanfairfechan end Rhuddlan’s impressive unbeaten league record?

Expect one of the games of the season in the Premier so far.
Top of the table Rhuddlan, undefeated in 12, visit Llanfairfechan, currently third and seven points behind Wayne Hughes’ men with two games in hand.
Fechan have yet to lose at home this season, their only league defeat a surprise 2-0 reverse at Meliden back in August.
If Rhuddlan come away from the Recreation Ground with still no entry in their Loss column, they will be more than happy. With no cup commitments remaining, their focus is now very much on the league.

Adra Gwynedd League (2 pm)
Glantraeth v Nefyn United

Glantraeth have signed some excellent new faces including prolific marksman James Ryan (furthest right)

With back-to-back league wins under their belt since Sean Brett took over as manager, a revamped Glantraeth squad could make life tough for Nefyn at Trefdraeth.
The Penwaig are fourth in the Gwynedd League with still just one loss on their record – away to runaway leaders Bangor 1876 back in August.
In-form Paris Hargrave and Brad Bland could pose a threat to the Nefyn defence, while the visitors have a number of players capable of ending up the match-winner.

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