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Six cracking games to watch out for on the North Wales football weekend scene

Gresford danger man Joe Chaplin (red and black) challenges against Rhyl, where he scored in a 2-1 victory last weekend. Picture: James Curran

JD Cymru North (2 pm)
Gresford Athletic v Colwyn Bay

Following last weekend’s excellent 2-1 win at Rhyl, Gresford should have plenty of confidence when they welcome the Bay to Clappers Lane.

Although Steve Halliwell’s side had lost the game before the Lilywhites clash at Guilsfield, they were unbeaten in five prior to that.

The fact Athletic lie a modest 10th in the table does not really tell the full story of how well they have performed this season.

Gresford beat Colwyn Bay 1-0 at home in a Nathaniel MG Cup match right at the start of the season, but in a league game at Llanelian Road in October, the Seagulls won 3-1.

In-form Bay have won their last five league starts and remain strong contenders for runners-up spot in the season they returned to Welsh football.

Welsh Alliance Division One (2.30 pm)
Holyhead Hotspur v Greenfield

Holyhead Hotspur’s Dean Garmey in recent action at Welshpool. Pic: Ian Francis

How will Division One leaders Hotspur respond to their heartbreaking exit from the FAW Trophy on penalties to Llandudno Albion last weekend?

That semi-final loss was the first for Darren Garmey’s side in 16 matches and ended their hopes of a quadruple.

They still have a treble in their sights, however, with the league title plus Cookson and Barritt/Mawddach Cups left to go for.

Hotspur also have a 100% home league record this term, but they will find this Saturday’s visitors Greenfield a tough nut to crack.

Sixth in the table, the Holywell area side lost narrowly 2-1 at home to Hotspur in the Cookson Cup semi-finals last month.

They also went down just 3-2 to the Holyhead team in the league back in September, so may feel they are overdue a change of fortune against the leaders, who are seven points clear at present.

Welsh Alliance Division Two (2.30 pm)
Penmaenmawr Phoenix v Aberffraw

Aberffraw keeper Caron Hughes could end up a busy man at Penmaenmawr. Picture: Wynne Evans

Second-place Pen, level on points with leaders Y Felinheli but having played three games more, badly need a win to keep their title hopes on track.

Visitors Aberffraw have been steadily pulling themselves away from the basement in recent weeks and are never an easy team to beat.

Berffro have already won once at Pen this term, back in November in the Take Stock Van Hire Challenge Cup. The Anglesey men have since progressed to the final.

However, Phoenix did win 3-0 at Aberffraw in a league encounter last August.

Welsh National League Premier Division (2.30 pm)
FC Queen’s Park v Brymbo

How will Brymbo (black shorts) fare at Queen’s Park? Picture: Chas Rowland

Belter on the cards as fourth entertains sixth.

The Park are just five points behind leaders Cefn Albion with the same amount of games played, but fellow title hopefuls Holywell Town and Rhostyllen look to be better placed for a championship surge.

Brymbo beat Saturday’s opponents 5-2 at The Crick in a league battle back in August, so will go for a double over Dave Evans’ side.

The Steelmen are struggling with injuries, but are delighted to have signed centre-back Lewis Hone from Buckley Town this week.

Vale of Clwyd and Conwy League Premier Division (2.30 pm)
Llansannan v Llanfairfechan Town

Will Llansannan be celebrating again versus Llanfairfechan? Picture: Wynne Evans

Both these sides still have an outside chance of the title, especially if they can win games in hand on current runaway leaders Rhuddlan Town.

Tom Lewis’ Llansannan team won 3-2 at Llanfair in the President’s Cup last month, but Andrew Croston’s Fechan side were comfortable 4-0 victors against Sannan in the league at The Rec last September.

A draw isn’t much use to either team here – both need a win.

Adra Gwynedd League (2.30 pm)
Menai Bridge Tigers v Bangor 1876

Can the Bridge end Bangor 1876’s perfect run in the league?

These close neighbours will meet for the first time in the league.

Visitors 1876 may have a psychological advantage as they triumphed 5-1 at the Bridge in the Bob Owen Memorial Shield in January.

The fan-owned 1876 are on a run of 15 straight wins in league and cup and are top of the Gwynedd League with a 100% record – 16 games, 16 victories.

The third-placed Tigers are also having a good campaign with six wins out of seven at home in the league and 11 victories overall from 15 starts.

Should be a good test for Mel Jones and Dylan Williams’ visiting side.

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