JD WELSH CUP ROUND THREE PREVIEWS
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 (2.30 pm kick-offs unless stated)
Aberystwyth Town v Cefn Druids
It seems a strange decision for Cefn Druids and their manager Niall McGuinness to part company on the eve of a crucial Welsh Cup tie.
However, that is the situation facing the Ancients ahead of their trip to Park Avenue.
Aber will be eager to bounce back following their midweek’s 5-2 home loss against Cardiff Met University in the Nathaniel MG Cup.
Druids scraped past Holyhead Hotspur of the Cymru North on penalties in the last round of the Welsh Cup.
Airbus UK Broughton v Haverfordwest County
Great tie in prospect with Cymru North leaders Airbus entertaining a Cymru Premier Haver outfit who can blow hot and cold.
After losing 6-3 to Connah’s Quay Nomads in the Nathaniel MG Cup on Tuesday, the Wingmakers will be desperate to claim a top-flight scalp and make the last 16. They are more than capable.
Bala Town v Pontypridd Town
Bala are on a fine run despite needing penalties to squeeze past Bangor City in the Nathaniel MG Cup this week.
Opponents Pontypridd are second in Cymru North and without a doubt underdogs for their test at Maes Tegid, but they will be buoyed by making the Nathaniel MG Cup last eight on Wednesday after winning 3-1 at Penrhyncoch.
Buckley Town v Monmouth Town
Fourth in the Cymru North, Buckley have started the 2021-22 campaign really well and have a big chance of progressing against their tier 3 Ardal South East visitors.
Monmouth cannot be under-estimated, though. In the last round they knocked out Cymru South side Llanelli Town 3-0.
Penrhiwceiber Rangers v Flint Town United
Flint manager Neil Gibson won the Welsh Cup in 2012-13 with Prestatyn Town and he will fancy his current team’s chances of securing a last 16 berth when they visit tier 3 Ardal South West mid-table side Penrhiwceiber.
Saltney Town v Penrhyncoch
Saltney fly the flag as the last surviving tier 3 side from North Wales in the last 32.
The Ardal North West outfit fully deserve their success, having triumphed 5-3 at Cymru North side Llanrhaeadr in the last round.
The Bordermen are undefeated in 10 matches and in Ryan McCleary have a seriously in-form striker with 10 goals in his last seven games.
Cymru North side Penrhyncoch are very capable but sometimes lack consistency. They knocked The New Saints out of the Nathaniel MG Cup this season, but faced an under-strength opponent that night.
This tie will be previewed in more depth elsewhere on Grassroots North Wales.
Swansea University v Bangor City
How will Hugo Colace’s Bangor side respond to their heartbreaking midweek defeat on penalties to Bala Town in the Nathaniel MG Cup?
If they can keep 11 players on the field, which has been difficult for them this season, the Citizens have a decent shout of beating a Swansea University team currently 10th in the Cymru South.
Trefelin BGC v Connah’s Quay Nomads (12.45 pm)
S4C have chosen this one as their live tie – does the broadcaster sense an upset?
It would be a big shock if hosts Trefelin were to overcome the current Cymru Premier champions.
The Cymru South underdogs won handsomely 3-0 at same-league side Briton Ferry in the last round, but Nomads are a different proposition altogether.
Despite an indifferent start in defence of their CPL title, Andy Morrison’s side showed their mettle in midweek in beating Airbus 6-3 in the Nathaniel MG Cup.
Quay led 3-0, were pegged back to 3-3 by half time, but then took control in the second period.