Five things we learned this week – Welsh Premier League, September 21st

Watch the WPL once again prove me completely wrong on the back of this week’s ‘Five Things’.

#1 Goals! – Goals, goals and more goals in the Corbett Sports Welsh Premier this weekend. In what was the highest scoring weekend of the competition so far, 28 goals were scored in the six matches across the principality – more than the Premier League, La Liga, Série A, Bundesliga and Eredivisie. Despite what the armchair cynics may think, the WPL delivers entertaining, competitive football at affordable prices. If you haven’t already got to a game this season, take the hint.

#2 Encouraging signs for Airbus UK – With a very different looking squad from last season, it’s been no real surprise to see Andy Preece’s side struggle for consistency so far. But the rest of the league would’ve sat up and taken note of the Wingmakers’ 7-1 thumping of Newtown on Saturday, a week after holding Port Talbot to a 4-4 draw. Things look to be shaping up nicely at the Airfield. A strong, physical side with a prowess in front of goal. Their season could be set to take-off.

#3 Legg gives Reds edge – Llanelli lifted themselves away from the bottom two thanks to a timely three points at Aberystwyth. But, for me, it was manager Andy Legg who tipped the balance into the Reds favour and not Martin Rose’s two well-taken goals. Legg cunningly took the edge of disharmony away from his squad, explicitly racking up his concerns and selection worries through the press. The result of which left his side with absolutely nothing to lose, whilst two of his ‘injured’ players each completed the full 90-minutes. Kudos to Andy Legg.

#4 Nomads and Lido showing plenty of fight – The two clubs most expected to battle against the drop this season met at the Deeside stadium with each side showing plenty of worth, as Connah’s Quay ran out 6-4 winners. Both the Nomads and Afan Lido have been amongst the points so far this season and Saturday’s clash made it evident that both sides have every intention of keeping their head above water. Messers McGregor and Reid each have teams capable of inflicting damage and neither should be taken lightly.

#5 Green light for Bala – Bala Town must’ve taken note of my criticism last week as they finally got their season up and running with a home win. Three first-half goals was enough to see off a Carmarthen team who’ve fallen away in recent weeks. Normal service resumed at Maes Tegid? Let’s wait and see.

+ The New Saints – A return to form and a return to the top of the table for the Saints. Things suddenly look a lot rosier with a 3-0 victory against Bangor City under their belt. Crisis, what crisis?

– Carmarthen Town – Failing to live up to their pre-season billing after an encouraging start, the Old Gold are winless in five. And manager Mark Aizlewood was left far from pleased with Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Bala.

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