Five things we learned last weekend – Welsh Premier League

A day late but it’s a good read, I promise! #5things

#1 TNS and Airbus find their groove – TNS and Airbus each helped themselves to another three points with dominant wins over Port Talbot and Llanelli (more on them later). TNS were in control from the first minute to the last against a Port Talbot side which had travelled to Park Hall unbeaten in five. Andy Preece’s ruthless Airbus move up into 4th. Groovy.

#2 Northern Soul – The current top six is reading like a who’s who of North Wales football right now. Mid-Wales Newtown proving the exception in sixth. Bad weekend’s for Port Talbot, Llanelli, Carmarthen and Afan Lido – the southern clubs need to start picking up wins.

#3 Prestatyn have balls – I anticipated something of an upset last Friday when Connah’s Quay visited Bastion Gardens. Well-organised and confident, the Nomad’s had no pressure on them and could’ve topped the table with a win. Attentions were firmly fixed on the hosts who had only lost once all season. An expectant home crowd watched on but Prestatyn failed to buckle and the league’s most productive forward pairing, Parkinson and Price fired the Seasiders to a 4-1 win.

#4 Broken Legg – The negativity at Stebonheath sunk to new depths on the weekend as Llanelli manager Andy Legg and his assistant Stephen Jenkins walked out of the club following a meeting, hours before their game against Bala Town. Confusion reigns as Legg may , or may not, be the club’s manager and talk of a players strike now adds another chapter to what is fast becoming a very unsavoury and saddening story at one of Welsh football’s biggest clubs. Lots of speculation doing the rounds on just how much longer the club can carry on but regardless of your allegiance, Welsh football very much needs Llanelli AFC.

#5 Time up Tomi? Another heavy defeat from Aberystwyth this weekend leaves all the evidence pointing to the fact that Tomi Morgan isn’t any closer to turning around the club’s miserable run of form. If Andy Legg (see #4) is available, then a certain underachieving club in Ceredigion could be the perfect match.

+ P&P– Not postage and Packaging – six goals apiece for Prestatyn’s veteran strike partnership of Andy Parkinson and Jason Price is adding real weight to the Seasiders’ season. See what I did there?

– South Wales football – Seriously, Llanelli’s demise is a real sad story for Welsh football and another stark reminder that clubs must live within their means. Just five months after Neath were wound-up, the loss of a club of Llanelli’s magnitude would be tragic for football in the South.


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