Five things we learned last weekend: Welsh Premier League

The Welsh Premier could just be starting to settle…  Send your views to @1matthewburgess #5things

#1 Old Gold keeper worries – Carmarthen Town slipped to their fifth defeat on Friday and it was the late dismissal of Steven Cann which tipped the momentum away from West Walian club. Mark Aizlewood once again finds himself without his first -choice keeper after a needless confrontation with Port Talbot’s Carl Payne. Cann, playing just his second match since recovering from a dislocated shoulder, now starts a three-game suspension forcing the Carmarthen boss to turn to inexperienced back-ups Rhys Wilson or Kerry Nicholas – a disruption Aizlewood could well do without.

#2 Top-six firmly in sight for Prestatyn – Prestatyn’s magnificent start leaves the Seasiders joint-top of the table with a 20-point haul from nine matches. With 13 games remaining in the first phase of fixtures, Prestatyn should only require another ten points to secure a top-six finish, which would’ve surely been the club’s target at the start of the season. Contenders or pretenders? It’s edging increasingly towards the former.

#3 Aber end Park Avenue misery – A 4-2 victory over Afan Lido on Friday night saw Aberystwyth fire their way to their first win of the season on home turf and move off the bottom of the table in the process. Given a vote of confidence last week, Aber chief Tomi Morgan must now build on what is just his second victory of the season and prove that his board’s faith is well placed. A few more three-pointers at home would go down well with Aber faithful too.

#4 Llanelli keep scrapping – Credit to Llanelli for taking a point at Airbus UK in difficult circumstances on and off the pitch. Andy Legg found himself without strikers Martin Rose and Luke Bowen for the visit to the Airfield but ensured his side battled their way back from a goal down to take a result from the game. Times are tough for the Reds right now, no doubt, but they can take heart from an honest and collective performance.

#5 Bangor turn up the pressure – A 5-0 win saw the Citizens make light work of Bala Town to turn up the pressure on the league leaders – TNS and Prestatyn – and Bala’s Colin Caton. Bangor look to have made a full recovery after a gut-wrenching 3-0 reverse at TNS a fortnight ago and look ready to pounce should either of the pace-setters slip up.

GOOD WEEK/BAD WEEK
+ Prestatyn’s key-men – In fear of sounding repetitive it is hard to ignore Presatyn’s achievements and Neil Gibson and Jason Price were deservedly awarded WPL Manager and Player of the Month for August.

Carmarthen – On Friday’s evidence, frustration could well be setting into the under-performing Carmarthen squad after a fifth defeat in nine. Mark Aizlewood needs striker Craig Hughes back from injury – and quick.

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