Five things we learned last weekend: Welsh Premier League

After a two-week hiatus #5things returns, hello Airbus. Views and whatnot to @1matthewburgess

#1 Airbus join title race – Despite Andy Preece’s best attempts to dampen any hype over Airbus’ title challenging credentials, Friday’s huge 2-1 win over The New Saints will have secretly confirmed to the Wingmakers’ manager that his side will have a big part to play in where the title will end up this season – if not at the Airfield. Welcome aboard.

#2 Top four cement their place – A quarter of the way through the season already and the quartet of Prestatyn, Bangor, Airbus and TNS are pulling away from the rest of the pack as North Wales enjoys complete dominance at the top of end of the WPL. With just a single point separating the top four, Port Talbot (see #3) lead the chasing back albeit seven points behind. Expect the margin to only grow.

#3 Jonah breaks top-six – Mark Jones will be delighted with a four point return from successive matches against Bangor City and Llanelli but the Port Talbot manager will be even happier having broken into the top-six, where the Steelmen currently sit in fifth-place – the question is can they maintain it?

#4 Old Gold, old news – A 1-0 defeat at Aberystwyth leaves Carmarthen in the bottom-two and manager Mark Aizlewood has little to cheer about after witnessing an uninspiring performance from his side. The return of Steven Cann and Liam McCreesh did little to prevent defeat for the Old Gold, who turned to 39-year-old Julian Alsop to solve their goalscoring worries. The fixture calendar will do little to lift Carmarthen’s spirits too, their next three leagues fixtures (Airbus, Prestatyn, TNS) are all against top-four sides. When the chips are down…

#5 Slippery slope for the Nomads – Connah’s Quay were one of the early success stories of the season, seemingly adapting to life in the WPL with relative ease. There’s always a catch though isn’t there, and four defeats in their last five matches has left the Nomads surrounded by clubs close or equal on points. If Connah’s Quay continue to be left empty-handed, they will quickly fall further down the table. Connah’s Quay’s biggest test of the season awaits…

+ Andy Preece Sometimes in football certain results become the catalyst for bigger and better things. Just how significant will that victory over TNS be, come April?

Carmarthen Town – Overtaken by Aberystwyth, 11th in the table and the lowest scorers in the league. It’ll be a hard, long winter at Richmond Park if things don’t improve.


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