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#1 Steelmen have six appeal – A midweek League Cup defeat aside, Port Talbot Town have picked up in recent weeks to grab a firm hold of fifth-place. Manager Mark Jones may have a wheeler-dealer reputation in the WPL for polishing up lower-league gems, but their 6-1 win over Connah’s Quay (see #5) was truly a Rolls-Royce performance.
#2 West Wales rivals slug it out – Carmarthen and Aberystwyth continue to swap positions at the wrong end of the table. This week it was Carmarthen’s turn to overtake their West Wales rivals, turning in their best result of the season, with a – Liam Thomas inspired – 2-1 win over Airbus UK. With two successive wins now under their belt, the Old Gold still have time to force their way into the top-six.
#3 Prestatyn keep going – With Bangor going top on Friday, Prestatyn were all too aware of the task in hand for the visit of Llanelli to Bastion Gardens. Neil Gibson and co again failed to buckle under the weight of expectation against difficult opposition, recording a 3-1 win. Gibbo, fittingly, sealed the points with a well-taken low drive. Advantage Prestatyn, once again.
#4 Lido unable to lift gloom – At half-time against TNS it appeared Afan Lido could be subject to the biggest shock of the season, after Chris Hartland had unexpectedly fired Paul Reid’s side in front. Fast forward 45 minutes and two TNS goals and Lido were condemned to an eighth successive loss. Even at this early stage of the season it’s becoming evident that Afan Lido’s WPL future rests on the success of Welsh League clubs’ licensing applications, rather than the strength of their own squad. Could be some frantic transfer activity in January.
#5 No positives for Nomads chief – Having endured a heavy defeat for down in South Wales, their early-season form must now seem a far and distant memory for Connah’s Quay player/manager Mark McGregor, who was downbeat and stunned in his post-match interview. Life was always going to be hard for the Nomad’s after achieving promotion into what is the most competitive WPL in recent years, but are is it even harder than they expected? The Nomads, who perhaps tellingly travelled from North Wales in a mini-bus, looked woefully short of quality this week. Must’ve been a long journey home.
GOOD WEEK/BAD WEEK
+ Liam Thomas The Carmarthen forward followed up a man-of-the-match League Cup performance on Tuesday night by firing in both goals in an unlikely victory against Airbus. If Thomas can maintain his form, Carmarthen can maintain their hopes of snatching a top-six spot.
– Connah’s Quay – I witnessed some solid displays from Connah’s Quay earlier this season but they simply weren’t at the races against Port Talbot – not even when a they pulled a goal back. They’re going to find it hard to shake off their unwanted trend of losing.