With just six games remaining this season, expect a tense finish in the lower-half of the table with a play-off spot and survival to play for…
A draw is all The New Saints require from Saturday’s televised encounter against Bala Town to tie up proceedings and claim a fourth consecutive league title. True, they’ve led the pack from start to finish and given their resources, why shouldn’t they? But as they lay claim to an unprecedented ninth Welsh Premier League title they can rightfully command respect. More on that for another week.
I’ll be watching to see how the Saints fare but it’s the bottom-six where the tension lies this weekend. Prestatyn seem to have already fallen and when Connah’s Quay visit Bastion Gardens, their intentions will be to take another step towards safety with it shaping up to be a straight fight between Cefn Druids and Bangor City to avoid the second relegation spot.
Cefn Druids are a strange team who, from what I’ve seen of them post-January, appear pretty good going forward but just seem unable to hold out under pressure. While they sit two points above Bangor in the safety of 10th-place, wins are a real rarity for the Ancients and time is slipping away.
Druids, its seems, are in something of a vicious circle in terms of their confidence and at this stage of the season, you have to start worrying about whether they can turn their slump around – if they can’t, then they’re destined to go down, given Bangor’s revival.
Bangor in fact, can climb above Cefn Druids and out of the relegation zone for the first time this season – if they can overcome rivals Rhyl, in what is probably the biggest derby in the WPL.
Bangor’s chances of survival seemed remote just a few months ago but they are on a solid run and have a momentum but every inch of their newfound confidence and character will be tested against a Rhyl side, who’re rallying well under Greg Strong.
The Lilywhites had been one of the biggest disappointments in the early stages of the season but they’ve put their poor form behind them and have been on excellent form of late, having quietly gone about their business picking up points on a run which has seen them lose just three games in their last 16 outings. The outcome of their inspired turnaround leaves the club with a strong chance of piping Carmarthen to finishing 7th and snatching the preliminary play-off spot, something few would’ve expected at Christmas.