Round 15: Notes & Observations

A few picks from the four games that were played over the weekend with the fixtures at Bala and Aberystwyth falling to the weather. There also seems to be a race in the WPL for the Christmas Number One – number one beard that is – check out the post match interviews from the TNS and Newtown highlights, there’s going to be some competition going on between Craig Harrison and Chris Hughes over the coming weeks!! Also, has anyone spotted a WPL player sporting a Movember attempt? Let me know.

TNS 2 RHYL 2: They say the table doesn’t lie but it’s not telling the full-truth at present as Rhyl do have something about them right now and are better than their league position indicates … Just the second time this season that the Saints have dropped points at home, although they are, of course, still undefeated … At the ripe ol’ age of 36, veteran defender Steve Evans is enjoying something of a glut of goals right now – well two in two matches anyway. Even his centre-back partner Phil Baker thought he could get in on the act with an audicious lob from far out that whistled wide past the post! … Rhyl forwards Bell and Owen add to their growing reputation – Owen in right place at right time to score twice.

HAVERFORDWEST 0 CONNAH’S QUAY 2Unsurprising result and it’s not looking good for County now but at 1-0 they did come very close to getting back into the game. Luke Borrelli went close, Declan Carroll went even closer with his strike coming back out off the inside of the post – assistant Mickey Ellis felt they were outmuscled, expecting a solid run now from the Nomads under Morrison.

NEWTOWN 0 LLANDUDNO 3: Something of a one-sided scoreline considering Newtown were very much in this game until the second-half … Llandudno’s Lewis Buckley was the difference here – he jinked his way to superbly create and finish their second goal which gave the visitors the margin of safety … Robins stopper David Jones won’t be happy watching back their third – he should’ve done better at his near post as Liam Dawson beat him from range.

BANGOR 3 AIRBUS 0: Is there a more frustrated manager than Andy Preece in the WPL right now? Probably not. After finally beginning to show signs of some consistency, Airbus were completely undone fielding near enough the same starting XI which won against in-form Bala last weekend … City flyer Christian Langos is now getting a run back in the side – his absence cast some debate as to whether he should’ve been dropped in the first place but he draws hell of a lot of fouls, if nothing else – he was felled inside the box for Bangor to lead from the spot … The two goalkeepers decided this one – Connor Roberts doing well to save an Airbus spot-kick just before half-time, his opposite James Coates was then somehow beaten by a looping free-kick from some distance allowing Bangor to add to their lead.

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