Carmarthen can cap off an encouraging sequence of results by forcing their way into the top-six with an away win at Bala Town in their penultimate first phase fixture on Tuesday night.
Maes Tegid may not be a popular destination for many of the Old Gold players who will face a gruelling seven-hour round-trip for the rearranged fixture, but boss Mark Aizlewood will hoping his side can pull themselves into the top-half of the table before a welcome 11-day gap until their final first phase fixture at home to Rhyl on Jan 22 which will decide their top-six fate.
Sitting in seventh place with 27 points, a win over Bala will see Carmarthen leapfrog both Newtown (sixth) and Connah’s Quay (fifth) to give them every chance of clinching a top-half finish.
A point would be enough to secure Bala Town Championship Conference football for yet another year.
Carmarthen faced a difficult test Christmas period but passed in flying colours as they responded to a 4-1 reverse against Newtown by totting up impressive wins at Port Talbot and fellow top-six rivals Aberystwyth, before beginning the new year with a 0-0 draw against Port Talbot.
The feel-good factor at Richmond Park continued on Monday when Luke Cummings was awarded WPL Player of the Month for December. In losing winger Kyle Bassett to injury, Mark Aizlewood struck on a winning formula as right-back Cummings struck a patch of form upon shifting up-field in Bassett’s absence, scoring three goals in four appearances.
Inspired by thier festive form, Carmarthen have given themselves a great opportunity of gaining an automatic play-off spot and successfully starving off any threat of relegation with the WPL season at its midway point – but first and foremost they will need to somehow overcome a predictably strong Bala outfit after a difficult midweek journey – something Mark Aizlewood will no doubt allude to in his post-match interview!