Mid-Wales rivals look to take advantage of rescheduled games to boost top-six hopes

There are just three Welsh Premier League fixtures this weekend in this round of rescheduled games and all eyes will be on how mid-Wales rivals Newtown and Aberystwyth Town fare in their respective matches with both sides embroiled in the race to claim a top-six spot.

Although nothing will be decided tonight, there are four teams realistically in competition for the two remaining places in the top-six ahead of the final round of games being played simultaneously next Saturday.

Connah’s Quay (29 points), Newtown (29), Carmarthen (27) and Aberystwyth (26) are those contesting the final places – Bangor City, 23 points, have an improbable but still mathematically possible chance – but the list of possible permutations is further complicated by Newtown and Aberystwyth each having a game in-hand this evening.

Newtown are the only team of the chasing clubs in charge of their own fate as two wins, starting tonight with their visit to Bangor City, would ensure them of their top-six place. Yet, a visit to Nantporth might prove tricky for the Chris Hughes’ side, who are burdened by a host of selection worries.

A home win for Aberystwyth against Port Talbot would them right into contention going into the final round of games, when they ironically play host to Newtown.

Current standings.

Remaining fixtures involving clubs chasing top-six:
Friday 8th January: Bangor v NEWTOWN; ABERYSTWYTH v Port Talbot.

Saturday 16th Jan (all 5.15): ABERYSTWYTH v NEWTOWN; CARMARTHEN v Rhyl; CONNAH’S QUAY v The New Saints.

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