Welsh Premier League: Power Rankings MD1

I’m going to try something different this year and do a first ever ‘Power Ranking’ piece each week on the Welsh Premier League!

If you’ve not heard of Power Rankings before, they’re used frequently in U.S sport coverage but are growing in popularity over here and basically rank each individual club based on how they’ve performed over the previous week. It’s all a bit of fun and something different so feel free to disagree and share your opinions here or via Twitter. The first week uses last season’s final league standings as the starting point so some teams will be a little lower than they should be but it’ll all make more sense once everyone’s played a couple of games, so here goes!

#1 THE NEW SAINTS: Finished 1st
This week: NO CHANGE
Normal service resumed as the Saints set out to defend their league title. A typically confident and assured home display saw the treble winners set out their stall early on. The Sgorio post-match interviewer tried suggesting that TNS came through a nervous 10-minutes after Chris Jones’ inch perfect free-kick pulled a goal back for Aber, but Craig Harrison was having none of it! There is already a two-point lead over both their main title rivals.

#2 NEWTOWN: Finished 5th
This week: UP THREE
The Robins both wasteful and unfortunate in front of goal after an unexpectedly dominant performance against title contenders Bala Town. Chris Hughes was evidently disappointed not have taken more than a point but a very encouraging start performance-wise.

#3 LLANDUDNO: Finished 3rd
This week: NO CHANGE
Did everything they needed, defended well when they had to and produced some neat one-touch football in the final third as they attempted to prise Rhyl open. Llandudno are left with a point and a performance which Alan Morgan won’t be too concerned about.

#4 CONNAH’S QUAY: Finished 4th
This week: NO CHANGE
The Nomads returned from their travels to Carmarthen with a just a point. The result in fairness was impacted by two possible red card situations which didn’t go their way but even with 11 vs 11, Connah’s Quay and their big performers weren’t quite firing on all cylinders. Not the worst possible start but not the best either.

#5 BALA TOWN: Finished 2nd
This week: DOWN THREE
Bala rarely fail to turn up but this is just what happened at Newtown last Saturday as the hosts dominated throughout with new goalkeeper Alex Lynch keeping the Lakesiders in the game. Not the start Colin Caton will have had in mind; nor will accept. Bala are big-hitters this season and they’ll be expected to respond.

#6 AIRBUS UK: Finished 6th
This week: NO CHANGE
A difficult start to the season having lost Andy Preece and a list of first-team players during the off-season, Andrew Thomas began his reign as manager by avoiding a potential banana skin and picking up three points. Tony Gray looked sharp and lively and they’ll always be a danger if they can provide him service. There’s no such thing as a bad win.

#7 CARMARTHEN TOWN: Finished 7th
This week: NO CHANGE
Front-man Matthew Williams and midfielder Declan Carroll gave the Old Gold a new look on the weekend. A compact, energetic midfield refused to lie down against a strong Connah’s Quay side. Could’ve, should’ve, won it late on but with Lee Surman lucky to avoid a red card, the point taken was a good return from Mark Aizlewood’s men.

#8 BANGOR CITY: Finished 9th
This week: UP ONE
Despite an injection of quality in Henry Jones, Daniel Nardiello and Jamie Reed, Bangor are still very much a work in progress. Punished some poor defending to take a two-goal lead but faced some pressure late on. The Citizens are up and running.

#9 ABERYSTWYTH TOWN: Finished 8th
This week: DOWN ONE
Park Hall will be the last place you want to take a team still gelling and getting used to each other and although Aberystwyth returned home empty-handed, new boss Matthew Bishop will have taken some positives and got one of the most difficult fixtures of the season out of the way. A delightful debut goal from Chris Jones was one of the goals of the weekend. I’m sure Jonathan Evans was more orange than that away shirt last year too…

#10 RHYL: Finished 10th;
This week: NO CHANGE
Rode their luck when Alex Jones’ handball inside the area wasn’t spotted but were then desperately unlucky when Zyaac Edwards’ effort was acrobatically scrambled away off the line. A decent start for Niall McGuinness and his new-look squad against one of last season’s top sides.

#11 CARDIFF MET: Newly promoted
This week: NO CHANGE
Very much an unknown quantity but no surprise to see Cardiff Met turn in a decent performance. The side will be capable of holding their own at in the WPL but are on an initial learning curve. They’ll be glad to know that they won’t face players the calibre of Tony Gray every week! Nothing to be concerned about here.

#12 CEFN DRUIDS: Newly promoted
This week: NO CHANGE
Gave away two cheap goals and lost Max Penk to what appears to be a long-term injury for the defender in the opening 45 minutes of their return to the WPL, showed more in second-half but will need to iron out costly individual errors.

BAN 2-1 DRU, NEW 0-0 BAL, CAR 0-0 CQN, AIR 1-0 CMU, RHL 0-0 LDO, TNS 2-1 ABR

Front page image courtesy of of Bala Town FC.

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2 comments

  1. Good read!

    Are Cardiff Met Uni only made up of students? If so, would they ever become professional if they succeed on a long-term basis in the WPL?

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