Welsh Premier League Power Rankings: MD2

Cefn Druids are the big climbers from Matchday 2 after their 3-0 win at Rhyl whilst Bangor City and Llandudno are amongst those falling. The top-two remains unchanged!

#1 THE NEW SAINTS
This week: NO CHANGE (last week 1st)
The bar seems to have been raised with so much talk of a genuine title race this year but trying telling TNS that. A relentless and dominant performance in difficult conditions at Llandudno saw the champs send out a bold and clear statement to anyone daring to challenge them but as Craig Harrison rightly says, it all plays second fiddle once player welfare becomes a concern. Here’s wishing Adrian Cieslewicz a speedy recovery!

#2 NEWTOWN
This week: NO CHANGE (last week 2nd)
Two goals in quick succession gave Newtown a platform against Carmarthen in which they looked confident and dangerous going forward, but they never put the game truly out of sight something which will have irked manager Chris Hughes. A combination then of the best aspects of what we’ve seen from the Robins’ first two games should have the makings of a pretty good team!

#3 CONNAH’S QUAY
This week: UP ONE (last week 4th)
The Nomads punished defensively fragile Bangor as they picked up a comfortable three points at Nantporth. The Nomads have gone some 400 minutes without conceding a league goal now. Andy Morrison is building from the back and if he can have the same effectiveness on his team going forward then they’re going to be some force.

#4 BALA TOWN
This week: UP ONE (last week 5th)
Three points away from home and a clean sheet will represent a job well done but for me Bala are still finding their stride and not quite there performance-wise. They found themselves on the back foot at times against Cardiff Met and Chris Venables was uncharacteristically wasteful in front of goal, the Lakesiders continue to gel.   

#5 LLANDUDNO
This week: DOWN TWO (last week 3rd)
Thumped by the league champions and still looking for their first goals of the season, Alan Morgan’s squad will just have to a draw a line under that TNS game and move on. Not the best possible start to the season but still too early to judge.

#6 AIRBUS UK
This week: NO CHANGE (last week 6th)
A frustrating weekend for the Wingmakers coming away emptyhanded against Aberystwyth in a narrow defeat – a side who’ve undergone a similar rebuilding process in recent months. New Airbus boss Andrew Thomas expects to make two signings this week to give his side more quality going forward and from what I’ve seen of them this season, I don’t think there’s any major cause for concern.

#7 CARMARTHEN TOWN
This week: NO CHANGE (last week 7th)
Following on from a resilient and hearty performance against Connah’s Quay last week, it was a surprise to see Carmarthen turn in some generous defending this weekend which ultimately cost them the game. A deft finish from centre-back Dwaine Bailey the highlight of their afternoon. Defensive drills midweek!

#8 ABERYSTWYTH TOWN
This week: UP ONE (last week 9th)
There’s been a lot of changes at Aberystwyth over the last few months but there’s nothing new about the sight of their favourite number seven Geoff Kellaway coolly finishing in front of goal. The experienced winger remains a real threat on his day and he spearheaded the side to a first win under Matthew Bishop. New goalkeeper Dominic Richards also looks decent behind a defence which is still building familiarity.

#9 CEFN DRUIDS
This week: UP THREE (last week 12th)
Took their chances against possible relegation candidates Rhyl, three points away from home will give them a boost in confidence but with midfielder Stuart Cook coming off early on, injuries worries are already starting to mount for manager Huw Griffiths.

#10 CARDIFF MET
This week: UP ONE (last week 11th)
The Met acquitted themselves well for a successive week but were again left empty-handed. The signs are promising though and tricky left-winger Jordan Lam already looks a like player who can shine at this level. You sense the Met just need to get a few goals under their belt, and confidence and results will come.

#11 BANGOR CITY
This week: DOWN THREE (last week 8th)
After an opening day win, Bangor were dealt a reality check on Sunday as their defensive shortcomings were exposed by a dangerous-looking Connah’s Quay side. Legg was critical of his side’s defensive efforts post-match and he’s got a lot of work ahead of him to get the Citizens organised and back on track – it’s going to take some time judging on this performance.

#12 RHYL
This week: DOWN TWO (last week 10th)
Backwards step for Rhyl after a sloppy defeat at home to Cefn Druids. The Lilywhites lost their way after Aaron Simpson’s rash challenge saw them reduced to ten-men in the first-half when they were already chasing a goal. If they’re going to improve this season then they need to move away from performances like this.

NEW 4-2 CAR, RHL 0-3 DRU, LDO -5 TNS, AIR 0-1 ABR, BAN 0-2 CQN, CMU 0-1 BAL.

Front page image courtesy of Rhyl FC.

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