Welsh Premier League Power Rankings: MD3 & 4

A lot to consider in this week’s Power Rankings as results from the weekend and the midweek round all had to be taken into account.  We see a huge climb up the rankings as Bangor City hit form; steely Connah’s Quay and Carmarthen also climbing! It’s not been such a good week for Airbus, Bala and Newtown. As always, feel free to disagree and debate – these rankings are only a bit of fun however!

#1 THE NEW SAINTS
This week: NO CHANGE (last week 1st)
It’s as you were for TNS, who have settled into the favourite position at the top of the table with maximum points. They Saints were ruthless as they ripped sorry Rhyl to shreds on the weekend, they did face a scare against Cardiff Met, who briefly led before Chris Seargeant continued his impressive season scoring twice. Greg Draper couldn’t find a place in TNS’ starting line-up despite scoring a late hat-trick against Rhyl, the arrival of new striker Wes Fletcher will only strengthen Craig Harrison’s already-formidable squad.

#2 CONNAH’S QUAY
This week: UP ONE (last week 3rd)
Connah’s Quay lost ground to pacesetters TNS midweek with an unlikely 0-0 draw to Cefn Druids that came after Sunday’s good 1-0 win at home to Newtown. The fact the Nomads have gone an impressive 582 minutes and counting without conceded a WPL goal will help soothe that early four-point gap between themselves and TNS, this weekend’s clash with Bala Town should be a cracker!

#3 BANGOR CITY
This week: UP EIGHT (last week 11th)
What a difference a week can make – it all seemed doom and gloom following a distinctly poor showing against Connah’s Quay, but roll forward seven days and City have recorded impressive home wins over Bala Town and Newtown to fly up into second place in the table. Confidence will be flooding back into the squad and Legg will now be looking for more of the same – even I had to eat my words! Happy days are back again at Nantporth!

#4 NEWTOWN
This week: DOWN TWO (last week 2nd)
The Robins were just one of two teams to find themselves without a point over the two games this week as they lost their way slightly in successive away games, losing to Connah’s Quay at the weekend and then Bangor. The absence of Luke Boundford is a miss but they do have full-back Stephen Edwards and midfield summer signing Ross Stephens returning to fitness.

#5 CARMARTHEN TOWN
This week: UP TWO (last week 7th)
A four point return at home to Airbus and away to Bala (albeit in Newtown!) will be considered a job well done this week by Mark Aizlewood, whose Carmarthen side are ticking all the boxes at both ends of the field. Looking typically difficult to break down when not in possession but they’ve also seemed to have added some spark going forward. Something about them tells me they might have more a chance of pushing for that top-six than I’d initially thought.

#6 LLANDUDNO 
This week: DOWN ONE (last week 5th)
Llandudno head into the weekend with their goalscoring burden finally relieved midweek following a 2-0 victory over Airbus. That result saw them claim not only their first three points of the season but also saw them score their first goals after the goal-shy Seasiders had again fired blank in a very unfortunate defeat to Aberystwyth last Sunday. If they can now get last season’s top-scorer Marc Williams back firing then they will soon be able to start looking up the table again.

#7 BALA TOWN 
This week: DOWN THREE (last week 4th)
Not a good week for Bala Town I’m afraid as their slow start and lack of goals becomes one of the most intriguing storylines of the season so far. A surprise defeat to Bangor City and stalemate against Carmarthen continues to raise questions over their title challenging credentials. It’s still early days of course and there is no denying the quality within the squad but they are already seven points off the top of the table. Even at this early stage, their next game against Connah’s Quay could be looked back as a significant result come the end of the season. If they’re really going to have a go this season, then they need to click going forward soon. Is the returning Lee Hunt the man to get them firing?

#8 CEFN DRUIDS 
This week: UP ONE (last week 9th)
Huw Griffiths will be absolutely delighted with his side’s start to life back in the top-flight. This week they showed further signs of adapting to their new surroundings showing real resilience recording successive 0-0 draws against Cardiff Met and impressively, Connah’s Quay. A lack of goals might start to undermine their progress down the line but right now the Druids are picking up points at a healthy rate.

#9 ABERYSTWYTH TOWN 
This week: DOWN ONE (last week 8th)
It’s been a mixed bag for Aber across Matchday’s Three and Four. They stole a very late winner to claim the points at Llandudno but undid a lot of their hard-work after Rhyl handed them a 3-1 defeat. The Joe Clarke – Luke Sherbon partnership continues to catch the eye in midfield. The rebuilding process under Matthew Bishop continues…

#10 AIRBUS UK
This week: DOWN FOUR (last week 6th)
Airbus sign off the week emptyhanded after successive trips to Carmarthen and Llandudno. Andrew Thomas has been able to add right-back Tom Matthews and attacking midfielder Jamie Menagh to his squad but the team appear a little disjointed and are losing their way in games as the transition continues.

#11 CARDIFF MET
This week: DOWN ONE (last week 10th)
The Met are still finding the going tough and learning that the Welsh Premier League is far less forgiving and harsher environment than the Welsh League. They recorded their first cleansheet of the season at Cefn Druids and then threatened to cause one of the upset season so far after taking a lead against TNS in an another encouraging performance. Still shy of goals but still no real reason to be concerned despite slipping to the bottom of the table.

#12 RHYL
This week: NO CHANGE (last week 12th)
In the space of four days, Rhyl have churned out two performances from very opposite ends of the spectrum making their placing this week tricky to grade. Their humiliating collapse to TNS was frankly an embarrassment to the league but, in fairness, they quickly dispelled any notion of that record defeat having longer-lasting ramifications on their squad by rallying back to claim their first win of the season on Wednesday night with a good 3-1 victory against in-form Aberystwyth. Still bottom of the pile in my view but they have at least answered some questions about their character.

MD3: Carmarthen 2-1 Airbus UK, Cefn Druids 0-0 Cardiff Met, Bangor 2-0 Bala, Connah’s Quay 1-0 Newtown, Llandudno 0-1 Aberystwyth, TNS 10-0 Rhyl.

MD4: Bala 0-0 Carmarthen, Llandudno 2-0 Airbus, Bangor 2-1 Newtown, Cardiff Met 1-2 TNS, Cefn Druids 0-0 Connah’s Quay, Rhyl 3-1 Aberystwyth.

Featured image courtesy of Bangor City FC/Andre Pepper/Richard Birch.

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