Here are the latest batch of rankings as we take in a week which saw TNS again assert their authority and Rhyl continue to make friends with a good home win in front of the live Sgorio cameras. Newtown are the big fallers this week after teams below them all seemed to produced positive results. There are worrying times at Aberystwyth and Airbus as managers Matthew Bishop and Andrew Thomas will both have plenty to ponder as their respective sides struggle for form, and have Colin Caton’s Bala Town perhaps turned the corner after a slow start? Without further ado…
#1 THE NEW SAINTS
This week: NO CHANGE (last week 1st)
TNS just look unstoppable right now after Bangor City became the latest team to feel their might as the second-placed Citizens failed to trouble the champions. Already with a six-point lead, with just seven games gone it’s already hard to see anyone going close to challenging TNS now. A credit to TNS but sad for the rest of the league, even at this stage, the title is very much the Saints’ to lose.
#2 BANGOR CITY
This week: NO CHANGE (last week 2nd)
A visit to TNS was always going to be a difficult test and those hoping for a title race this season would’ve been yearning for Bangor to cause an upset. It wasn’t to be however as TNS asserted their authority and ran out comfortable winners. Andy Legg looked like he wanted to draw a line under this game and move on as quickly as possible.
#3 CONNAH’S QUAY
This week: UP TWO (last week 5th)
Six unbeaten for the Nomads now, who reclaimed second-spot after winning 2-1 down in South Wales against Cardiff Met. A strong first-half performance saw big hitters Matty Williams and Les Davies both get their names on the scoresheet but it still wasn’t quite the dominant 90-minute performance which the Nomads are very much capable of delivering. There’s definitely more to come and room for improvement but a positive step forward off the back of that Bala game.
This week: DOWN ONE (last week 3rd)
Three successive clean-sheets for Alan Morgan’s men after they were held at home to a goalless draw with Newtown. Llandudno are evidently solid at the back but whilst Marc Williams remains without a goal, they lack that killer instinct in attack.
#5 BALA TOWN
This week: UP TWO (last week 7th)
Have, just have, Bala turned the corner following a slow start to the season? They avoided a Cefn Druids shaped banana skin last weekend recording a good 2-0 win, despite Colin Caton having a number selection concerns. For the first time I can remember this season, Bala looked more like the Bala of old – playing with purpose, confidence and hurting teams. A visit to TNS this weekend will provide them with a very stern test.
This week: UP THREE (last week 9th)
All hail Niall McGuinness! Rhyl are three wins on the bounce now after easing to a win over Airbus in front of the live TV cameras and have been rewarded with a very healthy league position. It’s already been quite a journey for this new Lilywhites team and confidence and sprites will have been fully restored with their heavy defeat to TNS fast-fading. Great to see the young manager doing so well – has he pulled an ace from his sleeve in the form of Alex Jones’ new attacking role?
#7 CEFN DRUIDS
This week: DOWN ONE (last week 6th)
Druids were second best at Bala last weekend but there’s no real shame in that. The side look to have settled well in their new surroundings and Huw Griffiths will have the chance to test his team’s character as they look to bounce back against Airbus this weekend.
#8 CARMARTHEN TOWN
This week: NO CHANGE (last week 8th)
A comprehensive win over Aberystwyth keeps Carmarthen going along nicely but although they were efficient, you can’t help but feel Aber made life perhaps a little too easy for the Old Gold. If they can add a little more consistency to their results, they remain a top-six candidate.
This week: DOWN FIVE (last week 4th)
A surprising drop in the rankings for the Robins partly effected on teams below them getting results. A stalemate in Llandudno saw a tired Newtown happy to return to Mid-Wales with a point. Still with only one win to their name but without any obvious shortcomings, assessing the Robins remains difficult at this stage of the season.
#10 CARDIFF MET
This week: UP TWO (last week 12th)
The Students’ search for a league win continues to no avail but Nomad’s boss Andy Morrison became the latest manager to back Christian Edwards’ side after Cardiff Met turned in a competitive display in Sunday’s defeat to Connah’s Quay. Adam Roscow managed a well-taken late strike – can they now use that performance as a platform?
#11 ABERYSTWYTH TOWN
This week: DOWN ONE (last week 10th)
Very little to be positive about from an Aberystwyth Town perspective I’m afraid as they continued to leak goals last weekend, losing 3-0 to Carmarthen. They made life far too easy for the Old Gold at Latham Park and manager Matt Bishop responded by keeping his players back in the dressing room at full-time. I’m surprised by how quickly their form has deteriorated but perhaps a good old fashioned dressing down and a few choice words will spark the positive reaction they need.
#12 AIRBUS UK
This week: DOWN TWO (last week 12th)
The form book makes for grim reading right now and they were comfortably disposed of by Rhyl in front of the live TV cameras last week. A losing streak of five games will be gnawing away at the Wingmakers’ confidence and you had to feel for Johnny Spittle– a decent WPL player who just had a game to forget. When the chips are down…
MD6: Aberystwyth 0-3 Carmarthen, Llandudno 0-0 Newtown, Rhyl 3-1 Airbus, Bala 2-0 Cefn Druids, Cardiff Met 1-2 Connah’s Quay, TNS 4-0 Bangor.
Featured image courtesy of Rhyl FC/ Chesterton Photography/ Welsh Premier League