WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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UNBEATEN so far in the Huws Gray Alliance this season, Prestatyn Town currently head the table by a massive 13 points and will fancy their chances of causing a Welsh Cup fourth round upset against Aberystwyth Town at Park Avenue.

The recent form of the hosts has been disappointing with successive home defeats at the hands of Cefn Druids and Cardiff Met, while Neil Gibson's Seasiders have been scoring for fun, hitting 18 goals in their last two games on the road.

Caernarfon Town are also flying high in the Alliance and are gunning for another Welsh Premier scalp when they host Rhyl in Saturday's Welsh Cup fourth round. The Canaries dumped Carmarthen out of the competition in the previous round and are aiming for a first quarter-final spot in 11 years. But the Lilywhites have already triumphed at The Oval this season, winning a Nathaniel MG Cup tie 5-1 back in September.

Cardiff Met will be wary of their trip to Guilsfield, whose Clos Mytton pitch could prove to be a leveller, while another second tier club hunting glory are Welsh League Haverfordwest County, although they will probably find Gap Connah's Quay too strong down in west Wales.

Lee Trundle
Lee Trundle scored for Neath on his last visit to Park Hall.

Penybont stunned Airbus UK Broughton in the third round, but face a more difficult proposition with a trip to Bala Town, who hit 10 goals against Anglesey in a midweek friendly. Lee Trundle has fond memories of his last visit to Park Hall, scoring the opening goal as now-defunct Neath beat The New Saints 2-1, but his Llanelli Town side face a massive task to upset the odds.

“They’re not going to be a rollover. They’re in the third tier of Welsh football, but if we go out with that attitude, we’ll be setting ourselves up for a fall," says TNS manager Craig Harrison.

Reinstated in the fourth round after Goytre FC were thrown out, Llandudno travel the short distance down the coast to face Bangor City, who were humbled 4-2 at lowly Airbus in their last league game. In the day's other game, Alliance side Llanfair United host Cefn Druids in what could be a close-run affair. The mid-Wales outfit are anxious for the game to go ahead as a second postponement would see the tie switched to The Rock.

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27 May 2017

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