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Northern Football Preview, 4th & 5th November

*Odds will appear on the day of the match


Friday night brings a potential Cymru North cracker as fourth hosts third at Bastion Gardens.

Prestatyn are on a run of four straight wins, including a 2-0 home victory over Llandudno in the Welsh Cup less than a month ago.

Since that loss, Tudno have won three on the bounce in the league, putting them just three points behind leaders Colwyn Bay.

This is a really tough one to call, but holding the psychological advantage of that recent Welsh Cup result, it might just be Prestatyn’s night.

It is hard to see anything other than an away win when unbeaten leaders Colwyn Bay travel to mid-table Llanidloes Town on Saturday.

Porthmadog’s home league form has been very patchy and they are likely to find it tricky when fifth-place Cefn Druids land at Y Traeth.

Nonetheless, Port enjoyed a 2-0 triumph at Conwy Borough last weekend and we fancy them to come good versus the Ancients.

Gresford Athletic should get at least a point at home to Guilsfield, while a Mold Alexandra side on the slump need a change of fortune at home to Conwy. This one has the look of a draw.

Buckley Town’s narrow win over Gresford last weekend should stand them in good stead when they make the journey to bottom side Penrhyncoch.

Hosts Ruthin Town have the beating of a Holyhead Hotspur side not at their best at present.

On Sunday, Chirk AAA entertain dazzlers Holywell Town, joint leaders after nine straight wins.

The Colliers can trouble the best on their day and at home they might just end the Wellmen’s victorious streak by getting a hard-earned point.



Prestatyn Town21Llandudno


Gresford Athletic11Guilsfield
Llanidloes Town14Colwyn Bay
Mold Alexandra11Conwy Borough
Penrhyncoch12Buckley Town
Porthmadog21Cefn Druids
Ruthin Town20Holyhead Hotspur


Chirk AAA00Holywell Town


Cup action dominates the Ardal Northern this weekend and the action begins on Friday with what could be a barnstormer between Denbigh Town and Llay Welfare at Central Park.

These two have started their Ardal North West campaigns really well with Llay sitting second and Denbigh eighth, but having played less games than most and losing just the once.

Town whipped Llay 7-1 at home in the league towards the end of last season, but this return match could be much closer.

We veer towards Denbigh at home, though.

On Saturday, on-fire Bangor 1876 should comfortably progress to the next round at the expense of visitors Hawarden Rangers, especially if goal machine Corrig McGonigle – 32 in 13 games this season – is on song.

Bow Street will have been stunned by their FAW Trophy exit at Bethesda Athletic last week and it does not get any easier as the Ceredigion outfit host Cefn Albion, top of Ardal North East. A close one is expected, but Albion should nick it.

Corwen have struggled badly in their last two games, suffering 7-0 and 3-0 losses, but in the match before they earned a commendable 1-1 draw at Rhos Aelwyd.

Rhos are the visitors to the War Memorial Park in the Ardal North Cup and have to be classed as favourites to progress.

Caersws should have too much for Llandrindod Wells, while Welshpool Town cannot be dismissed when they visit Llanfair United, dumped out of the FAW Trophy by lower league Mochdre Sports last weekend.

Llangefni Town’s season well and truly came to life when they caned Anglesey rivals Bodedern 10-0 in the Ardal North West last Saturday. In the cup, Cefni will entertain Nantlle Vale, who have beaten them twice in the league already this term.

With their new-found confidence, though, Llangefni might just cause a surprise.

Away wins look a good bet when Llanuwchllyn journey to Llangollen Town and Dolgellau Athletic make the trip to Llanrhaeadr.

It is a quick return to Tower Field for Llanuwchllyn, who beat their next opponents 4-2 in the league only last weekend.

Llanrwst United v Llandudno Albion could go either way, but the visitors have good cup pedigree and after exiting the FAW Trophy to Nantlle Vale, will be doubly determined to make amends.

Penycae should advance at Rhayader Town, Saltney Town have already seen off Bodedern Athletic 6-2 in the league and seem likely to repeat the dose at Sandy Lane in the cup, while a much-needed win for Y Felinheli is on the cards at home to Rhostyllen.



Denbigh Town31Llay Welfare


Bangor 187651Hawarden Rangers
Bow Street23Cefn Albion
Caersws30Llandrindod Wells
Corwen12Rhos Aelwyd
Llanfair United22Welshpool Town (Welshpool on pens)
Llangefni Town32Nantlle Vale
Llangollen Town02Llanlluwchllyn
Llanrhaeadr13Dolgellau Athletic
Llanrwst United22Llandudno Albion (Albion on pens)
Rhayader Town03Penycae
Saltney Town41Bodedern Athletic
Y Felinheli20Rhostyllen


Just the one league game on Saturday, but it’s an appealing one with fourth-place Brickfield Rangers hosting CPD Y Rhyl 1879.

Rhyl are coming off the back of two rare defeats. A fortnight ago they lost an unbeaten league record stretching 31 matches when beaten 2-1 at home by Bangor 1879.

Then last weekend, Gareth Thomas’ side tumbled out of the FAW Trophy in a shock 4-2 reverse at lower league Nefyn United.

Brickfield have started the campaign pretty well, although they have lost three of their last four matches – all of them away.

At home they will make things tough for Rhyl, but even dealing with suspensions and injuries, the visitors should be powerful enough to edge a close contest.


Brickfield Rangers12CPD Y Rhyl 1879

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