Date: Thu 05 Apr 2018

Newcomers clash to avoid bottom spot

Out of the four Orchard Welsh Premier Women's League fixtures taking place this weekend, the match between the bottom two teams appears one of the most intriguing, as Caldicot Town and Caernarfon Town look to finish their respectively difficult seasons on a high.

Caldicot Town currently sit bottom of the table despite claiming a surprising and impressive 3-2 win away to Cyncoed, a massive 6-2 win at Llandudno and a 3-3 draw at Rhyl earlier in the season. However, a nine-point deduction has left them below Caernarfon Town, with the fellow newcomers still looking to avoid defeat for the first time this season. The two sides are yet to meet, and their two games against each other in the coming weeks will decide their final placings.

But it has been a positive week for Caldicot Town with the news that goalkeeper Alisha Young has been named as the WPWL Player of the Month for February and March after a string of impressive performances. A victory over Caernarfon Town on Sunday would move Caldicot Town above their opponents by a single point ahead of the final few games. The WPWL has proved to be a steep learning curve for both clubs this season, but there is no doubt that their players will benefit from the experience.

Tom Jamieson's Rhyl remain on-course to once again avoid relegation this season, and they make the long journey to Abergavenny on Sunday with the home side still pushing for second place. Maxine Mudge scored a brace for Richie Jeremiah's side when the two sides met at the start of the season as Abergavenny claimed an impressive 5-1 victory at Belle Vue. In addition, Abergavenny haven't lost in the WPWL since October, and will be keen to show what progress they have made this season in their remaining few games.

The remaining two games involve the two teams at the top of the WPWL table, and while champions Swansea City can still catch league leaders Cardiff Met, this weekend could prove to be a defining one in the title race. Ian Owen claimed the Manager of the Month award for February and March, while his side have scored 22 WPWL goals in their last five games, conceding just one, and will look to continue this form when they host Llandudno on Sunday. Jodie Passmore has the hat-trick hero for Swansea City when the two sides last met as the champions claimed a 6-0 victory back in November.

Cardiff Met have a five point lead over Swansea City as both teams head into their remaining four WPWL games, and Kerry Harris's side host Cardiff City at their Cyncoed Campus on Sunday. Four different goalscorers were on target for the Archers back in October as they claimed a 4-1 win over Cardiff City. However, they have failed to record a victory in their last two WPWL games, and suffered defeat to Cyncoed in the League Cup final a fortnight ago.

International commitments mean that Cyncoed are once again without a game this weekend as their players represent Wales at both senior and U19 level. Meanwhile, Port Talbot Town have just two games remaining to finish their season, and Hayley Williams' side have a weekend off from WPWL action after losing 5-2 at Abergavenny last Sunday.

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