Two southern derbies headline the first full weekend of WPWL action in 2019.
All eyes will be on Llandarcy as third placed Swansea City host Cardiff City, who sit a place behind them on goal difference only. With Abergavenny on a free weekend, second place is up for grabs if either side can find a win, which they’ll need to keep the pressure up on leaders Cardiff Met.
Bluebirds boss Joel Hutton is under no illusions of the importance of the game, telling the club website this week “We need to go into the game positively and hopefully we’ll take something because we need to be taking points off the teams around us and Swansea are one of them.”
Swans were boosted this week by the news that Jess Williams’ return from injury is getting closer, though she is still a couple of weeks away from making her return to the side. Ian Owen’s team were 2-0 winners in Leckwith when the sides met just before the Christmas break, and a second win over City will give them the perfect start to the new year.
Port Talbot are sitting just behind those two sides in fifth, and they make the short trip to Briton Ferry, with the Reds still looking for their first points of the campaign. A 5-0 win for Town just before Christmas over Ferry capped off an excellent 2018 for Hayley Williams’ side, and they’ll be looking to push on even further this year.
The two sides below Port Talbot meet at the Giant Hospitality Stadium as Llandudno host Cyncoed. The Seasiders may have lost 6-3 last week against Cardiff City, but they were 5-3 winners away at the Mighty Oaks last month, moving above Fern Burrage’s side in the table in the process.
Cyncoed have found life difficult this season, with only wins against the two sides below them to speak of thus far, and they’ll be looking to kickstart their season tomorrow with a good result.
Finally, the league leaders return to action as Cardiff Met host Rhyl. Met beat the Lilywhites 5-2 before Christmas to come into the new year unbeaten so far at the halfway point of the season and have a great opportunity to extend their advantage at the top if they can keep that run going.
This is Rhyl’s final game before their League Cup semi-final at the end of the month away at Swansea, and they’ll be out to see if they can pull off a surprise in the capital to give them some momentum going into that clash.