The weekend is here, and that means Orchard WPWL action is back.
Here’s our look at the weekend’s four games, with Rhyl and Cyncoed not in action this week.
Abergavenny v Briton Ferry Llansawel
A win away at Swansea last week got Ritchie Jeramiah’s side off to the perfect start. They get their home campaign underway against a Briton Ferry side that endured a tough start to life back in the top flight, losing 6-0 in their opener at home to Cardiff City.
Speaking to the club website this week, Jeramiah said “We know we will face a young hungry organised team, one who will want to prove a point from the opening day,” and also expects his squad to be at full strength.
Ferry meanwhile were hit by a second half blitz from City last week, conceding five after the break. They'll be looking to keep things tight early on and potentially cause a shock at Pen-y-Pound.
Caernarfon Town v Swansea City
Swans will be looking to put last week’s defeat to Abergavenny behind them when they travel north to Caernarfon. Ian Owen’s side won the corresponding fixture 6-0 last season, and another three points tomorrow would get them back on track following their opening day reverse.
The Cofis meanwhile shipped five away at Rhyl last week, and boss Tania Jones will be looking for a response from her side in their opening home game of the campaign.
Llandudno v Cardiff City
After their big win last week, City are on the road again, this time making the long trip north to Llandudno.
Full back Montana May was in the thick of the action last week, grabbing a goal and an assist, and told the City website that “We’re all looking forward to our next match after a positive result last time out. It will be a big test and hopefully we can get a good run going. The confidence levels [in the squad] are high at the moment. We’ve had to take a few things on board as we need to improve on some mistakes. Overall though we’re looking forward to the challenge.”
City boss Joel Hutton was pleased with his side’s second half performance last week, and is hoping for more of the same this week.
As for Llandudno, they were beaten 4-2 at home last week by Port Talbot, and will be looking for a response
Port Talbot Town v Cardiff Met
Finally two sides that won last weekend meet at the home of Tata Steel FC as Port Talbot entertain Cardiff Met in a 17:00 kick off.
Met got their title defence off to the best possible start last week with a 3-1 win at home to Cyncoed, while Town impressed in their 4-2 win at Llandudno.
The two sides also met in the corresponding fixture last weekend on the second Sunday of the season, with Met running out 3-2 winners after two late goals from Town gave them a scare. The home side will be looking to go one better this time out.