Date: Thu 03 Jan 2019

2019 kicks off with north v south doubleheader

Rhyl host Abergavenny while Llandudno travel to Cardiff City

The Orchard Welsh Premier Women's League returns this weekend, with four teams in action to kick off 2019.

Rhyl host Abergavenny at the Educate Group Stadium, whilst their neighbours Llandudno travel south to take on Cardiff City Women at the Cardiff International Sports Campus.

A decent first half of the season from Richie Jeramiah's side see Aber sitting third in the table, with five wins from their opening seven games. A win on Sunday would take them into second place, and close the gap on leaders Cardiff Met to four points.

Rhyl meanwhile have only one league win to their name, a 2-1 victory away at Briton Ferry back in November, though the Lilywhites did book a League Cup Semi-Final date with Swansea City thanks to a 3-1 win at Llandudno.

The Seasiders face a tricky test to open 2019, with Joel Hutton's Bluebirds lying in wait. City were 4-1 winners when the sides met on the second weekend of the season back in September at the Giant Hospitality Stadium, and will want a strong start to the year.

City lie fifth in the table at present, but could also find themselves in second come Sunday night (though they'd need a ten goal plus win, as well as Aber to not beat Rhyl). Only the top two have beaten City so far this season, and they will be eager to utilise their game in hand to close the gap to both Met and Swansea.

Llandudno are directly behind City in the table. A tough start to the season saw them lose five of their opening six games, but bounced back before the break to win their next two, including an impressive 5-3 win away at Cyncoed in their previous fixture. The Seasiders will certainly be hoping to take more points home with them from their latest trip to the capital.

Sunday 6 January Fixtures

Cardiff City v Llandudno (14:00)
Rhyl v Abergavenny (14:00)

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