Wales: Bangor City favourites as league splits into two
The Welsh Premier League has completed its first stage of the season with all of the twelve teams completing 22 rounds of matches. The league will now be split into two halves with the top six fighting it out for the championship and European places whilst the bottom six hope to avoid the pain of relegation.
Bangor City looked for the most part like they would run away with the title. The two-time Welsh champions started the season with fifteen straight victories and were running away with it before a couple of recent slip-ups, coupled with better form for defending champions The New Saints, has whittled Bangor’s lead at the top to six points having been a massive thirteen at one stage. Nevertheless the signs are good for Bangor who didn’t actually play this weekend but who saw nearest challengers The New Saints surprisingly drop two points away at second bottom Newtown AFC on Saturday. The home side were two goals up through Sean Highdale and Sean Jones after half an hour but the visitors pulled one back nine minutes before half-time thanks to Craig Williams. Just when it seemed the chance of a point would go begging for The New Saints they would ultimately be grateful to Aeron Edwards for restoring parity twelve minutes before the end of the match.
After 22 games played the top six teams – Bangor City, The New Saints, Neath FC, Llanelli AFC, Prestatyn Town and Port Talbot Town – will play each other home and away to determine who will win the Premier League title and get the European spots. The bottom six – Aberystwyth Town, Airbus UK Broughton, Carmarthen Town, Bala Town, Newtown AFC and Haverfordwest County – will face each other home and away to see which two teams will get relegated at the end of the season.