29 October 2021 |

Genero Adran Premier | Weekend preview

050921_Cardiff Met v Swansea City_16 (1).jpg

It’s a huge weekend in the Genero Adran Premier with a key clash in the context of the title race.

Back-to-back champions Swansea City welcome Cardiff Met to Llandarcy Academy of Sport in a top-of-the-table clash.

The Swans have been faultless so far this season, recording five wins from as many fixtures and averaging 3.6 goals per game.

A player to watch for Chris Church’s side is summer recruit Rhianne Oakley, who joined the club from Pontypridd Town. The winger has electric pace and netted twice in the 4-0 win over south Wales rivals Cardiff City, while she also won a penalty in the reverse fixture against Met.

With the Swans level on 15 points with the Archers having played a game less, the hosts will be looking to take a huge step in the race for top spot.

Met, meanwhile, are also in fine form having won seven consecutive games in all competitions since their opening day defeat to Swansea.

After Emily Allen’s early goal at Cyncoed Campus, Stacey John-Davies’ strike and Shaunna Jenkins’ dramatic late goal gave the Swans the three points.

Since then, Yzzy Taylor’s side have impressed, with summer signing Allen standing out with six goals so far this campaign.

Third-placed Cardiff City face a difficult test as they host Port Talbot at Leckwith Stadium.

There is a real buzz around the Bluebirds with three consecutive league wins against Barry Town United, Pontypridd Town and The New Saints respectively.

It has also been a positive period for Iain Darbyshire’s players on international duty, with Phoebie Poole, Seren Watkins and Lily Billingham all making impressions for Wales’ youth sides.

Since the Bluebirds’ 4-0 opening day victory over Port Talbot, the Steelwomen have improved with league wins over Barry Town United and The New Saints.

Hayley Williams’ side will be looking to bounce back however, as they succumbed to a 4-2 defeat against Aberystwyth Town in their most recent fixture.

There is an intriguing battle at the USW Sport Park as Pontypridd Town welcome The New Saints.

The hosts will be hoping to get back to winning ways following three straight league defeats.

Despite the results, Fern Burrage-Male’s side can take huge encouragement from competitive performances in the defeats to Cardiff City and Cardiff Met.

The New Saints head into the fixture on the back of losses to Port Talbot and Swansea City.

Despite a 5-1 defeat to the champions, a huge positive for the Saints was the fantastic long-range strike from Emily Ridge to get them on the scoresheet.

In a fifth against eighth clash, both sides will see this fixture as an opportunity to pick up invaluable points.

Rounding up the weekend’s fixtures are Barry Town United and Aberystwyth Town’s battle at Jenner Park.

The Linnets will be looking to take their cup form into the league, having progressed in the Welsh Women’s Cup with a 4-0 victory over Swansea University last time out.

It’s been a positive spell for Barry’s youngsters, with exciting duo Megan Bowen and Manon Pearce representing Cymru’s U17s side.

Visitors Aberystwyth Town’s Elin Jones was also selected, with the Seasiders much improved this season.

Gavin Allen’s side have recorded nine points from their opening six fixtures, four points greater than their total last campaign.

The Seasiders will be looking to record another win over the Linnets, having secured a 3-1 victory over Barry on the opening day of the season.