4 November 2021 |

Genero Adran Premier | Weekend preview

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We’re set for another intriguing weekend of fixtures in the Genero Adran Premier, with some key clashes at both ends of the table.

League leaders Swansea City look to continue their immaculate start to the campaign as they welcome Pontypridd Town to Llandarcy Academy of Sport.

The Swans head into the fixture full of confidence, having secured a 3-0 victory over title rivals Cardiff Met last time out, in which Shaunna Jenkins got on the scoresheet, as well as Stacey John-Davis’s superb brace.

Having recorded their sixth league win of the season, the back-to-back champions are now level on 18 points with south Wales rivals Cardiff City, gaining a three greater goal difference.

The Swans’ player to watch is summer recruit Rhianne Oakley, who will be facing her former club Pontypridd Town. The attacker’s pace and willingness to run in-behind has posed a real danger since her move to the Swans.

Opponents Pontypridd Town will be hoping to get back to winning ways following league defeats to Aberystwyth Town, Cardiff Met and Cardiff City, as well as a draw against The New Saints.

Fern Burrage-Male’s side can take encouragement from their performances against the top three so far this season, as the Mighty Dragons have competed well when facing the league’s elite.

In the reverse fixture at the USW Sport Park, it took 61 minutes for the Swans to break the deadlock in an entertaining contest, with Katy Hosford and Chloe Chivers’ goals giving the champions a 2-0 win.

It’s seventh against eighth at Park Hall as The New Saints host Barry Town United.

The Saints will be buoyed by a positive performance against Pontypridd Town last time out, as they came so close to securing an invaluable three points.

Caitlin Chapman’s superb free-kick gave Andy Williams’ side the lead before Anais Trinci’s late equaliser. The Saints had an opportunity to win it late on from the spot, but Lexi Harrison was denied by the woodwork in a 1-1 draw.

Visitors Barry Town United also put in a performance in their previous fixture, falling to a narrow 2-1 defeat to Aberystwyth Town.

A huge positive for the Linnets this season has been the development of young players, as 17-year-old Mackenzie Olden gave them the lead, before goals from Carys Davies and Flavia Jenkins denied Barry the victory.

With the Saints leading the Linnets by a single point in the table, both sides will see this weekend as an opportunity to pick up important points.

An interesting battle between two of the Genero Adran Premier’s top four is set to unfold at Park Avenue, with Aberystwyth Town hosting Cardiff City.

The Seasiders, currently in fourth position, will be full of confidence having won three consecutive games in all competitions, including league victories over Port Talbot and Barry Town United.

Gavin Allen’s side showed a great deal of character in the latter, coming from a goal behind to earn a hard-fought 2-1 win.

Opponents Cardiff City are also in fine form having won five successive games.

In their most recent fixture, Iain Darbyshire’s side were hugely impressive, claiming an 8-2 victory over Port Talbot, with Bluebirds star Phoebie Poole netting on her return from international duty.

In the reverse fixture between the two sides at Leckwith Stadium, City recorded a 4-0 victory despite some early resistance from Aberystwyth in a competitive performance.

Rounding up the action in the top flight this weekend are Port Talbot and Cardiff Met, as they clash at Victoria Road.

The Steelwomen will be looking to react from recent defeats to Aberystwyth Town and Cardiff City.

Hayley Williams’ side currently sit sixth in the table with six points, but could climb to fifth as they trail Pontypridd Town by a point.

Cardiff Met will also be in search of a positive reaction to the 3-0 defeat to title rivals Swansea City.

The loss puts Yzzy Taylor’s side in third on 15 points, trailing the leaders by three points.

Another blow for Met in the defeat was the injury to influential striker Erin Murray, but the Archers can take encouragement from the performance of substitute Ellie Preece who looked lively after her introduction.

A victory for Met this weekend could see them rise to second and close the gap on the league’s front-runners.