As matchday four of the Genero Adran Premier approaches, we preview the weekend's exciting matches.
Pontypridd Town secured their second victory of the season at Port Talbot Town last time out, with Carys Bufton netting a late winner. This week's opponents Aberystwyth Town will be loking to bounce back from losses to Cardiff City and Cardiff Met and return to winning ways of matchday one. A win for either side would see them keep the early pace set by the current league leaders.
Staying within touching distance of the top is also paramount for Cardiff Met, who host The New Saints at Cyncoed Campus. The Archers have recorded six points from their opening three games, with emphatic wins over Port Talbot Town and Aberystwyth Town following their dramatic opening day defeat to title-rivals Swansea City.
Met were hugely impressive last time out, with Shannon Evans and Erin Murray both netting braces, along with strikes from captain Stephanie Turner and summer returnee Emily Allen. The New Saints face a tough test in the capital but can take positives from their 3-0 defeat to Cardiff City Women. Andy Williams’ side were much improved and the scoreline could have been closer had Zara Mujica Pernalete not produced a fine penalty save.
An intriguing battle is in store as Port Talbot Town play host to Barry Town. Hayley Williams’ outfit are another who have had a tough run of results, improvement is however on the cards as they played out a tight contest with Pontypridd Town, but fell to a narrow 1-0 loss.
They will be looking to look to bounce back and claim their first victory of the season, but the Linnets will be chasing the points too, have recorded a win and two losses in their opening three fixtures, including an outstanding performance in a 7-2 victory over The New Saints. A win for either side could be hugely important in gathering momentum and kick-starting their campaigns.
The game of the weekend is undoubtedly the South Wales derby, as Cardiff City host rivals Swansea City. Both sides have been hugely impressive so far this season, with 100% records that see the clubs sitting at the top of the table on nine points.
The Bluebirds recorded convincing wins over Port Talbot Town, Aberystwyth Town and The New Saints, while champions Swansea ground out victories over Cardiff Met and Pontypridd Town, before an emphatic 5-0 win over Barry Town.
As ever the points picked up this weekend could have an impact on where the teams find themselves at the end of the season!