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Match Preview: Bala Town vs Connah's Quay Nomads

For the fifth time this season both the Lakesiders and the Nomads meet to battle it out, however there's much more at stake in this meeting...This time, it's for a place in the JD Welsh Cup Final as both sides head to Flint Town's Essity Stadium this evening, with a chance of reaching the Final of the JD Welsh Cup.

The Town come into tonight's Semi Final on the back of a disappointing 3-2 defeat to 10 man Newtown last weekend, but have high hopes of reaching the Final following our recent Nathaniel MG Cup Final triumph over the Nomads just over a month ago. On the other hand, the Nomads come into tonight's match having secured their first three points of the Championship Conference after a 91st minute winner from Ryan Harrington.

The Match

Bala Town vs Connah's Quay Nomads

JD Welsh Cup Semi Final

Essity Stadium, Marsh Ln, Flint CH6 5PJ

Friday 3rd of March, 7:45pm kick-off

Insight into our opponents


(H) Cardiff Met 2-1 - Cymru Premier Championship Conference

(H) Bala Town 1-1 - Cymru Premier Championship Conference

(A) Newtown 1-1 - Cymru Premier Championship Conference

(H) Airbus UK 5-0 - JD Welsh Cup Quarter Final

(A) Haverfordwest County 2-1 - Cymru Premier

(Neutral) Bala Town 0-0 (4-3ps) - Nathaniel MG Cup Final

Danger Man

Michael Wilde - Wilde sits in joint-fifth in the Cymru Premier Goalscoring Charts this season, with 10 goals to his name in his 22 appearances. The Forward also recorded two goals in two appearances in the Nathaniel MG Cup this season, and three goals in four appearances in the JD Welsh Cup, taking his total tally for the season to 15. The 39 year old veteran's last goal came in the opening day of the Championship Conference, where he netted a 90th minute equaliser against Newtown as both sides shared the points.

Previous Meetings

The Lakesiders are without victory over the Nomads in the Cymru Premier in our last four meetings, however we have been on top in Cup competitions recently, following our penalty shootout victory in the Nathaniel MG Cup Final just less than a month ago, as the Town lifted the trophy for the first time in our history! The last time the Lakesiders came out on top in the league was in a 1-0 victory at the Deeside Stadium back in September 2021, as a Dave Edwards free-kick collected all three points after the Nomads Captain; George Horan was sent off. The most recent meeting saw both teams play out a competitive 1-1 draw in Deeside, as the hosts took the lead before being reduced to 10 men, before Adam Roscrow sent a pin point free kick into the back of the net to claw back a point late in the game.

Match Officials

Referee - Mark Petch

Assistant Referee 1 - Martin William Roberts

Assistant Referee 2 - Ceri Louise Williams

Fourth Official - Aaron Wyn Jones

Referee Observer - John Frederick Baston

Keep Up To Date

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