The day has finally arrived! The Lakesiders will enter their first Cup Final in six years this Saturday, with Connah's Quay Nomads standing in the way of the Nathaniel MG Cup being added to the Bala Town trophy cabinet.
The Lakesiders come into their first Nathaniel MG Cup Final for the first time since 2015, after being beaten 3-0 by The New Saints in our last outing in the Final, however this will be our first Cup Final since our JD Welsh Cup triumph against the New Saints in 2017.
On the other hand, The Nomads are looking to make it three consecutive Nathaniel MG Cup triumphs, having beaten STM Sports in the 2019-20 season and Cardiff Met in the 2021-22 season, with the 2020-21 edition being cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, it could not be bigger for either side!
Bala Town vs Connah's Quay Nomads
Nathaniel MG Cup Final
The Rock, Rhosymedre, LL14 3YG
Saturday 28th of January, 12:45pm kick-off
Adults - £7
Concessions (65+, 17-21) - £5
Junior (16 and under) - £2
Pricing for season ticket holders of any Welsh club:
Adults - £5 Concessions (65+, 17-21) - £3 Junior (16 and under) - Free
All tickets are to be sold on the gate at the Rock
Insight into our opponents
(A) Llanelli Town AFC 0-2 - JD Welsh Cup Fourth Round
(A) Bala Town 0-0 - Cymru Premier
(A) Newtown 0-0 - Cymru Premier
(A) Flint Town 0-0 - Cymru Premier
(H) Flint Town 2-0 - Cymru Premier
(H) The New Saints 1-1 - Cymru Premier
Mike Wilde - The 39 year old veteran will be looking to collect his sixth Nathaniel MG Cup winners medal this afternoon, with already five to his name! Wilde sits in fifth in the Cymru Premier Goalscoring Charts this season, with a goal every other game ratio, grabbing nine goals in 18 league appearances. The Forward also recorded two goals in two appearances in the Nathaniel MG Cup this season, and three goals in three appearances in the JD Welsh Cup, taking his total tally for the season to 14. Should the Nomads talisman feature this afternoon, there's no doubt he will be handful for the Town backline!
The Lakesiders are without victory against the Nomads in our previous four meetings, with the Flintshire side coming out on top in three of the last four, with the most recent fixture ending in a 0-0 draw. The last time the Lakesiders came out on top 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. Both sides met in the Semi Final of last season's edition of the Nathaniel MG Cup, where the Nomads would ease through with a 4-1 victory at Maes Tegid, and eventually went on to win the Cup with a 10-9 penalty shootout victory over Cardiff Met.
Referee - Bryn Markham-Jones
Assistant Referee 1 - Jordan Christopher
Assistant Referee 2 -Connor Thomas
Fourth Official - David Morgan
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