The Lakesiders welcome Pontypridd United to Maes Tegid this weekend, following the reverse fixture ending in a 2-1 defeat for the Town this past Tuesday, down in South Wales. The Town had been on a five game win streak in all competitions up until Tuesday evening, and will now look to bounce back quickly in an attempt to build momentum going into Phase 2 in a few weeks time.
Pontypridd climbed out of the relegation zone with Tuesday's win over the Lakesiders, with Aberystwyth Town falling into the bottom two by a point. Having spent most of the season in the relegation zone, Ponty will now look to stay out of the bottom two, with just a four point difference between Ponty in 10th and Haverfordwest County in 7th.
Bala Town vs Pontypridd United
Maes Tegid, LL23 7UY
Saturday 7th of January, 2:30pm kick-off
Insight into our opponents
(H) Bala Town 2-1 - Cymru Premier
(A) Haverfordwest County 1-1 - Cymru Premier
(H) Haverfordwest County 3-2 - Cymru Premier
(H) Penybont 0-1 - Cymru Premier
(A) Newtown 4-2 - Cymru Premier
(H) Cardiff Met 0-1 - Cymru Premier
Ben Ahmun - The former Penybont forward made a move to Pontypridd United this past Summer, and has already beat his last season's tally, having scored seven goals in 18 league appearances. Although, the 30 year old hit a hat-trick past their newly promoted counterparts in Airbus UK back in October as Ponty scored four goals without reply. Ahmun showed his qualities against the Town in our most recent fixture, by netting the opener in horrible weather conditions at the USW Sport Park, as he latched onto a long ball over the top and managed to slot the ball underneath Harri Lloyd in goal, which helped Ponty on their way to three points in a 2-1 victory. No doubt once again, Ahmun will be a threat this afternoon should he get a chance.
In the only ever fixtures between the two clubs, the Lakesiders hit Ponty for five in the 2021/22 JD Welsh Cup, with goals coming from Steven Leslie, Paul Rutherford, Bradley Bauress, Chris Venables and an own goal from Jordan Knott, which helped the Town progress through to Round Six of the competition. The other meeting came just four days ago, as the Town travelled down to the USW Sport Park to take on Pontypridd in the first game of the year, and despite equalising as soon as the hosts took the lead, Ponty went on to grab another goal in the first half which ultimately sealed a 2-1 victory, despite a big second half push from the Town as they looked for an equaliser.
Referee - Benjamin Hyla Allan Williams
Assistant Referee 1 - Connor Thomas
Assistant Referee 2 - Bryn Jones
Fourth Official - Robert Jenkins
Referee Observer - Nathan James Brearley
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