The Lakesiders return to league action this weekend, as we head down to the Capital to take on Cardiff Met at the Cyncoed Campus, with the Town looking to close the gap slowly on 2nd placed Connah's Quay Nomads. The Lakesiders head into the match having progressed through to the Fourth Round of the JD Welsh Cup last weekend, as a 2-0 win over Flint Town placed us in the hat for the Fourth Round.
On the other hand, the hosts today; have had a short break having been knocked out of the JD Welsh Cup in the earlier rounds, meaning last weekend they were able to rest and recuperate ready for today's match.
Cardiff Met vs Bala Town
Cyncoed Campus, CF23 6XD
Saturday 19th of November, 2:30pm kick-off
Insight into our opponents
(A) The New Saints 4-0 - Cymru Premier
(H) Caernarfon Town 0-3 - Cymru Premier
(A) Newtown AFC 0-1 - Cymru Premier
(A) Ammanford AFC 0-3 - Nathaniel MG Cup Quarter Final
(A) Connah's Quay Nomads 2-0 - Cymru Premier
(A) Pill AFC FC 2-1 - JD Welsh Cup Second Round
Sam Jones: The Met's main man this season has been Sam Jones, who leads the way in terms of goals for the University side with six league goals in 13 appearances thus far, and even has three League Cup goals to his name. The 24 year old burst into the 2022/23 Cymru Premier season with four goals in his opening two matches, scoring a 26 minute hat-trick against Aberystwyth Town in his second game of the season, which set him up to be the Met's main man for the season. However, his last league goal stretches back to the end of August, where he netted two goals in a 3-0 win against Pontypridd United. Although, you most definitely can't write him off for not scoring in recent matches, as it's evident he knows where the goal is! The Lakesiders defence will have to keep on their toes should he feature today.
The Lakesiders are unbeaten in our previous five meetings against the Met, despite three of them being draws, including two 0-0 in last season's edition of the Cymru Premier. The Town will look to do the double over the Met today, having already picked up three points against them at Maes Tegid back in Septemer, with a 2-0 win following two goals in five minutes for the Town. On the other hand, the Met's last victory in this fixture came in the curtailed 2019-20 season, where a certain Will Evans popped up with a 90th minute winner at Cyncoed to take all three points. The Met also completed a double over the Lakesiders that season, having come to Maes Tegid and grabbed a goal in the final 10 minutes to take the points back down South.
Referee - Ryan Kenny
Assistant Referee 1 - Johnathon Bebee-Bryant
Assistant Referee 2 - Matthew Johnson
Fourth Official - Richard Harrington
Referee Observer - Dean John
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