The Lakesiders bring their Cymru Premier season to a close today with a trip down to Cardiff Met, still in search of their first win in the Championship Conference this season. The league season comes to an end with the Town unable to qualify for Europe through their league position and pretty much guaranteed fifth place, with the only way of qualifying for Europe now is to win the JD Welsh Cup or through the play-offs.
On the other hand, Cardiff Met have it all to play for, with Penybont now level on points with Met in third place following their points deduction with just goal difference seperating the sides, meaning our opponents today will hope to better Penybont's result on the final day for a chance in qualifying for Europe.
Cardiff Met vs Bala Town
Cymru Premier Championship Conference
Cyncoed Campus, CF23 6XD
Saturday 22nd of April, 12:45pm kick-off
Insight into our opponents
(A) Newtown 1-2 - Cymru Premier Championship Conference
(H) Connah's Quay Nomads 0-2 - Cymru Premier Championship Conference
(H) Penybont 2-3 - Cymru Premier Championship Conference
(A) The New Saints 7-1 - Cymru Premier Championship Conference
(A) Bala Town 0-0 - Cymru Premier Championship Conference
(H) Newtown 0-0 - Cymru Premier Championship Conference
Sam Jones – The 25 year old has been pivotal in Cardiff Met’s success this season, leading his side to potentially qualifying for Europe. Jones is Met’s top goal scorer this season with nine goals in 29 league appearances, not to mention his three goals in the Nathaniel MG Cup. The Welshman’s success on the pitch this season led him to being called up to the Cymru C squad for their clash with England C in late March, and played a full hour before being substituted for Penybont's Nathan Wood. The Met man will look to finish his season in style by helping his side qualify on Europe, and will likely be raring to go for this one.
It was a rather dull affair in the last meeting between the two sides, as the game ended 0-0 at Maes Tegid with an Ollie Shannon goal ruled off for offside, as Chris Venables was allegedly standing in and offside position when the ball was struck and was deemed to have obstructed the keeper. Prior to that match, the Lakesiders knocked Met out of the Nathaniel MG Cup at the Semi Final stage, with a 2-0 victory at Maes Tegid in November last year. However, just a week before our Semi Final tie, both teams clashed at Cyncoed Campus, where it ended up being a torrid time for the Town, as the home side clinched the three points with a 1-0 victory, along with a red card to our Captain Chris Venables. Therefore, currently in the league both sides are even this season with a victory each and a stalemate.
Referee - Huw Jones
Assistant Referee 1 - Christopher Jordan
Assistant Referee 2 - Harry Hendricks
Fourth Official - Benjamin Hyla Allan Williams
Referee Observer - Rodger Gifford
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