The Lakesiders head to Deeside this afternoon, as the race for the elusive European places start to hot up, with all Clubs in the top six in with a chance of qualifying for Europe. With just an 11 point gap between 2nd and 6th, any team will believe they have a chance of qualifying for Europe, however with nine games still to go, anything can happen!
The Town come into today's match on the back of a hard fought battle against Penybont, as both sides settled for a point, despite a red card to Nathan Peate with 20 minutes remaining of the match. Meanwhile, today's hosts also come into today's match on the back of a draw, as Michael Wilde's 90th minute equaliser stopped Newtown from collecting an important three points in the race for the Europe.
Connah's Quay Nomads vs Bala Town
Cymru Premier Phase Two
Deeside Stadium, CH5 4BR
Saturday 18th of February, 2:30pm kick-off
Insight into our opponents
(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
(A) Llanelli Town AFC 0-2 - JD Welsh Cup Fourth Round
(A) Bala Town 0-0 - Cymru Premier
Michael Wilde - Wilde sits in joint-fifth in the Cymru Premier Goalscoring Charts this season, with a goal every other game ratio, grabbing ten goals in 20 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 15. The 39 year old veteran had a great start to the Championship Conference last weekend, as he netted a 90th minute equaliser against Newtown to rescue a point. Should the Nomads talisman feature this afternoon, there's no doubt he will be handful for the Town backline!
The Lakesiders are without victory in the league 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 league 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. However, the Lakesiders have got the upper hand on the Nomads coming into today's match, 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!
Referee - Rob Jenkins
Assistant Referee 1 - Lewis Ross Edwards
Assistant Referee 2 - Cilan Thomas
Fourth Official - John Andrew Jones
Referee Observer - Nathan James Brearley
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