With just two games left in the Dafabet Welsh Premier League, there is still an awful lot on the line for 10 of the league’s 12 teams – UEFA Europa League qualification, Irn Bru Cup selection, home advantage in the WPL European play-offs. However, perhaps most importantly is the battle for survival.
Aberystwyth Town v Rhyl
- Friday, 14 April 2017
- Park Avenue, Aberystwyth
- Kick off: 7:45pm
- Sgorio - Facebook Live
On Good Friday (14 April) evening, Sgorio will broadcast this weekend’s biggest clash via Facebook Live, as Tony Pennock's 10th placed Aberystwyth Town welcome Niall McGuinness’ 11th placed Rhyl to Park Avenue in a clash full of intrigue and one that will go some way to deciding which of the two sides join Airbus UK Broughton in dropping out of Wales’ Premier Division at the end of the season.
In perhaps the most competitive Dafabet Welsh Premier League season to date, both of these sides have shown flashes of true brilliance throughout the previous 30 fixtures, as Rhyl had an extended stay in the top half of the table earlier on in the season, and Aberystwyth have impressed on numerous occasions, threatening to sneak into the top six two games before the split, before eventually falling away into the bottom half.
Despite impressive performances at times between the two outfits, inconsistency has led both sides to this point, where Rhyl sit two points behind the 10th placed Seasiders and needing a win to ensure that any hopes of survival rest firmly in their own hands as they head into next weekend’s final round of fixtures, welcoming Llandudno to the Corbett Sports Stadium.
Both sides go into this game on the back of victories, with Rhyl confirming Airbus UK Broughton’s relegation last weekend with a 2-1 comeback win over the Wingmakers, whereas Aberystwyth came out victorious in their seaside showdown with Alan Morgan’s Llandudno live on Sgorio last Sunday.
With Sgorio’s cameras set to broadcast the game via Facebook Live, that could be a good omen for the Seasiders, as they’ve won all but one of their games that have been broadcast live on S4C this season, whereas Rhyl haven’t quite had the same fortune, losing to Bangor City away and Caernarfon Town.
McGuinness’ men however, will be encouraged by their victory on the weekend as the Lilywhites have been creating chances galore in weeks gone by but have been unable to put them away and as such were losing games. Those opportunities were finally taken on Saturday as Steve Lewis returned to score a crucial winner and give Rhyl their first win in five games, whereas Aberystwyth’s win over Llandudno was their first victory in seven outings.
Having been back in the Dafabet Welsh Premier League for four seasons, and avoiding relegation last year after being on the brink, Rhyl are familiar with this position and will be hoping that their young and enthusiastic squad can put together a performance worthy of their potential and secure three vital points going into next weekend’s final round of fixtures.
The Seasiders, however, have taken part in every single season of Dafabet Welsh Premier League action – a record matched by only Bangor City and Newtown – so they’ll be desperate to remain a part of that illustrious club. It is therefore, all set for a superb game on Good Friday evening – make sure you don’t miss it.