JD Welsh Cup action returns this weekend as 16 clubs battle it out for a place in the quarter-finals of one of the oldest cup competitions in the world.
JD Cymru North side Flint Town United and the 2019 runners up Connah’s Quay Nomads get the fourth-round ties under way at Cae y Castell on Friday.
Flint struck eight goals in their last two outings in the competition with a 5-0 win over Penrhyndeudraeth and 3-1 triumph over Penrhiwceiber Rangers respectively.
Colwyn Bay secured passage into the fourth round with a 5-1 win over Ruthin Town and have been rewarded with a tie against Cardiff Met in front of the Sgorio cameras at 12:45pm on Saturday.
The Archers, who reached the semi-finals of the 2018/19 competition, dispatched fellow JD Cymru Premier outfit Barry Town to reach this stage.
The New Saints were the last side to lift the JD Welsh Cup in 2019 after the 2019/20 competition was cut short ahead of the semi-finals due to the Covid-19 pandemic, while last season’s was cancelled.
The defending champions edged past Conwy Borough to reach this stage and have been handed an away tie against JD Cymru South side Carmarthen Town, who beat Newtown on penalties in the third round.
There’s an all-JD Cymru Premier affair at the SDM Glass Stadium as Penybont welcome Caernarfon Town.
The sides have already met in the league this term, with Cai Jones cancelling out Jack Evans’ opener as the spoils were shared earlier this month.
Two JD Cymru Premier sides also go head-to-head at Bridge Meadow Stadium as Haverfordwest County welcome Bala Town, who came out on top when the sides met in the league in September.
Saltney Town from the Lock Stock Ardal North West are the lowest-ranked side left in the competition and will be aiming to pull off a cup upset by toppling JD Cymru Premier side Aberystwyth Town, who sit two tiers above them.
The Flintshire side looked to be heading out of the competition against Penrhyncoch in the previous round before Ryan McCleary struck a last-minute equaliser to force penalties.
Andy Dutton’s side came out on top in the shootout to ensure they are the only side from the third tier still left in the competition.
There are also two JD Cymru North against JD Cymru South ties this weekend as Guilsfield Town travel to Swansea University and Buckley Town entertain Taffs Well.
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