This Saturday sees the Robins return to Latham Park as they host Caernarfon Town for some Saturday afternoon football in the JD Welsh Premier League.
It will be Newtown’s third match in Phase Two after two consecutive defeats at home to Connah’s Quay Nomads and away to The New Saints.
Last week’s 5-0 defeat at TNS has now put Newtown 5th in the Welsh Premier League table but just a single point behind Caernarfon.
Saturday’s meeting will certainly look to be a six pointer between the Robins and the Canaries.
|Full name||Caernarfon Town Football Club
Clwb Pêl Droed Tref Caernarfon
|Ground||The Oval, Caernarfon|
|Capacity||3,000 (600 seated)|
|League||Welsh Premier League|
|2017–18||Cymru Alliance, 1st (promoted)|
Goalkeeper Dave Jones is a doubt for Saturday’s fixture after the injury he picked up a couple of weeks ago against Connah’s Quay Nomads.
Second choice keeper, Jack Perry, started for Newtown last week for the trip to TNS and is likely to make the starting line-up again.
January signing of Matty Williams is still recovering from a shoulder injury that he suffered back in December and has yet made his debut for the Robins.
Manager Chris Hughes told the club website the latest injury updates for Williams and Jones.
He said: “The likely return for Matty will be in March after we have had a little bit of a break.
“With Dave Jones he is going to have another tester – we have medical procedures we have to follow in the case of Dave so we will have to asses them when working with physio, Andy, before match day.
“But obviously got no problems playing Jack (Perry), he did well last week so I have no problems throwing him in again on Saturday.”
VIEWS FROM THE MANAGER
Chris Hughes on hosting the Canaries
“It’s going to be another difficult game as it is against a fellow top 6 club. The last two games were very challenging going up against the best two teams in the league – there has been some real positives to take from it. We need to be a little bit neater and tidier as we grow and there’s a couple of reasons for that.
“But overall the first half of last Friday night’s performance (Away at TNS) I was really pleased, similar to the first half against Connah’s Quay. We have just been a bit sloppy in key moments.
“I said after the game that you would probably get away with that against 8 or 9 of the other teams in the league and you don’t get punished. But when you are up against two of the best teams – you get punished.”
Hughes on Caernarfon Town’s fantastic following
“I think that has been a real plus point in the league and they’ve done really well. I think it’s been a key factor with their form in the league, an addition to having good players.
“We went up there in October and there were over a thousand there – excellent!
“Our players really strived in it – our second half performance was probably one of the best performances in my time at the club. So hopefully it will bring the best out of my players come Saturday – I’m sure it will be a striving atmosphere.
“That’s what the league wants, you want to be playing in front of crowds and that’s what the players said after the Caernarfon game.”
“We went up there (Caernarfon) in October and there were over a thousand fans – excellent!”
- The Robins have only conceded one defeat at Latham Park all season in the Welsh Premier League (W6 D4 L1)
- Newtown’s current top goal scorer this season is Nick Rushton with 10 goals to his name.
- Newtown have not lost to Caernarfon since March 2003 when they were beaten at home, 0-3.
- Caernarfon have only won 4 league matches on the road this season (W4 D4 L5)
- Craig Nathan has the most goals for the Canaries this season by finding the net 13 times.
- The yellow and green army have only beaten Newtown once in their head to head history with the Robins (W1 D4 L4)
Head to Head
Newtown AFC wins: 4
Caernarfon Town wins: 1
LAST TIME WE MET
JD Welsh Premier League – Friday October 19, 2018
Caernarfon Town 0-3 Newtown AFC
MATCH DAY 25
Llanelli Town vs Carmarthen Town – 19:45
Cefn Druids vs Aberystwyth Town – 19:45
Cardiff Met vs Llandudno Town – 14:30
The New Saints vs Barry Town – 14:30
Newtown AFC vs Caernarfon Town – 14:30
— Newtown AFC (@NewtownAFC) February 15, 2019