The Robins are back at Latham Park this Saturday as we welcome Cefn Druids in the final match of Phase 1 in the Welsh Premier League (KO 7:30pm).
Newtown are just one game away from completing a successful Phase of the Welsh Premier League for the club by finishing in the top six of the division table.
Cefn Druids are the visitors in mid-Wales after our outing at the Rock back in November ended in a 1-1 draw after a late equaliser from our very own Luke Boundford made sure we left Druids with something to take back.
The Robins will want to start Saturday night’s match fresh after last week’s away defeat to The New Saints as the Welsh Premier League champions won 4-0 at Park Hall.
Both Newtown and Druids go into this game with 15 points separating the two sides as both clubs will not face each other in Phase 2 with places cemented in both groups of six for when the league splits on the weekend.
|Nickname(s)||The Ancients, Druids|
|League||Welsh Premier League|
Manager Chris Hughes has confirmed that all players are fit and ready to take on Cefn Druids at the weekend as the boss plans to make a couple of changes from the starting line-up away to TNS last Friday night.
VIEWS FROM THE MANAGER
Chris Hughes on being nominated manager of the month for December 2018…
“It’s a reflection on how well everyone has done at the club. The pressure was on in December after we lost to Barry Town, we had four games to pick up points and I think we took 10 out of 12 and that sealed our top six status.
“It was an important month for us. We wanted to finish off the job well in terms of the top six which we did and now we are looking forward to finishing off the split.
“It’s a big effort by everyone including the staff and the players especially in the last couple of weeks we had four games with a small squad and they did what they had to do so it was very pleasing.”
‘The pressure was on in December after we lost to Barry Town, we had four games to pick up points and I think we took 10 out of 12 and that sealed our top six status.’
Hughes on the upcoming match against the Druids…
“We are expecting another tough game. Huw (Griffiths) has got a good squad of players, they qualified for Europe last year and it was a similar season to what we are having now.
“They got some wins early on and they got the momentum and carried that on. They have strengthen well as well in the summer and in particular in the January transfer window and with the players that he has got there – he has got a really strong squad so we know it is going to be a tough game.
“He’s a very experienced manager at this level, he’s a very tactically strong manager as well so we expect him to come up with something and we are going to have to answers off the pitch as well as on the pitch.”
- The Robins are undefeated in all of their home matches in the league this season (Won 7, drawn 3).
- Nick Rushton is Newtown’s leading goal scorer for this season with 10 goals to his name.
- The last four matches with Druids have ended in a draw.
- The visitors have not won a game at Latham Park since 2008 when they beat Newtown, 2-3.
- Druids have conceded 15 goals in the just the last three matches against Barry Town (H), TNS (H) and TNS (A) again.
- The Black and White Army have however been on good form on the road recently by winning three games in the last five outings.
Matches played – 20
Newtown AFC wins – 11
Cefn Druids wins – 4
Draws – 5
MATCH DAY 22
Saturday January 12 (All 7:30pm kick-offs)
Carmarthen Town vs Connah’s Quay
Barry Town vs Aberystwyth Town
The New Saints vs Llanelli Town
Newtown vs Cefn Druids
Llandudno Town vs Cardiff Met
Bala vs Caernarfon Town
Can the Robins end Phase 1 of the @WPL_Official undefeated at Latham Park?
— Newtown AFC (@NewtownAFC) January 10, 2019