Newtown take on Caernarfon at Latham Park this Saturday(April 9) in a pivotal fixture, knowing that a win combined with defeat for Penybont could see them guaranteed a top three spot for the first time since 1998.

The Robins finished runners up that year to qualify for a debut European outing, losing to Latvian champions Skonto Riga in the UEFA Cup, and Chris Hughes side will surely be dreaming of a 5th appearance in continental competition if they can continue their good form to overcome a perennially stubborn opponent in the shape of Caernarfon.

The Cofis will be brimming with confidence after bouncing back from a 3-0 defeat to TNS with a thumping 4-0 away win over Flint Town on Tuesday night (April 5), and they surely know that only a win at Latham Park will be sufficient to keep their own hopes of European football alive.

The two sides last met in March as Newtown got a long awaited first win of the second phase in emphatic fashion, a Craig Williams brace added to strikes from Nick Rushton and Aaron Williams, the Robins being something of a bogey side for Caernarfon this year, having won all four meetings between the two clubs this season to date, including a Welsh cup tie, without conceding a goal.

“We’re under no illusion as how difficult a task faces us in Phase 2, as you know in the Phase 1 games we only managed to gain 5 of our 31 points against the teams now playing with us in the Championship Conference,” Canaries manager Huw Griffiths told his club’s official website.

“I have full confidence that our talented and ambitious squad of players will increase our current tally.”

Newtown received a welcome injury boost with the return of Kieran Mills-Evans to the first team squad for Tuesday night’s 2-0 victory over Penybont, his first appearance on a Newtown team sheet since December 18, a 2-0 victory over Flint. However Wales C International Callum Roberts remains an injury concern for Chris Hughes, following a dislocated shoulder sustained against Penybont in March.

 

Match details:

Saturday, April 9, 2.30pm
Latham Park, Newtown SY16 1EN

Newtown(2nd) vs Caernarfon Town(5th)
JD Cymru Premier League Matchday 29

Headlines

  • Red hot Robins looking for four wins in a row.
  • Victory for Newtown and defeat for Penybont against champions TNS would guarantee 3rd spot for Newtown, a highest league finish since 1998.
  • Victory for Caernarfon would bring the Canaries to within four points of the top three and keep their European qualification hopes alive.

Form guide

Newtown: DLWWW

Caernarfon Town: LWLLW

Last time

March 11, 2022, The Oval

Caernarfon Town 0

Newtown AFC 4

(Rushton 34, C Williams 48, 52, A Williams 90)

Admission/tickets

Adults £7
Concessions (OAP/Age 16 to 18/students) £5 (Students must show their pass on the gate)
Under 16 £1

Parking

Car parking is available near the ground on Park Lane. Please see stewards on Park Lane who will be able to direct you to a space. Latham Park is a two minute walk up Park Lane to the main turnstiles.

Club house

As well as the fantastic footballing facilities Latham Park boasts an impressive club house to cater for fans’ needs.

The club is open on every match day, and provides top quality beers and spirits at reasonable prices so visiting and home fans can enjoy a drink both before and after games.

With comfortable seating areas and outside seating, it’s a great place to enjoy a drink before watching the boys play on a Saturday. The clubhouse is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and also has a wide range of football matches being shown on its four televisions and a big screen.

Programme

Matchday programmes are available from sellers within the ground and at the turnstiles.

Food and drink

A selection of hot food and drink is available inside the ground at the Robins Nest cafe, situated near the main stand and clubhouse.