Connahs Quay Nomads vs Aberystwyth Town
JD Cymru Premier
Saturday 10th December
After last weeks disappointing result at The New Saints, Aberystwyth Town have the chance for redemption with a visit to Deeside to face Connahs Quay Nomads.
The Seasiders currently sit only 4 points behind 6th placed Caernarfon Town and with 7 games still to play before the league splits, Anthony Williams’ men are well in the hunt for a place in the Championship Conference come mid-January.
The quest for that all-important top 6 place continues Saturday, with the game brought forward from Sunday and given a 1pm KO time. Neil Gibson’s Nomads will provide stern opposition, having gone 9 games unbeaten since mid-September, winning 8 of those.
Their last defeat came at Park Avenue in the reverse fixture, when ATFC Captain Jack Thorn netted an 82nd minute winner after Harry Arnison had opened the scoring early in the 2nd half and former Seasider Paulo Mendes had equalised.
Connahs Quay have also qualified for the final of the Nathaniel MG Cup, where they will face Bala Town as they look to retain the trophy, having beaten Cardiff Met on penalties to win last season’s competition.
The Nomads top goalscorer this season is Mike Wilde, with the veteran goalscorer having netted 7 times since his return to Deeside following a season away at neighbours Flint Town United. Mike Hayes has netted 5 times, whilst Callum Morris has three goals to his name.
The Green Army will be reacquainted with two familiar faces this weekend; both Paulo Mendes and Harry Franklin made big impacts during their spells in Black & Green. Mendes spent two years at Park Avenue, netting 9 times in 55 appearances before departing in 2020 for Caernarfon Town, moving onto Deeside a year later. Franklin netted 13 times in 50 appearances in all competitions having joined in January 2021 during the behind-closed-doors era, becoming a firm fans favourite the following season before moving onto Nomads in the summer.
Deeside Stadium can be found on Kelsterton Road in Connahs Quay and the postcode for your sat-nav is CH5 4BR. The Green Army are needed to help the boys get back to winning ways, as the quest for the top six hots up!