Saturday 27th January (2:30p.m Kick Off)
Cardiff Met v Aberystwyth Town
Aberystwyth Town will look to advance to the quarter-finals of the JD Welsh Cup on Saturday, as they travel south to face Cardiff Met for the fourth round clash at Cyncoed Campus. Town advanced to the fourth round thanks to a thumping 4-0 home victory against current cup holders Bala Town back in November, and the Seasiders will now be looking to produce another big performance in order to advance to the quarter finals of the competition for the first time since 2015.
After a brief pause in JD Welsh Premier League action last weekend, Town have enjoyed two weeks to recover from their excellent 4-2 victory over high-flying Connah’s Quay Nomads at Park Avenue on January 13th. During that time, Nev Powell’s squad has been buoyed by the additions of goalkeeper Adam Walters, midfielder Damien Allen and striker Kurt Sherlock, with all three signings expected to feature in Saturday’s squad. Despite the brief break in fixtures, manager Nev Powell will expect his side to be full of confidence after producing excellent performances in their last two JD Welsh Premier League matches, most notably two weeks ago against the Nomads. In an interview with Aber Town’s Youtube channel after the game, Powell commented; “That’s our biggest win of the season, without a shadow of a doubt, and we were exceptional going forwards with some of the goals we scored. The last two performances we’ve put in have been outstanding, and if we continue to work as hard as we have been recently with the attacking players we have, it’ll stand us in good stead”. With the praises of their manager ringing in their ears, Town’s players will look to continue their fine form this weekend as they face Cardiff Met for the second time in just three weeks. Aber earned a thoroughly deserved point in the league fixture back in early January thanks to Ashley Young’s equaliser, and they will be hoping to produce similar performance levels again this weekend as they chase a place in the Welsh Cup quarter-finals.
Hosts Cardiff Met enter Saturday’s game on the back of a narrow defeat to The New Saints in the Nathaniel MG Cup Final at Park Avenue last weekend, and Christian Edwards’ side will be looking to shake off that disappointment as they aim for a place in another cup quarter-final. Despite securing their place in the league’s top six positions for the second half of the season, the Archers have won just twice in their last eight games in all competitions. Met ran out 2-0 victors at Park Avenue in the league fixture back in September, and the sides battled to a 1-1 draw in the corresponding league fixture at Cyncoed Campus just three weeks ago.
In what is sure to be a magnificent cup tie, Aber will again be relying on their vocal away supporters to help push them on to victory on Saturday afternoon. Kick off at Cyncoed Campus is at 2.30p.m, and Cardiff Met’s address is listed as Cyncoed Campus, Cyncoed Road, CF236XD, with the stadium located directly behind the NIAC Indoor Athletics Track. Welsh Cup weekends are hard to beat, so why not get over to Cyncoed Campus and cheer on Nev Powell’s side to the result they need!