Saturday 28th January (ko 1.30pm)
Aberystwyth Town v Prestatyn Town
Top level football returns to Park Avenue on Saturday after a mid winter break, with the return of the JD Welsh Cup. The Black and Greens host Cymru Alliance Champions elect Prestatyn Town with a 1.30pm kick off - and a place in the Quarter Finals is at stake.
Matthew Bishop's men have had two weeks to reflect on a disappointing ending to the Dafabet Welsh Premier League First Phase, as two home defeats put paid to their hopes of a Top Six finish. Saturday afternoon's game gives them the ideal opportunity to kick start their season and lift spirits ahead of the return of WPL action next week.
After a hectic start to the transfer window things have settled down for Bishops' squad of late with three in and three out to date. Joe Clarke, Blake Davies and Ricky Watts have moved on, with Elliot Scotcher, Jamie Crowther and Jon Owen coming in. While Owen is Cup tied on Saturday, the crucial return of flying winger Geoff Kellaway is hopefully not too far away, and what a boost that will be to Town's prospects.
Prestatyn travel to Park Avenue on a remarkable run which marks them out as manifestly the best Team outside the Welsh Prem this season. Thirteen points clear at the top of the Cymru Alliance with ten games to go they have scored 87 goals in their twenty League games, including 24 in their last three matches alone. Winger Jordan Davies with 27 strikes, and striker Jack Kenny, with 23 will need to be watched closely and well known WPL stalwarts such as Michael Parker, Jack Lewis, Dave Hayes and Paul O'Neill are still with the Club. Prestatyn's only defeat this season came on penalties to Bangor City in the Word Cup after a 4-4 draw, so Aber's work is cut out.
This intriguing tie will kick off at the slightly earlier time of 1.30pm as two of Park Avenue's floodlight pylons are still out of commission, and Admission will cost £6 for Adults, £4 Concessions and £1 for Kids. It's going to be a cracker!