Welsh Cup fever is sweeping around the Nation as six team’s battle it out to join current holders The New Saints in the Semi-Final of the third oldest Cup Competition in World Football.
The live S4/C match comes from the BookPeople Stadium in Bangor as the Citizens welcome Andy Preece’s Airbus UK for a 3:00pm kick-off. Under boss Nev Powell, City have lifted the Cup three times in the last five seasons, and reached four Finals. They certainly have the Cup pedigree in comparison to their opponents who in reaching the Semi-Final last season, progressed further than ever before in their history before a shock semi-final defeat to Cefn Druids.
The hosts are forced into at least one change with defender Kris Thomas (cup-tied) ineligible, so Chris Roberts, who missed last weekend’s 1-0 league win at Carmarthen due to work commitments, could return. Fellow defender Michael Johnston and midfielder Damien Allen are expected to overcome knocks to play.
Another all-top flight clash sees Mark Aizlewood’s Carmarthen Town host Prestatyn Town at Richmond Park. Aizlewood spoke in the week about his desire to win both Cup competitions, having already lifted the Word Cup. Home advantage is a real advantage to the Old Gold and although Geoff Kellaway is eligible, Christian Doidge is not, having played for Barry Town earlier in the competition. Town are without Anthony Stephens (suspended) but Tommy Holmes is eligible and expected to play.
Two former Welsh Premier League sides, Flint Town and Barry Town will meet at Cae-y-castell (2:30) in what is the biggest match for both clubs in recent times. The hosts have described the match as their biggest in twenty years as one of the two Level 2 clubs will seal a place in the Welsh Cup Semi-Final draw come this evening.
It’s been a turbulent few years off the field for Barry, but on the field, manager Gavin Chesterfield has ensured that his side remain focussed on their task in hand and their cup-run has been almost a fairy-tale story. At least two coach loads left the southern-tip of Wales this morning for the long trip to the Northern shores and it is sure to be a colossal task between the two sides.
Tthe Silkmen have almost a full- strength squad available, with only recent signing Jordan Beck missing as he is cup-tied, having played for Connahs Quay earlier in the competition.
The New Saints beat Haverfordwest County on Friday evening, courtesy of a solitary Matty Williams strike just before the hour, despite Sam Finlay being sent-off for the full-time outfit from Oswestry.
Bangor City v Airbus UK Broughton (3pm)
Carmarthen Town v Prestatyn Town (2:30pm)
Flint Town Utd v Barry Town (2:30pm)
Haverfordwest County 0-1 TNS (Played, 01.03.2013)
Semi-Final draw is live on S4C on Saturday after the Bangor v Airbus match