MATCH PREVIEW: Cefn Druids v Cardiff Met
Cefn Druids play their first home game of the season at The New Saints home ground of Park Hall as they play recently promoted Welsh Football League side Cardiff Metropolitan University.
This will one of six fixtures that the Druids will play from their home Ground ‘The Rock’ as work goes on to lay a 3G pitch to ensure most games are played on schedule. The two sides had different ways of promotion last season, Cardiff Metropolitan University finished outright Champions whilst Cefn Druids went up due to Caernarfon’s failure to gain a licence for promotion to the Welsh Premier League.
The Cefn Druids have recorded a defeat and a victory on their travels so far this season. A 2-1 defeat kicked off the Welsh Premier League at Bangor City before going on to defeat Rhyl convincingly in a 3-0 victory. Cefn Druids showed in their defeat to Bangor how they can play fluid football, as Stuart Cook finished off a fine attack to slot home with a cool finish after a beautiful passage of play.
Cardiff Metropolitan University have begun the league with two defeats, they began life in the Welsh Premier League with a battling loss to Airbus UK who were adapting to life without manager Andy Preece. A week later and they played Europa League side Bala Town, going down to a 1-0 defeat although Cardiff Metropolitan University contested the game well and were unfortunate to lose, just lacking that killer instinct in the final third.
Cefn Druids Last XI: 1. Michael Jones, 2. Kyle Parle, 5. Matthew Eckersley, 6. Jordan Barrow, 7. Stuart Cook 10. Michael Pritchard, 11. Aaron Bowen 16. Naim Arsan, 20. Gareth Partridge, 21. Corey Roper , 25. River Humphreys
Cardiff Met Last XI: 1. Will Fuller, 2. Isaac Philpot, 3. Kyle McCarthy, 4. Bradley Woolridge, 5. Emlyn Lewis, 6. Ben Bowler, 7. Eliot Evans, 8. Chris Baker, 14. Jon Littlemore, 10. Charlie Corsby, 11. Jordan Lam
Defender Adam Hesp has been at the Druids since 2007 through their youth system and was a key part of the side that reached the Welsh Cup final in 2012, with experience in the Europa League Qualifying rounds the twenty four year old Hesp could deal with any aerial threats due to his stature and how comfortable he is on the ball.
Winger Jordan Lam is a player that caused Bala Town many problems last weekend as he used his pace and trickekery, marauding the full-backs. As long as Lam can supply the forward with killer passes and chip in with a fair share of goals then Met will look to him as their talisman.