On Sunday the 29th November Druids hit the road to south Wales for a tough fixture against 5th placed Penybont. We hosted our opponents earlier in the season in a disappointing 2-0 loss at the Rock. The lads have been working hard in training this week and will be hoping to rectify that result tomorrow.
Last season, Penybont endured quite a difficult first phase, finishing only 2 points above the relegation zone. However, something has clearly changed more recently, whether it be new signings or a new morale within the squad, as they have enjoyed a run of 4 wins in 5 games this season and sit comfortably within the top 6. Penybont were scheduled to play Caernarfon last weekend, however due to a first team player returning a positive Covid-19 test, the entire squad was asked to self-isolate and the match was postponed. Their last competitive match was a 4-1 loss away to Bala Town on the 14th November. With their extra week off, Druids are expecting our opponents to be fresh and competitive from the off.
The player to watch from our opponents is their captain and midfielder Kane Owen. A lot of their build up play goes through him as well as their set pieces. Druids will need to be vigilant to prevent Owen having time on the ball and dictating the game.
Onto us; Druids can take some pride in a solid second half performance against the champions last weekend and will need to bring that energy and confidence again tomorrow, hopefully for the full 90 minutes! There have been a few more players returning to training from injury this week including Alex Darlington and Tom Reilly, both looking sharp and will be fighting for a place in the squad. However, defender Ben Barratt is unfortunately still suffering from a knee problem and will be unavailable tomorrow. Some positive news from last week was that most of the teams around us dropped points including Haverfordwest and Cardiff Met and with 2 games in hand still to play, there is still plenty of belief amongst the squad that we can turn our current predicament around.
The player to watch this week for the Druids is striker Chris Aziamale. In his first season at the club, Chris put in a hardworking performance last week at Connah’s Quay, constantly applying pressure to their backline and remained a threat in possession, getting in behind their defence on numerous occasions. He will be hoping to turn that energy into a final product tomorrow.
Unfortunately, due to the ongoing Covid-19 related restrictions there will be no fans in attendance, but follow our Twitter page for live match updates!
Come on you Druids!
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