Cardiff Metropolitan University FC vs Connah's Quay Nomads
JD Cymru Premier
Saturday 19th October 2019 | 2:30pm
Cyncoed Campus, Cardiff
This Saturday will see two of the three unbeaten sides in the league face off as Connah's Quay Nomads make the trip south to face Cardiff Met.
Both sides head into the game with a zero in the losses column having not tasted defeat in the league so far this season. The Nomads were of course defeated last weekend in the Scottish Challenge Cup at Partick Thistle, but prior to that, the last team to defeat Andy Morrison's side were Partizan Belgrade in the UEFA Europa League.
Met have won four of their opening nine games, drawing the other five, however were defeated in domestic competition when Aberystwyth Town dumped the holders out of the Nathaniel MG Cup in late September.
The Archers come into the game on the back of two consecutive draws since the aforementioned defeat at home to Aberystwyth in the League Cup. Last Saturday saw a 2-2 draw away at Aberystwyth Town in a game which swung both ways with Aber taking an early lead, before Met went 2-1 up, only for Aber to equalise on the hour mark. The weekend before saw late heartbreak for the students as they led 1-0 at Airbus until the 87th minute until a Joel Edwards own goal split the points.
The Nomads currently sit second in the league, just one point behind Barry Town United at the top of the table. Barry do have a game in hand due to their recently postponed game against Penybont, however should results go our way on Saturday, we have the opportunity to go top of the table.
Met have played nine, won four and drawn five and that string of results sees them in sixth position at the moment on 17 points, some five points ahead of seventh-placed Newtown.
Last time in Cardiff
Our last trip to Cyncoed Campus was in early October 2018 in a game which saw The Nomads come out 3-1 victors thanks to goals from Declan Poole, Callum Morris and Andy Owens.
From the gaffer
Ahead of the game, Andy Morrison said "We head to south Wales after a great result in mid-week and look to continue our unbeaten start to the season against another unbesten team in Cardiff Met.
Having achieved European football for the first time this year, Met will want to experience those highs again and their start to the seaon puts them in a strong position for a top six place.
Although we're unbeaten in the league, I still feel there's a lot more to come from the group - having played well in patches, we still haven't hit the standards Jay, Craig and myself believe we are capable of achieving.
Implementing new ideas in-season, keeping your identity and being mindful of your responsbility to win is the conundrum teams who are regular European qualifiers have to solve."
The game will be covered live on our Twitter feed.
Referee: Lee Evans
First Assistant: Lewiss Edwards
Second Assistant: Bryn Jones
Fourth Official: Dean John