Right! I’ve just finished watching the goals of Sgorio and now time to update you all on my success from last week.
How did I do?
Well, if I was following the same format as last season and just trying to predict the outcome, I’d be pleased with having called 50% of the games correctly.
But I got cocky and decided to have a pop at the scores this time out, and how did I do on that front?
Caernarfon Town vs Cefn Druids
I said: 3-2 Druids
Result: 2-1 Druids
Not a bad start to proceedings on Friday night. I got the outcome right and predicted both teams would score and Druids would win by a single goal. I’m happy with this. Not least because it’s the closest I’d get for the rest of the weekend to predicting the exact score.
Newtown vs Barry Town
I said: 1-0 Barry
Result: 1-1 draw
I correctly guessed Barry would only score the one goal, but they kept me sweating right into injury time. Even then Kayne McLaggon had his penalty saved by Dave Jones before turning in the rebound. James Davies was the man for Newtown who turned me into a liar.
Flint Town United vs Haverfordwest County
I said: 2-1 Flint
Result: 2-0 to Haverfordwest
Well, when you’re wrong, you’re wrong but had Mark Cadwallader managed to hit the target from 4 yards, I might well have been right on this occasion. My Welsh linguistic abilities are limited but I heard the Sgorio commentator start his summary of that moment with “sut” (Welsh for “how”) and I certain he said “how the fuck did he miss that?”
Cardiff Met vs Connah’s Quay Nomads
I said: 3-0 to Connah’s Quay
Result: 2-1 to Connah’s Quay
Finally, I’m back in the game. Met gave me a scare by taking the lead before the champions rallied late to find the win. To compare their winner to Sunday League football would be unfair. It actually reminded me of how I used to play Fifa 96 on the Sega MegaDrive when passing was ineffectual and you just had to keep belting it in the direction of goal until it eventually went in. Am feeling quite nostalgic right now, truth be told.
Penybont vs The New Saints
I said: 3-1 to TNS
Result: 4-0 to TNS
Again, got the outcome right but guessing TNS are going to win a Cymru League game has a better return than dabbing Sex Panther on your neck. 80% of the time it works every time. I guess I could try and say that I correctly predicted four goals. So I will. Got to cling to anything in this game.
Bala Town vs Aberystwyth Town
I said: 1-1 draw
Result: 5-2 to Bala
I’m reminded of when I did work experience in a primary school and one of the children was being awkward and insisted it was “opposite day” so I had to tell her the opposite of what I wanted her to do. Being obviously the right maturity to be a teacher, I was well up for this and decided to escalate matters, so when she got a question right I said “wrong [child name]! So wrong! That is the wrongest thing I have ever heard!” That’s what I hear in my head right now, and it is the opposite of opposite day.
I think if my mother could see how wrong I got this one, she’d love me less.
It’s very much as you were in the top three thanks to Connah’s Quay’s late winner. They remain top of the table for the trip to second placed TNS.
Bala Town reclaimed a place in the top six jumping to fifth, a point behind Penybont, who have played three games more than them.
The real winners of the weekend in the early relegation scrap were Cefn Druids. A first three points for new boss, Bruno Lopes and the three sides directly above them all dropped points. Conceivably they can jump as high as ninth with a win next Saturday.
Tomorrow night, I am covering TNS vs Connah’s Quay for Y Clwb Pel Droed. Go tune in there to see my updates (if you really don’t want to watch it live on Sgorio) and read my match report.
I’m going to hazard a guess and say 3-1 to TNS.
And on Wednesday night, when everyone is watching Wales beat Bulgaria, Bala Town get one of their many games in hand out the way when they play Barry Town. For this, I’m calling a 2-1 home win.
Until next time, friends!