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Most exciting WPL season in years? Not judging by the games I've watched.

SOME Welsh Premier League spin doctors would have us believe the first two weeks of the 2016/17 season have been highly exciting.

It has been claimed that experts who predicted we are in for the most thrilling WPL campaign in years have been proved right so far. Perhaps it is way too early to make judgments, but having covered six games in the past fortnight my verdict would be: must get better.

None of the matches I've watched to date have been what I would call exciting.

Some have been onesided, others downright turgid.

Unfortunately, the one contest I would love to have seen, I missed. That was last Friday's eight-goal Huws Gray Alliance thriller between Denbigh Town and Caernarfon Town, which saw the home side recover from 3-0 and 4-2 down to draw 4-4. I've lost count of the number of North Wales football fans who have opined to me that the second-tier HGA is more entertaining than the WPL.

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By Sunday I was losing heart and again Bangor City v gap Connah's Quay was hardly memorable.

City are still a team getting to know one another and the Nomads won 2-0 without moving out of first gear.

Wes Baynes' free kick was magnificent and I saw enough in the Quay to suggest they just might stay on TNS' coal-tails, but I arrived home on Sunday evening less than impressed by the 270 minutes of football I had witnessed.

People may accuse me of being negative, but I've been positive about the Welsh Premier many times in the 16 years I've been covering the league, perhaps sometimes overly so as I've found myself becoming defensive against the perpetual bashers.

With all the riches resulting from our heroic Euro 2016 campaign I would have hoped our national leagues, both men's and women's, would get some financial benefit, but all we seem to have been promised so far is the prospect of more 3G pitches.

But let's be optimistic. One thing the Welsh Premier would benefit from is a genuine title race, something we have not had since 2011/12.

Can it happen this season? Well as I've already stated, TNS looked really awesome at Llandudno last weekend and seem to have only got mightier.

With so many players capable of scoring they don't need a 25 to 30 goala-season striker to win the league.

Connah's Quay have become increasingly powerful since Andy Morrison took over as manager last November.

Nomads impressed me in Europe and should have six points out of six in the league only they failed to make the most of their domination at Carmarthen.

At Bangor last Sunday they had quality in every position and a good bench too.

I'll get my first look at Bala when they visit Bangor City this Saturday. I expect Colin Caton's side to be top three certs. Like TNS, they have built a formidable team and remained faithful to many of their top players, while steadily adding strength over the seasons.

One of the most unattractive prospects about the WPL this season is the fact the top three look almost set in stone.

I hope I'm wrong, just as I hope this so-called exciting start does eventually lead to a season to remember, but I'll need a lot more convincing.
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