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Byline: WELSH FOOTBALL: With Mark Jones

CARDIFF Met University have taken four points from six in a decent start to their Cymru Premier League season after two outings in the first week of the campaign.

Two goals from debut-making Ollie Hulbert, plus one from Elliot Evans saw them over the line in a 3-2 away win at Aberystwyth last weekend before a 0-0 draw at Cyncoed on Tuesday evening against newly-promoted Haverfordwest County.

Met manager Christian Edwards was moderately pleased after Tuesday evening's encounter.

"If I was being a little greedy I would have wanted six from six, but I suppose the clean sheet was a bonus in midweek and now we have to concentrate on the task ahead this weekend, when we travel to The New Saints," said Edwards.

Eighteen-year-old Hulbert looks a decent prospect after signing from Bristol Rovers.

TNS eased pass Barry Town at Jenner Park last Saturday, but lost on Wednesday on penalties to B36 Torshavn of the Faroe Islands in the Europa League after conceding a lastminute extra-time goal to make it 2-2.

Edwards should take a full squad to Park Hall in Oswestry apart from Emlyn Lewis, who is out until October. A point would be a good return for the Cyncoed students and would continue a steady start for their season.

Penybont made it two points from their opening two games when they drew on Tuesday evening at home to

Aberystwyth 1-1, to follow up the point they earned at Caernarfon on the weekend when a Mael Davies strike ensured they travelled back south with some reward for their 1-1 draw at The Oval.

Rhys Griffiths was disappointed with a return of two points from six especially as his team were ahead in both games only to be pegged back level.

The bonus for Griffiths was the quality of the two goals his team scored.

Mael Davies and his midfield partner Nathan Wood both scored 20-yard screamers which wouldn't have been out of place in any goal of the month contest.

Goals shouldn't be Penybont's problem this season with plenty of offensive ability within Griffiths' squad, but keeping clean sheets was a big problem for his team last season and once again it could be something they have to tighten up, even with their attacking blend of football.

Penybont will do well to return from Deeside this Sunday with a clean sheet as they face champions Connah's Quay.

A third point in a row would this time be more than welcome and Penybont will do well to return south with their unbeaten tag still intact.

Barry Town welcome Caernarfon to Jenner Park tomorrow and Gavin Chesterfield will be hoping his Linnets open their winning account with a three- point haul against the North Walians who have started their season with a win and a draw so far.

Last Saturday saw Barry brushed aside in a second half which saw TNS score three goals without reply at Jenner.

Caernarfon, under the guidance of Hugh Griffiths, are not as classy as TNS, so you would expect Barry to be on the ball more than last week and create chances for a squad which is keen to show a few early season doubters their worth.

Clashes between these two clubs are usually full of goals and good individual battles.

Barry will start as favourites and should, with home advantage, just get over the line and gain their first points of this season.


On-loan Bristol Rovers youngster Ollie Hulbert scored on his Cymru Premier debut for Cardiff Met
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Sep 18, 2020
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