Cardiff Met should be feeling quietly confident going into their home clash with The New Saints tonight after making a reassuring start to the season.
The departure of goalscorer Adam Roscrow last season had left an obvious hole in their front-line, but the initial indications are that the Archers are coping well without their former number 9.
The Archers have enjoyed an unbeaten start in the Cymru Premier that includes 1-0 wins in their two home games to date.
Furthermore, Cardiff Met inflicted a 4-1 defeat on The New Saints in the same fixture last season.
Adam Roscrow was also missing from Cardiff Mets line-up on that occasion. Sam Snaith – now plying his trade in the United States – scored twice with Rhys Thomas and Chris Baker also on target.
This season Met’s goalscoring worries lie largely with the trio of Eliot Evans, Jordan Lam and Will Evans, who has adopted a more advanced role post-Roscrow.
They will face a Saints team who’re still yet to fully convince this season, despite sitting two points off top-spot.
Scott Ruscoe has called on his defence to stand up in the continued absence of defensive lynchpin Blaine Hudson.
Hudson was sidelined for The New Saints last two outings, a defeat to Stenhousemuir and a nervous win against Newtown.
A win at a ground where Saints have often struggled to take maximum points from would not only restore their place at the top of the table, but have a settling effect on the squad.
The scheduling of the game, live via Sgorio on Facebook/YouTube, remains an interesting choice. Rarely are games scheduled for Monday nights in the Cymru Premier, but this is also going up directly against Sky’s Monday night football game.
I’m strongly in favour of thinking outside the box and trialling different ideas to help improve the league’s exposure, but is the amount of changes to fixture scheduling having an adverse effect?
Just a few weeks ago, the new season started with a heavy emphasis on games being played on Friday nights. This weekend just one game was scheduled on Friday, with four games on the traditional Saturday mid- afternoon slot and the game tonight.
To date, the Cymru Premier has scheduled games Thursday nights, Friday nights, Saturday afternoons, late Saturday afternoons and Sunday afternoons, none of which have been entirely suitable for the league as a whole.
Every club in the league will each have it’s own requirements and preferences around fixture scheduling, but right now the league lacks a clearly identifiable slot that can be reliably considered as the Cymru Premier’s ‘matchday’.