Sunday, August 26, 2007

The Welsh Premier.

Peter Nicholas' Llanelli already look like the team to beat this season after this weekend's 2-1 win at Rhyl. The New Saints are still just about favorites for the title, but after the champion's shock defeat last week, it all looks a lot closer. And perhaps TNS conquerors, Connah's Quay could prove to be a surprise package this year - another good win yesterday over new boys Neath. Bangor City can never be ruled out either and will have been encouraged by a win at Haverfordwest.

At the other end, Caersws confirmed concerns about their survival post Mickey Evans by losing at home to Airbus, and remaining pointless - as do struggling promoted Llangefni who lost again. The men from Ynys Mon are finding the big league a bit tough as they went down to Carmarthen at home. Yesterday's biggest disappointment for me was Newtown's 5-1 drubbing at the hands of Port Talbot. I hope that Newtown are not going to be in a relegation dogfight again this season.

"Cameron scoring and delivering victory for the Blues" was my favourite headline today, and every other Tory candidate's dream come true - but dream it was. Unfortunately, it was ex-Cardiff man, Cameron Jerome scoring twice for Birmingham City to deliver victory over Derby County yesterday! The dream, and headline, was no more than a little premature. We will have to wait a couple of months.

As far as the Football League is concerned, it was good to see Steve Morgan's Wolves win again - should put the BBC's Ashok Ahir in a good mood. And I reckon every neutral in the land will be hoping that Spurs beat Man Utd this afternoon. Not only will it stop the obscene undermining of Martin Jol - but it would inevitably instigate calls for Alex Ferguson to be pensioned off. I can just see tomorrow's Sun back page now. "Fergie too old - Mark Hughes in secret behind-the-scenes talks with Board." Or even worse - "Board has full confidence in 'grey' Fergie". Farmers will understand that line.

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