Welsh Premier League: Race for top-six reaches climax

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Welsh Premier reaches halfway point

Five clubs are vying for two remaining top-six spots in the Welsh Premier League for the season's second phase.

Champions New Saints, Bala Town, Airbus UK Broughton and Llandudno have already secured qualification for the Championship Conference (the top six).

Connah's Quay and Newtown occupy the remaining places ahead of Saturday's final round in this year's first phase.

Carmarthen, Aberystwyth and Bangor need wins but draws should ensure Connah's Quay and Newtown a top six spot.

Welsh Premier League's top nine
Welsh Premier League's top nine ahead of Saturday's games

Connah's Quay face a tough trip to treble-winners TNS while Newtown and Aberystwyth, who are both battling for the top-six, face enough other at Park Avenue.

But eighth-placed Aber must win to overturn their inferior goal-difference to secure a place in the top six.

Carmarthen, in seventh, need to secure a big win over struggling Rhyl and hope Connah's Quay suffer a heavy defeat at home to TNS.

Bangor's 3-0 win over Newtown kept alive the Citizens' hopes and they must beat bottom-of-the-table Haverfordwest and hope other results go their way.

Haverfordwest, Rhyl and Port Talbot will play in the bottom six - known as the Play-off Conference - for the second phase of the season, which will see clubs in each section play each other twice.

Saturday's Welsh Premier fixtures (Kick-off 1715 GMT)
Aberystwyth Town v Newtown
Bangor City v Haverfordwest
Bala Town v MBi Llandudno
Carmarthen Town v Rhyl
Gap Connahs Quay v TNS
Port Talbot Town

No club in the bottom six may finish higher than seventh, no matter how many points are gained during the second half of the season.

Clubs finishing in third to seventh place will then take part in a play-off to determine who gains the third Uefa Europa League spot in 2016-17.

Should the Welsh Cup winners be amongst those clubs, the eighth placed club would be invited into the play-offs instead.

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