Haverfordwest County and Baglan Dragons will meet for the first time tomorrow afternoon when the sides do battle in the second round of the JD Welsh Cup at the Ogi Bridge Meadow.
The Bluebirds will be looking to go one better than last season, when we were eliminated in the second round by Trethomas Bluebirds, as we aim to build confidence in the squad for the second half of Phase One in the JD Cymru Premier.
The Port Talbot side have experienced a rather remarkable rise in the last eight years, which has seen them go from competing in the South Wales Alliance League Division One – the sixth tier of Welsh domestic football – in 2015-16, all the way up to the JD Cymru South this season, a feat they achieved by winning promotion from the Ardal South West via the play-offs last term.
They have made a more than respectable start to the campaign, as they currently sit seventh having won four, drawn three and lost two of their nine league matches to date. Their most recent outing saw them go down 3-0 to Caerau Ely, last season’s Ardal South West champions, last Friday.
Carl Clement’s side booked their place in the second round with a 5-1 victory over FC Cwmaman of the South Wales Alliance League Premier Division in the first round, with Levi Waters, Dan Williams, Josh Evans, Jack Fleming and Tom Randall all on target.
Defender Lee Jenkins will be unavailable for the Bluebirds following his sending off in last season’s competition.
Baglan Dragons – At a glance
Ground – Evans Bevan Playing Fields
Manager – Carl Clement
Captain – Lewis Holmes
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Referee: Tegid Richards
Assistants: Steffan Davies and Josh Roper
Observer: Nigel Richards
How to follow
If you’re not able to make it to the Ogi Bridge Meadow for the game, you can still keep up with the action by following live, play-by-play updates on our X (formerly Twitter) page.
JD Welsh Cup second round ties
Kick-off times are 14:00 unless stated
Friday October 13
Caerau Ely vs. Afan Lido (19:30)
Trefelin vs. Ammanford (19:30)
Llanelli Town vs. Llantwit Major (19:30)
Flint Mountain vs. Holywell Town (19:45)
Pontypridd United vs. Abertillery Bluebirds (19:45)
Bala Town vs. Llandudno (20:00)
Llanidloes Town vs. Gresford Athletic (20:00)
Saturday October 14
Abergavenny Town vs. Cardiff Airport
Canton vs. Cambrian and Clydach Vale
Aberfan vs. Briton Ferry Llansawel
Haverfordwest County vs. Baglan Dragons
Chepstow Town vs. Abercarn United
Barry Town United vs. Porthcawl Town Athletic
Carmarthen Town vs. Evans and Williams
Cwmbran Celtic vs. Pen-y-Bont
Aberystwyth Town vs. Pontardawe Town
South Gower vs. Rockspur
Trethomas Bluebirds vs. Penrhiwceiber Rangers
Denbigh Town vs. Flint Town United
Bow Street vs. Buckley Town
Brickfield Rangers vs. Guilsfield
Airbus UK Broughton vs. Rhos Aelwyd
Connah’s Quay Nomads vs. Caernarfon Town
Colwyn Bay vs. Llanrwst United
CPD Y Felinheli vs. Newtown
Nantlle Vale vs. Mold Alexandra
St Asaph City vs. Prestatyn Town
Chirk AAA vs. Porthmadog
Cardiff Metropolitan vs. Cwmbran Town (14:30)
Bangor 1876 vs. Cefn Albion (14:30)
Menai Bridge Tigers vs. Llanuwchllyn (17:30)