Newport City hunt Welsh Cup upset against ex-County man Aizlewood and Carmarthen

CONTEST: Newport City will lock horns with Carmarthen Town, who are coached by former County man Mark Aizlewood
CONTEST: Newport City will lock horns with Carmarthen Town, who are coached by former County man Mark Aizlewood

NEWPORT City hope that Mark Aizlewood is the victim of a Welsh Cup ‘miracle’ on his homecoming tomorrow afternoon.

The former Wales international from Ringland, who started his career at Somerton Park with County, brings his Carmarthen Town side to Spytty Park for a second-round tie in the competition (kick-off 2.30pm).

The Cymru South side are hot favourites for the clash given that they are fifth in the league and have won three of their last five.

Newport City are struggling in Ardal SE with seven straight losses but have had some Welsh Cup cheer courtesy of wins against Cefn Fforest, Undy and Cefn Cribwr.

“Carmarthen heading to Newport Stadium, since I’ve taken over at the club, is the furthest we’ve got to in the Welsh Cup and getting to the second round is a big achievement,” said manager and chairman Sam Houldsworth.

“Given our form and our league performances, it’s a huge opportunity to make a change and start getting our confidence higher and our performances better.

“We haven’t been dreadful in the way that we’ve performed but we’re not scoring goals and we’re always conceding goals.

“Coming up against Carmarthen, we have to be at our best and hope that they aren’t performing and playing really well.

“If we can get a mix of us playing really well, cutting out our mistakes and them not having such a good game then we could be in for an upset, but we know there’s a very small chance of this happening.

“We’re going to go into the game and just enjoy the day - if we get anything from it it’s a bonus. Hopefully, we’ve got a good crowd coming.

“We want to welcome Carmarthen, we respect them as a club. They’re certainly a massive name in Welsh football and clearly a very well-run club.

“I’m really looking forward to the task of taking on such a good team. Miracles do happen and hopefully we have one on Saturday.”

Elsewhere in the city, Pill AFC of the Gwent Premier, in Welsh football’s fourth tier, host Cymru Premier opposition when they entertain Cardiff Met.

Chepstow Town are going well in Ardal SE and attempt to take that form into a clash with top-tier opposition in Pontypridd United.

Risca, fourth in Ardal SE, are also hunting an upset when they entertain Penybont, who are currently fourth in the Cymru Premier.

Gwent’s two Cymru South sides have home advantage with Abergavenny hosting Goytre United while Cwmbran Celtic entertain Llantwit Major.

Croesyceiliog of Ardal SE entertain a Briton Ferry Llansawel side going well in Cymru South.

Welsh Cup: Aber Valley v Barry Town United, Aberfan v Trefelin BGC, Abergavenny Town v Goytre United, Canton Liberal v Llanelli Town, Cardiff Corinthians v Newtown, Chepstow Town v Pontypridd United, Croesyceiliog v Briton Ferry Llansawel, Cwmbran Celtic v Llantwit Major, Hakin United v Taffs Well, Newport City v Carmarthen Town, Pencoed Athletic v Aberystwyth Town, Penydarren BGC v Swansea University, Pill v Cardiff Met University, Pontardawe Town v Cambrian & Clydach, Risca United v Penybont, Trethomas Bluebirds v Haverfordwest County Ardal SE: (Friday) Goytre v Abertillery Bluebirds, Blaenavon Blues v Brecon Corries, Caldicot v Lliswerry, RTB Ebbw Vale v Treowen Stars, Undy Athletic v Monmouth Town.