Welsh Cup second round ties (most games kick off 2.30pm on Saturday)

Airbus UK Broughton v Llay Welfare

With 12 straight league wins on their log Huws Gray Alliance runaway leaders Airbus are strong favourites to see off a Llay outfit currently eighth in the level-below Welsh National League Premier Division.

Bangor City v Cefn Albion

A real David versus Goliath clash.

Eight-times competition winners City will target a place in the last 32 of the Welsh Cup this Saturday when they entertain underdogs Cefn Albion at Nantporth.

The visitors play in the Welsh National League (Wrexham Area) Premier Division – a tier below the Citizens.

Albion were 7-1 victors over Dolgellau Athletic Amateurs in the previous round, where Bangor emerged 4-2 winners against Mold Alexandra, who play at the same standard as Cefn.

City’s weekend opponents entered the competition at the second qualifying round stage, where they pipped FC Queen’s Park 3-2.

Buckley Town v Denbigh Town

Aron Williams in action for Buckley Town
(Image: Nick Johnston)

Good contest in store between two Huws Gray Alliance sides.

Buckley (6th) are coming off the back of a disappointing 5-2 home defeat against Rhyl, while Denbigh (14th) lost 2-0 at Airbus last time out.

Bucks manager Dan Moore said: “After our poor performance against Rhyl, we’re looking for a reaction from the players going into a vital Welsh Cup fixture against Denbigh.

“Looking at the bigger picture, it’s probably to be expected to have periods of games go the way it did on Saturday with a relatively inexperienced squad at this level, so the key now is to ensure that we take Saturday’s result as a harsh lesson.

“Denbigh have a good group of players and we are in for a tough game; we’ll prepare well for the game this week, we’ll be looking to get back to what works well for us and what has got us to where we are.”

Flint Town United v Gresford Athletic

Josh Griffiths of Gresford Athletic

This Huws Gray Alliance pair had a dress rehearsal a fortnight ago with Flint edging a 1-0 win at Cae-y-Castell with a very late goal.

Gresford will take heart from their performance that day, but the odds favour the Silkmen, who are second in the HGA.

Guilsfield v Nantlle Vale

Llandudno Albion’s Lee Thomas (red) takes on Nantlle Vale
(Image: Steve Lewis)

Although Guilsfield are a standard above their opponents, Nantlle Vale, unbeaten in Welsh Alliance Division One this term, cannot be written off.

Vale exited the Mawddach Cup last weekend after a 3-2 defeat at Llandudno Albion, while Guils were beaten 2-0 at home by Porthmadog.

Just a sniff of a potential upset in this one.

Holyhead Hotspur v Ruthin Town

Goalmouth action from Llandudno vs Ruthin Town in last season's Welsh Cup
Goalmouth action from Llandudno vs Ruthin Town in last season’s Welsh Cup
(Image: North Wales Weekly News)

Hotspur will look to the Welsh Cup for some much-needed cheer when they host Ruthin Town at the New Stadium.

Darren Garmey’s men aim to prove that lightning can strike twice as they target a repeat of their 3-2 home win over Ruthin in a Huws Gray Cup quarter-final played only last month.

The Holy Islanders certainly require a boost having remained bottom of the Huws Gray Alliance last weekend following a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of fellow strugglers Holywell Town.

Ruthin are currently eighth in the HGA and will be keen to embark on another good Welsh Cup run, having reached the last 16 in 2017/18, losing in extra time at Welsh Premier Llandudno after knocking out top-flight Prestatyn in the previous stage.

Llanfair United v Porthmadog (1.30pm)

Porthmadog’s Shaun Cavanagh calmly rounds the Denbigh keeper
(Image: Richard Birch)

Porthmadog travel to Mid-Wales League side Llanfair seeking a last 32 berth.

Craig Papirnyk’s team are certainly in good form having made it seven without defeat last weekend with a 2-0 triumph at Guilsfield in the Huws Gray Alliance.

That result kept Port in a handy third spot.

Llanfair have previous for causing shock results in the Welsh Cup and in season 2016/17 they reached the quarter finals of the competition. Among their victims along the way were Flint and Cefn Druids before going down heavily to Caernarfon in the last-eight.

Llangefni Town v St Asaph City

Llangefni Town manager Chris Roberts (right)

Welsh Alliance Division One leaders Llangefni have a 15th game without defeat in their sights when they host St Asaph at Lon Talwrn.

Saints operate at the same level as Cefni in Division One and in the last round pulled off an excellent 4-3 victory at Llandudno Albion.

Prestatyn Town v Berriew

Prestatyn Town players celebrate scoring against Conwy Borough
(Image: Tony O’Reilly)

Winners of the Welsh Cup in 2012-13, Prestatyn are currently struggling near the bottom of the Huws Gray Alliance, but have been a much improved outfit in recent games under returning manager Neil Gibson.

Town will be expected to beat a Berriew side currently fourth in Mid-Wales League Division One.

Rhyl v Caersws

Reece Fairhurst of Rhyl with director of football Eddie Maurice-Jones.
(Image: www.rhylfc.co.uk)

Two old rivals from days gone by meet in the Welsh Cup at Belle Vue.

Rhyl and Caersws have often crossed swords in both the Welsh Premier and Huws Gray Alliance in the past.

The Lilywhites are currently fifth in the second-tier HGA, while Caersws sit top of Nud-Wales League Division One.

After a sticky spell, Rhyl are beginning to hit good form, having recorded a superb 5-2 win at Buckley Town last weekend.

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