Bala Town v Carmarthen Town
JD Welsh Premier League. Kick off 19.45 Friday 10th August. Live on SC4 Facebook.
BALA Town enter the new season in high spirits following a summer of excellent recruitment.
Unfortunately for Bala, Andy Mangan has moved to Accrington but they should still have the quality to see off Carmarthen Town.
Mangan was playing as high as League One in 2016 with Shrewsbury before a mixed spell with Tranmere in the National League ended with his release. Still just 31, his signing represents a move back up the pyramid and Mangan should do well with Stanley.
Also returning to this level is midfielder Henry Jones, after a one-season stint at AFC Fylde in the National League. The former Wales Under-21 international and Swansea City trainee was named young player of the year in his last spell in Wales with Bangor City, netting an impressive 14 goals and 10 assists in 32 appearances.
Carmarthen Town finished just outside the relegation places last season and have only triumphed over Bala once in the last 10 meetings between the two.
A handful of players have come and gone, nothing anywhere near as impressive as Bala's signings however, and Bala should be much sharper after playing competitively much more recently than their opponents, a 3-1 aggregate defeat in the Europa League wualifying round against Ttre Fiori of San Marino. For these reasons I'm tipping them to win on Friday and to win well.