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West Wales Cup quarter final preview

THE quarter finals of the West Wales Cup take place this weekend with eight teams all looking to progress to the next round.

Evans and Williams take on Carew, Hakin face Pontlliw, Neath Town host Penlan and St Josephs face Bryn Rovers.

Hakin United were semi-finalists last year and they will be keen to get there once more. They were beaten by eventual winners Seven Sisters in the semis and will be hoping they can go one better this year.

Before that though they face a Pontlliw side who have not lost a league game so far this season. They have only suffered one defeat in cup competition against Trostre in the third round of the Carmarthenshire Senior Trophy.

They also beat Goodwick United in the previous round and will be looking to claim another Pembrokeshire scalp on Saturday.

Hakin have also been in excellent form, having not lost in the league since October, while there only defeats since have come in the FAW Trophy and Welsh Cup.

Hakin United boss Scott Davies said: “We are looking forward to the test against a side who have won all of their league games so far this season. We are on a good run of form also and have prepared well in the build up to the game!”

Carew travel to Evans and Williams in another exciting game.

Evans and Williams currently sit second in the West Wales Premier League, and prior to Saturday’s defeat to Giants Grave, they had been on an unbeaten run of six games.

Carew currently sit fifth in Division 1 of the Pembrokeshire League and their only defeats this year have come against Hakin and Goodwick United.

They beat Waunarlywdd Galaxy in the last round and although boss Ceri Brace says they go into this game as underdogs he says his side are ‘raring to go’.

Carew boss Ceri Brace said: “We cannot wait for the game. Firstly, we know how good Evans and Williams are and their record this year speaks for itself. They are an excellent outfit at home and it will be even tougher as they play on a 3G surface.

“They are a very techincal side and like to dominate possession. We know that we go into the game as underdogs but that definitely suits us in our opinion. We have managed to get some consistency in our performances and team selection and we are raring to go.

“We have a lot of firepower up front and I believe that our pace will hurt them. The resurgence of Spencer williams has been massive for us.”

Neath Town take on Penlan in another game where neither side will want to lose.

Neath suffered their first defeat of the season last weekend against AFC Glais in the Neath Premier Division and they will be looking to avoid a second defeat in a row.

They hold wins over Milford United and Ragged School in previous rounds of the competition and will be keen to get themselves into the semi-finals.

Penlan were beaten by Hakin at the same stage of last year’s competition and they will also be looking to win on Saturday.

The West Wales Premier League side have only lost twice all season in league action and there defeat against South Gower in the first round of the League Cup on February 18 was their first loss since last November.

Penlan beat Morriston on penalties and Ynystawe Athletic to reach this stage and will be looking to build on last weekend’s 6-2 league win over CKSV.

The final match sees Swansea League Division 1 side St Josephs hosting Neath Premier side Bryn Rovers.

St Josephs have not lost a game since January 14 and with wins already over Clarbeston Road and Plough Colts in this competition they will be eager to go one further.

They come up against a Bryn Rovers side who are also on a good run of form having not lost since November 26. Bryn have suffered one league defeat so far this season and they too will not want their cup run to end here.