- Gwent Weekend Roundup


UNBEATEN CWMBRAN Celtic head the Division One table, Goytre and Risca United drew 2-2 - but Caldicot Town, Monmouth Town and Undy Athletic have yet to record a top-flight win.

The problem associated with the 3G pitch at Ystrad Mynach struck again as Aberbargoed Buds' Division Two game against visiting Ammanford was abandoned due to a water-logged playing surface.

There were Welsh Cup first-qualifying round victories for second-tier outfit Abergavenny Town plus lower-level trio Caerleon, Tredegar Town and Treowen Stars - but exits for Division Three clubs Chepstow Town and Panteg.

Celtic, under manager Dean Morris, made the trip to face former champions Cambrian & Clydach looking to build on the previous week's fine 2-0 home success over ex-Welsh Premier League outfit Port Talbot Town.

And thanks to goals from Josh Bull, Lee Penry and Lloyd Kinsella, Celtic posted a 3-1 win to lead the table on goal difference from Caerau (Ely), who won 2-1 away against another former WLP club, Haverfordwest County.

Celtic also reached the second round of the League Cup last by winning 3-0 at Ammanford and they are in top-tier action again on Saturday, when they entertain capital-based Taffs Well.

Goytre hosted Risca at their Plough Road HQ, where they, too, remained unbeaten after an entertaining encounter finished all square at 2-2 - the former now sitting in fourth place and the latter in sixth position.

Goytre opened the scoring on 17 minutes with a goal from former Newport County ace Nathan Davies with Risca goalkeeper Cameron Clarke preventing further home goals with a series of fine saves.

Tom Berry landed an equaliser for Risca with a shot from just inside the penalty area, ex-Monmouth prolific goalscorer Dan MacDonald soon put the hosts ahead before the visitors felt they were should have been awarded a penalty for handball.

Risca made personnel and tactical changes at the start of the second period and got on top enough for Berry to head home a second leveller with player-manager Paul Michael's having what they claim to be a perfectly good goal disallowed. 

Monmouth are 13th of 16 following a 1-1 away draw against Ton Pentre, who opened the scoring at Ynys Park through Rob Blatchford before The Kingfishers rescued a point thanks to an extremely late headed goal from Nick Harrhy - just seconds after home defender Adam Lewis had been sent off.

Caldicot are one place below after losing 2-1 at Port Talbot, where they led via a fourth-minute strike from Ben Smith - an advantage they held until the late stages.

However a long-range free kick from Jandir Zola went in off the crossbar for the leveller with the winner being somewhat controversial as Luke Bowen appeared to come back from an offside position before firing home - Caldicot's woes continuing with the late sending off of Matthew James.

Undy prop up the table following a second consecutive defeat, this time being unable to shake off the disadvantage of being without seven playing in dropping to a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of ex-title holders Goytre United at The Causeway.

Aberbargoed's scorer in that abandoned 1-1 Division Two draw with Ammanford was Elliott Williams while Dave Powell put Croesyceiloiog ahead at Briton Ferry Llansawl, who eventually ran out 2-1 winners.

It simply wasn't a good day for Aberbargoed, who had to change at the near-by Penallta RFC clubhouse because all four dresssing-rooms at the Centre of Sporting Excellence had been commandeered by Newport Gwent Dragons for a pre-season rugby game.

Abergavenny and Chepstow played out a remarkable Welsh Cup tie at Pen-Y-Pound Stadium, where the hosts eventually prevailed 6-4 after extra time following an incident-packed 4-4 draw.

During the regulation 90 minutes, Abergavenny, who led 3-0 at the break, netted via Lewis Jones, Sean Feeley, Luke Lewis (2) with Liam Head, Sean Smith, Jason Thorn and Steve Perszewski replying for the visitors in a Division One v Three clash.

However Aaron Norman struck twice in extra time to ensure a safe passage into the second-qualifying round for Abergavenny, who have yet to make their league bow following the postponement of a scheduled home game against crisis club West End (Swansea).

Treowen faced up to Gwent County League hosts Abertillery Bluebirds and emerged 3-2 victors with their goals coming from Grant Jones (2) and Josh Protheroe while Caerleon's efforts in a 5-3 success over visiting Cwm Welfare came via Jamie Davies (2), Ben Wootton (2) and Sammy Oakley.

Tredegar were also among the goals and returned home from a trip to face another GCL side Wattsville having won 4-0 - Ian Pettit (2, including a penalty), Jack Cullinine and James Price their goalscorers.

Panteg had Ben Walker and Tom McMahon on target, but were 3-2 losers against Division Three rivals Trethomas Bluebirds, who ground share with Bedwas RFC and whose goals came from Leon Young, Steve Edwards (penalty) and Kristian Powell. 

Division Two side Newport City's away tie with GCL outfit RTB Ebbw Vale was postponed and will now take place on Saturday.

Gwent goalscorers (League only) - 2016-2017.

4: Ian Pettit (Tredegar Town).

3: Josh Brown (Goytre); Nick McGrath (Croesyceiliog).

2:  Tom Berry (Risca United).

1: Ricky Amos (Treowen Stars); Ryan Carniff (Tredegar Town); Gary Colbourne (Goytre); Nathan Davies (Goytre); Rory Garey (Caldicot Town); Nick Harrhy (Monmouth Town); Lewis Iles (Panteg); Grant Jones (Treowen Stars); Lloyd Kinsella (Cwmbran Celtic); Adrian Mcguire (Cwmbran Celtic); Dan McDonald (Goytre); Zac Osbourne (Croesyceiliog); Ian Protheroe (Treowen Stars); Dean Randall (Treowen Stars); Dave Powell (Croesyceiliog); Richard Sharratt (Caldicot Town); Ben Siggins (Caerleon); Ben Smith (Caldicot Town); Callum Smith (Newport City); Tony Wallis (Caldicot Town); Kyle Williams (Risca United).


Clean-sheets (League only).

1: Croesyceiliog; Cwmbran Celtic; Risca United;