- Gwent Weekend Preview


ROESYCEILIOG seek a fifth straight Division Two victory on Saturday, although it's Division One strugglers Risca United who get the action underway with a visit to the capital on Friday night.


Friday (7.30pm).

Division One (figures in brackets relate to table positions of 16).

Rhiw Dda'r: Taffs Well (7) v Risca United (16).

Risca will be minus goalkeeper Ben Fletcher, who broke his leg during last week's 2-1 reverse at the hands of Cambrian & Clydach.
That outcome plus results elsewhere, placed The Cuckoos at the very bottom of the table - although they are just four points from the first safe spot held by Monmouth Town.
They have also played a couple of games less than The Kingfishers and it's interesting to note the clubs will meet each other twice before the end of the season.
The hosts were doing reasonably well until a shock League Cup exit at the hands of Division Three side Bridgend Street (Cardiff) and then a 2-1 away defeat at then-basement outfit Caldicot Town.
Last-six guide:
T. Well: L W W D W L
Risca: Risca: L W D L L L

Saturday (all 2.00pm).

Division One.

Cwrt-Y-Ala: Caerau (Ely) (5) v Caldicot Town (1).
Two successive wins and only a couple of goals conceded in three games have renewed Caldicot's hopes of avoiding first-time relegation.
Indeed with one of the teams above them - Undy Athletic - without a match, another victory will take Caldicot out of the drop zone for the first time in months.
A campaign double is also on offer for Caldicot, who beat Caerau won 1-0 at home thanks to a Ben Smith goal on September 10 last year.
The capital hosts will almost certainly have concentrated on defensive work in training this week because they have shipped no less than 14 goals in failing to win any of their last three matches.
Last-six guide:
Caerau: D W W L D L
Caldicot: W D L L W W

Cambrian & Clydach (2) v Monmouth Town (13).

Monmouth came a right cropper in their bid to secure a third straight win when visiting Undy Athletic last weekend.
A 5-1 defeat was made even worse by having Ashley Ford and Simon Crook sent off with both now sitting out this clash because of suspension.
They can ill afford to drop more points here as they lie only two out of the danger area with two of the three teams below them -Ton Pentre and Risca United - both having played less games.
C&C have an extremely odd playing record of no wins from seven games at this venue, having posted nine wins in 12 away fixtures.

Last-six guide:
C&C: L L D W L W
Monmouth: L W L W W L

Celtic Park: Cwmbran Celtic (9) v Ton Pentre (14).

Celtic are fresh from a remarkable 6-4 home success against Caerau (Ely), a win which came following a poor set of results.
Striker Josh Bull took his campaign league tally to nine with a hat-trick while central defender Nial Yeates' double means he has three in his last two games.
Yeates actually made his full Celtic debut in a 2-0 defeat at Ton last September, since when ex-Ton player and manager Dean Morris has taken over the Celtic Park hot-seat.
He will doubtless be seeking to get one over his former club, which since defeated visiting Goytre 2-1 on October 8 last year, has since shipped 22 goals in losing all five subsequent games.

Last-six guide:
Celtic: L L W L L W
T. Pentre: L L L L L L

Division Two.

Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach: Aberbargoed Buds (12) v Aberdare Town (6).

Tuesday's scheduled game against Cwmamman United at Aberbargoed's spiritual Recreation Ground was postponed, the second consecutive match between the sides to fall foul of a frozen playing surface.
Aberbargoed were last in action on January 7, when they drew 3-3 at this venue against promotion-seeking Pontypridd Town.
It means Aberbargoed remain four points outside of the drop zone, but because they still have 51 to play for - is being 13 off a promotion spot too many or a great challenge?
Aberdare are right in promotion mix, have an away record of 4-3-2 and were 2-0 winners at home against Newport City last time out.

Last-six guide:
Buds: W L W L W D
Aberdare: W W L W L W

Woodland Road: Croesyceiliog (7) v Garden Village (14).

A fifth consecutive success is very much on the cards for Croesyceiliog, whose magnificent form has taken them to only five points behind the third and final promotion spot currently held by AFC Porth.
However it must be pointed out Croesyceiliog have played the same amount of games more than Porth and have only 12 fixtures remaining.
Nonetheless to see manager Mark Waddon’s side headed by only Llanelli Town in the last-six table is extremely pleasing and full credit must to go everyone involved.
The one-from-the-bottom visitors have not win since beating Abergavenny Town 4-2 at home on November 19, 2016.

Last-six guide:
Croesyceiliog: L L W W W W
G. Village: L W L D L L

Newport Stadium: Newport City (16) v AFC Porth (3).

City have failed to score in four of their last five fixtures and lie 10 points from safety with only 14 games remaining.
Have added three new members to their management team and several playing recruits to boost their squad numbers.
However their task is not helped by a poor playing surface at this venue, where they have won one, drawn another and lost seven league fixtures.
Porth's promotion bid has wobbled because of only four points from 12, but they have enough games in hand to be classed as genuine contenders.

Last-six guide:
City: L L W L L L   
Porth: W W D W L L

Division Three.

Larkfield Ground: Chepstow Town (5) v Tredegar Town (16).

Despite the positional gap (11) and the points difference (15), this could well turn out to be a closer affair than many are anticipating.
The reason is this will be Chepstow’s first game for three weeks  while Tredegar have appeared twice during that period and often a lack of match practice can level a playing field.
The massively improved form of Chepstow, who this week brought in four new players, has been well documented - although their away record (6 wins in 8) is far better than their one at this venue (2 wins in 7).
However it has to be pointed out Tredegar have suffered defeats in all seven of their on-the-road fixtures and while a draw will stop the rot - this is a ‘must-win’ game for them.

Last-six guide:
Chepstow: W W L W W W
Tredegar: L L L W W L

Panteg House: Panteg (9) v Caerleon (13).

All the indications here are for a home win with the division’s second-top scorers (Panteg with 43 in 18) hosting the one with the highest goals-against record (Caerleon with 58 in 18).
To further illustrate the point, Caerleon own the entire-48-club league’s worst away form having lost all eight fixtures (shipping 41 goals).
If there is a glimmer of hope, however, it’s the fact Panteg themselves are not the best defensive outfit and their goals-conceded total stands at 48 in 18 games - the second behind Caerleon.
Panteg pair Luke Dyke and Lewis Iles have netted 17 and 15 league goals respectively while Jamie Davies has scored 10 for Caerleon and certainly a 0-0 stalemate appears to be extremely unlikely. 

Last-six guide:
Panteg: W L D L W W
Caerleon: L L L L W L