- Gwent weekend review


WILLIAM Lygo struck the only goal as Croesyceiliog won their fifth straight Division Two game to move to just three points off a promotion spot.

Cross-town neighbours Cwmbran Celtic also won 1-0 to move up to seventh in the Division One table, which has Risca United firmly rooted to the bottom after yet another defeat.

In Division Three, high-flying Chepstow Town were held to a 1-0 draw by basement outfit Tredegar Town while another relegation-threatened side, Treowen Stars, earned a point from a similar score against hosts Trefelin. 

Croesyceiliog entertained west Walians Garden Village after their playing surface at their Woodland Road home ground had passed a morning inspection.

The Cockerls had previously defeated both Aberbargoed Buds and Dinas Powys 2-1 at home, triumphed 1-0 at Ammanford before posting win number four following an amazing 6-4 scoreline over visting Pontardawe.

However this time only Lygo's sixth league goal of the campaign counted and the outcome took Croesyceiliog onto 26 points with third-placed Pontypridd on 29 following their 4-2 away success at Ammanford.

But it has to be pointed out Pontypridd have played three matches less than Croesyceiliog, who have just 11 fixtures left to complete their 2016-2017 season.

They have a couple of weeks off now before they will bid for a sixth consecutive league victory, when entertaining current fifth-placed side Cwmamman United on Saturday, February 11.

In the only other second-tier game involving a local club, Aberbargoed Buds slipped to a 3-0 home reverse at the hands of Aberdare Town at the Centre of Sporting Excellence in Ystrad Mynach.

It should have been four because besides goals from Rob Blatchford, Elliot Morris and Luke Jones, Aberdare's Warren Jones missed a penalty.

Aberbargoed are still two places and a single point above the drop zone and have a 'must-win' meeting at the same venue against bottom-but-one Swansea-based West End on Saturday.

In the top flight, Celtic relied on an 18th-minute Owen Cook goal to see off Ton Pentre at home, the outcome being their first league clean sheet since the 4-0 home victory over Taffs Well way back on August 27 last year - a gap of 15 league games.

Apart from both sides having a goal disallowed (Josh Bull for Celtic and Sam Small for Ton) and marvellous save from home goalkeeper Lewis Watkins to deny Liam Hutchinson before the break, 
this was the type of game to deposit in the memory bank.

Monmouth Town began against hosts Cambrian & Clydach seeking a third win in four, but had to be content with a point from a 1-1 stalemate.

It was a close affair though as the home side only took the lead five minutes from time with Monmouth immediately throwing on substitute Jordan Heales - who levelled matters deep into stoppage time.

Monmouth are not out of the woods because although they head the side in the first relegation spot, Ton Pentre, by three points, they have played as many as five matches more than the Rhondda club.

Risca's woes continued on Friday night, when they went down 3-2 in the capital against Taffs Well.

A victory would have taken them off the bottom above Caldicot Town and Ton Pentre, but despite goals from Nathan Mathias and Seb Haggett - his fifth of the season - the Cuckoos lost out to efforts from Joey Evans (2) and Tim Parker

Chepstow's rise up to sixth place in Division Three meant they were clear favourites to beat off the challenge of bottom-placed Tredegar Town at Larkfield Ground.

And that's exactly how it was panning out as an Adam Wakeley goal appeared to be enough for Chepstow, who gave club debuts to new signings Andrew Evans and Ben Jones.

However up popped Tredegar's leading scorer, Ian Pettit, to grab a last-minute equaliser to earn his team a deserved point.

It was attacking midfielder Pettit's 14th league goal of the season with Wakeley taking his total for four.  

Treowen travelled to face league newcomers Trefelin bidding for a win which would have taken them out of the three-strong relegation zone.

But it ended all square and they now trail the team in the first safe spot, not-in-action county rivals Caerleon, by only a single point - and with as many as five matches in hand.

It was a fine display by Treowen with both returning winger David Hurley and Josh Protheroe to the fore as the former set up the latter for the equaliser to cancel out Ryan Morgan's opener for Trefelin.

Gwent goalscorers (League only) - 2016-2017.

TREDEGAR Town's Ian Pettit was the highest-placed score with his side's only goal in a 1-1 away draw against Chepstow Town.

17: Luke Dyke (Panteg).

15: Josh Brown (Goytre); Lewis Iles (Panteg).

14: Ian Pettit (Tredegar Town).

12: Dan McDonald (Goytre).

10: Scott Armitage (Aberbargoed Buds); Jamie Davies (Caerleon); Leo Ross (Chepstow Town).

9: Josh Bull (Cwmbran Celtic).

8: Lewis Bamford (Chepstow Town, now of Cinderford Town); Gareth Cullimore (Undy Athletic); Daffyd Jones (Monmouth Town); Marcus Power (Undy Athletic).

7: Chris Ham (Cwmbran Celtic, now of Westfields FC); Nick McGrath (Croesyceiliog); Jason Thorn (Chepstow Town).

6: Nathan Doe (Panteg, including five for AFC Porth); Luke Lewis (Abergavenny Town); William Lygo (Croesyceiliog); Ben Walker (Panteg).

5: Owen Cook (Cwmbran Celtic); Seb Haggett (Risca United); Nick Harrhy (Monmouth Town, now of Westfields FC); Nathan Murphy (Caerleon).

4: Alex Jarman (Caldicot Town); Zac Osbourne (Croesyceiliog); Dan Richards (Aberbergoed Buds); Ben Smith (Caldicot Town); Lewis Sommers (Goytre); Ben Siggins (Caerleon); Adam Wakeley (Chepstow Town); Nial Yeates (Cwmbran Celtic).

3: James Barnes (Undy Athletic); Sean Feeley (Abergavenny Town); Ashley Ford (Monmouth Town); Tom Gameson (Aberbargoed Buds); Dane Griffiths (Abergavenny Town); Jordan Hartford (Abergavenny Town); Lloyd Kinsella (Cwmbran Celtic); Kris Leek (Goytre); Craig Norman (Abergavenny Town, now of Cinderford Town); Sam O'Sullivan (Goytre); Sam Palmer (Monmouth Town); Jake Robinson (Monmouth Town); Callum Smith (Newport City); Levi Rees (Aberbargoed Buds, now of Pontypridd Town); Mitchel Slape (Caldicot Town); Kyle Williams (Risca United); Ben Wooton (Caerleon).

2: Owen Badham (Chepstow Town); Brad Baker (Risca United); Dan Battle (Risca United, now of RTB Ebbw Vale); Tom Berry (Risca United); Dafydd Brewer (Abergavenny Town); Paul Clayton (Undy Athletic); Gary Colbourne (Goytre); Ryan Dorrian (Panteg); Elliott Ford (Monmouth Town, now of Cinderford AFC); Rory Garey (Caldicot Town); Lewis Grant (Caerleon); Ryan Hayward (Croesyceiliog); Dan Jarman (Undy Athletic); Chris Jones (Treowen Stars); Kazeem Kareem (Monmouth Town); Rob Laurie (Monmouth Town); Lee Penry (Cwmbran Celtic); Nathan Pettit (Tredegar Town); James Price (Tredegar Town); Luke Prosser (Goytre); Matthew Prosser (Goytre); Dean Randall (Treowen Stars); Sam Rushworth (Chepstow Town); Richard Sharratt (Caldicot Town); Kristian Sheppard (Treowen Stars); Dan Suter (Treowen Stars); Kieran Thomas (Aberbargoed Buds); Owen Thomas (Tredegar Town); Tony Wallis (Caldicot Town); Garin Withers (Caldicot Town); Jake Young (Caerleon).

1: Rhys Aherne (Undy Athletic); Ricky Amos (Treowen Stars); Robbie Atkinson (Monmouth Town); Declan Bull (Abergavenny Town); Ryan Carniff (Tredegar Town, now of RTB Ebbw Vale); Lee Challenger (Cwmbran Celtic); Josh Clayton (Risca United); Lewis Clare (Croesyceiliog); Andrew Coleman (Newport City); Jordan Cooper (Risca United); Nathan Davies (Goytre); Ben Evans (Croesyceiliog); Callum Evans (Aberbargoed Buds); Cameron Fielden (Croesyceiliog); Matthew Flynn (Newport City); James Gidney (Caldicot Town); Jacob Guy (Caldicot Town); Sam Harrison (Caerleon); Jordan Heales (Monmouth Town); Gareth Heywood (Undy Athletic); Kirk Hicks (Panteg); Lewis Hitchcock (Abergavenny Town); Jordan Islip (Cwmbran Celtic); Robbie James (Newport City); Rhys James (Risca United); Alfie Jones (Risca United); Ben Jones (Chepstow Town, including one for Abergavenny Town); Grant Jones (Treowen Stars); Lewis Jones (Abergavenny Town); Matthew Jones (Aberbargoed Buds, including one for Treowen Stars); Scott Jones (Treowen Stars); Killian Kingston (Risca United); Jamie Laurent (Abergavenny Town);  Andrew Larcombe (Cwmbran Celtic); Ben Lawrence (Monmouth Town); Craig Lewis (Monmouth Town); Grant Lewis (Caerleon); Adrian McGuire (Cwmbran Celtic); Ian McIntosh (Panteg); Nathan Mathias (Risca United); Callum Miles (Goytre); Lewis Parfitt (Tredegar Town); Shane Parry (Risca United); Rakesh Patel (Cwmbran Celtic); James Perrett (Newport City); Callum Porter (Risca United); Dave Powell (Croesyceiliog); Roy Prettyjohns (Chepstow Town); Dan Pritchard (Croesyceiliog); Ian Protheroe (Treowen Stars); Josh Protheroe (Treowen Stars); Liam Screen (Panteg); Safian Skupinski (Caldicot Town); Jack Sinderby (Croesyceiliog); Sam Watkins (Caldicot Town); Chris White (Panteg); Nathan Wood (Undy Athletic); Conor Yeates (Chepstow Town); James Young (Cwmbran Celtic).

Clean-sheets (League only).

5: Croesyceiliog; Undy Athletic.

3: Caldicot Town; Cwmbran Celtic.

2: Goytre; Risca United. 

1: Aberbargoed Buds; Abergavenny Town; Caerleon; Chepstow Town; Chepstow Town; Monmouth Town; Newport City; Panteg; Treowen Stars.