- Gwent Weekend Preview


Gwent weekend preview

Friday (6.45pm).

PANTEG kick off the weekend's local Welsh League football action on Friday, when victory over
fellow Division Three strugglers Cardiff Corinthians will considerably ease their relegation fears.

Division Three (figures in brackets relate to table position of 18).

Riverside Ground, Radyr: Cardiff Corinthians (17) v Panteg (12).

Panteg gained what could well turn out to be an extremely crucial point on Wednesday, when they drew 1-1 at mid-table Treharris Athletic Western.
Luke Dyke netted his 11th league goal of the season to take five points clear of the danger area and increase his side's recent run to just one defeat in six.
They still have 30 points to play for and are more than capable of eventually ending the campaign half-way up the table.
The Corries ran high-flying Abergavenny Town close on Tuesday, but their 1-0 defeat means they are getting closer to being relegated out of the league.

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

Saturday (2.30pm).

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

Old Road: Briton Ferry Llansawel (14) v Monmouth Town (11).

If Monmouth are to retain their top-flight status then they simply can not afford to lose this game which is against the side in the first relegation spot.
Only two points seperate the teams following Monmouth's 0-0 home draw with second-placed Cardiff Metropolitan University in mid-week - the Kingfishers' third clean-sheet on the trot.
However the west Wales hosts have a match in hand, although there are three other clubs who sit between these two teams. 
BFL also drew their last league game 0-0, at table-topping Barry Town United, but reached the League Cup final on Tuesday night thanks to a 4-1 win over Division Two side Cwmamman United.

Last-six guide:
BFL: W L L D L D
Monmouth: W W L D W D

Cwrt-Yr-Ala: Caerau (Ely) (5) v Goytre (4).

Mathamatically, Goytre can still win the title for the first time although it will take something of a footballing miracle for them to do so.
They'll total 58 points of they win their final four games, a tally leaders Barry already have with Cardiff Metropolitan University needing only two more points to overtake them with three games left. 
Goytre lost 3-2 at home to Aberdare Town after being 2-0 up last Saturday which makes their recent points total just five picked up from the last 21 on offer.
Caerau thrashed struggling Aberdare Town 5-1 on Tuesday, but recently failed to beat already-relegated Garden Village when being held 0-0 at home.

Last-six guide:
Caerau: D W D W L W
Goytre: L D L L D W L

Ynys Park: Ton Pentre (10) v Risca United (13).

Risca have only this game and a visit to their Ystrad Mynach home ground by already-relegated Garden Village on May 14 from which to gain enough points to stay up.
Here they will start above the danger area on goal difference only, so certainly two wins would give Risca a reasonable chance of avoiding the drop.
However defeat here will be a massive blow, although they will begin in good form having beaten ground-sharing rivals Aberbargoed Buds 5-0 last time out on April 20
Ton moved above Monmouth in mid-week with a 2-0 victory against Aberbargoed Buds at Ystrad Mynach, an outcome which, sadly, means relegation for the Gwent club.

Last-six guide:
Ton D L L L L W
Risca: W W L L D W

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

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

Chepstow's relegation woes deepened with a 7-1 home defeat at the hands of AFC Porth and it's looking increasingly likely they will be playing Division Three football in 2016-2017.
The result was their 18th reverse in only 22 league outings and keep them firmly rooted to the bottom of the second-tier table.
However it has to be pointed out manager Dave Livermore's team has eight more fixtures remaining and three wins would see them move out of danger.
Llanelli were beaten 3-1 at home by Cwmbran Celtic last Saturday, but bounced back in mid-week to win 2-1 away against west Wales rivals Ammanford

Last-six guide:
Chepstow: L L L L L L
Llanelli: W L W W L D

Grenig Park, Glanaman: Cwmamman United (8) v Cwmbran Celtic (4).
Following a 4-1 home triumph over lowly Penrhiwceiber Rangers, Celtic remain four points off the third promotion spot held by Pontardawe Town.
However Celtic have a quartet of matches in hand over the west Wales outfit and still have eight still left to play.
Lee Challenger netted twice, including a penalty, with Andrew Larcombe and Josh Bull, who took his campaign league tally to 18, Celtic's scorers.
Cwmamman played twice in the week, losing lost a League Cup semi-final tie 4-1 against Division One outfit Briton Ferry Llansawel on Tuesday
and being beaten 3-2 at home by Pontardawe Town on Thursday.

Last-six guide:
Cwmamman: L L D L L L
Celtic: W W L L W W

Newport Stadium: Llanwern (12) v Undy Athletic (1).

While not completely clear of danger, the fact only two teams are to go down means Llanwern are well on their way to retaining their second-tier status.
A 0-0 home draw against Tata Steel not only put them 12 points in the clear, but it was also their first clean-sheet of the season.
This well may the kiss of death for Undy, but it really is difficult seeing them not clinching promotion to Division One for the first time.
They have lost only four of 26, are the division's top scorers, have conceded the less and two wins from their final four games may well be enough.

Last-six guide:
Llanwern: W W L L W L
Undy: L W W W D W

Glasbrook Field, Mountain Ash: Penrhiwceiber Rangers (15) v Caldicot Town (2).

Caldicot's recent blip of two successive defeats appears to be a thing of the past and here they seek a fifth win on the trot.
There are a couple of teams below them who can still challenge their promotion aspirations, but a Division One return now beckons.
After this game, Caldicot have four remaining and the likelihood is a couple of victories will be sufficient for manager Mark Williams' side.
Rangers slumped to a 4-1 away loss to Cwmbran Celtic to remain one from the bottom and they have just five fixture left to try and avoid the drop.

Last-six guide:
Rangers: L D L D L L
Caldicot: L L W W W W

Pri Deri Park, Mayhill, Swansea: West End (11) v Croesyceiliog (13).

Croesyceiliog looked like heading towards defeat against visiting AFC Llwydcoed until they overcame a 2-0 deficit to draw 2-2.
Nick McGrath and a 30-yarder from Josh Hall earned manager Mark Waddon's side a vital point towards their bid to remain in the division.
There is, however, still much work to do before they can relax and here they face a side going through a rough patch.
West End were unable to raise a team to visit Caldicot last weekend and face a possible points reduction and a hefty fine.

West End: D L L L W D
Croesyceiliog: W L L L W D

Division Three (figures in brackets relate to table position of 18).

The Willows, Tremorfa: Bridgend Street (3) v Abergavenny Town (2).

A goal from Dan Jenkins was enough to give unbeaten-in-13 Abergavenny a 1-0 home win over relegation-threatened Cardiff Corinthians in mid-week.
It takes them three points closer to first-time promotion and another victory here against their nearest rivals will be a huge boost.
Abergavenny can still beat leaders Pontypridd Town to the title, an outcome which would give them a second piece of silverware following their recent FAW Trophy win.
The visitors trail Abergavenny by nine points and while they have played a game less, defeat here will certainly put them on the back foot.

Last-six guide:
B. Street:  W D W D W W
Abergavenny: W W W W D W W W

Athletic Ground, Maesteg: Caerau (5) v Lliswerry ().

Lliswerry's slide down the table continued last time out with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of hosts Cwm Welfare.
It places them above just three points above the five-strong relegation zone and they have just two away games left to play after this clash.
The first will be against fellow-strugglers Bettws on May 7 and the second at promotion-seeking Bridgend Street a week later.
Caerau were five without success before beating visiting leaders Pontypridd Town 2-1 - their 10th home win in 12 league outings.

Last-six guide:
Caerau: D L D L D W
Lliswerry: L L W L L L

Cold Bath Road: Caerleon (8) v Cwm Welfare (10).

A fourth goal of the campaign for Scott Lewis was not enough to prevent Caerleon from losing 3-1 at Bridgend Street on Wednesday.
It means they are now locked in a battle with county rivals Tredegar Town to decide who eventually finishes in seventh place.
Caerleon are three points adrift with as many games in hand, although they have a slightly inferior goal difference. 
Cwm have won three of their last four league games, including last weekend's 2-1 home success over Lliswerry.

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

Windmill Ground: Llantwit Major (6) v Tredegar Town (7).

Tredegar's 2-1 home success over Caerleon maintains their hopes of a sixth-placed finish, although they are fast running out of games.
But because their on-the-road record is almost as good as their home form, this game offers a reasonable chance for them to post away win number five.
They are the lowest scorers among the first 13 clubs with only 44 goals in 29 league fixtures, but have conceded only four in their last seven matches.
Tredegar were were overtaken by the unbeaten-in-12 hosts following their 3-0 home triumph over Newport Civil Service in mid-week.

Last-six guide:
L. Major: W D D D W W
Tredegar: W L W L W D W

Shannon Close, Bettws: Newport Civil Service (18) v Bettws (15).

Another loss, this time 3-0 at Llantwit Major, firmly maintains NCS' status as the league's basement outfit.
They have managed just eight points so far and it really is extremely difficult to imagining them gaining enough to avoid relegation.
However it's not in their DNA to give up hope and certainly this is a match-up which could well earn them a third win of the season.
Bettws moved up a place last Monday without kicking a ball as Newport YMCA's 8-0 home defeat by Pontypridd gave the city club an inferior goal difference.

Last-six guide:
Bettws: L L L W W W
NCS: W L L L L L

Mendgalief Road, Pill: Newport YMCA (16) v STM Sports (4).

It's not looking good for YMCA, who were overwhelmed by leaders Pontypridd 8-0 at this venue on Monday evening.
The outcome was their fifth defeat on the trot and pushed them down a place and they now have only Cardiff Corinthians and Newport Civil Service below them.
On the positive front, YMCA still have 30 points to play for - but with five to be relegated out of the league, it's now all about winning. 
STM were chasing hard for promotion until last Saturday's 2-1 away defeat at second-placed Abergavenny Town, the result being their third consecutive defeat. 

Last-six guide:
YMCA: L L L L L
STM: W L D L L L

Bush Park: Treowen Stars (14) v Treharris Athletic Western (9).

Not unsurprisingly lowly Treowen were beaten at home by table-topping Pontypridd in mid-week, 2-0 being the outcome.
It keeps manager Simon Evans' troops in relegation trouble, but there remains much hope they can eventually claw themselves up the table.
They have games in hand over several clubs above them, although this is a tough task for them to gain a positive result.
A run of only four defeats in 14 has seen Treharris rise towards mid-table and their recent positive result was a 1-1 home draw with Panteg.

Last-six guide:
Treowen: L W L D W D
Treharris: W L W W L D