- Gwent Weekend Review


ONMOUTH Town get the weekend's action underway on Friday night at Taffs Well while Saturday's fixtures includes a coupld of top-flight derbies - Caldicot Town v Risca United plus Cwmbran Celtic v leaders Goytre.

Friday (7.30pm).

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

Rhiw Dd’ar: Taffs Well (10) v Monmouth Town (15).

Since being thrashed 7-1 by hosts Cwmbran Celtic on October 15, there have been definite signs of recovery for one-from-the-bottom Monmouth.
Indeed they halted a poor run of five away games without success since the start of the season by winning 1-0 at Port Talbot Town last time out.
The Kingfishers are the bottom seven’s top scorers with 24 in 13, but the 35 goals shipped is the joint highest alongside basement outfit Caldicot Town in the entire division.
This could prove to be a tight affair as Taffs Well have an indentical last-six record of two wins, a draw and three defeats as Monmouth.

Last-six guide:
Taffs Well: L L D W L W
Monmouth: L L W D L W


Saturday (2.00pm).

Division One.

Jubilee Way: Caldicot Town (16) v Risca United (13).

This is a county derby neither club can afford to lose, although a draw would probably suit the visitors far better.
The teams have common recent opponents in Cwmbran Celtic as both beat them in last therir league outings, Risca 2-1 at home and Caldicot 4-3 away.
That success was Caldicot’s second in three league outings while Risca were ending an horrendous run of seven consecutive defeats.
Much could depend here on how well Caldicot have recovered from last Saturday’s 6-1 away Welsh Cup reverse at the hands of Welsh Premier League outfit Bala Town.

Last-six guide:
Caldicot: L L L W L W
Risca: L L L L L W

Celtic Park: Cwmbran Celtic (9) v Goytre (1).

When Celtic demolished visiting Monmouth Town 7-1 in late October, all appeared well as they were then classed as genuine title contenders.
Now, however, just a single point from the last 18 on offer has them looking nervously over their shoulders as they are only four ahead of the relegation zone.
Goytre, on the other hand, can do little wrong and sit proudly on top of the table having lost only twice in 13 starts and have also reached the last 16 of the Welsh Cup.
One of their eight league wins was 2-1 at home against Celtic on October 29 and another here would keep them on course towwards their bid to secure a first top-flight championship victory.

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

Division Two.

Pen-Y-Pound Stadium: Abergavenny Town (11) v Aberdare Town (5).

You get the feeling Abergavenny are well capable of putting together a decent enough run to help them join the promotion race.
Indeed they are only 11 points off third-placed Briton Ferry Llansawel with a couple of games in hand, although they must improve their home form.
They have only secured seven from a possible 15 points at this venue, so a run of consecutive home victories is most certainly needed.
Since winning 2-0 at Pontypridd Town on October 29, Aberdare have played only one league match - although it did produce a 3-2 away success over Pontardawe Town on November 19.

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

Recreation Ground: Ammanford (7) v Aberbargoed Buds (12).

Three wins from their last four league games has turned Aberbargoed from relegation candidates into contenders for a place in mid-table.
Having explained that, it must be pointed out they still are only four points in front of the two-strong danger area.
Here they will be seeking a first away win of the campaign, having secured two draws and lost one of their three- on-the-road fixtures.
Ammanford will start as favourites because they scored no less than 19 goals in being unbeaten in five home outings.

Last-six guide:
Ammanford: W L W L W D
Aberbargoed: L  L W W L W

Woodland Road: Croesyceiliog (13) v Briton Ferry Llansawel (3).

A goal from anywhere, even off someone’s backside from a yard out, will be a massive relief for struggling Croesyceiliog.
They have failed to find the back of the net in any of their last five league games and they suddenly find themselves just four points out of the relegation zone.
They have also played two more games than one-from-the-bottom West End (Swansea), although this is the first of three successive home matches for them.
The promotion-seeking visitors are in fine form having not lost a league match since being beaten 4-3 at home by Aberdare Town as long ago as September 30.

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

Stafford Common, Gorseinon: Garden Village (10) v Newport City (16).

City boss Sam Houldsworth got his sole managership off to a winning start last Saturday with a 1-0 home success over county rivals Croesyceiliog.
However they are still five points away from the first safe position currently held by Dinas Powys, having played a couple of games more.
It goes without saying City need to put together a run of successive wins and here perhaps is a fair opportunity to follow up that success with another positive result.
The hosts have lost three of their last four league fixtures and because there have been 102 goals scored in the 25 games these clubs have played this season, maybe a 0-0 stalemate is highly unlikely.

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

Division Three.

Larkfield Ground: Chepstow Town (8) v Trefelin (4).

While this will doubtless prove to be a stern test for Chepstow, their recent form of three wins in four has them sitting in mid-table spot.
It’s all very tight in this division and while Chepstow are just seven points clear of the danger area, they are only five off a promotion place.
They will start here as slight underdogs, but it’s interesting to note they are doing far better in away games with 12 points out of 18 as opposed to only six from 21 at their Larkfield Ground home.
Trefelin are seeking first-time promotion and have a strong home record of five wins and a draw in their seven league outings.

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

Glasbrook Field, Mountain Ash: Penrhiwceiber Rangers (14) v Tredegar Town (16).

Having lost nine league games on the trot, Tredegar would take a point here right now - although in all honesty, it’s simply not enough.
They are already 10 points from safety and although they have games in hand over the three sides immediately above them, they must start to put ticks in their win column.
Tredegar have netted only 12 goals in 10 outings with attacking midfielder Ian Pettit getting seven of those and certainly they need to find a striker capable of scoring on a regular basis.
Rangers also find themselves in the three-strong drop zone, although they are eight points better off and have played at home only four times in their dozen games.

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

Cardiff Uni. Sports Field, Llanrumney: STM Sports (3) v Treowen Stars (12).

With 11 points earned from the last 18 on offer, Treowen have deservedly moved away from the danger area.
They must, however, maintain that kind of form as they are still just three points better off than second-from-the-bottom Penrhiwceiber Rangers.
But Treowen have up to four games in hand over all their rivals and a reasonable tight defence should see them continue to improve.
STM are top of the last-six table, but their bandwagon was halted somewhat by a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Cardiff rivals Bridgend Street last time out.

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

Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach: Treharris Athletic Western (10) v Panteg (11).

Panteg will always stand a chance of earning a positive result because of the number of goals they score, they’ll start here with 30 in 13 starts.
That total is bettered only by the top three and here they will begin on the back of a marvellous 6-2 home win over second-placed Ely Rangers.
Striker Luke Dyke netted a hat-trick in that victory to take his campaign tally to 13 with co-marksman Lewis Iles on 11.
Treharris are unable to play games at their home ground, so this game has been switched to this venue, which has a 4G playing surface.
Last-six guide:
Treharris: L L W L L W
Panteg: L W W L L W

Bridge Field, Bedwas: Trethomas Bluebirds (5) v Caerleon (13).

Caerleon’s recent poor  of three successive reverses has seen them slip to just one point clear of the relegation area.
And with 35 goals conceded in 13 league fixtures, they have shipped more than any other side in the entire lower-level table.
To make matters worse, all three teams below them -Penrhiwceiber Rangers, Cwm Welfare and Tredegar Town -  have matches in hand.
The hosts are just three points off a promotion spot, but they have played more games than anyone else in their debut campaign.

Last-six guide:
Trethomas: L W L W L W
Caerleon: W L W L L L