- Gwent Weekend Preview


aturday (all 2.30pm kick offs).

ABERGAVENNY Town face Sully Sports in the FAW Trophy final at Newport on Saturday seeking not only to pick up silverware, but also the £5,000 winner's cheque.

FAW Trophy, final (to be played to a conclusion).

Dragon Park, Newport International Sports Village: Abergavenny Town v Sully Sports.

On Monday, May 3 1993, Cwmbran Town skipper Jimmy Blackie stepped forward to lift the inaugural League of Wales trophy after leading the Crows to a 1-0 win against hosts Llanelli.
Now 23 years on, and in a coincidence only football can throw up, Blackie will here be attempting to prevent Abergavenny from becoming the first Gwent club since Cwmbran's triumph to win a national competition.
Blackie is manager of Sully Sports, who play the next level down to in the South Wales Alliance League and this final promises to be something of a goal-fest.
In league games alone, these teams have scored no fewer than 123 goals in just 40 outings and while Division Three promotion hopefuls Abergavenny will be favourites, they simply hope this won't be the 'blackiest' of days.

Nathaniel Cars Welsh League

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

Plough Road: Goytre (3) v Taffs Well (5).

If you were to compile a last-six table, the Goytre would sit one from the bottom and there lies the reason why it seem likely their title challenge will fail.
Football, though, is rarely as cut and dried and while there are enough fixtures remaining, it is churlish to write them off completely.
The maths are, however, is they will probably have to win all of the six games they have left and hope the top two, Barry Town United and Cardiff Metropolitan University, lose at least one each.
Taffs Well had a similar unimpressive recent record until they emerged 5-1 victors of a trip to face Cambrian & Clydach last time out.

Last-six:
Goytre: W L D L L D
Taffs Well: W L D L L W

Glenhafod Park Stadium: Goytre United (10) v Risca United (14).

Risca lost a second successive game on Tuesday night, when one of the scores in Aberdare Town's 2-0 home win was former Goytre striker Craig Moses.
The outcome meant Aberdare moved above Risca and pushed The Cockerls into the three-strong drop zone alongside Aberbargoed Buds and already-relegated Garden Village.
Risca now trail the first side sitting in a safe position, Monmouth Town, by a point - but they have played two more games than The Kingfishers.
Two defeats on the trot, including 4-0 at home against Caerau (Ely) in mid-week leaves the hosts only four points ahead of Risca, but they do have five games in hand.

Last-six guide:
Goytre Utd.:  L W L W L L
Risca:  D D W W L L

Sports Ground: Monmouth Town (13) v Afan Lido (8).

Former champions Monmouth secured a fourth successive win when defeating hosts and fellow-relegation candidates Risca United 3-1 last weekend.
However manager Andrew Smith's side is still just three points ahead of the dreaded relegation zone, so there remains much work to do for the Kingfishers.
Need only one more goal to reach 50 for the season and they are the bottom 10's top scorers with Richard Greaves their leading marksman with 16.
Afan Lido took themselves six point clear of the danger area with a 2-1 mid-week home win over Aberbargoed Buds, who scored via Seb Haggett - but had Andrew Hughes and Craig Cheedy sent off.

Last-six guide:
Monmouth:  L L W W W W
Afan Lido: D W L L D W

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

Dinas Park: AFC Porth (10) v Caldicot Town (2).

Caldicot moved onto 53 points, five behind leaders Undy Athletic with a game in hand, with a 3-0 away success over struggling hosts Dinas Powys in mid-week.
On target for Caldicot were Ben Smith (2) and Tony Wallis, who now have eight and six goals respectively, kept an 11th clean-sheet in 23 league outings.
Manager Mark Williams' side were in a similar promotion position last season, but failed at the final hurdle and the feeling is all have learned the obvious lesson from that painful period.
Porth won for the fourth time in five fixtures last time out, beating visiting Penrhiwceiber Rangers 4-0 and here they will seek to avenge a 2-0 reverse at Caldicot back in late February.

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

Larkfield Ground: Chepstow Town (16) v Llanwern (12).

Given they have won only three of 19 league fixtures and that they were thrashed 8-1 at Cwmbran Celtic last Saturday, it's really difficult to make a case for a positive Chepstow result.
There does, however, remain hope as they are only five points from safety with 11 games remaining and after this game, they visit the team immediately above them, Dinas Powys.
Llanwern attempted to win for the fourth game on the trot, but manager Sam Hartrey's troops went down 2-0 at  AFC Llwydcoed
They are the bottom seven's highest scorers with 36 in 24 outings with striker Dean Clifford enjoying a very
successful campaign having netted 18 times to head the list of those playing appearing for Gwent clubs.

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

Grenig Park, Glanaman: Cwmamman United (7) v Undy Athletic (1).

Experienced manager Laurence Owen may not agree, but promotion to the top flight is for Undy to throw away  and here they will seek a 19th win in 25 league starts.
There is also the fact they have kept 12 clean-sheets to consider and they have conceded only 18 times - and only six in 10 away games.
They are also this division's leading goal-getters with 58 and their goal difference of plus40 really is like an extra point for them.
Cwmamman were thought of as being promotion contenders not so long ago, but their recent form has dropped off and they may have to settle for another season at this level.

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

Celtic Park: Cwmbran Celtic (4) v Pontardawe Town (3).

Celtic maintained the pressure on Pontardawe in mid-week with a 3-0 away victory over cross-town rivals Croesyceiliog, where Rakesh Patel, Josh Bull and Owen Cook were their goalscorers to complete a fifth win on the trot.
It means Celtic are now only four points adrift of the west Walians with no less than six matches in hand and victory here for manager Dean Morris will see it marked down as favourites to go up.
Celtic's home form is good with seven wins from nine games, although the visitors have also won the same amount from 11 away matches.
Pontardawe have picked up only one point from the last six on offer, but they are seeking a season's win double having beaten Celtic 2-1 at home on the opening Saturday back in mid August.
Last-six guide:
Celtic: L W W W W W
Pontardawe: W W W W L D

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

Cold Bath Road: Caerleon (7) v Bridgend Street (5).

A Jamie Davies goal earned Caerleon a decent 1-1 away draw at Llantwit Major in mid-week and it's now only one defeat in their last eight games for The Romans.
Their squad is a good mix of youth and experience and if they can keep hold of players such as striker Mark Millinship, then certainly they could well challenge for promotion next season.
The ex-Newport Civil Service marksman has 12 league goals to his credit this campaign and Caerleon's home form of seven wins and three draws from 11 matches, marks them down as favourites here.
Having explained that, the visitors are certainly no mugs and have six away victories so far and it will be no surprise to anyone if this clash ended all-square.

Last-six guide:
Caerleon:  D W W W L W D
B. Street:  L D L D W D

Mendgalief Road, Pill: Newport YMCA (14) v Cwm Welfare (12).

This is an extremely important game for both sides as if - as expected - five are to go down, YMCA are the first side in the relegation zone and Cwm the first outside of it.
Cwm have the better record over the past six games earning 11 points as opposed to YMCA's six, so certainly a draw would suit the visitors most.
YMCA  can win here, although they'll need to re-produce the form which earned them a 2-1 win at Bridgend Street recently and not that which caused a 1-0 defeat at bottom-placed Newport Civil Service last weekend.
Cwm emerged 3-0 victors from a trip to Treowen Stars in midweek and that followed a 5-1 away success at Cardiff Corinthians, so this is a tough test for the hosts.

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

University Sports Field, Llanrumney: STM Sports (3) v Panteg (13).

Panteg appear good enough and certainly they have enough games left to drag themselves away from the relegation dog fight, which has exit out of the league.
Picked up a good away point on Wednesday night, when they drew 2-2 away against Bridgend Street, where Alex Probert and Shaun Duffy grabbed their goals.
Manager Mark Taylor's men have a decent on-the-road league record of four wins and three draws from 12 matches and Panteg will relish this challenge.
Promotion-seeking STM certainly enjoy playing on this 3G surface and have won 13 and drawn one of 15 games on it and that makes them red-hot favourites to land the three points.

STM:  L W W L D L
Panteg: W W L L L W D

Leisure Complex: Tredegar Town (8) v Llantwit Major (6).

Tredegar blow hot and cold and therein lies the reason why they have never quite hit the heights of recent seasons and certainly a mid-table end seem highly likely.
However they start here fresh from a 4-0 away win over bottom-placed Newport Civil Service on Thursday evening when Ian Pettit, Gareth Stevens, Ryan Carniff Ian Morris netted their goals.
Pettit's effort took his campaign league tally to 12 and previous to the game, Tredegar has been the joint lowest scorers in the division's entire top 13 with, co-incidently, Llantwit Major and that stat could well lend itself to the feeling there won't be too many goals in this clash.
Llantwit Major drew 1-1 at home with Caerleon on Tuesday night to stretch their recent league run to eight games unbeaten
and that kind of form will see them start here as the more fancied side to gain a positive result.

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

Bush Park: Treowen Stars (15) v Caerau (4).

Treowen maintained their recent form sequence of either winning or losing by going down 3-0 at home against visiting Cwm Welfare on Tuesday night.
That result keeps them firmly in the danger area, although they still have 42 points to play for between now and the end of the campaign.
It's all about goals and manager Simon Evans side has scored just 31 times in 20 outings - only bottom-placed Newport Civil Service, with 25, have scored less in the whole of the division.
Caerau were defeated 3 -1 away at leaders Pontypridd Town in mid-week - a result which benefits second-placed Abergavenny Town, who are not in league action today.

Last-six :
Treowen: W L W L W L
Caerau:  L W D L D L

Other mid-week results:

Tuesday.

Division Three:

Newport Civil Service 2 (Ben Freeman and Nicky Potts) Treharris Athletic Western 4.

Thursday.

Newport Civil Service 0 Tredegar Town 4 (Ian Pettit; Gareth Stevens; Ryan Carniff; Ian Morris).