- Gwent Weekend Roundup


THERE were contrasting Division One fortunes as Goytre, Cwmbran Celtic and Undy Athletic all won while Risca United, Monmouth Town and Caldicot Town were all beaten.

In the second tier, Abergavenny Town returned to winning ways and Croesyceiliog secured a well-earned point with only Treowen Stars managing to gain a positive Division Three result.

Goytre moved up three rungs to second behind leaders Caerau (Ely) after a goal from marksman Lewis Sommers gained them a 1-0 home triumph against Barry Town United, an unlikely outcome give them home team had three players ruled out in the warm-up.

It meant striker Luke Prosser was forced into emergency central-defensive duty alongside brother Matthew, the siblings outstanding as Goytre won for the fifth time in nine top-level outings.

Cwmbran Celtic hosted Monmouth with a recent record of only two wins in seven league and cup fixtures and a failure to score in three of their last four.

Yet 90 minutes later, Celtic has racked up a brilliant 7-1 success after The Kingfishers fell away badly following an excellent start to the contest.

Indeed only a magnificent save by Celtic goalkeeper Lewis Watkins from a close-range Dafydd Jones effort prevented the visitors from going ahead and it was certainly against the run of play when defender Nial Yeates made it 1-0 at a corner.

Another flag kick led to Celtic's second, this time Lee Penry getting on the score-sheet, and within another six minutes, Chris Ham and Josh Bull, with a superb individual strike, put Celtic in total control at 4-0 at the interval.

Monmouth, to their credit, kept at it as Elliott Ford reduced the arrears - but Celtic soon regained control as further goals arrived from Ham, Bull and substitute Owen Cook, who was later sent off for violent conduct, to make it 7-1.

The outcome gives Celtic a degree of revenge for their same scoreline defeat at Monmouth in a Division One clash in 2013-2014.

Celtic have now scored 15 goals and conceded only two in winning all four of their home league fixtures.

It was one-from-the-bottom Monmouth's sixth defeat and they really are suffering badly after losing no less than nine senior players since the end of last season.

Undy are up to eighth following a solid 2-0 home win over Risca, who fell to a fourth consecutive reverse in slipping down a couple of places to 11th of 16.

A rare Gareth Heywood goal and one from Marcus Power secured the three points at The Causeway, where Undy were minus influential midfielder

Mike Flynn, who recently returned to coaching duties with Newport County plus the suspended Paul Clayton.
Caldicot remain bottom after they had only a Richard Sharratt goal for show for in a 2-1 away defeat at the hands of Penybont, their eighth such result in nine league fixtures.

Croesyceiliog, 10th, are the highest-placed local club in Division Two, although they will be kicking themselves in allowing visitors Aberdare to score a late equaliser after William Lygo had put them ahead at Woodland Road.

Next in 12th are Abergavenny Town, who edged a seven-goal thriller against struggling county rivals Aberbargoed Buds, whose luck was really out at Pen-Y-Pound Stadium.

Abergavenny were 3-0 up through goals from Dafydd Brewer, Dane Griffiths and Craig Norman before Aberbargoed struck back to level via Levi Rees (2) and Callum Jenkins.

But just as the visitors were looking forward to celebrating clinching an unlikely point, they gifted the home side the win with an own goal.

Aberbargoed still sit in the first of two relegation spots with Newport City just one place above them after they were thrashed 6-0 at home by free-scoring leaders Llanelli Town.

Former Swansea City legend Lee Trundle did most of the damage with a hat-trick with the west Walians also scoring though Jordan Follows, Jordan Davies and Chris Thomas.

In Division Three, Treowen did extremely to become the first team in six this season to prevent table-topping Llantwit Major from winning a league game.

Matthew Jones was ninth-placed Treowen's goal-getter in a 1-1 stale-mate, but there was no luck at all for either Chepstow Town or Tredegar Town.

Chepstow stay ninth despite losing 3-2 at home to Ely Rangers, Sam Rushworth and Owen Badham netting, while basement outfit Tredegar were overwhelmed 6-0 by Cardiff-based host Bridgend Street.   

Goal scorers (League only) (two goals and more).

12: Josh Brown (Goytre).

8: Lewis Iles (Panteg).

7: Chris Ham (Cwmbran Celtic); Leo Ross (Chepstow Town).

6: Gareth Cullimore (Undy Athletic); Luke Dyke (Panteg); Ian Pettit (Tredegar Town).

5: Nick Harrhy (Monmouth Town, now of Westfield AFC).

4: Jamie Davies (Caerleon); Dafyd Jones (Monmouth Town); Dan McDonald (Goytre); Nick McGrath (Croesyceiliog); Marcus Power (Undy Athletic).

3: Lewis Banford (Chepstow Town); Josh Bull (Cwmbran Celtic); Seb Haggett (Risca United); Nathan Murphy (Caerleon); Ben Smith (Caldicot Town); Callum Smith (Newport City); Levi Rees (Aberbargoed Buds); Jason Thorn (Chepstow Town); Kyle Williams (Risca United).

2: Owen Badham (Chepstow Town); (Brad Baker (Risca United); James Barnes (Undy Athletic); Dan Battle (Risca United); Tom Berry (Risca United); Owen Cook (Cwmbran Celtic); Sean Feeley (Abergavenny Town); Alex Jarman (Caldicot Town); Lloyd Kinsella (Cwmbran Celtic); Luke Lewis (Abergavenny Town); Craig Norman (Abergavenny Town); Zac Osbourne (Croesyceiliog); Sam Palmer (Monmouth Town); Lee Penry (Cwmbran Celtic); Matthew Prosser (Goytre); Dan Richards (Aberbergoed Buds); Jake Robinson (Monmouth Town); Sam Rushworth (Chepstow Town); Richard Sharratt (Caldicot Town); Ben Siggins (Caerleon); Lewis Sommers (Goytre); Ben Walker (Panteg); Jake Young (Caerleon).