- Gwent Weekend Preview


BECAUSE of Saturday’s Wales v Serbia World Cup qualifying clash in Cardiff, the only local club in Nathaniel Cars Welsh League action this weekend is Cwmbran Celtic, who travel to face Afan Lido tonight on Friday.

Nathaniel Cars Welsh League.

Friday (kick off 7.45pm).

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

Marston’s Stadium, Port Talbot: Afan Lido (7) v Cwmbran Celtic (5).

A rare game under floodlights for Celtic because this is a clash which was postponed last Saturday, when the hosts defeated Pontardawe Town 1-0 to reach the last 32 of JD Welsh Cup.

Celtic began their league campaign in fine style under manager Dean Morris with three wins and a draw from their opening quartet of fixtures.

However that form has not been maintained over the subsequent six outings with only half-a-dozen points picked up from a possible 18.

They also received a huge blow with the loss of goal-scoring midfielder Chris Ham to English outfit Westfields AFC, although another, Michael Baugh, has returned to the club from cross-town rivals Croesyceiliog, of Division Two.

Ham was Celtic's leading league scorer with seven goals and there is little doubt most clubs would miss that kind of input, but Celtic do have a proven goal-getter in striker Josh Bull, who now takes over the mantle of top goal-getter with four.

Here they will seek to avoid a third consecutive league reverse, although because this is the only second-tier game this weekend, Celtic will actually move up to third place.

A success will put them just four points behind table-topping county rivals Goytre and just a couple adrift of second-positioned Cambrian & Clydach - who they will have a game in hand over.

Afan Lido are two rungs and only a point behind Celtic and their form is the exact opposite to that of the visitors.

They began with only one win from seven, but will now undoubtedly start here in high spirits having lost just one of their previous 10 league and cup outings.

Following that win over Pontardawe, they were subsequently drawn away against divisional rivals Haverfordwest County in round three of the Welsh Cup on December 3.

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

* The Football Association of Wales’ official list of transfers confirms the following moves:
Gareth Appleby (Lucas Cwmbran - Panteg)
Michael Baugh (Croesyceiliog - Cwmbran Celtic)
Jordan Chappele (Aberbargoed Buds - RTB Ebbw Vale)
Adam Dixon (Ynysddu Welfare - Risca United)
Adam Griffin (Newport City - St. Albans City)
Connah Hughes (Goytre United - Risca United)
Rhys James (Barry Town United - Risca United)
Ben Jones (Risca United - Cwmbran Celtic)
Levi Rees (Aberbargoed Buds - Pontypridd Town)
Jeff Reynolds (Cefn Fforest - Risca United)
Josef Reynolds (Cefn Forest - Risca United)
Richard Shier (Undy Athletic - Lliswerry).