- Gwent Weekend Roundup


TITLE-CHASING Goytre remain five points clear at the top of the Division One table while there were crucial wins for relegation-threatened duo Monmouth Town and Undy Athletic.

In the second tier, there were victories for Abergavenny Town, Croesyceiliog and Aberbargoed Buds, a fine away success for Chepstow Town sees enter them Division Three promotion race while a second successive win moved Tredegar Town off the bottom of the entire league. 

It was second-from-the-bottom against the leaders when Risca United faced Goytre at the Centre of Sporting Excellence at Ystrad Mynach, where the sides played out a goal-laden match on the venue's 4G playing surface.

Goytre took early command with goals from Dan McDonald and Lewis Sommers and by mid-way through the second period, further strikes from Sam O'Sullivan and McDonald again put them 4-1 ahead with Risca's reply at the stage coming from Callum Porter.

Risca debutant Jordan Cooper further reduced the arrears at 4-2, O'Sullivan netted once more to make it 5-2 with Josh Clayton wrapping up the scoring by grabbing The Cuckoos' third goal.

McDonald's brace takes his campaign league total to 12 with the reverse pushing Risca down to 15th in the 16-strong table.

Goytre would have been hoping county rivals Cwmbran Celtic would do them a favour by defeating visiting second-placed Cambrian & Clydach, but they fell to a 3-1 loss with defender Nial Yeates scoring their consolation as opposed to a strike by Richard French, a Richard Crees own goal and an effort from former Cwmbran Town and Newport County striker Craig Hughes.

Celtic are now 11th while Monmouth moved up one to 12th and Undy out of the drop zone by winning 4-1 at home against Ton Pentre and 3-0 away against Goytre United respectively.

On target for Monmouth were Sam Palmer, Kazeem Kareem, Ashley Ford and Robbie Atkinson with Gareth Cullimore, Marcus Power and Rhys Aherne on target for Undy.

Cullimore now has seven league goals and Power six as Undy ended a miserable run of five successive reverses 

However Caldicot remain firmly rooted to the very bottom of the top-flight table following a 1-0 home loss to Port Talbot, whose winner came from a Jonathan Hood penalty in stoppage time at the end of the first period.

In Division Two, Abergavenny Town's home clash with second-positioned AFC Porth at Pen-Y-Pound Stadium was held up for some 30 minutes when a visiting player fell ill on the pitch.

He later recovered with Abergavenny elevating themselves up one spot to eighth after a late effort from Luke Lewis earned them a 3-2 triumph - home debutant Lewis Hitchcock and Jordan Harford also netting with Ben Ahmun and Tyrone Topper getting Porth's goals.   

Croesyceiliog and Aberbargoed started the day in 12th and 14th places respectively ahead of home and away fixtures with Dinas Powys and Garden Village.

Jack Sinderby and Ryan Hayward grabbed Croesyceiliog's goals in a 2-1 success with Scott Armitage netting the only goal of the game in Aberbargoed's victory.

Both moved up one rung, but still the division's basement side is Newport City, who despite solid displays from goalkeeper Adam Webb and central defender Nathan Thompson, went down to a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Cwmamman United.

Chepstow faced an extremely tough test to gain a positive result when making the trip to Bedwas RFC's Bridge Field home ground to take on second-placed league debutants Trethomas Bluebirds.

However Chepstow are now fifth from sixth following a brilliant 3-1 triumph thanks to goals from Leo Ross (2) and Jason Thorn, who took their season's tallies to 10 and seven.

Panteg visited in-form Penrhiwceiber Rangers and remain 12th after falling to a 4-1 loss with Lewis Iles scoring his 14th league goal while Caerleon remain two places below them following a 7-0 thrashing at Cardiff-based Bridgend Street.

Tredegar had suffered 11 consecutive defeats before winning 3-2 at home against table-topping Caerau (Maesteg) just before Christmas and they ended months of being rooted to the very bottom of the 48-club league by winning 2-1 at home against Cwm Welfare.

The success means the teams swap places with Tredegar's Ian Pettit taking his campaign total to 11 with both of his side's goals, the second coming deep into stoppage time.

Treowen have still played only 10 fixtures, seven less than Trethomas Bluebirds, after their scheduled game at Caerau (Maesteg) was postponed because of an unfit playing surface.

* Leading league scorers appearing for Gwent clubs (4+):

15: Josh Brown (Goytre); Luke Dyke (Panteg).

14: Lewis Iles (Panteg).

12: Dan McDonald (Goytre).

11: Ian Pettit (Tredegar Town).

10: Leo Ross (Chepstow Town).

9 - Scott Armitage (Aberbargoed Buds).

8: Lewis Bamford (Chepstow Town); Jamie Davies (Caerleon); Daffyd Jones (Monmouth Town).

7: Gareth Cullimore (Undy Athletic); Chris Ham (Cwmbran Celtic, now of Westfields FC); Jason Thorn (Chepstow Town).

6: Josh Bull (Cwmbran Celtic); Luke Lewis (Abergavenny Town); Marcus Power (Undy Athletic).

5: Nick Harrhy (Monmouth Town, now of Westfields FC); Ben Walker (Panteg).

4: Owen Cook (Cwmbran Celtic); Seb Haggett (Risca United) Nick McGrath (Croesyceiliog); William Lygo (Croesyceiliog); Nathan Murphy (Caerleon); Zac Osbourne (Croesyceiliog); Dan Richards (Aberbergoed Buds); Ben Smith (Caldicot Town); Lewis Sommers (Goytre).