Gwent Saturday round-up and Goalscorers' list
A CRUSHING 6-2 away defeat for previously-unbeaten Division Three side Abergavenny Town prevented all three Welsh League sections being led by local clubs.
Goytre went top of Division One thanks to a 1-0 win at Ton Pentre while in the second tier, leaders Caldicot Town stretched their 100 per cent record to a fifth match with a same-scoreline success over Cwmbran Celtic.
Elsewhere, Aberbargoed Buds' Tom McCarthy ended up on the losing side despite scoring a hat-trick while returning Lliswerry marksman Josh Brown also netted a treble in a 10-goal, home thriller.
Goytre visited Port Talbot to face Afan Lido knowing a win plus a draw between the only two teams above them, Goytre United and Cardiff Metropolitan University. would see them reach the summit.
And despite having Kris Leek sent off before the break and Aaron Garrett after it, Goytre clinched the three points thanks to defender Alex Evans' header while the other clubs duly drew 2-2.
Goytre have also announced the signing of talented former Cardiff City academy and Wales under-19s cap Gethyn Hill.
Risca United are the next best-placed side in ninth spot following a fine 1-0 win at the home of defending champions Caerau (Ely) - their third win in their last four league outings.
Kyle Williams swept home the only goal from the rebound of a missed Tony Wallis' penalty while at the other end, goalkeeper Mark Mears also proved a hero by saving a spot kick.
Monmouth Town dropped a place in losing 3-0 at home against Barry Town United while Aberbargoed are also down one to 15th of 16 following a 5-4 home reverse at the hands of fellow-strugglers Afan Lido.
Manager Adrian Needs' men went 1-0 up, but that's as good because they were always chasing matters after the visitors eventually levelled.
McCarthy now heads the scorers' list for those players appearing for Gwent clubs, his hat-trick taking his season's league tally to seven with his side's other goal coming from Leon Young.
Caldicot entertained Celtic at their Jubilee Way HQ, where a mistake from a Shane Jeremiah free kick by visiting goalkeeper Lewis Watkins enabled the home side to return to the top.
Celtic remain third and not-in-action Undy Athletic are fifth - but Chepstow Town, who were also without a fixture, Llanwern and Croesyceiliog are all in the bottom five.
Llanwern skipper Ben Hartrey was on target in a 2-1 away loss at Swansea-based West End, who scored both their goals in the last nine minutes, while Croesyceiliog are still propping up the entire table after losing 3-0 at AFC Porth.
Abergavenny visited Maesteg to tackle Caerau as leaders of Division Three, but returned home down two places after losing for the first time in six league games.
It was all over as a contest by the 35th minute as the home side cantered into a 4-0 lead before they saw matters out for a comfortable 6-2 victory, the visitors scoring via Jamie Summers (penalty) and Dean Morgan.
Caerleon are sixth after being held to a 2-2 home draw by county rivals Panteg while Lliswerry are next in line after seeing off visiting STM Sports (Cardiff) 6-4 at Spytty Park.
On target for Caerleon were Chris Pearce (penalty) and Nick Vassallo with Luke Dyke and Ben Walker replying for Panteg, who are still bottom of the 18-strong division.
Brown recently re-joined Lliswerry after scoring three Division One goals for Goytre earlier in this season and he doubled his tally with a well-taken treble in a 6-4 home win over STM Sports - also scoring were Michael Vaux, Dan Compton and Safian Skupinski.
Newport YMCA (seventh) drew 2-2 at home with Tredegar Town last time out and they repeated that scoreline in earning parity with visiting Treowen Stars.
Treowen began the better, but YMCA rallied well with Newri Greenaway striking a post before goals from Ben Lawrence and Darren Berry earned them a 2-0 interval advantage.
However Treowen were much the better team after the break and deservedly drew level through Chris Jones and Johnny Edwards.
They so nearly won it near the end only for YMCA goalkeeper Mark Drew to tip a Ricky Amos long-range effort onto a post, although there was still time left for Treowen's James Price to be sent off after receiving a second yellow card.
Tredegar also drew 2-2 for the second successive week, this time at Cardiff Corinthians thanks to goals from Ioan Protheroe and Adam Meredith, while Newport Civil Service lost out in a seven-goal thriller to visiting Cwm Welfare.
NCS, who drop three positions to 14th, had Aysa el Doory, Matthew Palmer and Conor Street netting.
Gwent goalscorers (League only) 2014-2015
Aberbargoed Buds' Tom McCarthy scored a hat-trick in a 5-4 home defeat at the hands of Afan Lido to go to the top of the list.
Another player to score a treble, returning Lliswerry striker Josh Brown, is now on six alongside Cwmbram Celtic's Josh Bull and Abergavenny Town's Richie Jeremiah.
7 - Tom McCarthy (Aberbargoed Buds).
6 - Josh Bull (Cwmbran Celtic); Josh Brown (Lliswerry, including three for Goytre); Richie Jeremiah (Abergavenny Town).
4 - Nick Harrhy (Monmouth Town); Dan MacDonald (Monmouth Town, now with Evesham United); Dan Saunders (Caldicot Town).
3 - Gareth Cullimore (Undy Athletic); Chris Jones (Treowen Stars); Ben Lawrence (Newport YMCA); Kris Leek (Goytre); Callum Miles (Goytre); Chris Pearce (Caerleon); Marcus Power (Undy Athletic); Matthew Prosser (Goytre); Leo Ross (Chepstow Town); Peter Szscperniak (Undy Athletic); Richard Sharratt (Caldicot Town).
2 - Ben Ah-Mun Chepstow Town); Yousif Al Doori (Caerleon): Darren Berry (Newport YMCA); Owen Cook (Cwmbran Celtic); Luke Cueto (Caerleon); Luke Dyke (Panteg); Aysa El Doori (Newport Civil Service); Alex Evans (Goytre); Richard Greaves (Monmouth Town); Chris Ham (Cwmbran Celtic); Dan Jenkins (Abergavenny Town); Tomas Lynch (Tredegar Town); Mark Millinship (Caerleon); Dean Morgan (Abergavenny Town); Simon Prangley (Chepstow Town); Jordan Rathbone (Undy Athletic); Mitchell Slape (Caldicot Town); Lewis Sommers (Goytre); Jamie Summers (Abergavenny Town); Matthew Thomas (Risca United); Michael Vaux (Lliswerry).
1 - Rhys Aherne (Undy Athletic); Jack Alderdice (Monmouth Town); Scott Armitage (Aberbargoed Buds); James Barnes (Undy Athletic); Tom Barry (Chepstow Town); Tom Berry (Newport Civil Service); Anthony Burnett (Chepstow Town); Ross Brown (Treowen Stars); Aiden Chappell-Smith (Risca United); Gary Colbourne (Goytre); Dan Compton (Lliswerry): Dan Cueto (Newport YMCA); Brad Dowling (Goytre); Johnny Edwards (Treowen Stars); Sean Feeley (Cwmbran Celtic); Michael Flynn (Undy Athletic); Elliott Ford (Monmouth Town); Ondrei Furman (Undy Athletic); Lewys Golding (Treowen Stars); Newri Greenway (Newport YMCA); Ben Hartrey (Llanwern); Richard Jago (Chepstow Town); Robbie James (Llanwern); Dan Jarman (Undy Athletic); Alex Jenkins (Newport YMCA); Shane Jeremiah (Caldicot Town); Lewis Jones (Aberbargoed Buds); Mike Jones (Undy Athletic); Marc Lillygreen (Newport Civil Service); Owen Llewellyn (Cwmbran Celtic); Adam Meredith (Tredegar Town); Dean Merrett (Lliswerry); Paul Michael (Risca United); Aaron Norman (Abergavenny Town); Craig Norman (Abergavenny Town); Alex North (Llanwern); Sam O'Sullivan (Goytre); Ashley Palmer (Caldicot Town); Matthew Palmer (Newport Civil Service); John Pardue (Newport YMCA); Jonathan Payne (Risca United); Ian Pettit (Tredegar Town); James Price (Tredegar Town); Iaon Protheroe (Tredegar Town); Safian Skupinski (Lliswerry); Ryan Smith (Newport Civil Service); Ashley Sully (Lliswerry); Conor Street (Newport Civil Service); Aaron Thomas (Aberbargoed Buds); Ian Turner (Chepstow Town); Nick Vassalo (Caerleon): Richard Veale (Llanwern); Ben Walker (Panteg); Sam Watkins (Caldicot Town): Kyle Williams (Risca United); Rhys Williams (Cwmbran Celtic); Rhys Williams (Panteg); Tom Wise (Panteg); James Young (Goytre); Leon Young (Aberbargoed Buds).
3: Caldicot Town.
2: Caerleon; Risca United.
1: Abergavenny Town; Chepstow Town; Newport Civil Service; Tredegar Town; Undy Athletic.