- Gwent Weekend Preview


Saturday (league games kick off at 2.30pm kick offs while cup ties start at 2.00pm and to be played to a conclusion).
 
ONLY Goytre of five local clubs have a home Welsh Cup tie on Saturday, when success will mean a place in the round-three draw alongside Welsh Premier League teams.
 
JD Welsh Cup, round-two (South):
 
Marston's Stadium, Port Talbot: Afan Lido v Caerleon.
 
Caerleon will have to bridge a two-division gap if they are to make progress, although their current away form is h
hardly inspiring with three successive defeats
The last of those was 5-2 at Treowen Stars, but to get to this stage two of their three WC wins came on the home grounds of both Tredegar Town and Pontyclun.
The hosts trail Division One leaders Goytre by eight points and have kept three clean-sheets in their last four unbeaten league matches.
 
Rich Fields: Brecon Corries v Aberbargoed Buds.
 
A bit of a trip into the unknown this for Aberbargoed as the hosts play in the Premier Division of the newly-formed South Wales Alliance League.
Aberbargoed have won their last two Division One games in fine style and the results have lifted them out of the top-tier relegation zone.
One notable name in Brecon's ranks is former Newport County full back Paul Keddle, who also numbers Merthyr Town and Bath City among his former clubs
 
Grenig Park, Glanaman: Cwmamman United v Caldicot Town.
 
Caldicot are the clean-sheet experts, but received a shock to the system when losing 4-2 at fierce rivals Undy Athletic recently.
That cost them the leadership of Division Two, although they are just a single point behind table-topping Undy with one match in hand.
The hosts are in second place in the same table and a clue to the difficulty of this task is clear when you realise Cwmamman posted a 2-1 away win at Division One Taffs Well in the last round.
 
Plough Road: Goytre v Dinas Powys.
 
When a side which tops the Division One table hosts a one-from-the-bottom team from Division Two, it doesn't need a football expert to understand which is the favourite.
However joint Goytre managers Carl Evans and Lee Relish are street-wise enough to know this is no 'gimme' and that their side will have to work hard for a positive result.
The struggling visitors have won only one of nine league games, although they have already successfully come through two ties to get here.
 
Pri Deri Park: West End v Cwmbran Celtic.
 
Celtic are fresh from having a week off and here visit Division Two rivals who they defeated 5-1 at home in a league game on August 22.
Since, Celtic have lost only twice in nine league and cup outings and they are currently just one point adrift of leaders Undy Athletic.
West End are a further eight points behind having played two games more and start on the back of last Saturday's 2-0 home defeat by AFC Porth.
 
Nathaniel Cars Welsh League Division One (figures in brackets relate to league positions of 16).
 
Sports Ground: Monmouth Town (10) v Taffs Well (5).
 
Although they trail leaders Goytre by 13 points, a run of four matches without defeat suggests Monmouth can yet challenge for the top-tier title they won two seasons ago.
They have, however, a minus goal difference of plus-five and really start to convert draws, two of which have come in the last three games, into victories.
The Kingfishers will certainly want to win for chairman Lee Robson, who stands down after this game due to a job move to Norwich.
Taffs Well are in fine form and here will seek a fourth successive league win, their latest being a 4-2 at defending champions Caerau (Ely).
 
Last-six guide:
Monmouth Town: W L W D W D
Taffs Well: W L L W W W
 
Division Two (figures in brackets relate to table positions of 16).
 
Dinas Park: AFC Porth (9) v Llanwern (16).
 
Precious little has gone right this season for Llanwern, who sit rock bottom with only one point gained from a possible 21.
There's absolutely no doubt as to where the problem lies because the five goals scored is the lowest in the division while the 15 conceded is the least in the bottom eight.
They have, however, recently signed former Risca United striker Rob Aldridge and it's hoped he can increase the current lack of fire-power.
This is a game both sides will be extremely keen to win as Porth's boss Gareth Morgan is an ex-Llanwern boss.
 
Form guide:
AFC Porth: W L W L L W
Llanwern: D L L L L L
 
Larkfield Ground: Chepstow Town (12) v Pontardawe Town (7).
 
Chepstow are another struggling club and tales of unrest on and off the field have been circulating throughout the current campaign.
A lack of numbers forced the club to withdraw its reserve side and first-team matters have not been helped with 12 goals shipped in losing their last two games.
Their only positive result recently was a 2-2 home draw with fellow-strugglers Croesyceiliog and certainly that sort of form must be re-produced here.
Nine points from the last 12 on offer and only one loss in eight has elevated the visitors into the top half of the table.
 
Form guide:
Chepstow Town: W L L D L L
Pontardawe Town: D L W W W D
 
Woodland Road: Croesyceiliog (13) v Ammanford (3).
 
With only a solitary win from nine league starts, Croesyceiliog appear to have a mighty battle on their hands to get away from the drop zone.
A recent run of four without defeat has been negated by successive losses and their total of nine goals scored is the second lowest in the section.
Nonetheless they are a hard-working side and given a fair run of the ball, could well cause an upset here.
It will be difficult, however, as Ammanford have won three games on the trot in their bid to secure a second consecutive promotion.
 
Form guide:
Croesyceiliog: L D D W L L
Ammanford: W D L W W W
 
Division Three (figures in brackets relate to table positions of 18).
 
North Site, Bettws Road: Bettws (8) v Treowen Stars (9).

Treowen have been beaten only once in their last seven league outings and are a dozen points off the promotion zone.
However they do have a game in hand and success here will certainly put the in the 'contender' category to go up.
Will start on the back of a convincing 5-2 home win over county rivals Caerleon, although they remain the top-ten's lowest scores with 16.
Bettws are ahead of Treowen on goal difference only and the most likely outcome here is a draw and that will probably suit both clubs.
 
Last-six guide:
Bettws: L W W L W D
Treowen Stars: W D D W L W

Willows High School, Tremorfa: Bridgend Street (2) v Tredegar Town (5)
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Unbeaten-in-five Tredegar have posted four successive league wins, the latest being last Saturday's 6-0 thumping of depleted visitors Newport Civil Service.
Unusually, they have a quartet of leading scorers with Tomas Lynch, Adam Meredith, Ian Pettit and Ioan Protheroe all having netted four times.
Tredegar trail the hosts by five points and certainly appear good enough to maintain their promotion challenge.
Bridgend have won all five of their home league fixtures, including 2-1 triumph over Treowen Stars recently.

Form guide:
Bridgend Street: W W L W W W
Tredegar: L D W W W W

Spytty Park: Lliswerry (13) v Llantwit Major (11).

Lliswerry are on a poor run of only one win in eight and really must start to put together a clutch of positive results.
Any number up to six will be relegated out of the league come the end of the season and currently Lliswerry have five clubs below them.
Certainly top scorer Josh Brown will again top the 20 mark this campaign, but only two clubs have scored fewer in lower-level division.
The visitors appear to have struck gold following a poor start and here they search for a fourth win on the trot.

Form guide:
Lliswerry: W L D D L L
Llantwit Major: D D L W W W

Shannon Close, Bettws: Newport Civil Service (17) v Pontypridd Town (3).

No matter what NCS try, it's simply not happening for them and a 6-0 thrashing at Tredegar Town was typical of their recent misfortune.
It has to be pointed out they do not have a reserve team, so they were always going to be up against it when
five players withdrew just hours before the game.
Since winning 1-0 at Lliswerry on August26, NCS have lost five consecutive times and this look like another difficult game for them.
Pontypridd are right there in the promotion mix with only one reverse in 10 and were 3-0 home victors over Lliswerry last weekend.

Form guide:
Newport Civil Service: W L L L L L
Pontypridd Town: D D W L W W

Mendgalief Road, Pill: Newport YMCA (7) v Caerau (Ely) (1)
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With a little more consistency, YMCA could have been even higher in the table going into this clash against the current leaders.
However too many 2-2 draws means they trail Bridgend Street by a full 11 points with each club having 24 games remaining.
Have Darren Berry heading their goal charts with six league goals while Ben Lawrence has netted four times.
Even though there is a long, long way to go, Caerau do look equipped for a return to the second tier and have won eight and drawn one of their 10 fixtures.

Form guide:
Newport YMCA: D W D L L W
Caerau: W W W W L W