- Gwent Weekend Review


CWMBRAN Celtic reached round three of the Welsh League Cup with a club-record victory while Llanwern clinched a first win of the season to finally move off the bottom of the Division Two table.
Inclement weather meant only one five games, one on Friday and four on Saturday, went ahead - with a trio of those being played on 3G artificial surfaces.
Division Two outfit Celtic travelled to face top-tier side Barry Town as firm underdogs with the home club using their plastic pitch for only the second time following the previous week's 7-2 thrashing of Aberdare Town.
However 90 minutes later, it was Celtic who were celebrating an unlikely win after they had emerged 4-3 winners to take their place in the last-16 draw on Monday, December 8.
Celtic, placed fourth in the second-level table, went ahead via their top goalscorer Josh Bull with Barry equalising through Jordan Cotterill.
However by the interval, Celtic had engineered a 3-1 advantage with further goals coming from Andrew Larcombe and Lee Challenger (penalty, after Larcombe has been tripped).
Barry, playing at the top level following successive Division Three and Two title victories, showed their worth in striking back to make it 3-3 thanks to efforts from James Dixon and Cotterill again.
The match appeared to be heading for 30 minutes of extra time, although Challenger had other ideas as he strode forward to score his second and the tie's winning goal.
Celtic's win was their fifth successive cup triumph, a club record in their Welsh League days, and it also equalled another club mark of six consecutive league and cup wins - a feat also achieved in the club's promotion seasons of 2006-2007 and 2009-2010.
Only two other clubs were in cup action, Division One side Monmouth Town and Division Three promotion candidates Abergavenny Town both losing out by the odd goal.
Monmouth made a trip to the capital to take on top-tier rivals Cardiff Metropolitan University, who also use a 3G facility, but returned home 2-1, after-extra-time losers - Joe Loftus levelling before the students clinched their win.
Abergavenny's home tie against Briton Ferry Llansawel at Pen-Y-Pound Stadium took place on Friday night, where Division One visitors led 2-1 at the break.
They increased that advantage to 4-1 up before Abergavenny struck back with a couple of late goals and they played good enough football to count themselves unlucky to miss out in a seven-goal thriller.
Abergavenny's goals came from Jamie Laurent (2) and Dan Jenkins while Gareth Jones (3) and Stephen Davies on target for the west Walians.
The defeat ended Abergavenny's five-match unbeaten run since they, coincidently, lost 4-3 at home in a league game against visiting Newport YMCA.
Llanwern began their Division Two clash against Tata Steel as the section's basement side having gained only two points from a couple of draws in eight outings.
However a 3-2 triumph moved them above not-in-action Dinas Powys and with games in hand over all the the sides ahead of them, now have a genuine chance to move out of the relegation zone.
Dean Clifford gave Llanwern a 1-0 lead at the interval and when substitute Richard Veale doubled with just 16 minutes remaining, matters were looking quite comfortable.
However a double strike from Jordan Harris pegged back Llanwern to a 2-2 scoreline - although up popped Jamie Argyle to head in the crucial third and winning goal with only two minutes left.