- Gwent Weekend Preview


DIVISION Two Llanwern kick off the weekend's action on Friday night tonight against Llanelli Town at Newport Stadium.
 
Friday (7.45pm).
 
Division Two (figures in brackets relate to table positions of 16).
 
Newport Stadium: Llanwern (13) v Llanelli Town (7).
 
Not so very long go, Llanelli would have been classed as red-hot favourites to secure three points from this particular fixture.
However matters are not so cut and dried now as Llanwern have shown much improvement while Llanelli have lost
their last two outings.
Llanwern surprised many by winning 2-1 at second-placed Caldicot Town a week ago Llanelli were 3-1 losers against
visiting West End the following afternoon.
This will still, though, prove to be a tough task for Llanwern, but another victory will add strength to the notion they have what it takes to avoid relegation.
 
Last-six guide:
Llanwern: L L W L L W
Llanelli: L L W W L L
 
Saturday (all 2.00pm kick offs - except where stated).
 
Division One (figures in brackets relate to table positions of 18).
 
Old Road: Briton Ferry Llansawel (9) v Aberbargoed Buds (15).

Aberbargoed's four-game losing streak has them firmly entrenched in the division's bottom three and this is certainly a difficult game for them to gain a positive result from.
However considering the lowly position they are at, their goal total of 25 from 16 games isn't too bad - although it has to be pointed out that they failed to find the back of the net in any of those last four matches.
They will obviously seek to rediscover the from they showed in defeating BFL 4-2 at home back in mid October, one of the four wins they have recorded in 2015-2016.
BFL drew 0-0 at Afan Lido seven days ago and this will be their first home league fixture since they won 2-1 at home against now-leaders Cardiff Metropolitan University on December 12.

Last-six guide:
Briton Ferry: W L W L W D
Aberbargoed Buds: W L W L L L L

Cwrt-Yr-Ala, Caerau (Ely) (13) v Goytre (2).

Goytre are trying to emulate their hosts' feat of winning the Division One title last season and will begin on the back successive 5-0 victories.
Those goals took Goytre's league tally to 48 in just 18 games with Kris Leek and Calum Miles leading the way with seven and six respectively while Matthew Prosser has five.
The teams met at Plough Road on October 17 last year, when Goytre emerged winners from a seven-goal thriller and another success here will be their 13th of the campaign.
The capital side began the season well with a couple of consecutive wins, but precious little as gone right since - although they beat visiting Penybont 3-2 last weekend.

Last-six guide:
Caerau (Ely): L W L L D W
Goytre: W L L L W W

Stafford Common, Kingsbridge: Garden Village (16) Monmouth Town (12).

While Monmouth will be clear favourites to win this match-up, success is badly needed as they have slipped down the table to just above the drop zone.
It's obvious what the problem is because The Kingfishers are the top scorers among the bottom 12 sides while the 46 goals conceded is the highest in the entire division.
Indeed only the hosts, with 56 from three games less, have shipped more and that obviously lends to the theory that Monmouth should win this game.
Garden Village picked up only their second point when drawing 1-1 at Afan Lido two weeks ago, but reverted to type in being beaten 5-0 at home by Goytre next time out.

Last-six guide:
Garden Village: L L L D L L
Monmouth Town: D D L W L L

Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach: Risca United (11) v Cardiff Metropolitan University (1).

These teams have an identical recent record of three wins from their last four league games and that form has helped Risca climb away from danger.
They can't, however, rest of their laurels and they will be very much aware the table-topping visitors will be a hard nut to crack.
Risca were impressive in winning 2-0 at Cambrian & Clydach last Saturday, a game which was their first league match since a same-scoreline defeat of visiting Briton Ferry Llansawel back in early December.
The students, managed by former Wales and Nottingham Forest defender Christian Edwards, are seeking promotion to the Welsh Premiership and like Risca play their home games on a 3G surface

Last-six guide:
Risca United: L L W L W W
CMU: D L W W L W
 
Division Two (figures in brackets relate to table positions of 16).
 
Merthyr Road: AFC Llwydcoed (8) v Caldicot Town (2).
 
Caldicot's hope of returning to winning ways with victory over visiting Tata Steel (Margam) were dashed on Wednesday, when the game at Jubilee Way was postponed.
Their previous outing produced a shock 2-1 home defeat by Llanwern, although they remain in a strong position because matches in hand over the teams below them.
Will here be seeking a campaign double having defeat Llwydcoed 2-0 at home in mid October thanks to goals from Mitchell Slape and Ashley Palmer.
Llwydcoed are a decent enough mid-table side when on form and their 4-0 defeat by visiting leaders Undy Athletic last Saturday prevented them from gaining a fourth consecutive win.
 
Last-six guide:
AFC Llwydcoed: L L W W W L
Caldicot Town: W L W W W L
 
Celtic Park: Cwmbran Celtic (5) v Tata Steel (Margam) (9).
 
Celtic's 3-0 win at AFC Porth was their fifth in their last six league fixtures and they are just three points behind the promotion zone - with four matches in hand over Ammanford.
However Cwmamman United, who recently defeated them in the League Cup, are only three adrift of Celtic - who have played as many matches more.
Therefore manager Nicky Church's side can certainly not afford to slip up here against a side which they beat 2-1 away on October 17 last year.
In terms of match action, Tata have been extremely unlucky as last weekend's 2-1 reverse against visiting
Ammanford was their first league appearance since December 12 - when they went down by the same score at Undy.
 
Last-six guide:
Cwmbran Celtic: W W W W L W
Tata Steel: D L W W L L
 
The Causeway: Undy Athletic (1) v Croesyceiliog 12).
 
Having gained 28 points from the last 30 on offer, Undy find themselves clear at the top of the table and on course to gain promotion to the top flight for the first time.
Gareth Cullimore scored a hat-trick in Undy's 4-0 away win over AFC Llwydcoed last weekend to take his season's league tally to 11 while Marcus Power and Peter Szczperniak both have five to their names.
However all fine runs come to an end eventually and while a couple of weeks ago this match may well have been seen as something of a 'gimmee', matters have certainly changed since then.
Croesyceiliog have clawed themselves out of the drop zone with a couple of successive victories and will be full of confidence they can stretch their mini revival to a third game.
 
Last-six guide:
Undy Athletic: W W D W W W
Croesyceiliog: L L L L W W
 
Division Three (figures in brackets relate to table positions of 18).
 
Pen-pound Stadium, Abergavenny: Abergavenny Town (4) v Ely Rangers (15)

This is a crucial clash because elsewhere, table-topping Pontypridd Town host second-placed Caerau while it will be third v fifth when Bridgend Street entertain capital rivals STM Sports.
Should those two games end all square, then an Abergavenny win here will certainly boost their hopes of promotion to Division Two at the first time of asking.
Their squad will include 19-year-old Lewis Jones, a former regular with Newport County's youth side, as Abergavenny seek a 12th win from their 16th league fixture.
Ely were struggling badly until a recent run of just one defeat in six has moved them out of the bottom three, although they still have much to do if they are to retain their league status.

Last-six guide:
Abergavenny: W W W W L W
Ely Rangers: W D D L W D


Mount Pleasant Park, Beddau: Cwm Welfare (9) v Caerleon (8).

Caerleon have remained unbeaten in their last three matches, the only ocassions they have managed to play since losing 5-2 at Treowen Stars as long ago as October 24.
Overall, however, the sequence is stretched to five because of League Cup wins at Llanelli Town and Bridgend-based Bettws.
They have enough matches in hand to earn a top-six spot and trail second-placed Caerau by 15 points - but have played four fixtures less.
Whatever the outcome is here, it's not expected to be a 0-0 draw as in the 13 league fixtures which Cwm have played, there have been no fewer than 70 goals scored - 36 for and 34 against.


Last-six guide:
Cwm Welfare: L W L D L W
Caerleon: L W L D W W


Panteg House, Griffithstown: Panteg (13) v Bettws (Bridgend) (12).

With the number of teams to be relegated not know at this stage, but it could be as many as five or six, it's of paramount importance that Panteg don't lose this game.
Indeed a draw would be something of a set-back, although it must be explained Panteg have enough matches in hand to move above the four teams immediately above them
They have played the least amount, 11, in the entire division and earned a fine, 2-0 away success over Llantwit Major last weekend.
On the same afternoon, Bettws were losing for a third consecutive time, 4-1 at Caerleon, and that outcome came just a
week after they went down 6-1 at home to the same opponents in a League Cup tie.

Last-six guide:
Panteg: L W L L W W
Bettws: W D W L L L

Athletic Ground: Treharris Athletic Western (17) v Newport Civil Service (18).
This is a bottom-of-the-table clash which neither side can even afford to draw, especially NCS - who have played only 11 league matches this season.
The Bettws-based club has recently been busy in recruiting five players in an attempt to stop a dire record of eight successive defeats.
Their only win came was 3-1 at Lliswerry back in late August, although this game does offer them a reasonable chance to post a second success.
Treharris are five points better off having played two fixtures more and start here on the back of last Saturday's 3-1 defeat at Lliswerry.

Last-six guide:
Treharris Athletic Western: L D L D L L
Newport Civil Service: L L L L L L


Bush Park: Treowen Stars (14) v Lliswerry (6).
 
Treowen must start a winning sequence if they are to pull away from danger and here will seek to rid themselves of a run of just one point from the last 12.
Manager Simon Evans' men put in a decent display
when drawing 2-2 at fellow-strugglers Ely Rangers last time out, but it's victories they need now.
There are some who are claiming Lliswerry are in a false position because they have played far many games than most - 19.
But two wins from their last three league fixtures means they are there on merit and they will start favourites here to land another.

Last-six guide:
Treowen Stars: L W L L L D
Lliswerry: L L L W L W