Welsh Football League Roundup: Entertaining draw as Ammanford open new stand
Ammanford and Pontypridd played out a 3-3 draw in Welsh League Division One as the home side kicked off their home campaign after constructing a new 250 seater stand at the Recreation Ground.
Due to the League Cup, there was little league action in South Wales this weekend, with just 14 games being played amongst the three tiers in the Welsh Football League.
There were key victories for Goytre, Ton Pentre and a 4-4 draw in Welsh League Division Two as Croesyceiliog maintained their unbeaten start to the season.
Welsh League Division One
Goytre 2-0 Cwmbran Celtic
Up until Friday’s victory, it had been a tough start to the season for Goytre, who had bagged just two wins in nine league games. But, the Gwent side returned with a key victory over one of the league’s form sides, Cwmbran Celtic.
Cwmbran had won five in nine before this match, and sat 3rd in the table, but goals from Lewis Sommers and Kris Leek helped the club towards an important three points.
Ammanford AFC 3-3 Pontypridd Town
Neither side had played a home game before today’s match, but Ammanford and Pontypridd played out a highly entertaining game as Ammanford unveiled their new 250 seater stand in their first home game of the season.
An early goal from Luke Gullick gave the visitors the lead, but Alfie Stottor restored proceedings. But, a second from Gullick gave Ponty the lead at the break. Liam Samuel equalised from the spot, and Stottor headed home for a brace, but a late goal from the away side meant the spoils had to be shared in the rain.
Taffs Well 1-4 Ton Pentre
Taffs Well’s early season woes continued on Saturday as an emphatic victory for Ton Pentre saw the former League of Wales members climb to 13th in the table.
An early goal from Aiden Chappel-Smith was added to by Leon Jacka, who get a third just after the interval.
Despite Taffs pulling one back, Josh Maksimovic clinched the comfortable victory with their fourth of the afternoon.
Welsh League Division Two
Aberbargoed Buds 2-7 Pontradawe Town
Pontardawe Town struck seventh heaven as they defeated Aberbargoed Buds 7-2 in this fixture.
A Tom Blizzard hat-trick was the highlight of the day, and Liam Griffiths added a brace. Despite Buds’ two goals, the Pontaradwe attack was on fire, and there were goals for Craig Davies and midfielder Garry Taylor.
A convincing victory.
Croesyceiliog 4-4 Bridgend Street
Croesyceiliog maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a 4-4 draw with Bridgend Street. A Zac Osborne hat-trick for the home side was the highlight of the game, however they will be disappointed that their attacking display did not lead to more than a point.
The hosts led 3-0 after 27 minutes, but a brace each from both Paul Fowler and Jeff White including one in injury team meant that the home side had to contend themselves with just a point.
Caerau Ely 4-0 AFC Llwydcoed
Caerau Ely’s early season form continued this weekend, as their 4-0 win over Llwydcoed means they have still lost just once this term.
Rameer Outlaw got a brace for the club, whilst Elijah Chilekwa and Dylan Amin added to the scoreline. A great victory for the club, who have proven that they have not struggled in adapting to life in Division Two since their relegation last season.
Dinas Powys 1-4 Caldicot Town
Jason Thorne’s hat-trick proved to be more than enough as Caldicot kept pace with the leading pack in Welsh League Division Town.
Caldicot have played 12 games already this season, and sit in fifth with 17 points so far. Harri Shelley got the club’s other goal, which consigned Dinas to another loss, as they fell to their ninth in 11 league games.
Swansea University 0-2 Abergavenny Town
Abergavenny Town took advantage of Croesyceiliog’s 4-4 draw by beating Swansea Uni 2-0 away from home to make ground on the league leader’s.
Sean Feeley and Rhys Tandy struck for the visitors, who secured their seventh win in 11 league games. Swansea will feel disappointed to have lost, given that they had won five of their seven games before this afternoon.
West End 4-2 Risca United
West End pulled off a great win this weekend, as they defeated Risca United 4-2 at Pryderi Park.
The hosts have played just eight games, but find themselves level with their opponents following today’s win. Risca’s Lewis Davies and Elliott Ripley netted to keep the away side in the game, but the West End attack helped the hosts climb to nine points.
Welsh League Division Three
Ely Rangers 0-4 Penrhiwceiber Rangers
A Ricky Carter double helped Penrhiwceiber Rangers to a comfortable 4-0 victory over Ely Rangers on Friday evening.
The win sees the visitors climb up to fifth, having won 50% of their eight games so far this campaign. Andrew Ellis and Shane Friel added to Carter’s goal to secure all three points.
Trethomas Bluebirds 4-2 Albion Rovers
Albion Rovers’ losing streak continues as they lost 4-2 to league leaders Trethomas Bluebirds. An Andrew Raymond double, and goals from Jordan Needs and new signing Adam Johns saw the Bluebirds retain top spot.
The loss leaves Robers bottom without a win, but two goals against the league’s top side can give them some belief for the coming weeks.
Treowen Stars 1-6 Treharris Athletic Western
Jon Edwards scored a hat-trick as Treharris emphatically defeated Treowen Stars. Alun Thomas and Alex Jones also contributed, as Treowen leaked six goals against their opponents.
A disappointing loss for the Stars.
Panteg 3-2 Newport City
Despite goals from Joe Ward and Martyn Mickiwiscz, Newport City fell to a 3-2 defeat to Panteg away from home.
A brace from Lewis Iles and a Jordan Ryan goal gave the home side a key victory that sees them climb to sixth.
AFC Porth 2-2 Tredegar Town
AFC Porth’s inconsistent start to the season continued this afternoon as they drew 2-2 with Tredegar Town.
Ieuan Gowen scored twice for Porth, but goals from Ian Pettit and Nathan Pettit secured a hard earned point for Tredegar.