We’ve already mentioned Division 3’s Trefelin and Division 2’s Swansea Uni, but now we need to talk about Division 1’s newly promoted Llantwit Major who have been the most successful south welsh FAW league club in the last 3 years.
2 seasons ago, they were in division 3 and since then they have won 2 successful titles finding themselves in the 2nd tier of welsh football.
Unsurprisingly, Llantwit are not title favourites but we will see what their quality in division matches to as they begin the tier 2 football with what is one of the hardest games of the season – away to consistent title challengers, Haverfordwest County.
They may not be favourites, but you could name them dark horses. They have proved a difficult team to beat and a difficult team to score against having only conceded 27 league goals last season. That is the joint least goals conceded over the three top South Wales divisions, level with Swansea Uni.
So their strength is their formidable defence but what else should teams coming up against them fear? Well the Glamorgan based club also have the best home record across division 1, 2 and 3.
They are almost like your classic relegation troubled club, relying on home games but not scoring as many goals as other teams. You could compare that to a side in the Premier League – Burnley.
Not to say they’ll be in a relegation fight at all however, the steps they have taken have been massive in a very short time.
If they were to be in a relegation fight come the end of the season, they would be in a big scrap most likely including teams such as Ton Pentre, Undy Athletic, Port Talbot Town, Cwmamman United and most of the teams that finished in the bottom half last season.
The relegation fight in division 1 is usually interesting and always unpredictable so Llantwit fans may need to prepare themselves for a contrasting season of ups and downs.
On the other hand, as unpredictable as the relegation fight is, the title challenge somehow matches it and if Llantwit were to be in and amongst the challengers, they would definitely need to be somewhat unbeatable but if these last two years have proved anything it is that “unbeatable,” is just what they can be. Who knows, maybe they could go one further and get 3 successive titles?