Last season, Croesyceiliog finished in 12th place in the Welsh League Division 2 but this season, their start is perhaps the biggest shock in football across the South of Wales. Led by manager Gareth Wilmott, the team in Cwmbran have flown to the top of the 3rd tier with ease.
As mentioned, the 18/19 WFL2 leaders finished in the bottom 5 last season. They finished with 9 wins, 2 draws and the third most losses in the whole of the division last season (19). But currently, they are still unbeaten this season and have the joint least losses in the division. They finished on 29 points last season. They are only 3 wins away from that tally already and we are not even a third of the way into the season. In fact, they are projected to almost triple that this season.
The number 10 has been the catalyst for Croesy this season. He has scored 12 goals this season in the league making him the division’s top scorer. His last goal this season came in the Welsh Cup where his side suffered a 3 – 2 defeat to Ynysyddu Welfare which was Croesyceiliog’s first competitive loss this season. Nevertheless his vital goals have helped his team secure 3 points against Dinas Powys, Caldicot, Aberdare and of course STM Sports.
Great to start the season with three points with a 1-0 away win at @DinasPowysFc1 , @zacosborne_10 with the goal midway through second half.— CroesyceiliogAFC (@croesyafc) August 11, 2018
Five players starting that werent with the club last season all played well
He kicked off his season on the first day with the winner against Dinas Powys
How did they get to the top you ask? Well the season began with a 1 – 0 win at Dinas Powys. They went on to defeat West End 4- 1 and do the double over Caldicot Town before dropping their first points at Risca in a 1 – 1 draw. This was followed by a 3 – 3 home draw against Llwydcoed. But when the doubt and pressure kicked in, how did they respond? After dropping points in 2 winnable games, Croesy were under pressure for the first time this season. Nevertheless, they hit back with a 4 – 1 victory at home to Aberdare. Then came the true test… STM Sports.
Croesy’s toughest challenge
After beating opponents left right and centre, STM Sports found themselves with a 100% record 5 games in. 25 goals scored and only 6 conceded, averaging 5 goals a game and being tipped to dominate the division, but despite all of that, they were in 2nd place, trailing their next opponents. This was to prove whether you should take the shock leaders seriously or not. The visitors lead to begin with, but just like true champions, like other teams failed to do this season, the underdogs came back to defeat the giants 2- 1. They now lead the division by 5 points but unfortunately, they are 2 games ahead of STM Sports meaning that their Everest-like climb hasn’t even begun yet.