With tomorrow being the last day of August, 2018 is moving into the last 4 months of its year. Having just recently commenced, the 2018/19 Welsh League season is already shaping up to be an interesting one. The most games a team as played across the three league is five this season and we’ve already seen 284 goals.
As well as that, we’ve seen teams begin their seasons incredibly and unexpectedly. Haverfordwest County of division 1 and STM Sports of division 2 have not only started like title challengers but look to be unbeatable.
Haverfordwest have even gone one step further in beating WPL side Llanelli Town 3 – 0 in the Nathaniel MG Cup quite recently. And STM Sports, like Haverfordwest have a 100% record in their league but also have scored 24 goals in their opening 4 matches.
There have also been some eyeopeners such as Croesyceiliog who have won 4 from 4 and find themselves second in division 2 after finishing 12th last year. Newly promoted division 3 side Penydarren have also started well taking maximum points from their first 3 matches.
It is also worth mentioning Swansea Uni who have scored the most goals across all 3 leagues so far (27) despite being the ‘new boys’ in division 2.
Finally, the division 1 table is wide open at the top and at the bottom. Early title favourites Haverfordwest will surely face some challenge from last season’s consistent performers Penybont, Cambrian & Clydach and Goytre. While the bottom of the table is compact quite early with newly promoted sides Pontypridd Town, Llantwit Major and Ammanford all in the bottom 6 along with Ton Pentre, Taffs Well and Cwmbran Celtic.
So what’s to come?
Division 1 Friday 28th September – Penybont v Cambrian & Clydach
Last year’s division 1 3rd and 4th place finishers are both always teams to watch and are both already close to each other in the league standings. Penybont, who are currently undefeated, are in first while Cambrian & Clydach are in 5th with a game in hand on them which, with 3 points, would place them on equal terms. A very interesting clash indeed.
Division 2 Saturday 22nd September – Croesyceiliog v STM Sports
They are currently first and second, both the only teams in division 2 with a 100% record and both of course on very good form. It is defence vs attack. STM Sports have scored the second highest amount of goals in the division so far while Croesyceiliog are joint 3rd on conceding the least amount of goals in the division.
Division 3 Saturday 29th September – Penydarren BGC v Trethomas Bluebirds
This might be the most fascinating of the lot. Penydarren, the 2017/18 South Wales Alliance League Champions, are presently in first place having won 3 from 3 of their opening games. Meanwhile, Trethomas, who are the only other unbeaten side in the division, are in 4th, 2 points behind. If all stays the same until this match, It will surely be one to watch.