We are just 3 days away from the beginning of the 2018/19 FAW season. Tothewhistle will be covering many games across the season so follow us on twitter or keep updated on this site.
It kicks off this Friday with division one’s first match, Cambrian and Clydach hosting Briton Ferry Llansawel, while division three kicks off with Newport City welcoming Tredegar, a game that Tothewhistle will be covering.
But division 2 kicks off on Saturday and Swansea Uni kick off away to AFC Llwydcoed.
The Swans’ last season was a huge success. They were champions of division 3 despite a heavy challenge from runners up, Bridgend Street and Trefelin BGC who both finished one point behind Swansea Uni.
The division 3 Champions have gone on since to prevail in pre season. They have been on tour in America, playing 3 games in 8 days and finishing undefeated. Their tour included them walk over DC United’s U23 side, beating them 4 – 1.
As well as a largely successful American tour, they have also proved themselves in and among a few higher division Welsh league teams, for example, a victory against Ton Pentre and a draw against one of the favourites to be in the Welsh Premier League next season, Haverfordwest County.
So, how will they do? Who will be in their way? Swansea Uni went up alongside Bridgend Street. Despite finishing as champions, the Swans lost 2 – 0 to their promotion rivals on their previous encounter. With that win, Bridgend would leapfrog Trefelin and secure promotion alongside Swasea Uni.
The obvious threats are the relegated teams, Monmouth Town and Caerau Ely. Monmouth and Caerau both did not finish bottom of division 1 but were still relegated.
If Monmouth and Caerau Ely all do not perform as well as expected, Swansea Uni could still face a challenge through STM Sports who narrowly missed out on promotion last year.
Is Swansea Uni’s rise beginning or ending? This season will surely gives a clue. A team to note to encourage the Swans’ endeavour Llanwit Major who were in their position last year, having just been promoted to division 2. This season they are in division 1, meaning that they have won two successive titles. Could Swansea Uni or possibly Brigdend Street repeat that so shortly after?