With their big brothers in the Welsh League it’s little surprise to see Cwmamman United doing well at the top of the table. Winning 3 out of 3 and averaging 5 goals a game, early signs are that they could well be on for romping home with the league already. On the plus side for the other teams though, United cannot get promoted due to the chance that their first team can be relegated from the Welsh league into the Neath League setup, so that still leaves a slot open for promotion.
Who is going to be able to grab that opportunity? Well it’s a bit too tight to tell at the moment with all the other teams dropping points in what looks like a really competitive division. With the other team with Welsh league connections, Ynysygerwyn, having mixed fortunes at the start of the season, the gauntlet has been thrown down to the smaller clubs to challenge United at the top.
So far it’s FC Nedd who have taken it upon themselves to try and catch the flying Cwmamman, having gone unbeaten since their opening day loss to Cilfrew Rovers, scoring 13 goals in 2 wins and a draw. These results see them sitting in 2nd place albeit having played a game more than the rest of the league.
Cilfrew Rovers have also made a strong start, having won two out of three of their games so far this season, their one loss coming in a 6-1 defeat to Cwmamman and their opening day win against FC Nedd would suggest that they really should be there or thereabouts come June.
Ynysygerwn and Clydach Cricket have also had strong starts to their campaigns and will be hopeful of keeping themselves in the title fight.
This season could see a big split between the top teams in the league and the bottom, with many of the lower teams having played each other already there is no clear favourite for relegation.
Glynneath will be disappointed with their start having been mixing it in the Premier league last season, and could only manage a draw against newly promoted and local rivals Resolven. In a well fought derby Resolven took the lead with a fine strike from veteran Alistair Wheeler. They held the lead until halftime but Glynneath started the second half the stronger and it wasn’t long before their pressure resulted in a penalty which was spectacularly saved by Resolvens keeper Dawid Wojtalewicz. Glynneath kept up the pressure however and got the equaliser they deserved on around the 70 minute mark through Rhodri Morris. Glynneath weren’t level for long though as moments later Kieron Jones netted a second for Resolven. The game was still not over however and Tom Hawkes grabbed a late goal to bring Glynneath level again. This sparked a frantic few minutes where Glynneath went looking for the equaliser peppering Resolvens goal, only to find Wojtalewicz in outstanding form. The big Pole putting on a masterclass of goalkeeping to game the game level at full time.
Harp Rovers came up with Resolven last season and are matching their counterparts exactly. Both teams are sitting rock bottom of the table having drawn one game and lost two with a goal difference of -7. They don’t have far to go to catch the others though with the newly formed Pontardawe United, Glynneath and Tonna all being within 2 points of them.