Rovers put the League on Notice in a Strong Division
Bryn Rovers have set their stall out early with two massive wins against last years Champions and runners up Bryncoch and Giants Grave. The Brynamman based side can largely thank new signing Conor Butler for their flying start, scoring 3 goals in 3 games across all competitions.
Rovers started the campaign with a hard fought win against Bryncoch with two Mark Griffiths goals, Butler getting the assist for his second. Bryncoch did get back into the game but were reduced to 10 men in the second half and Rovers were able to see the game out and get their campaign off to a flying start.
Next up for Rovers were Giants Grave, who themselves had gotten off to a good start beating Premier League newcomers Rhos 7-1 and getting a good 3-2 away win to last seasons fellow title chasers Seven Sisters. With ex Welsh League star Ian ‘Buster’ Morgan still showing he can hold his own at this level, Grave look good for another title push this year and will probably still be in shock after losing 5-2 to Rovers at Cae Criced, Brynamman. The result leaves Bryn as the only unbeaten team in the league so far.
The top of the table sees Seven Sisters, Bryncoch, Giants Grave, FC Clydach and Bryn Rovers all on 6 points with the latter club only having played two games compared to the others having played 3. Most surprising in that list is FC Clydach, who narrowly avoided relegation last time out. A good 2-0 home win first time out against Ystradgynlais probably in all fairness, is more of a reflection on Ystrads struggles this year, was followed up by a more impressive 2-1 away win at Cambrian. Momentum has temporarily halted though after a 7-0 drubbing away to Seven Sisters. Hopes will be that FC can get over this blip and kick on in the hope of avoiding another relegation scrap this season.
With relegation scraps in mind, things are not looking good for Ystradgynlais. The club lost their manager at the end of last season and have been struggling with player recruitment in the summer, as a result they are languishing at the bottom of the table with 3 losses out of 3 and the only team in the league with 0 points so far in these early stages. Last years title chasers will be hoping they can turn things around and get some points on the board before things get too bad.
Last years Division 1 promoted clubs Rhos and Llandarcy can be fairly happy with their starts. In what is quite a big step up in quality, both teams have managed to get points on the board early with Rhos getting a win against Ystrad and a draw with Cambrian, losing 7-1 to Giants Grave between. Llandarcy, having played one less game will also be confident they can hold their own at this level. A draw with Cwm Wanderers in their first game should give them the belief they can do something at this level but they were brought back down to earth facing a backlash from the Bryncoch Bees, who’d lost their previous game to Bryn Rovers, the Bees coming away 9-2 winners. Both teams will be hoping that they have enough to avoid a relegation scrap.
Cambrian and Cwm Wanderers both had quiet seasons last year, finishing mid table and with both teams having played newly promoted opposition and only managing to draw, it would be fair to say that they are more likely to be looking at avoiding relegation again this year than pushing for the title.