ALL CHANGE AT THE TOP TABLE AS NEW BOYS TOWN UPSET THE ESTABLISHED ORDER
Whereas it was clear to see that last seasons league championship was always going to fall the way of Penlan Club or St Josephs, this season has already indicated that the two senior teams in the league are certainly not going to have it all their own way. To everyone’s surprise it has been newly promoted Morriston Town who are really ripping the league apart. With wins over Waunarlwydd, Penclawdd and a 9-3 hammering of last seasons division 2 champions Sandfields, it’s clear to see that Town are taking this league very seriously indeed this season. The only points they dropped came in a 3-3 draw away to West End Rangers.
After drawing both their opening matches West End Rangers have managed two wins and equal Morriston in being the only teams in the league unbeaten if not on points. Last seasons ‘best of the rest’ a positive start should prove crucial if Rangers are to better last seasons position.
Another team destined to break into the Swansea Leagues elite is Rockspur Fords. An amalgamation of Rockspur and Kilvey Fords, the team was brought together with the idea of unsettling the status quo at the top of the table and it looks to have been successful so far this season. With two wins and a draw this season, including an opening day victory over St Josephs and an impressive 4-1 victory away to Penlan, their record is blighted only with a home loss to Ynystawe on matchday 2.
Ynystawe will be looking to build on what was a good season for them last time out and have started the season well. Ynystawe saw off Penclawdd 4-0 in their opening fixture before hitting a tough run of 3 fixtures. An impressive 3-2 win over Rockspur Fords was followed by a narrow 2-1 loss to West End and finished with a 1-1 draw against Penlan Club.
Port Tennant Colts had a fairly uneventful season last time out and will be hoping to capitilise on the disruption caused by the top teams upsetting the normal standings. 2 wins against Waunarlwydd and Sandfields has seen them get off to a good start, only dropping points in a 3-1 defeat against league leaders Morriston.
Penlan Club would have suffered a huge shock to the system already this season having dropped the same amount of points in their opening 3 fixtures as they did the whole of last season. A loss to Rockspur Fords and a draw with Ynystawe sees Penlan already dropping off the pace of the top clubs, although the Champions do have a game in hand over the teams above them.
Waunarlwydd came up from Division 2 last season and have had mixed luck in the top flight so far. An opening day loss to Morriston Town was followed up by an impressive 5-3 victory over Mumbles Rangers. A draw against fellow promoted side Bryawel, and a loss to Port Tennant has seen them sitting mid table.
There were big things tipped for Mumbles Rangers this season, with the rebuilding of the team ongoing there is evidently still plenty of work to do if they are to break into the top half of the table. The opening day defeat to newly promoted Waunarlwydd would have hurt but Rangers bounced back with 9-3 hammering of Sandfields away. Their joy was short lived though as they came crashing back down to earth with West End comfortably beating them 4-1 last time out.
St. Josephs have had a horrible start to their campaign. Last seasons runners up, they seemed the only team with a hope of over turning Penlan but have struggled so far only winning 1 in 3 which includes a loss to bottom of the league and newly promoted Sandfields. Having won back to back championships, Sandfields were expected to do well in this upcoming season but they have struggled to recapture the form of the previous two seasons.
Brynawel and Penclawdd make up the rest of the teams. Although they have differing histories at this level it’s Brynawel who are fairing slightly better having drawn 3 out of their 4 opening games.