NEW BOYS CLASE MAKE IT LOOK EASY
With three new teams entering the fray, you would have been hard pushed to call who was going to win this league, especially with the more established teams looking to put the new teams firmly in their place.
It is Clase in their first season in the league who are really showing everyone how it’s done. The campaign started well, if not a little bit edgy, with a 5-4 win over Bonymaen Colts, who had come down from Division 2. They then went on to win 5-1, 4-0 and 8-1.
Birchgrove Colts currently sit in second place, the other team to be relegated from Division 2, they trail Clase by three points but have a game in hand over them. They too have an equally impressive goal scoring record, scoring 13 goals and only conceding 2 in their opening 3 games.
Outside of the top two it’s a bit of a mixed bag with everyone taking points off of each other. The young but impressive Llangyfelach are top of ‘the rest’. A tricky start for Llangyfelach saw them losing away to Wern. Next up for the youngsters were the struggling Cwm Albion Colts who they beat 8-2. This probably was a good time for the youngsters of Llangyfelach to meet last seasons whooping boys as it would have given them the confidence to believe they can compete at this level. It showed in their next game too beating another struggling side in Uni Rangers 7-1, and they almost held their own against a strong Wales Tartan side, losing 4-3 in a tight match.
Kingsbridge Colts make up the top four, the Gorseinon based side started well, putting 8 past St Thomas Stars before dispatching Bonymaen Colts 4-2 away from home. They were brought crashing back down to Earth however when they faced Clase away, the league leaders winning by 4 goals to nil.
Wern had a pretty nondescript season last time out and things look like they could well be going the same way this year. Although currently sitting in 5th place in the league their record of one win and two draws in 4 games is probably below the standard they expected this season, especially with 3 untested teams entering the league this season.
Wales Tartan also find themselves languishing perilously close to the relegation zone so early on, but having only played one game they are actually only one of three teams unbeaten in the league, their one match being an enthralling 4-3 win over Llangyfelach. The other teams around them are Garden Village, Bonymaen Colts and St Thomas Stars, who have all won one game, Village and Stars also managing to draw putting them, a point clear of Tartan and Bonymaen.
There are three times on zero points at the bottom of the table. Maltsters Sports have only played the one fixture, losing 1-0 to Birchgrove and should be able to pick up points and progress up the table. Things are not looking so good for Uni Rangers and Cwm Albion Colts however. Last seasons strugglers Colts are yet again up against it losing all of their four games so far, averaging 7.5 goals conceded per game. At least this year they may have some company at the bottom with Uni Rangers also having the same struggle already this season. In the two games they have played they have lost both, conceding a total of 14 goals. It will be interesting to see who wins the first fixture between the clubs this season.