Alltwen v Glais
A proper derby here: expect crunching tackles, possibly the odd card, plenty of emotion but many a shared beer after the game. Alltwen have started the campaign well with an away win at Neath Athletic, they never really got going last season and will be hoping to start well and sneak their way up the table. Potential dark horses? Maybe. For Glais, it is a transitional year, an influx of new players, many from Birchgrove has seen new life to the club, a good win a fortnight ago against Penlan suggests that better times lay ahead.
Home win: Do not write Glais off!! This could go either way but assuming Alltwen turn up with the right attitude then I think they will have too much.
Banwen V Neath Athletic
There is a real good feel-factor about Banwen this year. A good blend of ‘old heads’ and youth coming through, their discipline has let them down in the past but there aren’t many harder places to visit as Maesteg found out in the opening day of the season. Neath Athletic were the best of the three sides who came down last year but an opening day home loss to Alltwen suggests that a return to 3A could be unlikely first time of asking (although incredibly early days).
Home Win: Bonus point victory for a side who will finish in the top 3 this year.
Briton Ferry v Bryncethin
Game of the day! On the 21st March this year, Ferry were rock bottom of the table with 2 points from 16 games, whilst Bryncethin topped the lot with 59 points. Cwmllynfell and Baglan overtook ‘Cethin while ‘Ferry produced an incredible run of form to avoid the drop. Both have won one and lost one from their opening two league fixtures this season and this looks like it could be a real cracker. Are Ferry able to push-on from their end of season form last year and put a real dent into Bryncethins promotion hopes at this really early stage? Game of the day!
Away win:Away win:Away win: Just…..
Cefn Cribbwr v Glyncorrwg
Cefn Cribbwr enjoyed a safe mid-table season last year and it is hard to see them being able to do much better this year but they are always a tough side to face. Glyncorrwg look like they are the team to beat in 3B this season, two outstanding results thus far. Beating promotion rivals Bryncethin in the opening game was a good one but then a comprehensive away win at Maesteg proving that they can travel well has sent a real message to the league.
Away Win: They just look too good at the moment
Maesteg v Crynant
Two losses out of two for the much-fancied Maesteg may give Crynant some confidence going into this game but it could just have rattled the bee hive. Maesteg were outplayed in their opening fixture up at Banwen and then Glyncorrwg’s superiority was clear as they won 27-8 in Maesteg a fortnight ago. They will be desperate to set a marker here against a Crynant side yet to play a league match. The Dulais Valley side meandered through last seasons campaign and they have a real chance to launch their campaign in style with a famous away win here.
Home win: I’d be very wary of an angry and slightly embarrassed Maesteg….
Penlan v Pontrhydyfen
Penlan have lost both of their opening two league games by just the one point, leaving them both frustrated and yet optimistic. It’s been a tough twelve months for the side as last season saw a tame relegation and it is credit to them that they have been able to rebuild and complete. They face a tough opponent in Pontrhydyfen this weekend who looked convincing in their 24-12 win over Briton Ferry a fortnight ago. The away side will be hoping that an away win here could see them with a great chance to push on from last seasons mid-table finish.
Home win: Penlan to get on a roll.
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