The third round of fixtures will reveal a lot about the prospects of all of these sides…..
Ammanford V Kenfig
With Kenfig winning their opening two league fixtures and Ammanford losing both of theirs, you would be forgiven for assuming for an away win this Saturday. It is already a big game for the home side in this early part of the season, they will be desperate not to make it three losses in as many matches but the league is awfully tough this year. For Kenfig, an away win would certainly put their name in the hat as a side that could remain at the top throughout the season. I fancy Ammanford though, they have had two tough opening games and have competed in both. Although the weather could come into it, a boggy pitch could play into the strong and physical Kenfig front row.
Home Win: I think home advantage will see Ammanford over the line.
Bonymaen v Brynamman
An absolute cracker of a game at Parc Mawr as the two early pace setters meet. There is no surprise with Bonymaen, they were the second best team in the league last year and in ‘Feras absence they look like they are the ones to beat this season. Brynamman though have invested in their squad and have impressed. They followed up a resounding opening day win at home to Skewen with an away derby win at Ammanford and there is no doubt that the championship is their goal this season. It doesn’t get any tougher than this game in this league! It is going to be brutal, expected to be a tough heavy pitch, fitness will be paramount. Expect a home win but what a game it is destined to be.
Home Win: Few sides win away here and I think it is too early in the season for an away side still getting to know each other.
Bridgend Athletic V Dunvant
The early signs are that these two sides are evenly matched and this is going to be a tight contest. Both sides have won one and lost one of their opening two games with losing bonus points for both sides losses. Neither side were playing in the West Central League last season and so we are all getting to know them somewhat but they both look like they are at the right level. I’m doubtful that either of these will be able to challenge Bonymaen and Brynoch for the title but a convincing win in game three could change that.
Home Win: Simply the home advantage.
Glynneath v Nantyffyllon
It has been a mixed start for Glynneath. After a one-point victory on the opening day against Dunvant, newly promoted Birchgrove were too good the following week as they beat the Neath Valley side 30-17. They face another promoted side in Nantyffyllon this weekend who also have one win and one loss from their opening two fixtures. A tight encounter awaits but this is an important early game. Anything but a good win for the home side would suggest that a promotion push is unlikely this year and ‘Ffyllon will be keen to consolidate early in this higher level.
Home Win: I expect to see a reaction after Glynneaths defeat to Birchgrove.
Tondu V Skewen
Tondu have two losing bonus points to their name in the opening two fixtures as the two promoted sides have taken the spoils in tight contests against them. They managed to avoid the drop last season but it is already looking like another relegation scrap is on the cards this time out and an early home win would ease concerns. Skewen sit bottom of the table after two matches without any points to their name but won’t be overly concerned yet as they have faced the impressive Brynamman and Bonymaen. The league table is likely to look far better for one of these sides after the game.
Away Win: Skewen cannot allow themselves to lose the opening 3 games. They simply must win.
Waunarlwydd v Birchgrove
A repeat from the cup game last week as Birchgrove travel to the Waun. Birchgrove have started the season incredibly well after last season’s promotion with two good wins from their first two league matches. For Waunarlwydd, they haven’t been able to take their good form at the end of last season into this one but I keep expecting them to ‘kick into life’. It is another big game at this early stage. A home win will ease concerns and give confidence that a mid-high league finish is possible. An away win would continue this incredible run of results and promotion whispers could begin in Birchgrove.
Home win: A really tight game with two very good sides. I think this is the day that Waunarlwydd get on a march.
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