There are no easy games in Division Two and the early title contenders will need to continue their fine form…
Aberavon Quins V Resolven
Winning the league isn’t easy and this is going to be a real test for both of these sides with promotion aspirations. Aberavon Quins have started the season well after last season relegation. Comfortably beating fellow relegated Maesteg Celtic in the opening game of the season before impressively putting 36 points on Morriston away from home. For Resolven, their blend of youth and experience has won plaudits from fans and opposition coaches as they have also won both of their opening league fixtures. After a last minute penalty won the points at ystradgynlais, Resolven comprehensively beat a good Seven Sisters side a fortnight ago to keep their 100% record. This is going to be a far tougher test though for the Neath Valley side.
Home win: Two good sides but the Quins with home advantage will be too strong.
Bridgend Sports v Morriston
Two league games and two losses for both sides so far this season; something is destined to change. Bridgend Sport have struggled to break defences with the same ease as they did in Three A last season but have been fairly solid defensively. Morriston on the other hand have faced the opposite problem, leaking too many tries whilst regularly threatening the opposition. Morriston have mustered at least 20 points in all their games this season but conceded at least 30. It is another evenly matched game and one which both sides will be desperate to win to kick-start their campaign. A tough one to call!!
Home win: I feel Bridgend Sports will find gaps and home support get them over.
Pencoed v Maesteg Celtic
Pencoed look good this season, potentially very good. Two impressive wins, with a very disciplined defence puts them at the right end of the early table. Maesteg Celtic finished last campaign poorly but will be pleased to have won two on the bounce. They managed an impressive away win in the cup against Morriston last weekend following up a narrow home victory against Bridgend Athletic the week before. You feel it is a consolidation season for Celtic but an away win here would certainly suggest more is possible.
Home Win: I can’t see many sides taking points at Pencoed this season.
Pyle v Heol Y Cwy
Another two sides without a win and a difficult one to call. Pyle haven’t adjusted to the higher level too well this far after looking convincing in their promotion last season. They have faced two good sides in Porthcawl and Builth but these are the games Pyle will need to win at home if they are to remain at this level. Heol Y Cwy have also faced two good sides in Pencoed and Porthcawl and are competing in the West Central leagues since their switch.
Home Win: Pyle to find that winning form from last year
Seven Sisters v Builth Wells
This game could be a real eye-opener to both sides prospects this season. Seven Sisters have had a mixed bag, a good home win against Morriston followed by a convincing loss at Resolven suggests that a similar mid-table expectation would be fair for the Dulais Valley side. Builth have won both their opening games and showed a good display away to Treorchy in the cup which could suggest a promotion bid could be on the cards this season. Any genuine promotion challenge from Builth will need some good away wins and a win in Seven would certainly show intent.
Away win: Builth to show they are real contenders this season.
Ystradgynlais v Pothcawl
Ystrad have lost both of their opening games while Porthcawl have looked impressive in both of their wins. Ystrad have made a habit of late of losing games from winning positions, whether through a lack of fitness or poor concentration, it was an issue last season and in their opening day loss to Resolven. Porthcawl look strong this season but this will be their first test against a side which they faced twice in the league last year. As with Builth, they need to win away games like this if they are going to turn a potential top 5 finish into a top 2.
Home win: Ystrad to get ahead and to keep hold of it!
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