What is left to play for in the Welsh Football League Division’s Two and Three?
After Llantwit Major and Pontypridd Town clinched promotion to the Welsh Football League Division One on Saturday, only one spot remains for either STM Sports or Ammanford to seal their place in the top flight for next season. Swansea University are champions of Division Three, but Trefelin BGC and Bridgend Street are still fighting for the second and final promotion place.
A 6-0 success for Major away at AFC Llwydcoed on Saturday was enough to confirm that Karl Lewis’ side will be playing in the top tier of the Welsh Football League next season.
Pontypridd came out on top in their huge clash with Ammanford at Manor Road. Gavin Beddard, Danny Hooper and Scott Hillman netted to seal the Dragons’ promotion.
The final promotion place is yet to be confirmed, this will be fought out between STM Sports and Ammanford. We also need to find out which team will be crowned champions of the second tier.
So, what do the top four sides need to do in the next week?
STM Sports travel to the Windmill Ground tomorrow evening to play Llantwit Major, knowing that they realistically need to leave with at least a point. This is their final league game, while Ammanford, who have the same number of points as Dale Gardiner’s side (60) have two games left to play: Pontypridd (a) on Wednesday and Aberbargoed Buds (h) on Saturday. If STM Sports lose, Ammanford will only need to pick up a point from their final two games.
Should Llantwit Major come out victorious tomorrow, they will be confirmed as Division Two champions.
If STM draw against Major, Ammanford will require two points from the last two games. If both sides finish level on points, the Llanrumney side will be promoted as they have a far superior goal difference.
A win for third-placed STM will mean that the Boars will need a win and a draw if they are to go up.
In Division Three, there is a straight shoot-out between Trefelin BGC and Bridgend Street for the final promotion place.
Second-placed Trefelin travel to 10th placed Panteg this evening, knowing that defeat will almost certainly scupper their chances of promotion.
Should they fail to win or draw, Bridgend Street will need to win one of their final two games against Pontyclun and Swansea University; their goal difference is much better than Trefelin’s, so the Cardiff side will be promoted should themselves and Trefelin finish level on points.
If the Ynys Park side come out on top against Panteg tonight, Bridgend Street will have to win their final two games.
The Port Talbot-based side have seen a significant turnaround this season. Having finished 12th last season, they now have a chance to claim promotion and are also in the final of the Welsh Football League Cup, where they play Llanelli Town on Friday at Garden Village’s Stafford Common.
This is a defining week for Richie Ryan’s side, they could either be celebrating two successes, one triumph or nothing at all.
A draw for Trefelin this evening will leave Craig Dale’s men needing four points from their final two games.
There are also matters to be decided at the other end of the table. Only one team will be relegated, and it is a dog-fight between Ely Rangers and Neuadd Wen.
The Griffins have completed their season, and will be hoping that Wayne Antoniazzi’s team fail to pick up any points from their final two league games against Treharris Athletic Western and Treowen Stars; both of which are away from home.
Because of their superior goal difference, Neuadd Wen, who are currently bottom, only require a point to confirm their safety.
(Featured image: Jordan Jones)