Since starting this website last month, I think it would be fair to accuse the posts made so far of being slightly Anglo-centric. It’s time to make a step towards correcting that now as we look at how things stand in the Welsh Premier Women’s League as the teams approach their brief Christmas break.
Top of the league coming into the final round of games of the year are Abergavenny (who were previously known as PILCS). They hit the ground running from the moment the 2016/17 season got under way with six consecutive league wins, starting with a remarkable 5-4 win over Swansea City on 4 September and not ending until they were beaten 2-0 by reigning champions Cardiff Met on 27 November. That defeat by the Archers was merely a blip however, and they were soon back to winning ways.
Cardiff Metropolitan‘s season got underway earlier than the other WPWL teams, thanks to their participation in the UEFA Women’s Champions League qualifying rounds. They were chosen as a host club for their group, which saw NSA Sofia, Spartak Subotica and Breidablik visit the Cyncoed campus. After a promising 4-0 win over the Bulgarians they lost their remaining two games to end their hopes of progressing in the tournament. The Archers made a belated return to league football on 18 September with a 4-0 away win against Llandudno and are now fourth in the table. Like Abergavenny, they have only lost one game so far: a 4-1 defeat in the local derby against Cyncoed on 20 November, which coincidentally was an exact reversal of the scoreline when the two sides met 14 days earlier in the WPWL Cup.
The women’s teams representing the twin giants of football in Wales, Swansea City and Cardiff City, currently lie in second and third places respectively. Swansea haven’t lost since their opening day defeat to Abergavenny, while the Bluebirds have been on the losing side twice, against the two sides above them in the table. Swansea also have the distinction of recording the league’s biggest winning margin of the season so far, thanks to an 8-0 victory over Briton Ferry Llansawel.
Fixtures for 18 December 2016
Abergavenny v Swansea City
Briton Ferry Llansawel v Cardiff Metropolitan
Cyncoed v Aberystwyth Town
Port Talbot Town v Llandudno
The top four have broken away somewhat from the chasing pack. Fifth-placed Cyncoed are some seven points behind their near-neighbours Cardiff Met, and are tied with Aberystwyth Town on nine points. Two points behind them are Port Talbot Town and Llandudno, the north coast side having had a one-point deduction for fielding an ineligible player. The bottom two are starting to lose touch with the rest of the table, Rhyl are ninth on 3 points, while bottom-placed Briton Ferry Llansawel are yet to record a win.
As the season reaches its halfway point it’s looking like a four horse race for the title, but Abergavenny have the opportunity to establish themselves as favourites if they beat Swansea on Sunday. Cardiff Met will fancy their chances of taking three points from their trip to Briton Ferry Llansawel, while Cardiff City get a chance to put their feet up, as their next game isn’t until the new year.
|7||Port Talbot Town||9||2||1||6||10||19||-9||7|
|10||Briton Ferry Llansawel||7||0||2||5||9||28||-19||2|
- Llandudno deducted one point