ON A day when the 11 games involving local clubs produced no fewer than 60 goals, Division Two leaders Goytre top scored with seven to maintain their 100 per cent record after eight games.
However, top-flight outfit Cwmbran Celtic conceded the same number in losing at home, Croesyceiliog were involved in an amazing 5-5 draw at Division Two rivals Caerau (Ely), while in the lower section Llanwern won a seven-goal thriller at Abertillery Bluebirds to remain top.
There was drama at Cold Bath Road, where Caerleon had two players plus manager Lee Relish sent off in a 3-0 home defeat against Haverfordwest County.
In a quite remarkable piece of match officiating, referee Ray Stewart, of Cardiff, issued no fewer than 10 yellows and three reds to Caerleon – yet only one to the West Wales visitors.
I watched as Mr Stewart apparently let Haverfordwest players get away with fouls and misdemeanours for which he was booking Caerleon men, and in one quite amazing incident he somehow missed visiting substitute Rob Morgan’s deliberate and successfully landed kick on home full back Lewis Grant.
I readily agree that match officials have a difficult task these days. However, I also have to concur with a spectator when he remarked: “Where is a referee’s assessor when you need him?!”
Relish’s men were doing fine at 0-0 until first Richie Shire and then Leighton Burrows picked up second bookings, their manager later was banished to the stands for one remark too many to Mr Stewart – who seemed unable, or indeed unwilling, to hear the same sort of verbal rants from the visitors’ dug-out.
Monmouth Town entertained Pontardawe and emerged 2-1 winners of a good contest with the Kingfishers’ goals coming from Liam Head, his first for the club, and Daniel MacDonald, who took his season’s league tally to 11.
Celtic were at home to Swansea-based West End and were seeking to end a run of four consecutive league defeats – but came well and truly unstuck in crashing 7-2 with Josh Bull and Rakesh Patel their scorers.
Goytre continue to rule the second tier as a result of a 7-3 success at bottom-placed Cwmaman Institute, who have now lost all eight games.
On target for Goytre were Richie Jeremiah (3), Luke Prosser (2), who joins MacDonald on the top of the league’s goal-scoring chart on 11, and player-coach Simon Truman (2).
Undy Athletic moved up two places to third after goals from Gareth Cullimore (2), Kel Stevens and Gyles Thompson earned them a 4-2 away win over Penrhiwceiber Rangers.
However, despite a fine 1-1 home draw with unbeaten, second-placed Dinas Powys, Newport YMCA slipped down from fourth to seventh – substitute Ben Lawrence scoring their goal.
Zac Osbourne supplemented Jody Jenkins’ quartet in Croesyceiliog’s remarkable 5-5 draw at Caerau (Ely), where goalkeeper James Peckham also saved a penalty.
Alex North rattled in a hat trick and Andrew Larcombe also scored in Llanwern’s 4-3 win at Abertillery, who netted via Lee Bancroft (2) and Luke Lewis.
Risca are second after beating visiting Treharris Athletic Western 2-0 in a game which had mixed fortunes for Brendan Scott.
He scored both goals, but later missed a penalty – before being sent off for violent conduct and now faces a three-match suspension.
Chepstow Town posted a third consecutive success to move up to eighth, Jason Thorn (2) and Richard Sharratt scoring in a 3-1 home win over Tredegar Town, for whom Ian Pettit was on the mark, while Newport Civil Service only had a Mark Millinship goal to show for their sterling efforts at Pontypridd Town, who won a tight game 2-1.
l Aberbargoed Buds had two players scoring hat tricks in a 9-0 home FAW Trophy, round-one win over Swansea Senior League outfit CRC Rangers.
Ross Fowler and Johny Edwards both netted trebles, with Ross Mazurczak, Tony Rees and Dafydd Brewer also on the mark.
Treowen Stars are also through after goals from David Palmer and Lewis Coote secured a 2-0 home victory over another SSL side, Cwmfelin Press.
However, there was a second successive home cup exit at the hands of non-leaguers for Division Two Caldicot Town.
Three weeks ago they crashed out of the Welsh Cup after losing 2-1 against Treforest and this time were beaten by the same score at their Jubilee Way HQ by Perthcelyn United, of the South Wales Amateur League.
l Former League Cup winners Llanwern (2001) and Goytre (2010) have been drawn to visit Margam-based Tata Steel and host Taffs Well respectively in round two next month.
Nathaniel Car Sales League Cup, round-two draw involving Gwent clubs: Caldicot Town v Newcastle Emlyn; Goytre v Taffs Well; Monmouth Town v Ton Pentre; Newport Civil Service v AFC Porth; Risca United v Chepstow Town; Tata Steel (Margam) v Llanwern; Tredegar Town v Undy Ath; Treowen Stars v Cwmaman Institute; West End (Swansea) v Aberbargoed Buds.
Ties to be played to a conclusion on Saturday, October 13.