CHEPSTOW FC continued their unbeaten start to the Gwent Super League season with a comfortable 5-2 home win against second-placed Baneswell.

Jon Worsley, Ryan Palmer, Lee Harris, Sam Cankett and Steve Swallow triumphed to ensure Chepstow keep a seven-point lead at the top of the table over Baneswell and defending champions Pontnewydd.

Pontnewydd, still without the injured Nick Kenny, beat Crumlin Rugby at home with Mark Blandford and Peter Johns the standout players for the hosts.

Another title contender, Aberbargoed, suffered a 5-2 loss at Pontypool, who were inspired to victory by Matthew Kay and Nathan Perry.

The win for the hosts moved them into mid-table as the halfway point in the season approaches, while Aberbargoed slipped to fourth.

Carl Lloyd’s Hafodyrynys, who like Pontnewydd have a game in hand on the leaders, defeated Cwmbran Workies and now sit 13 points off top spot.

Elsewhere, a fine performance from Tredegar Cons’ Angelo Lao led his side to victory at Talywain, and Brynmawr saw off the Dodger, despite Kyle MacLeod’s superb display against Marcus Hawkins.

Abergavenny returned to winning ways at Chepstow as Chris Harris won the final game of the tie against Les Price to clinch a 4-3 triumph overall.

Gilfach won convincingly at Cross Keys thanks to excellent throwing from Anthony Freeman and Mike Fleet.

Wednesday night's standout games see Hafodyrynys travel to Aberbargoed, and Baneswell welcome Pontnewydd, who could have Kenny back in their team.

Golddiggers retained first place in the ladies’ league after a 7-0 whitewash of St Josephs.

The pairings of Tracy Hickey and Ceri Stephens and Sarah Adams and Jade Hickey got the leaders off to a great start, before Adams, Stephens, Jade Hickey and Hayley Matthews won their singles matches.

Julie Moxham was determined to avoid a 7-0 defeat, but Tracey Hickey hit the final double to make it seven of the best for Golddiggers and finish with a 20.38 average.

Cwmbran Rugby Club duos Shannon Chappell and Cerianne England and Janet Edwards and Natasha Wright both won their pairs games against Garndiffaith.

Amanda Willard, Zoe Buffin, Claire Evans, Cheryl Jones and Kimberley Lewis-Hitchcott all secured singles points to register another 7-0 rout.

Garndiffaith can hold their heads high, even after such a heavy defeat, as their positivity and potential is evident for all to see.

Being a new team and playing against established opponents can be daunting, but the signs for the future are promising.

Brynmawr Legends, with two games in hand, moved into third after a 4-3 win against Top Club Risca.

Kaye Paul and Jackie Norman and Rhian Griffiths and Steph James triumphed in the pairs to give Brynmawr a 2-0 advantage.

Norman threw exceptional darts in her singles tie, hitting a 180 in consecutive legs, but it was Top Club’s Sarah Townsend who secured the win to make it 2-1 overall.

Top Club team-mates Mandy Irwin and Sue Bailey both triumphed to put the Risca side 3-2 up.

Sue George of Top Club hit a 115 checkout but ended up losing to Kaye Paul, before Griffiths averaged 20.31 in beating Gaynor Boucher to wrap up the win for Legends.

Cwmcarn pairs partners Hannah Meek and Sharon King and Michelle Mellish and Rose Davies were victorious for a 2-0 lead against Ebbw Vale.

Jess Bonner made it 3-0, then Kath Kirby got Ebbw on the board, only for Meek to re-establish the three-point gap and take the score to 4-1.

Zoe Williams smashed a 157 checkout to pull back another point for Ebbw, and the final singles point of the night went to team-mate Dawn Phipps for a 4-3 result in Cwmcarn’s favour.