TREHARRIS Athletic secured a great escape from Ardal SE relegation on Tuesday night when they beat a Newport City side with one eye on a promotion play-off.

Treharris took the spoils 2-0 at Parc Taf thanks to goals by Nick Simcock and Kallum Thomas.

Victory meant that they leapfrogged Abercarn United, who join Lliswerry and Hay St Marys in the drop zone.

It was a fourth win on the spin for Treharris, including a vital injury-time 2-1 triumph against Abercarn last weekend thanks to David Ikete’s strike.

They finish their season against Tredegar on Saturday while Treowen Stars entertain Goytre tomorrow (Thursday).

Newport, runners-up behind Trethomas Bluebirds, can now fully focus on Friday’s promotion play-off against Cefn Cribwr at Penybont FC that has the prize of a place in Cymru South.

“A 2-0 loss isn’t the way we wanted to finish the league after only one loss in 2024 prior, however, five debuts for our youngsters was great to see,” the Steelmen posted on social media.

“Debuts for Jacob [Okyere], Morgan [Lane], Cameron [Bonfield], Luis [Toft] and Leland [Mather] who joined Sammy, Tiyren [Smith], Tobias [Huggins] and Rio [Evelyn] on the pitch. Eight youth team players playing a huge part in a big week for the club.”

Four clubs have already earned promotion to the second tier by winning their leagues.

Ardal NE champions Penrhyncoch and Flint Mountain, of Ardal NW, are heading for the Cymru North.

Trethomas and SW champions Penrhiwceiber Rangers are heading for Cymru South and will be joined by either Newport City or fellow runners-up Cefn Cribwr.

They clash at SDM Glass Stadium in Bridgend (kick-off 7.30pm) in a repeat of the FAW Amateur Trophy semi-final that the Steelmen won 4-3 before going on to win the silverware thanks to a 5-4 triumph against Penrhyncoch.

Sam Houldsworth’s side have been in fine form in 2024 but so have Cefn Cribwr, who won eight of their final 10 matches only to be pipped by Penrhiwceiber.

On Saturday, Llanuwchllyn meet Llay Miners Welfare in the northern play-off.

Tickets for the play-off matches are available on the gate (cash only), costing £5 for adults and £2 for concessions.