CRU­CIAL GAMES IN DROP BAT­TLE

Llanelli Star - - SPORT -

THE bat­tle to avoid rel­e­ga­tion from the South Wales Premier League is set to hot up this week­end.

With just three games of the sea­son to go, as many as six clubs are in dan­ger of the drop, with Pon­tard­du­lais and Am­man­ford in the heat of the bat­tle.

And the two clubs face each other on Satur­day at Ffos­yre­fail in a game that could be piv­otal in the fight to stay up.

Am­man­ford cur­rently sit ninth in the 10-team di­vi­sion, hav­ing slipped down the ta­ble dur­ing a dis­mal run of form that in­cluded their fee­ble 99run de­feat at the hands of Cardiff last time out.

They are on 151 points, just a point adrift of Brid­gend in eighth and 14 off Pon­tard­du­lais, who lie sixth.

Bont have found them­selves in dan­ger fol­low­ing their sur­prise twow­icket de­feat to Cly­dach in their last out­ing.

Cly­dach look doomed, but also in the rel­e­ga­tion mix are Brid­gend, Mum­bles and even reign­ing cham­pi­ons New­port, who are fifth but could find them­selves back in real trou­ble if they come un­stuck at home to Port Tal­bot Town this week.

In di­vi­sion two, Car­marthen Wan­der­ers can still claim a top-three fin­ish if they fin­ish the cam­paign with a flour­ish.

The Wan­der­ers are fifth, but wins in their fi­nal three games could see them over­haul Pe­narth and Ynys­tawe.

That may be eas­ier said than done, as on Satur­day they face cham­pi­ons­e­lect Swansea. The St He­len’s side have won 13 of their 15 matches, though their winning run was halted at the week­end when their home game with Ynys­tawe was one of those to be washed out.

The Wan­der­ers then close the sea­son with games against strug­gling New­port Fugi­tives and Gor­seinon.

It is a tough end to the sea­son for Gor­seinon, who need points to be sure of stay­ing up. Be­fore the meet­ing with the Wan­der­ers they head to sec­ond-placed Ynysygerwn on Satur­day and host Ynys­tawe a week later.

Mean­while, Gow­er­ton ap­pear doomed in di­vi­sion one of the South Wales Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion. But Dafen, Bron­wydd and Llangennec­h could all do with pick­ing up points in the fi­nal weeks of the sea­son to en­sure their safety.

Dafen are faced with a mon­u­men­tal task this week­end as they head toi cham­pi­ons-in-wait­ing Cow­bridge, for whom for­mer Glam­or­gan bats­man Ben Wright is in scin­til­lat­ing form. Bron­wydd make the trip to Llandy­sul and Llangennec­h will travel in con­fi­dent mood to Gow­er­ton.

Pic­ture: Phil Davies

Drefach bats­man James Carter deals with a Felin­foel de­liv­ery in their clash in di­vi­sion two of the South Wales Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion. Felin­foel won by four wick­ets.

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