Vale of Glamorgan Football League Mid Season Review
As we hit the half way point of the seasons journey we take a look at the story so far……
St Athan go into the new year sat atop of the Premier Division but with the chasing pack right at their heels.
The decision to cut the Vale’s top division to seven clubs playing each other three times, was a controversial one met with a lot of concern. However, it has turned out to be a master stroke as it has produced as competitive a league the Vale has seen for many years, with any one club capable of defeating another on any given day. It has also made the division unpredictable with four points separating first and fifth, with sixth place Island Marine and bottom side Penarth Town more than capable to gain a couple of good results that could propel them up the table. Look no further than Cowbridge Town who were rooted to the foot of the table for much of the campaign but a four match unbeaten run that yielded two wins has seen Town spring up to fourth and unlikely title contention joint on points with AFC Rhoose.
Barry Athletic were the pace setters but a recent poor run of form after such a good start has seen St Athan take the top of the table spot, however, FC Barry Belgrade are looming as they sit two points behind the leaders in third with three games in hand, Belgrade unbeaten since an opening game defeat to St Athan.
In Division One, the question is can anyone stop Sully Sports claiming a first title since 2014. The answer may well be ‘no’ as they sit unbeaten and five points ahead of second place with two games in hand, potentially stretching their lead to eleven.
SP Billy have had one of their best seasons for years as they sit in promotion contention in second and Barry Saints continued their form that saw them earn promotion to the second tier last season to sit third.
Cardiff Airport have found a run of wins to lift them up the league while Cogan Coronation, despite an indifferent run, sit fifth. Tynewydd and Cadoxton Athletic erratic form make them dangerous opponents on any given day depending on who turns up. While, the bottom three of Cwm Talwg, Cadoxton Imps and Penarth Town B are more than capable of producing the results to lift themselves out of trouble and pull those around them into danger.
Llantwit Major continue to dominate Division Two as the Welsh league clubs reserve side have a 100% record in the league and now sit on top after playing catch up on games in recent weeks. Cadoxton Barry and Vale Madrid appear to be their challengers, although the latters’ early season form has dropped away in recent weeks with one win in five.
BRT Dynamos, AFC Rhoose B and Island Marine B are all well equipt to push on in the second half of the season into promotion spots, while Barry Albion, St Athan B, BV and Glenbrook will all be looking for an upturn in their fortunes to start climbing the league.
The new year sees the beginning of the divisional cups, the respected trophies of ASRS, Supporters and Dockers Cups. While, the Barry Cup semi finals await in March, played out between St Athan, FC Barry Belgrade, Barry Athletic and Llantwit Major.
The Vale league is alive and well and a thrilling conclusion to the season surely awaits. Make sure you keep up to date with the happenings in your local league with weekly round ups right here. The league restarts, weather very much permitting, on Saturday 6th January and we can’t wait.