The Reserves went to table toppers Cardiff MET in November in a pensive mood having lost the home game earlier in the season 13-0. Met went into the game with a 100% record and having conceded only 2 goals all season but Celtic achieved a sensational victory 3-0 with goals from Michael Dobbs 2 and Tom Haggett, his first goal of the season. Alex Ford, just turned 17, made his debut in the Celtic goal as did striker Aaron Palfrey, one of 3 recent signings from Cwmbran Town. Celtic followed up with an 8-1 win at Monmouth Town, Palfrey scoring a hat-trick, Haggett two, 17 year old Isaac Powell getting his first two goals for the club and Emilio Marino completing the scoring. Next up was a 3-2 home win against Undy Athletic, Palfrey 2 and Haggett scoring. The last 2 matches have seen the team do the double over Treharris Western. We won 5-1 at home, Haggett scoring 4 and Josh Hinwood adding the 5th. Last weekend it was a much tighter game away, Celtic winning 4-3 through goals by Hinwood, Adrian Maguire, Calum Collis and Haggett whose goal was his 9th in Celtic’s recent 5 successive wins. They are up to 4th in the league just 3 points behind leaders Croesyceiliog but with 3 games in hand.
Before Christmas the 3rd team beat Lucas Cwmbran away 12-0 and Liswerry away 7-1 to make it 28 goals in 3 successive away games. Scorers versus Lucas were Dan Preece 5, Peter Arnott 2, Ben Hobin 2, Michael Lee, Michael Traynor and Mike Preece. Against Liswerry, Arnott scored 2, Evan Prosser 2, David Fullager, Curtis Meaney and Gavin Powell. However the boys came back down to earth with a 1-10 thumping at Trethomas Bluebirds. Prosser scored Celtic’s consolation goal. There were extenuating circumstances – Trethomas fielded several 1st teamers, their game having been postponed and Celtic had a bare eleven. This defeat ended Celtic’s unbeaten run of 11 league games. In the New Year the team have earned two hard-fought wins. They won 5-4 at Pill. Tom Preece and Traynor both scored 2 and the winner was a penalty by Meaney. Then they beat Albion Rovers 5-3 at home, Fullager scoring 2, Ben Harris, Mike Preece and Dan Preece. Celtic remain in 2nd place in the league, now 4 points behind Caerleon with a game in hand. David Fullager leads the way in the race for the Celtic Golden Boot with 15 goals followed by the 1st team’s Josh Bull with 12 goals.
The Vets have played once, losing 3-5 at The Continental. They are 7th of 11 teams in the league.
Before Christmas the Women suffered a 1-3 defeat in the League Cup at Aberystwyth Town. They were reinstated in the Welsh Cup to play WWPL side Swansea City away on the back of Caldicot Town (who beat them in the previous round) being removed from the competition but they declined to play the game. In the New Year in the Alun Evans Cup the Women have won both their games to date. A 4-1 win at home to Cardiff MET Development was a good send off for captain Fiona Anthony who scored 2 on her last appearance before departing for 3 months to organise sporting activities in New Zealand. Lydia Meaney and Hannah Northall completed the scoring. This was followed by an 8-0 win at Tredegar. Scorers were player manager Vicki Randall 2, Hannah Northall, KayleIgh Phipps, Lydia Meaney, Melissa James, Morgan Hurdley and Cath Sharples, her first goal for the club.
In the Torfaen Junior League the Under 16’s have only played once, winning 1-0 at home to Griffithstown. The Under 14A’s beat Cwmbran Town 11-4 and Sebastopol 6-0 both at home. The Under 14B’s lost 2-5 at Penygarn & Trevethin, 3-5 at home to Blaenavon Blues and 0-1 at Fairfield. The Under 14C’s won 4-2 at home to Coed Eva B, went out of the Cup 0-11 at Coed Eva A but had a resounding 8-1 win at home to Blaenavon Blues.
Current Torfaen league positions:
Team P W D L Pts Position
Celtic 16s 12 6 0 6 18 8th out of 14
Celtic 14A 12 10 1 1 31 1st out of 14
Celtic 14C 11 6 0 5 18 7th out of 14
Celtic 14B 12 0 0 12 0 14th out of 14