Monmouthshire Windows East Gwent League and Gwent County League

AFTER last weekend’s white-out, the focus falls on four cup semi-finals this Saturday, writes Bob Cypher.

The one-off matches will be played at Undy Athletic, who host Caldicot Castle, and Rockfield Rovers who entertain Underwood Athletic, with the winners booking their place in the Gill Cup final due to be played on April 6th,

In addition, Saturday also sees Division 2 teams in the Fishwick Cup semi-finals when Portskewett & Sudbrook welcome Caldicot Town and Mathern entertain Severn Tunnel, equally intent on reaching the first of the finals on Friday, March 30th.

The ties give the top scorers in both divisions a great chance of taking the Golden Boot awards this season.

In Division 1, Caldicot Castle’s Richard Lund has 22 goals in all competitions so far and with teammates Joe O’Brien and Craig McCluskey (18 each) chasing him. An extra game at the end of this campaign could be the difference between winning and losing the coveted award.

Will Morgan (Chepstow Athletic) tops the Division 2 rankings with 33 to his name – 14 ahead of second-placed Wayne Duffield (Mathern)

As there will be no replays or second leg matches, the cup-ties all kick off at 1.45pm

In the league programme, Sudbrook CC take on Tintern Abbey at Mill Lane in Division One while in Division 2 Thornwell Red & White B welcome near-neighbours Chepstow Athletic,

Meanwhile, in the Gwent County League Division 2, third-placed Sudbrook CC can put more pressure on the team above them – Wattsville – if they can win at second-from-bottom FC Tredegar.

Six points behind Wattsville, Sudbrook have an inferior goal difference but should improve on that deficit if their strikers can equal the form they showed against Pill a week ago.

Mathern are home to Clydach Wasps and, although safe, the club will be keen to end the season with a strong run-in which sees them visit Pentwynmawr Athletic on March 24th and finish the season at home to the same team a week later.