THIS ups-and-no-downs season is lurching towards a May finish with at least one club due to play their final two matches after they return from their “end of season” tour.

Clubs can be promoted but the less-ambitious know they are safe as there is no relegation this season.

Division 1’s Monmouth suffered a heavy defeat 51-10 at Brecon while in Division 2, Abergavenny strengthened their promotion bid with a resounding 78-7 win over visitors Pill Harriers to return to the top of Division 2, just one point ahead of Talywain.

Meanwhile, Caldicot lost 35-29 at home to Croesyceiliog while Division 3’s Usk won 37-17 at Rhymney.

Caldicot head coach welcomed the better weather after weeks of rain.

“Both teams played some good running rugby and the game was in the balance until the last minute of the game,” he said later.

“Croesy’s outside half was the difference between the two teams.

“His kicking game put us under pressure and put his forwards on the front foot all the time!

“Our tries were scored by Joe Cullimore, Chris Dodderidge,Josh Harris, Will Francis and Matt Hereford with Guy Winter converting two tries.

“Joe Cullimore had a very good game and our man of the match was Will Francis.”

Chepstow’s match against New Tredegar in a Division 4 fixture was postponed.

However, the club faces seven matches in three weeks, playing Saturday and midweek to catch up on the backlog before their three-day tour to Malta after which they will play their final two matches.

This weekend Monmouth are home to Dowlais while in Division 2 Caldicot visit Caerleon and  Abergavenny visit Croesyceiliog.

In Division 3 Usk are home to Garndiffaith and in Division 4 Chepstow welcome St Julian’s HSOB to the Upton Memorial Ground.

Finally, Magor welcome Trefil to Mill Lane, Caldicot