3 February 2023 |

Genero Adran Premier | Midweek round-up

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The battle for a spot in the Genero Adran Premier Championship Conference will go down to the final fixture of phase one after both Pontypridd United and The New Saints suffered defeats in midweek. 

Trailing their rivals by three points, The New Saints had the chance to draw level with the Dragons when they travelled to Swansea City on Wednesday, but Greg Draper’s side fell to a 5-2 loss at Llandarcy. 

A Katy Hosford strike and a stunner from Ellie Lake put the Swans into an early lead before Emily Ridge chipped Chelsea Herbert to halve the deficit. 

Nieve Jenkins, Stacey John-Davis and Monet Legall all found the scoresheet to make the three points safe for Swansea, while Ridge netted her second of the game as a late consolation.  

The result means that Ceri Phillips’ side end phase one in second place in the Genero Adran Premier table, seven points behind leaders Cardiff City. 

Defeat for TNS meant that Pontypridd only required a point against bottom of the table Abergavenny on Thursday night to secure a place in the top half. 

However, James Fishlock’s side were beaten 1-0 by the Pennies who earned their first league victory of the campaign. 

Abergavenny had held Cardiff Met to a 0-0 draw last weekend and they led inside four minutes on Thursday when former Pontypridd forward Alana Murphy found the net. 

Pontypridd’s task was made harder before half-time as Alison Witts was sent off and they could not find an equaliser at Pen-Y-Pound. 

The result was a boost for Abergavenny’s survival hopes as they closed the gap on seventh-place Barry Town United to five points. 

Josh Anderson’s side could have a further role to play in deciding who takes the final spot in the top half when they travel to TNS on Sunday for the last game of phase one. 

TNS need to win by at least four goals at Park Hall in order to leapfrog Pontypridd on goal difference.