Briton Ferry back in Welsh Premier Women’s League

Photo: Briton Ferry Llansawel FC

Briton Ferry Llansawel bounced straight back into the Orchard Welsh Women’s Premier League but Gap Northop Hall passed up the chance to take back their place after a few years of waiting. 

WELSH REGIONAL LEAGUE END OF SEASON ROUND-UP

Briton Ferry Llansawel and Aberystwyth Town were both relegated from the Welsh Premier League in 2016/17 but were last term engaged in a battle for an immediate return.

Photo: @NorthopHallLFC

Although Aberystwyth were unbeaten in their fourteen Welsh Women’s League fixtures, it was Briton Ferry who finished top by a one-point margin. The champions missed out in the League Cup final though, beaten 2-1 after extra-time by Barry Town United. Aberystwyth were the Alun Evans Cup winners when defeating Penybont 3-0.

Gap Northop Hall had been relegated from the WPWL in 2012/13 and although they topped the North Wales League by four points from Airbus, they did not apply for promotion back to top flight*. Three second-half goals gave them the League Cup with a 4-1 victory over Denbigh Town.

Willows and Splott Albion comfortably took the top two slots in South Wales Division 1 and are therefore promoted to the Welsh Women’s League.

Photo: @DafenLadiesAFC1

Cardiff Met Development clinched the South Wales second division title ahead of their counterparts from Caldicot Town. The Archers made it a double by thrashing Llangyfelach 7-1 in the League Plate.

In West Wales, Llanelli-based Dafen were champions with a five-point lead over runners-up Rhos. They secured the top spot with a game to spare and then also won the League Cup final in a seven-goal thriller against Rhos. Dafen will now compete in the Welsh Women’s League in the forthcoming campaign.

*Ninth-placed Caernarfon Town will now remain in the WPWL next season.