East Gwent Senior League Division Two - Caldicot Castle B 3 Underwood Athletic A 9
UNDERWOOD’S B team took the honours on Saturday, winning 9-3 at Caldicot Castle B to secure the Division Two title and promotion.
Boosted by a few of their Division One team, the B team’s goals came through Jahmal Johnson (2), Justin Bidgood (2), Callum Ford (2), Daniel Guerra, Jermaine Allen and Craig Owen.
Manager Craig Johnson praised his young team for their determination to get the job done early so they can concentrate on other silverware this season.
“It was a good performance by my players who were determined to go out and get the league won,” he said later.
“It’s been a very good season for our second team with a lot of youngsters playing their first season at senior level.
“They are a talented bunch of players and it’s been a pleasure to coach them. They give 100 per cent every week and I’m looking forward to working with them next season.
“Our attention now turns to helping our A team secure the Division One title and promotion to Gwent County League next season.
”We also have a semi final and – hopefully – a final. It would be the icing on the cake if we were to win that.”
Despite the defeat, Castle’s manager Mike Levett praised his team.
“We had a makeshift team but they all battled hard,” he said.
“We scored three late goals through Grant Avery (2) and Steve Edwards but Underwood showed their class and why they are champions.”
In the other title clash, Sudbrook triumphed 4-2 at Chepstow Town to make them favourites for the runners-up place
Town have completed their league season and currently occupy second place but Sudbrook are only two points behind in third place with two games still to play.
Town fell behind on 20 minutes when a deflected shot wrong-footed their keeper and soon after Joe Whitehouse doubled Sudbrook’s advantage.
Chris Hooper pulled one back and for a time, the match was finely balanced but another own goal gave the visitors a two-goal cushion but Town reduced the arrears when a Colin Dougall free kick was bundled over the line by Steve Smith.
Sudbrook brought on Rob Thorn and Zak Hitchens and it was Hitchens who hit the killer goal to start the visitors celebrating.
In the division’s other match, Severn Tunnel boss Luke Edwards said he was pleased with a 1-1 home draw with Chepstow Athletic.
“We were given a thumping by Athletic the last time we played them so I asked the lads to be more physical and not give them as much time on the ball,” he said later.
“The boys did as I asked and gave everything, Jason Sinden scored our goal with a cheeky lobbed header and Darren Poults and Cory Delap were exceptional for us.”
Other results in Division One were: Caldicot Town 1 Undy Athletic 1; Thornwell R&W 2 (Steve Jones and Stephen Reynolds) Underwood 4 (Nathan Adams 2, Rob Williams and Josh Downing).