The first team entertained Ynysddu Welfare this past Saturday knowing that nothing but full points from now on, plus a few favours, were required to make the promotion dream a reality. That though all went up in smoke during a defensive nightmare. 

Firstly though, Thursday night saw the second team host Blaenavon Blues, looking to keep up their push for a top five finish. Though they couldn't gain the three points that would have secured that spot, they held out for a 1-1 draw, Charlie Lewis-Prosser getting on the scoresheet from the penalty spot. 

Back to Saturday, and it was the Wasps that started brightly, getting on the front foot and taking the lead, Lee Brown with a trademark early free kick catching the visitors keeper cold. Going forward in that first half saw more decent play, though they could not trouble the Ynysddu net further. Unfortunately though the lead was not to last. Firstly an Ynysddu player found himself unmarked from a corner to head an equaliser, before more sloppy marking saw the visitors take the lead. The game was finely balanced heading for half time, until some disastrous defending saw a Welfare forward through on goal and with the easiest of finishes. That goal was to be the killer blow.

The second half saw Ynysddu hold the Wasps at a distance, and were it not for more quality goalkeeping by David Pearce the defeat could have been much worse. Finally they made their possession pay, another error punished in ruthless fashion to leave the Wasps hopes in tatters. Greg Lewis pulled a late goal back with a header, but it was mere consolation. A 4-2 defeat to a decent Welfare side is no real shame, but the self inflicted nature of the wounds makes it sting that bit more. There is though still a cup game to be played and the chance of a top 4 finish to fight for, so the season is far from over yet, continuing with the visit of Cromwell this Tuesday. The seconds welcome Cwmffrwdoer to the Rec on Thursday.