It feels like we've been here before!
Just a week ago we were primed for a mouth-watering double header as our ultimate opponents from last season, Briton Ferry, prepared to travel north to do battle in the second and third installments of an epic rivalry.
Sadly, a frozen pitch put paid to last Sunday's Genero Adran Trophy match, which would have served as an appetiser for today's massive Welsh Cup tie. The extra week off might offer Steve Dale the opportunity to bring back some of his injured players, with his defence particularly hit hard in recent weeks.
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LAST TIME WE MET
THE VIEW FROM THE OTHER SIDE
Statistics can be misleading, but there's no doubting that Briton Ferry's record so far is a fair reflection of how this season has been going: P 9 W9 F47 A2! They are, unsurprisingly, top of the Adran South despite having games in hand on their nearest competitors.
Leading the charge up front is Alison Witts, who has already struck 18 goals this season including 3 hat tricks. She got a late goal to clinch a 1-0 victory over Caldicott Town in the last match, which propelled Briton Ferry to the top of the table.
Ferry have managed to keep last season's squad together, and made a major acquisition when they tempted Witts to step down from the top division to join them in the Summer. She scored the goal which clinched last season's conference plate for Pontypridd, and has Champions League experience from her time at Swansea City
Despite Ferry's relentless progress, the last two matches have offered one small suggestion of vulnerability: they are the only games so far this season where they have only won by one goal, and on each occasion the winner came in the last 10 minutes. Indeed, Pontardawe Town even had the audacity to hold the lead over them in their recent local derby, but eventually succumbed to an 84th minute Fleur Jenkins strike.
THE OTHER QUARTER FINALS
The New Saints v Aberystwyth Town
Pontypridd United v Cardiff City
Cascade YC v Swansea City
While we slug it out for a place in the semi-finals, the clubs either side of us at the top of the Genero Adran Premier will fancy their chances of progressing despite being drawn away. Pontypridd are yet to register a point in the top tier, so Cardiff will expect to see them off; Swansea have a tougher task as they travel to Cascade, who looked to push Briton Ferry at the top of the Adran South last season.