NO JACKPOT WINNERS
(22/10/16) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 1, 9 & 14. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £700. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 12th November.
ALL SMILES AS GLAN MAKE IT SIX OUT OF SIX
(22/10/16) Glantraeth toughed it out against a strong and physical Llandudno Junction side to win 3-1, a sixth successive victory that moves the Bodorgan side within one point of the leaders. It was no more than they deserved, they made the better chances and the visitors rarely got to really trouble keeper Ben Heald until a late scare.
Junction started the stronger, Bryan Roberts' shot from twenty-five yards on 14 minutes testing home keeper Ben Heald who needed to be alert to push the ball over then it was the turn of Junction keeper Gwydion Owen to make a flying save from Matty Lock. On 22 minutes Glan took the lead as a pass from Jamie Roberts put Marvin Pritchard in on goal and he made no mistake with a neat finish. Two minutes later it should have been two as Harry Galeotti sent in a ball from the right that found Andy Barker unmarked in front of goal only for his shot to fly just over.
Junction began the second half with a shot from Joel Hewitt but it was a couple of feet wide and Glan continued to look the more threatening and should have scored another on 73 minutes as good work on the left between Sion Hogan and Darren Gowans created a great chance for Galeotti but he could not get clean contact on the ball. Two minutes later it was 2-0 as Gowans broke down the left and sent in a superb ball for Jamie Roberts to head powerfully home (pictured right).
Glan looked home and dry but four minutes from time a dreadful error gifted the visitors a lifeline as an under-hit back pass left Heald stranded and Lee Ellis made no mistake. With the game in the first minute of added time the home side made sure of the three points as Corrig McGonigle was brought down in the box and picked himself up to confidently convert the spot-kick and keep up his record of scoring in every game since joining Glantraeth.
More of Aled's pictures on Facebook tomorrow.
WINNING WITH STYLE
(17/10/16) Watching Saturday's 2-0 win over Nantlle Vale was Glantraeth's all-time record goalscorer Ian Fidler. I said to Ian tongue in cheek when Corrig McGonigle got his tenth in little more than four games that his records could be under threat! Ian scored over 300 goals for Glantraeth.
It was another excellent performance and the main talking point amongst the supporters was the quality of play that we were seeing. There is a confident swagger about the squad at present perhaps best personified on Saturday by young Harry Galeotti (pictured) out on the right who despite some rough treatment continued to take on his marker and display his tricks before being subbed when things looked like getting out of hand.
Saturday sees the visit of Llandudno Junction and do we owe them one after our heavy defeat in the FAW Trophy! Kick-off is 2.30 pm and the referee is Robin Williams. (SS)
GLANTRAETH UP TO SECOND
(15/10/16) It was fifteen points from fifteen for Glantraeth as they moved up to second in the league with a 2-0 win over Nantlle Vale this afternoon and in truth the margin of victory should have been greater as they completed bossed the opening half in particular.
With both keepers, Ben Heald and Kieron Williams, unavailable Glan manager Warren Gibbs was forced to play central defender Wisdom Janes in goal but he was rarely tested, the home side taking the lead on only four minutes as Marvin Pritchard met Jamie Roberts' corner at the near post to head home (top picture). Vale keeper Ceirion Hall was constantly in action as the Anglesey side piled on the pressure playing at breathtaking speed at times and it was the pace of a counter-attack on 32 minutes that put them two up. Roberts passed to Harry Galeotti who put Sion Hogan away down the right and with the visitor's defence struggling to get back Hogan's cross gave Corrig McGonigle a simple tap-in.
The visitors began the second period looking more determined but were not testing Glan's stand-in keeper who was looking confident with what little he had to do and it was soon the home side looking threatening again as a clever chip from Galeotti was only just too high.
Vale were getting more and more frustrated and the game really kicked off on 73 minutes as Ellis Jones made an appalling tackle on Marvin Pritchard that could easily have led to serious injury. It was a clear red card but referee Richard Burge's decision to wave a yellow caused outrage and two minutes later the same player went into another tackle almost as bad only for the referee to caution the wrong player, substitute Kevin Barlow. The referee had lost control and then invited more ridicule after all that had gone before as he cautioned Glantraeth's Jamie Jones for dissent, it was his second yellow and he was sent off. Even with ten men Glan never looked in danger and in the last few minutes were peppering shots on the Vale goal but couldn't add to their tally.
More of Aled's pictures on Facebook tomorrow.
IOLO HUGHES JOINS GLAN FROM PORTHMADOG
(12/10/16) 21 year old defender Iolo Hughes has today signed for Glantraeth from Porthmadog. We would like to thank Craig and Gerallt for waiving the seven day's notice. Bethel-based Iolo has previously played Welsh Premier League football for Bangor City.
BIG THREE POINTS TO PLAY FOR
(10/10/16) Our league position is looking much healthier now on the back of four successive victories and we have the chance to climb even higher on Saturday when Nantlle Vale are the visitors. We won 2-1 at their place in August but really had to work for it, they looked a useful side, so we need to maintain the kind of high intensity we showed against Greenfield in what was an impressive performance. Kick-off is 2.30 pm and the referee is Richard Burge.
THREE SHARE £1,500 JACKPOT
(08/10/16) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 1, 8 & 14. There were three winners who share the £1,500 Rollover Jackpot, Gerwyn Jones of Caernarfon, Sam Hughes of Ty Croes & Beryl Siddall of Newborough. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 22nd October.
ANOTHER THREE FOR McGONIGLE AS...
YOUNG GUNS UNLEASHED
(08/10/16) It was a torrid first hour for Greenfield as they were run ragged by a high energy performance from a Glantraeth side that were on fire from the opening whistle as they looked to defend the Cookson Cup. There was experience and control at the back but it was the sheer pace and accuracy of the play from the youngsters through midfield and into attack that caught the eye, Corrig McGonigle again unstoppable with his ninth goal in three and a bit games.
It was almost 1-0 for the home side on three minutes as Jamie Roberts' cross was met by McGonigle only for his header to come back off the bar. There was incessant pressure from Glan and it paid off on 17 minutes as Sion Hogan and Roberts combined well on the left and this time McGonigle made no mistake with his header as the cross came in. Two minutes later a goal of sheer quality put Glan two ahead as Sam Faulkner played an exquisite ball with the outside of his boot behind the Greenfield defence for McGonigle to run on to, round the keeper and finish expertly from an acute angle (pictured above). A third came on 25 minutes as Sion Hogan drove a ball in from the left that ended up nestling in the corner of the net. It had been a superb first half display by Glantraeth which made a nonsense of their tepid Welsh Cup performance last week. Tom Taylor at the back looked like he had never been away, as cultured as ever with his play, and was seen having a word with one or two of the youngsters as the game got a little feisty at times late in the half.
Five minutes into the second half it was all but over as McGonigle fastened on to a long ball from keeper Ben Heald and got clear of the chasing defenders. He was never going to miss, and he didn't! Moments later Sean Davies was only a foot wide with a header from a great pass from Kieren Jeffreys.
The pace started to slacken in the final half-hour with Greenfield having their first serious attempt on goal with 62 minutes on the clock, Liam Robinson firing a foot over then Heald was called on to make a smart save from Wayne Edwards, but it was too little too late from the visitors who never really looked like rescuing the game. Final score: Glantraeth 4 Greenfield 0
More of Aled's pictures on Facebook tomorrow.
TOM TAYLOR BACK AT GLANTRAETH
(07/10/16) Tom Taylor has today re-joined Glantraeth from Caernarfon Town. We would like to thank Iwan and Geraint for their co-operation in completing the transfer today so he is available for the weekend. Tom was last with the club in 2013-2014 season when Chris Roberts was manager, winning the Player of the Year vote. He is shown being presented with the trophy by chairman Gareth Evans.
Moving the other way are Mike Lundstram who has joined Llandyrnog United and keeper Connor Hughes who has returned to Holyhead Hotspur.
IN DEFENCE OF THE COOKSON CUP
(04/10/16) We begin our defence of the Cookson Cup on Saturday when Greenfield are the first round visitors. Kick-off is 2.00 pm and the referee is Gwilym Evans.
It has been disappointing to go out of both national cup competitions in games where we performed well below our best so it is the league's domestic cups we must now concentrate on, starting this weekend.
CORRIG HAT-TRICK IN VAIN AS GLAN EXIT WELSH CUP
(01/10/16) Glantraeth are out of the Welsh Cup and can have few complaints as they were wasteful of chances and the more ruthless finishing of visitors Mynydd Llandegai gave them a 5-3 victory to continue their run of successes against higher league opposition.
Glan were always chasing the game, going behind as goals from Liam Willighan and Jamie Whitmore put the Gwynedd side two up with barely twenty minutes played. The home side came back strongly with Corrig McGonigle pulling a goal back from the penalty spot on 25 minutes and ten minutes before the break it was McGonigle again the scorer to bring the sides level with a neat finish and just on the half-time whistle he came close to completing his hat-trick with a right foot shot that flew just over.
Llandegai went back ahead on 52 minutes as Matthew Smith converted at the far post following a corner driven in from the right and twenty minutes from time Willighan got his second with a fine shot on the turn to put the visitors in a commanding position. Glan were having plenty of the ball without looking entirely convincing, Jamie Roberts firing over from little more than a yard out following a McGonigle cross, but there was hope for the home side with six minutes remaining as McGonigle did complete his treble with a cleanly executed finish after a poor clearance from the keeper had put his side in trouble. Any hopes the Anglesey side had of rescuing the game disappeared in the last minute as a shot from Matthew Lewis found the top corner to restore the two goal lead and secure a place in round two for the visitors.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.
WELSH CUP ROUND TWO THE AIM
(26/09/16) A week after Llandudno Junction put five goals past us Mynydd Llandegai went there and won through in the last round of the Welsh Cup so anyone thinking we might be in for an easy ride against the second division side next Saturday is a fool. It will be tough and we are going to have to work for a place in Round Two. Our results have picked up since then and if we maintain that form we have every chance. Referee is Iwan Ellis assisted by Dion Roberts and Ceri Pritchard. Please note kick-off this round is 2.00 pm.
JACKPOT NOW £1,500
(24/09/16) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 1, 7 & 17. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £1,500. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 8th October.
A WIN & ANOTHER CLEAN SHEET
(24/09/16) Gari reports from St Asaph: Glantraeth ran out 2-0 winners, Kieren Jeffreys opening the scoring after 16 minutes with a long range effort from just inside the opposition's half with the home keeper stranded. Corrig McGonigle made it two on the half-hour mark with an assist from Jamie Roberts. The home side did miss a penalty in the second period but it is another three points and a third successive clean sheet for the Anglesey side.
THIRD PLACED ST ASAPH NEXT
(21/09/16) Saturday sees us travel to face St Asaph. The Denbighshire side have started the season well and currently lie third. We must aim to keep the form of our last two games going which will give us a fighting chance against any opposition in the league. We will be in the red kit, kick-off is 2.30 pm and the match referee is Matt Bridges.
SORRY KELVIN !
(18/09/16) With apologies to Saturday's referee Kelvin Lewis but we just had to publish this moment in the game captured by club photographer Aled Jones.
FIVE AS GLAN CRUISE TO EASY WIN
(17/09/16) Jamie Roberts returned to action and Corrig McConigle made his debut and both were among the goals as Glantraeth comfortably beat Pwllheli by five goals to nil this afternoon.
Roberts put Glan ahead on 19 minutes as he headed home a cross from Andy Barker (pictured below) but that was about it in a less than inspiring opening forty-five minutes but the action really kicked off after the break.
Five minutes in Glantraeth went two up as Sam Faulkner won the ball leaving James Burgess to pick his spot with a fine shot into the top corner. The always dangerous Mark Jones had a shot deflected wide two minutes later for Pwllheli then Faulkner was frustrated with himself as he fired wide from a good position after good work by Barker and Roberts.
Within a minute of coming on from the bench on 61 minutes McConigle had opened his account as Robert's shot was half saved by keeper Kobr Jiri only for the Glantraeth man to follow up and head home (top picture). The home side were now rampant with Roberts inches away from finishing as a shot from McGonigle fizzed just past a post then McGonigle had the ball in the net only to be called offside.
It took a great tackle from Kieren Jeffreys at the other end as Jones looked to pull the trigger with the visitors struggling to get back in the game but it was pretty well all over on 73 minutes as Sion Hogan ran at the defence and laid the ball off perfectly to give Barker an easy finish and the scoring was completed with six minutes remaining as Glan completed an excellent second half performance as McGonigle got his second, coolly feinting a defender and the keeper to slot the ball home.
More of Aled's pictures on Facebook tomorrow.
GOAL ACE CORRIG SIGNS FOR GLANTRAETH
(15/09/16) Manager Warren Gibbs this evening signed striker Corrig McGonigle from Caernarfon Town. The 19 year old had an incredible scoring record last season netting over 100 goals in total including 50 for Pentraeth and was also top scorer for Bangor City's title winning Under 19 side. He also boosted his tally by scoring for Coleg Menai and Welsh Colleges. We would like to thank Iwan and Geraint at Caernarfon for waiving the seven day's notice.
PWLLHELI AT HOME
(13/09/16) We return to home league action next Saturday when Pwllheli are the visitors. Kick-off is 2.30 pm and the referee is Kelvin Lewis assisted by Brian Anderson and Charley Smith.
It's been an up and down start to the season but with so many squad changes in the summer perhaps that is not surprising. Certainly last Saturday's win against a very good and far more established Trearddur Bay side counts very much as an up. There was a determination and focus from the first whistle that was perhaps missing in the first meeting. I also think the pitch helped, it was dry and bone hard when we last met which made constructive football difficult, but recent rain had the pitch looking lush and green this time which made for a better game. Just my opinion but I believed it suited us.
Jamie Roberts is straining at the leash now to get back into action following a nasty injury, last Saturday was a bit too early. He was just one of a few we had missing against Bay and team selection might be more of a challenge this week which I doubt Warren will complain about. (SS)
WELSH CUP DRAW
(12/09/16) Glantraeth have been drawn at home to Mynydd Llandegai in the first round proper of the Welsh Cup. To be played Saturday 1st October.
JACKPOT UP TO £1,000
(11/09/16) The winning numbers in last night's 3 Number Lotto draw were 8, 16 & 17. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £1,000. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 24th September.
ANDY FIRES GLAN THROUGH
(10/09/16) Glantraeth learned lessons from their league defeat at Trearddur Bay last month and were in the faces of the league leaders from the first to the last to dent the home side's one hundred percent record and come out worthy winners to progress to the first round proper of the Welsh Cup.
In a highly competitive game chances were not easy to create, Asa Thomas volleying over for the home side on twenty minutes before Andy Barker gave Glan the lead five minutes before the break with a well struck shot from twenty yards that found the bottom corner (top picture).
Barker was a lively presence up front for the visitors and twice caused problems early in the second half. Dale Murphy had a shot on goal on 67 minutes but the home side were struggling to break down a fired up Glantraeth side and Barker was not far off target two minutes later as he tried an effort from distance with keeper Bry Roberts out of his goal then Sam Faulkner also went for an ambitious attempt on goal. With the game entering its final quarter Glan keeper Ben Heald was called upon to make a comfortable save from Murphy but the visitors did have a let off ten minutes from time as Thomas coming in from the right struck a post but a commanding performance from the visitors well deserved the win. Final score: Trearddur Bay Utd 0 Glantraeth 1
More of Aled's pictures on Facebook tomorrow.
TOUGH CHALLENGE AT BAY
(05/09/16) We go back to Trearddur Bay next Saturday in the second qualifying round of the Welsh Cup. We now have it all to do after the poor display at Junction described by manager Warren Gibbs as 'one of his most disappointing days in football'.
Bay are continuing last season's form and taking all before them at present so we know what we are up against. They are organised and very competitive and we need to match that and more if we are to gain control and win a place in the next round. Anything less and we will be out.
Although the Trophy game was a 2 pm kick-off please note the FAW have deemed next Saturday's Welsh Cup fixture a 2.30 pm kick-off, a bit of consistency would be nice, it helps avoid confusion! We will be in the red kit and the ref is Peter Owen...yet again.
FIRST HURDLE TROPHY EXIT FOR GLAN
(03/09/16) Junction jubilantly tweeted 'Glantraeth well and truly shunted by the Railwaymen' and it was hard to argue after the home side won this FAW Trophy tie by five goals to two. It was a miserable afternoon for the Anglesey side as they went 5-0 down before a late rally saw Matty Lock score two fine goals to give a slightly more respectable look to the scoreline.
After opening brightly Glan fell behind on 22 minutes as Joel Hewitt beat keeper Connor Hughes to the ball and six minutes later it got worse for Hughes as he spilled a long distance effort leaving Lee Ellis a simple chance to score. Things didn't improve after the break as goals from Brian Roberts, Ellis again and Merrick Knight saw the home side out of sight leaving little to celebrate following those two late strikes from Lock.
The visitors might point to missed chances and defensive errors but there is no denying this was hugely disappointing result for Glantraeth in a competition where expectations are always high.
SHAUN MOVES TO BEAUMARIS
(30/08/16) Shaun Lock has today signed for Beaumaris Town. We wish Shaun all the best, who can forget the two great crosses he put in that directly led to goals and us winning the Cookson Cup Final at Bangor City back in April.
JUNCTION IN FAW TROPHY
(29/08/16) We face a tough draw in the second round of the FAW Trophy next Saturday when we travel to face Llandudno Junction at their Flyover Ground. Please note kick off is 2.00 pm and we are in the red kit. The referee is Nick Pratt. The FAW don't appoint assistants but league secretary Ron Bridges will appoint them if the home club requests them. At this stage it looks none have been appointed.
We have enjoyed good wins on the lush and spacious playing surfaces at Glantraeth and Nantlle Vale in our last two games. We have set a standard now we need to keep it going. Sam Faulkner and Jamie Jones are now free from suspension although Jamie Roberts is still a couple of weeks away from returning to action.
THREE SHARE £2,000 JACKPOT
(27/08/16) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 2, 8 & 18. There were three winners who share the £2,000 Rollover Jackpot, Medwyn Evans c/o Huws Gray, Gaerwen, John Williams of Malltraeth & Alan Barton of Malltraeth. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 10th September.
ANOTHER THREE POINTS
(27/08/16) Glan's improved form continued with a well earned 2-1 win at Nantlle Vale this afternoon. Marvin Pritchard put the visitors ahead after 17 minutes as he prodded the ball home after a Darren Gowans' free kick had been blocked and as the Anglesey side continued on top Gowans, Matty Lock and James Burgess all went close.
With twenty-five minutes gone Vale began to apply pressure, Simon Kay and Aled Hughes heading over from corner kicks and Aaron Griffiths having a shot deflected wide. Glan came close to a second four minutes before the break as Burgess headed against the bar and as the ball came back sent in another header that keeper Neil Perkins went full length to save. The visitors finished the half on the attack, Kieren Jeffreys having a shot blocked and a great cross from Sion Hogan was headed wide by Gerwyn Jones. Lundstram and Burgess also saw efforts fail to penetrate a packed home defence.
After surviving that spell of pressure it was the visitors that again began to look the most likely scorers with Jeffreys through on goal only for the keeper to make point blank save then Burgess shot a foot over. Eight minutes from time Glantraeth went two up as Jeffreys picked out Craig Whelan with an inch perfect pass and Whelan did the rest, arrowing a header into the top corner to easily beat the keeper (top picture). It wasn't over yet as three minutes later Glan were caught flat footed as a long free kick was met at the far post and played across the face of goal to leave Hughes a simple conversion but that proved the end of the scoring as the visitors claimed the three points.
POSITIVES TO MOVE FORWARD ON
(25/08/16) An excellent second half display in the win over Llangefni Town last night will hopefully kick start our season. There were so many positives once we really got going, it was a real team performance the only downsides being the injury to Jamie Roberts and the dismissals of Jamie Jones and Sam Faulkner which will see them suspended on Saturday at Nantlle Vale although that will give other players the chance to shine. Kick-off for that game is 2.30 pm, we are in the red kit and the referee is Gwilym Evans.
We have today waived the seven days notice to release Dion Williams and I met with their manager Sean Brett this morning to sign his transfer back to Menai Bridge. (SS)
GLAN EXPLODE INTO ACTION
(24/08/16) A fairly tame first forty-five minutes in which goalmouth action was at a premium exploded into life after the break as a devastating opening by Glantraeth left visitors Llangefni reeling.
The best chance of the first period fell to Cefni's Jack Williams on 26 minutes as the home side failed to cut out a through ball but as Williams closed in on goal keeper Connor Hughes made a great block to clear the danger.
What a different story it was after the break as Glan stormed forward looking nothing like the side that had lost their opening two games. Within two minutes of the restart they took the lead as Jamie Jones sent in a great ball from the left and Mike Lundstram rose to score with an equally impressive header and this was almost immediately followed by a second as Darren Gowans danced down the left before crossing to leave Marvin Pritchard an easy tap-in (top picture). It was all Glantraeth at this stage and a tremendous long ball from Dylan Williams found Lundstram only for the Glan striker to fire just over.
The home side should have had a penalty on the hour mark as Pritchard pushed the ball past keeper Liam Ewing before being clattered to the ground. It was a let-off for the visitors but things got even worse for them on 62 minutes as Steve Kehoe was dismissed for a second yellow and ten minutes later it was 3-0 to the Bodorgan side as a well drilled cross from Sam Faulkner was headed back across goal by Lundstram for James Burgess to nod home.
Nine minutes from time Llangefni pulled a goal back after referee Peter Kewley spotted an infringement in the area and Paul Rowlands comfortably put away the spot kick. Cefni keeper Ewing made a fine save from Gowans on 84 minutes and Lundstram following up shot over then there was another red card as Jamie Jones got a second caution for an alleged dive in the box to reduce both sides to ten.
Glantraeth re-opened their three goal lead four minutes from time with another fine goal as Lundstram crossed from the right and Matty Lock's header put a goal on a plate for Faulkner to score from close in. Faulkner's joy didn't last long as four minutes later referee Kewley was at it again, completing his hat-trick by sending the young midfielder off for a second caution. Final score: Glantraeth 4 Llangefni Town 1
Note: Glantraeth's talented midfielder Jamie Roberts was taken to hospital after getting injured late in the first half. The good news is there is no break just a badly sprained ankle.
NOT JUST LOCAL PRIDE AT STAKE
(21/08/16) On Wednesday we entertain Llangefni Town at Trefdraeth. Cefni have a one hundred percent record after two games and we are pointless. If that doesn't sting us into a reaction then nothing will!!
Our performance against Penrhyndeudraeth wasn't bad, we could just have easily won as lost, but at Trearddur Bay we were very much second best, admittedly against a side that could well be good enough to retain their league title. There was also the little matter of having keeper Connor Hughes injured early in the game, which hardly helped.
Pride is very much at stake on Wednesday and not just local pride, we cannot afford to fall any further behind and a win really is a must. Kick-off is 6.30 pm and the referee is Peter Kewley.
ALL TOO EASY FOR BAY
(17/08/16) Glantraeth were handicapped from early in the game as keeper Connor Hughes was injured in a challenge with Asa Thomas but they were already behind to a third minute goal from Curt Williams after some dreadful defending presented the scorer with an easy conversion. Gerwyn Jones headed a Sean Davies free kick on to the roof of the net for Glantraeth but the visitors were struggling to make any real impression on the Bay defence and went two behind on 26 minutes as Dale Murphy ran through almost unchallenged. Hughes was virtually a passenger and was replaced in goal at half-time by Sion Hogan who could do little to prevent a third five minutes in as a quick free kick put Murphy clear to get his second. Last season Glan fought back from three goals down to force a draw but there was little sign of this happening on this occasion and only a late penalty from Jamie Roberts gave a better degree of respectability to the scoreline. Final score: Trearddur Bay United 3 Glantraeth 1
More of Aled's pictures on Glantraeth Facebook page tomorrow.
EVEN BIGGER TEST WEDNESDAY
(14/08/16) With only four players that were with the club at the end of last season in the sixteen man squad yesterday it was hardly the ideal opening game to face a very good Penrhyndeudraeth side. Having said that we could just have easily won as lost if we had taken some of the clear cut chances we created so it is important we take the positives from our performance.
On Wednesday we will face an even bigger test when we go to league champions Trearddur Bay. Kick-off is 6.30 pm, we are in the red kit and the referee is again Peter Owen. After-match hospitality is in the Driftwood Motel.
I must admit when I walked on the ground yesterday I was hugely impressed at the tremendous amount of work that has gone on during the summer. The pitch looked superb, as good as I have ever seen it. I've always said when the sun is shining there are few better places to watch a game of football than at Glantraeth, biased but true. The new canteen (pictured) also looked tremendous, a credit to the hard graft that has gone in over the past couple of weeks. I can't speak highly enough of our committee, Helen and other friends of the club who have made all this happen. (SS)
JACKPOT £2,000 !!!
(13/08/16) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 10, 13 & 15. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £2,000. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 27th August.
PENRHYN'S LATE STRIKE SINKS GLAN
(13/08/16) Both sides were guilty of missed chances in a closely fought opener at Glantraeth but with the result on a knife edge it was Penrhyndeudraeth that pounced six minutes from time as a low shot from Jack Davis found the net to give the visitors a 3-2 win.
The Gwynedd side began the stronger, a long cross from full back Alun Hughes bouncing off the top of the bar after just 90 seconds, then Sion Parry just failed to make contact with a left wing cross and Meilir Williams scooped one over from close in. After those early scares it was then Glantraeth, with many new faces in the squad, who began to carve out the better chances with Mike Lundstram twice in a minute inches away from converting great crosses from Jamie Roberts and Darren Gowans. A flowing move by the home side on the half-hour mark deserved reward as Dylan Williams and Sean Davies linked on the right before crossing for Lundstram to power a header inches wide.
Penrhyndeudraeth took the lead on 36 minutes as a cross from the right was saved by keeper Connor Hughes only for the ball to cannon off Meilir Williams into the net. Dylan Williams volleyed wide as Glan replied but it was the visitors that went in ahead at the break.
Glantraeth had a great chance to level five minutes into the second half as a Jamie Roberts' shot was only half saved by keeper Tyler French only for Lundstram to fire over from almost point blank range but the home side were level two minutes later as Jamie Roberts created space and let fly with a powerful shot for his first goal for the club. Six minutes later it was Roberts again on target to put the Anglesey side ahead as his header from a Lundstram cross was deflected past the keeper. Home keeper Connor Hughes made a fine finger tip save from Alun Hughes a minute later but If Glan's second goal had an element of good fortune it was nothing compared to Penrhyn's leveller on the hour mark as Meilir Williams hit a shot that was well off target only for the ball to hit Marvin Pritchard and completely change direction leaving keeper Hughes with no chance of saving.
The game was now delicately poised and some brilliant play by Jamie Roberts on 68 minutes ended with a powerful shot that brought a flying save from French. The home side had a gilt edged chance to go back in front five minutes later as Lundstram sent in a perfect cross that Marvin Pritchard met at the far post but with the whole goal at his mercy he headed wide. It was a big let off for the visitors and Glantraeth paid a heavy price as Davis snatched that late winner. Referee Peter Owen played only one minute of added time, almost unheard of, to end any chances of a late equaliser but Penrhyn will be happy as they got the perfect start to the season.
More of Aled's pictures now on Glantraeth Facebook page.
TWO MORE ADDED TO SQUAD
(09/08/16) Warren has added two more players to his squad. Keeper Connor Hughes (pictured right) has joined after signing for Holyhead Hotspur in the summer. 19 year old Connor was previously with Bodedern and Llanfairpwll. Many thanks to Hotspur secretary Richard Parry for his assistance in the transfer. Thanks also to Pentraeth secretary Dawn Hughes for helping complete the transfer of central defender Gerwyn Roberts (pictured above). Gerwyn was captain of Pentraeth last season and has also played for Llandegfan and Bethesda Athletic. Pen pictures will be updated next week.
(08/08/16) In the first round of the Cookson Cup holders Glantraeth have been drawn at home to Greenfield while in the opening round of the Mawddach Challenge Cup we are away to Penrhyndeudraeth.
NOT LONG NOW
(07/08/16) It's been an interesting pre-season, the hardest part has been keeping track of the score at times! Even now I wouldn't guess at Warren's starting eleven when we kick-off the season next weekend. Through circumstances there has been little choice but to make several changes to the squad so I think it would fair to say we are in a period of transition. Transition or not we face a daunting opening two games against Penrhyn and Trearddur Bay, probably two of the title favourites. Still, every season is a challenge so no change there.
Off the field the old canteen had reached the end of its life and has been replaced by a new cabin, Hel's Kitchen Mark II, which will be open for the first time next week. A lot of work has gone into fitting it out by committee members, Helen and other helpers and now it is really looking the part. Tarw has led the way on the field with new fencing at the road end helped by Cledwyn and Gareth Morris with more improvements to come. All I can say is the ground bears little resemblance to when I first visited in 2005 although we did then have the bonus of the Glantraeth Restaurant on the site which was a great facility.
Next Saturday's game at home to Penrhyndeudraeth kicks off at 2.30 pm and the referee is Peter Owen. Admission is again £3 with under sixteens free and includes a complimentary programme while stocks last.
A new signing is Dylan Williams (pictured) who has re-joined Glantraeth. Dylan was with Shrewsbury Town's youth team and has also been at Wolverhampton Wanderers and Crewe Alexandra. He has also played in the USA for West Virginia Chaos and RedStorm the soccer team of the University of Rio Grande in Ohio. More recently he has been with Menai Bridge. (SS)
PRE-SEASON ENDS WITH WIN
(04/08/16) Glantraeth completed their pre-season fixtures this evening at Penmaenmawr Phoenix with a 4-2 win, scorers Shaun Lock, Jamie Roberts (pictured), Matty Lock & Mike Lundstram.
PLENTY OF GOAL ACTION
(02/08/16) Glantraeth were made to work for a 6-4 victory over Llanfairpwll this evening. Scorers for Glan were Kieren Jeffreys, Mike Lundstram (2), Jamie Roberts, Shaun Lock & Harry Galeotti.
DEFEAT FOR GLAN
(30/07/16) Glantraeth were defeated 2-1 at Blaenau Ffestiniog this afternoon. Shaun Lock was on target for Glan and Sion Roberts and Bryn Humphreys for the home side.
3-1 WIN FOR GLANTRAETH
(28/07/16) Pentraeth got a last minute consolation but Glantraeth ran out comfortable 3-1 winners in tonight's pre-season opener at Trefdraeth as the squad continues to build for the new season. Scorers for Glan were Shaun Lock, Darren Gowans from the penalty spot and Harry Galeotti.
There is a bus for players going to Blaenau Ffestiniog on Saturday leaving Brewers Fayre, Parc Menai, Bangor at 12.15 pm.
FOOTBALL BACK AT GLANTRAETH
(25/07/16) Work is well underway preparing the ground for our first pre-season game at Glantraeth on Thursday when Pentraeth are the visitors. Unfortunately the canteen will not be open as Hel's Kitchen Mark II is still in the process of being fitted out. Kick-off is 7.00 pm, we are in the red kit and thanks to Dewi Morris for organising the three match officials.
On Saturday we travel to Blaenau Ffestiniog at the invitation of our old friend Dafydd Hughes. Kick-off is 2.30 pm and we will be in the blue kit.
PLAYERS OUT....PLAYERS IN
(24/07/16) Although it leaves a void to fill for the manager it always reflects well on the club if player's performances with Glantraeth lead to them being signed up by higher league clubs. Last season it was Danny Brookwell moving to Caernarfon Town and now we have seen Mark Bridge move on to Holywell Town, Guto Hughes to Denbigh Town and Tom Clarke has signed for Porthmadog. We wish them all well and it goes without saying that they are always welcome back at Glantraeth at any time in the future.
Amongst recent signings are defenders Dion Williams and Wisdom Janes from Menai Bridge, Andy Barker has returned to Glantraeth from Pentraeth, defender Jamie Jones (pictured left) has joined from Llandudno Junction after previously being with Conwy United and Holywell Town and last but not least midfielder Sam Faulkner (pictured right) who has been with Bangor City's first team squad and prior to that with Wrexham's Academy. Warren has other signings lined up as he prepares for kick-off on Saturday 13th August.
GOALS POUR IN AT PARC MEURIG
(23/07/16) Bethesda never let their heads drop as they battled away with some reward despite being on the end of a 11-4 hammering by Glantraeth this afternoon. Scorers for Glan were Andy Barker (3), Marvin Pritchard (2), Mike Lundstram (2), Jamie Roberts (2), Kieren Jeffreys & Sam Faulkner.
BETHESDA ON SATURDAY
(21/07/16) We play at Parc Meurig on Saturday as we face Bethesda Athletic who will be playing in the Gwynedd League this season. It is always good to see Bethesda back in action, they have excellent facilities and are a club of some pedigree going back over the years. I well recall the days when they played in the FA Cup and the FA Trophy. In fact one of their last games in the FA Cup was against Tamworth a club that has special memories for me. We wish them well for the season ahead. Kick-off is 2.30 pm, we will be in our red kit and referee is Dewi Morris.
Thanks to Cemaes Bay for last night's game and we also wish them well as they join the Welsh Alliance. It was a thoroughly entertaining game with some good football played by both sides but the Bay keeper gave an outstanding display particularly in the second period as Glan really piled on the pressure. (SS)
MIKE & JAMIE AGAIN ON TARGET
(20/07/16) A hat-trick from Mike Lundstram and another from Jamie Roberts gave Glantraeth a 4-1 win in a good workout at Cemaes Bay this evening.
MARVIN JOINS FROM LLANRUG
(16/07/16) Defeat at Caernarfon on Thursday is not too disappointing as they fielded all of last season's title winning side bar Jamie Breese who was unavailable while the Glantraeth squad included several newcomers as Warren continues to build the squad for the start of the season. Amongst the new signings featuring at The Oval was midfielder Marvin Pritchard who has joined from Llanrug United. Glan had spells in the ascendancy but the home team's finishing was lethal and they look certain to be challenging for the title again this season. Everything about the club smacks of professionalism, potential and ambition and I don't care what the reason is the Welsh Premier League/FAW are fools for refusing them membership. It is their loss.
Jamie Roberts' finish was sheer class for Glan's first and Shaun Lock was unlucky not to make it 6-3 late on with an incredible effort from just inside the halfway line that struck the bar.
Next up is Cemaes Bay at School Lane next Wednesday, kick-off 7.00 pm. (SS)
GLAN LOSE OUT IN OPENER
(14/07/16) Glantraeth played their first pre-season fixture this evening at Caernarfon Town and with several new faces in the squad lost out by six goals to two. Glan's scorers were Jamie Roberts and Mike Lundstram.
JACKPOT UP TO £1,000
(10/07/16) The winning numbers in this week's 3 Number Lotto draw were 1, 15 & 19. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £1,000. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 23rd July.
DARREN SIGNS ON DOTTED LINE
(09/07/16) Glantraeth manager Warren Gibbs is delighted to have signed Darren Gowans. Darren is a left sided player who as a 19 year old was part of Glan's Cymru Alliance double winning squad in 2006. He has also played with Bangor City and Bethesda Athletic.
JAMIE ROBERTS SIGNS FOR GLAN
(02/07/16) Malltraeth's own Jamie Roberts has signed for Glantraeth. Born and bred in the village the club have always taken a great deal of pride and interest in Jamie's progress and believe Glantraeth will provide a perfect shop window for his talents just as it has for many players in the past. At only 18 he still has plenty of time to progress to the very top of Welsh football.
Jamie is a midfielder with natural talent in abundance and a proven goalscorer. He began with Glantraeth Juniors and has represented Wales at youth and college level. He was with the Connah's Quay Academy for three years and last season played with Holyhead Hotspur in the Huws Gray Alliance, the second tier of Welsh football. Chairman Gareth Evans couldn't hide his delight at Jamie signing for Glantraeth. "He has been so involved with the club and the players for several years and a great supporter and it is brilliant he has now decided to sign for us."
Secretary Stan Strickland added: "We have always wanted what was best for Jamie and when he reached 16 we told him he could not turn down the scholarship at Connahs Quay which was not only a great opportunity for him to develop as a player but also as a person."
(30/06/16) At the league AGM last week Y Felinheli, Llandudno Albion and Cemaes Bay were accepted into Division Two of the Welsh Alliance. As expected Llanfairpwll and Llandyrnog United were relegated from Division One with Nantlle Vale and Greenfield promoted in their places. It meant two divisions of 16 clubs.
Sadly, since the meeting it appears that our neighbours Gwalchmai have pulled out. Kenny Jones is reporting on their Facebook page how gutted he and Paul Owen were to have to make the decision. Like every club on the island they have worked tremendously hard over the years and you can only hope they will soon be back. It often goes in cycles, many clubs have struggled at various times including ourselves but come back strongly and we wish Gwalchmai a speedy return. Our rivalry with them goes back to the 1980s.
The league kicks off on Saturday 13th August when we host Penrhyndeudraeth. I only realised after the league AGM that last season started on the 8th August so struggle to understand the reasoning of starting almost a week later after the problems we had with fitting in fixtures at the end of last season. I am told the rule is the league starts on the second Saturday of August.
Here at Glantraeth pre-season training commenced last night and we play our first friendly at Caernarfon Town on Thursday 14th July, kick-off 7.00 pm.
The club will be holding its AGM at the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth next Monday evening, 7.15 pm start. Anyone who feels they can make a useful contribution to the club in any way is welcome to attend.
I would like to make one final point. Last season due to my own personal circumstances in December our application for promotion to the Huws Gray Alliance did not go in by the end of year deadline. A late application went in front of the FAW National Game Board in January giving full details of those circumstances. They turned our application down in such a callous fashion that I seriously considered blowing the whole thing up in the Daily Post but felt it wouldn't be right for reasons that those close to the club will understand. I am fully aware of the guilty parties who were most responsible for that decision and they best keep well out of my way.
Having said that we WILL be applying for promotion this season.
TWO SHARE £500 JACKPOT
(26/06/16) The winning numbers in last night's 3 Number Lotto draw were 4, 14 & 18. There were two winners sharing the £500 Jackpot, E.Jones of Hermon & Sandra Hughes of Newborough. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 9th July.
MARK WINS TOP LEAGUE HONOUR
(18/06/16) Glantraeth forward Mark Bridge is the Welsh Alliance Division One Player of the Year for 2015-2016 season and is pictured being presented with the award at today's League AGM in Llanfairfechan by league vice-president Hugh Davies. On hearing the news Mark's reaction was: 'Bloody Hell!! Over the moon and privileged.'
The award is decided by who gets the most best opposing player awards from clubs during the course of the season. Mark catches the eye with his pace, aggression and commitment and not forgetting the 22 goals he has netted to make him Glantraeth's leading scorer. On top of that he has earned much respect within the club as he has carried on through the club's frightening end of season fixture pile-up despite three times dislocating his shoulder. It is a well deserved and popular award and everyone at the club offers their congratulations.
TINA WINS £1,000
(12/06/16) The winning numbers in last night's 3 Number Lotto draw were 7, 15 & 19. There was one winner of the £1,000 Rollover Jackpot, Tina Roberts of Ty Croes. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 25th June.
FIRST PRE-SEASON ANNOUNCED
(01/06/16) The first game of our pre-season programme has been confirmed. We will be away to Blaenau Ffestiniog on Saturday 30th July, kick-off 2.30 pm.
JACKPOT UP TO £1,000
(28/05/16) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 1, 2 & 14. There was no winner so the jackpot rolls over to £1,000. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 11th June.
BEN GETS THE PLAYERS VOTE
(28/05/16) Glantraeth held their annual presentation night at the Joiners Arms in Malltraeth last night. The Players' Player of the Year award went to goalkeeper Ben Heald who has had an outstanding season as the last line of defence. The Supporters' Player of the Year award went to Gareth Owen, the third time he has won such an award with the club. Gareth was also presented with the Len Jones memorial shield donated by Len's son Aled which will be presented every year to the supporters' choice. The Manager's choice of Player of the Year was 19 year old Tomos Clarke while Mark Bridge picked up the Leading Scorer trophy with 22 goals.
Chairman Gareth Evans thanked the players and management for bringing success to the club by winning the Cookson Cup and for their tremendous efforts over the past few weeks in turning out for so many fixtures.
Among the facts that secretary Stan Strickland came up with was that Matty Lock's goal at Penrhyndeudraeth on Thursday evening made it exactly 100 goals in total for the season. Tom Clarke and Sean Davies made the most appearances with 41.
It is always the club's aim to win a trophy every season so it goes down as another successful campaign and on top of that it has been one of the most eventful in the club's history with Glantraeth achieving global headlines in February after Hollywood movie star Naomi Watts accepted the club's invitation to be its new president.
There were also presentations to Helen, Nia and Alwena for their work in the canteen on matchdays and to young Tomos our senior ball boy. Thanks also to Aled who has taken such great photographs having attended virtually every game home and away. On behalf of the players captain Gareth Owen and vice-captain Ben Heald also made a presentation to the management team of Warren, Neil and Sion.
There will be a load more of Aled's pictures on our Facebook page during the course of today after the paracetomol has kicked in. (SS)
HEROICS BUT SEASON ENDS IN DEFEAT
(26/05/16) Glantraeth went down to defeat 4-2 at Penrhyndeudraeth this evening in their final game of the season. It has been a heroic effort by the Bodorgan side as they have played three games a week for the past five weeks because of a massive fixture pile-up and it has really taken it's toll. Glan started tonight's game with only ten men until Sean Davies arrived after travelling from Chester especially for the game showing just how much effort and commitment has been required to get all these fixtures played.
As far as tonight's game went Glantraeth were under pressure right from the start and fell behind after just five minutes as Iwan Lane followed up to score after Meilr Williams' header had come back off the bar and a minute later Sion Bradley was denied by a post. The visitors went close as home keeper did well to save from Mike Lundstrum on 24 minutes but eight minutes before the break Glan went two down as Steven Jones headed home following a corner.
The Anglesey side had an hill to climb six minutes into the second half as a powerful finish from Meilir Williams made it 3-0. The Penrhyn management clearly thought it game over and immediately brought on three subs but we're in for shock as Glantraeth fought back, Neil Hughes scoring with a screamer three minutes later, and as Glan pushed forward Matty Lock reduced the deficit to one on 69 minutes as he shot home after Lundstrum had headed back a Mark Bridge cross. The visitors were now looking likely to get level but ten minutes from time Williams got his second to clinch victory for Penrhyn.
FOURTH PLACE FOR GLANTRAETH
(23/05/16) Gwalchmai were in trouble from the 22nd minute as their captain Alun Roberts was dismissed. Shaun Lock had played a ball into the area met by Mike Lundstrum whose header was net bound before Roberts stopped the ball crossing the line with his hand. Referee Allan Rowlands in his final game before retirement had no choice but to produce the red card. Tom Clarke put away the spot kick. Three minutes later it was almost two as Gareth Owen had a header come back off a post. Glan keeper Ben Heald was called into action nine minutes before the break, making a fine diving save as a Corey Sinnott free kick took a big deflection.
A minute into the second half the visitors went further ahead as a great pass from Clarke found Lundstrum and his cross was perfect for Kieren Jeffreys to score with a neat header. On 58 minutes it was 3-0 as a long ball from Geraint Mitchell found Jeffreys and his back heel released Shaun Lock to send in a low cross for Lundstrum to score from close in. It was all too easy for Glantraeth though Sinnott got a late consolation goal for the home side two minutes from time as he slid the ball past Heald after being put clear. The three points secured fourth place.
PRESENTATION NIGHT FRIDAY
(20/05/16) On Monday we will be away to Gwalchmai. Kick-off is 7 pm, we are in the red kit and the referee is Allan Rowlands and we finally play our last game of the season at Penrhyndeudraeth next Thursday. Kick-off is again 7 pm, we are in the red kit and the referee is Gwilym Evans. We need two points from these games to ensure a fourth place finish as we still have three points to be deducted for failing to fulfil the Penrhyndeudraeth fixture earlier this month.
The club's end of season presentation night for players, wives, partners, girlfriends, family, supporters and club officials will be held next Friday 27th May in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth starting at 7.30 pm. There will be a buffet and a free jukebox laid on.
A HAT-TRICK FOR LUNDSTRUM AS....
GLANTRAETH RUN IN SEVEN
(19/05/16) Glantraeth could hardly buy a goal at Llanberis on Tuesday but tonight they found their scoring form with a vengeance as they ran out 7-3 winners against Llangefni Town.
The Bodorgan side went ahead after just two minutes as Shaun Lock was left with a simple tap-in from Kieren Jeffreys' cross. Three minutes later it took a good save from Ben Heald as Cefni responded through Iwan Jones. Glan went two up on 27 minutes as Mark Bridge controlled a through ball well before sliding the ball past keeper Liam Ewing and Mike Lundstrum added a third five minutes later, finishing smartly as he cut in from the right. Jack Williams was unlucky for the visitors ten minutes before the break as he saw his shot come back off a post then it took a great tackle from Tom Clarke to prevent Dafydd Jones getting in a shot on goal and Heald went down well to save from James Saxon as the visitors strove to get back in the game.
Llangefni did get a goal back eight minutes into the second half as a quick free kick taken by Steve Kehoe caught the home defence napping but it proved a brief glimmer of hope for the visitors as four minutes later Glantraeth scored the goal of the game as Mark Bridge whipped in a cross from the right that Lundstrum met with a superb header into the top corner giving Ewing no chance. On 66 minutes Lundstrum completed his hat-trick as he was released by Jeffreys before taking the ball around the keeper and slotting home. 5-1 to Glantraeth the scoring was still far from being over as with ten minutes remaining Tom Clarke strode forward and laid the ball off to Kelvin Frazer who netted with a nice finish just inside the post. Llangefni kept going and were rewarded with two goals in the final three minutes from ex-Glantraeth players James Burgess and Gari Owen. Stung back into action Glan got a seventh on the 90th minute as Bridge met a cross from Lundstrum at the far post to slide the ball into the empty net.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.
GLAN GO DOWN 4-1
(17/05/16) The difference was in the finishing and a man of the match performance by home keeper Louis Williams as Glan went down 4-1 at Llanberis this evening, Played in driving wind and rain the visitors had plenty of the ball but the final score was poor reward for their efforts.
Llanberis almost took the lead in the first minute as Dave Jones met a cross from the left, his shot bouncing up and striking the bar. Glan came back strongly with the keeper doing well to push away a header from Matty Lock then as the corner came in he saved twice in quick succession from Neil Hughes and Lock again. The home side did go ahead on 8 minutes as a low shot from Gethin Maxwell found the net. Gareth Owen twice went close for the visitors approaching the half-hour mark with headers after meeting long throws from Shaun Lock. Playing with the strong wind Glan were putting increasing pressure on the home goal. It took a tremendous save from Williams to keep out a shot from Neil Hughes with Mark Bridge firing over from the rebound then Gareth Owen saw his header go inches wide in the last action of the half.
Three minutes into the second half Glan were unlucky not to level as Tom Clarke shot against the underside of the bar and Kelvin Frazer followed up only to shoot wide with a great chance. Mark Bridge was then clear only to fire wide under pressure but in the next attack Bridge did score as he drove home for his twentieth goal of the season.
It was no more than Glantraeth deserved but they were back to square one on 55 minutes as Dylan Parry slid in at the far post to meet a left wing cross and put the home side back in the lead. With fifteen minutes remaining Williams went full length to his left to pull off a terrific save as Gareth Owen blasted the ball goalwards as Glan went looking to level again but it all went pear shaped three minutes later as Gerad Laidlow scored from fully forty yards with Glan keeper Ben Heald stranded following a clearance and there was further indignity for the Anglesey side as Owain Gibbard got a fourth in the last minute.
The scoreline might have flattered the home side but Glantraeth now have to lift themselves for Thursday's visit of Llangefni Town.
J O HUGHES
(16/05/16) We are sad to report that J.O.Hughes passed away this morning at the age of 97. J.O. was a legend in North Wales football and a former president of The Football Association of Wales. He is pictured at our presentation night at the Glantraeth Restaurant in 2006 at the end of our Cymru Alliance double winning season presenting the leading goalscorer award to Mark 'Cabbage' Thomas. I visited him last year at Rhos Residential Home in Malltraeth to give him a copy of the Glantraeth history. He was still sprightly and still receiving stacks of football related mail. We send our condolences to his family. (SS)
ONLY FOUR GAMES TO GO !
(15/05/16) I didn't go to the Llandyrnog game yesterday but chairman Gari was full of praise for our display in coming back to win although when I phoned him during the game I don't think I have ever known him so angry at the antics of a referee.
On Tuesday we are at Llanberis. We are in the blue kit, the referee is Peter Owen and kick-off is 6.30 pm. On Thursday we entertain Llangefni Town. Ref is Nick Pratt, we are in the red kit and that one kicks off at 6.45 pm.
Many of the players are away in Blackpool next weekend. When - and if - they return we are away to Gwalchmai on the Monday, kick-off 7.00 pm and the re-arranged game at Penrhyndeudraeth is the following Thursday 26th May also kicking off at 7.00 pm. Pre-season starts a week later.
Just kidding! (SS)
MAIR WINS £500
(14/05/16) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 5, 12 & 14. There was one winner of the £500 Jackpot, Mair Hughes of Llangefni. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 28th May.
THREE FROM BRIDGE IN THRILLER
(14/05/16) Glantraeth were shocked as Llandyrnog raced into an early two goal lead, Will Ashley and Dion Jones the scorers, but got themselves back into the game with two goals in two minutes from Mark Bridge just before the break. The second half had hardly started before Glan were in front, Bridge completing his hat-trick. In a see-saw game the home side levelled from the penalty spot on 53 minutes through Dan Porter but the scoring was completed eight minutes from time as it was Glan's turn to be awarded a penalty and Tom Clarke made no mistake from the spot. Final score: Llandyrnog United 3 Glantraeth 4
More pictures on Facebook tomorrow.
BETTER BUT ONLY ONE POINT
(12/05/16) A higher energy performance after a five day rest from Glantraeth but a strong second half display could not bring them the three points that their performance probably deserved against a determined Llanberis side fighting against relegation.
The visitors took the lead in the eighth minute as Gwyn Jones swept the ball home at the near post as a corner came in from the right. Good work from Mark Bridge and Mike Lundstrum set up a good chance for Sean Davies six minutes later but the Glantraeth number seven saw his shot strike a post. On 26 minutes the home side levelled as Bridge smashed the ball past keeper Louis Williams, Tom Clarke providing the pass.
Bridge almost had a second five minutes into the second period only for the keeper too scoop his shot on to the bar and seven minutes later the same player was only inches wide after meeting a cross from Lundstrum. Glantraeth were having the better of things this half but clear chances were not proving easy to create. Sean Davies had a header cleared off the line with a quarter hour remaining by Dylan Parry and Neil Hughes went close with time almost up but the final whistle went with the sides tied at one goal apiece.
GAME OFF TONIGHT
(10/05/16) Tonight's game at Penrhyndeudraeth is off as we cannot raise a team due to injuries, suspensions and players working away. We have sent our apologies to Penrhyn but feared that this situation would eventually come about with the number of games we are being forced to play in such a short space of time.
IT DON'T GET ANY EASIER
(08/05/16) We have to go again this week with three more games coming up. Hopefully on Tuesday Warren will have eleven fit players when we again face our cup conquerors Penrhyndeudraeth, this time a league fixture at their place. Kick-off is 6.30 pm, we will be in the red kit and the referee is Arwel Thomas.
On Thursday we will have the luxury of desperately needed reinforcements to the squad as Shaun Lock and Kieren Jeffreys are available again after suspension. Opponents at Glantraeth are Llanberis. Kick-off is again 6.30 pm, we will be in the blue kit and referee is Terry Atkinson.
The Llanberis game will be sponsored by Daniel's Tearoom, High Street, Llangefni. Owner John Morris will be attending the game along with Miss Anglesey & Gwynedd Khethiwe Ncube (pictured). Khethi occasionally works at the Tearoom and is originally from Zimbabwe but moved to Anglesey when she was six, her father working at RAF Valley. She is a fluent Welsh speaker and as a Miss Wales finalist could become the first black girl to win the title. John's uncle Henry Morris was the butler at Plas Newydd for many years. Khethiwe and John will be pictured with the team before kick-off.
Next Saturday we travel to face Llandyrnog United. Kick-off for that one is 2.30 pm, we will be in the red kit and the referee is Matt Bridges. There will be a coach going to Llandyrnog leaving Malltraeth 11.30 am and picking up at Llanfairpwll Park & Ride 12.10 pm.
(07/05/16) The fresh legs of Penrhyndeudraeth ran out 4-1 winners in this afternoon's Mawddach Cup Final at Bangor as Glantraeth's gruelling end of season schedule really caught up with them. The difference was perhaps best summed up at half-time as Penrhyn had five substitutes warming up while Glan did not have enough for a kick around.
With injuries and suspensions manager Warren Gibbs has little room for squad rotation and the same players are being called upon to play in game after game resulting in today's laboured performance. It is too much to ask of part-time players. Take nothing away from Penrhyn they fully deserved the win and had the game's outstanding player in Sion Bradley.
Only five minutes in Darren Jones' hamstring went and although he soldiered on for a few more minutes it was another blow to an already decimated Glantraeth squad. It was the Anglesey side that came closest to opening the scoring on fifteen minutes as Tom Clarke turned and struck a tremendous half-volley that looked goal bound only for keeper Tyler French to make a flying save and push the ball over (top picture). From the corner Clarke failed to connect when any kind of touch would have resulted in a goal. Three minutes later Penrhyn went close as Jack Davis rifled in a shot that struck the bar and went over.
It was proving a good final with play switching from end to end and both sides looking dangerous in turn. Just coming to the hour mark Clarke twice went close for Glan, first having a header blocked then his follow up shot struck a defender but on 61 minutes the Gwynedd side took the lead as Gerwyn Jones just failed to get his tackle in and Bradley swept the ball home and four minutes later they went 2-0 down, Bradley again the scorer as he got between two defenders to meet a left wing cross.
Glantraeth were now looking a side that had played nine games in twenty days and with six minutes remaining it was hardly surprising when Penrhyn got a third through Meilir Williams. Glan responded with a Sean Davies goal on 88 minutes and tried hard to push for another but with time almost up it was all over as Paul Roberts made it 4-1.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook.
AIMING FOR ANOTHER CUP WIN
(05/05/16) It was an unlucky way to lose at Junction last night with a freak goal in added time. There was a great deal of dissatisfaction amongst our players and supporters with the performance of the local match officials and you do wonder why the league's top officials were not appointed for such an important fixture played in midweek. I will say no more. It was an unfortunate way to lose but we now have to forget that and lift ourselves for Saturday.
Like the Cookson Cup we have never won the Mawddach Challenge Cup (Barritt Cup) before so let's hope it is another first. We owe Penrhyndeudraeth one from last season's FAW Trophy semi-final defeat at Bangor but they are going well and it will need a top performance from our lads. We are in the red kit and have been allocated the home changing room. Referee is Robin Williams, kick-off is 2.30 pm and admission is £4 or £1 for seniors and under 14s. (SS)
LUCKY STRIKE DOWNS GLANTRAETH
(04/05/16) A huge deflection on a free kick in the 92nd minute gave Llandudno Junction a 2-1 victory in tonight's game. It was a lucky goal but just about ended Glan's title hopes.
The home side went ahead in the seventh minute as James Hobson ran in unmarked to head home a corner kick coming in from the left. Glan looked like they were going to level on 25 minutes as Mark Bridge hit a tremendous 25 yard volley that looked a goal all the way only for Junction keeper Gwydion Owen to pull off a quite brilliant save to fingertip the ball over. A minute before the break Glan were even more unfortunate as Sean Davies rose to meet a ball in from Guto Hughes and saw his header crash against the bar (top picture). In the melee that followed Gareth Owen was tripped for what should have been a penalty but wasn't given, one of a whole series of decisions by referee Peter Owen of Llandudno that seemed to go against the visitors.
Three minutes into the second half it was Glan keeper Ben Heald's turn to pull off a tremendous reaction save which saw him push a shot from Hobson against the bar as the home side were already celebrating what looked a certain goal. On 54 minutes Glantraeth gained a deserved equaliser Sean Davies headed home at the far post following a deep cross from Darren Jones (pictured above). It looked as if the game could go either way as play swung from end to end but with the game in the second minute of added time referee Owen awarded a free kick thirty yards out for the home side for what looked a harsh handball. Brian Roberts' free kick took a wicked deflection to give keeper Ben Heald no chance of saving. Final score: Llandudno Junction 2 Glantraeth 1
More pics by Aled Jones on Facebook tomorrow.
(03/05/16) Tomorrow evening sees top playing second and third playing fourth as the league title battle reaches a defining point in the season.
Trearddur Bay are now clear favourites but they still have to cross a finishing line which now looks close but can yet seem a long way away as they host Llangefni Town who have led for most of the season. We must be the outsiders of the group with so many games still to play in such a short space of time but it's not over until the rotundly challenged person of the female gender bursts into song as they say in Llanfairfechan. A win at Junction is a must though if we are to maintain any kind of challenge. Our game kicks off at 6.30 pm, we are in the red kit and referee is Peter Owen.
Two away wins could yet make things quite interesting.
SECOND HALF BLUES FOR PWLLHELI
(02/05/16) One goal down at the break Glantraeth took complete control in the second half to run out 5-1 winners against visitors Pwllheli.
Gareth Owen should have put Glan in front in the third minute but blasted wide from a great position then Mike Lundstrum was clear but under pressure was unable to get in a clean shot as the home side started the better. A fine twenty five yarder from Craig Roberts skimmed the bar on 19 minutes but eleven minutes later Pwllheli went ahead in their first real attack and it was their danger man Mark Jones who broke clear and made no mistake with an expert finish. Mark Bridge had two efforts on goal as half-time approached but it had been a lacklustre forty-five minutes from the Anglesey side.
Attacking their favoured canteen end Glan looked a completely different proposition on the restart and levelled within a minute as Lundstrum was fouled as the Pwllehli goal came under pressure and Tom Clarke put away the spot kick. Mark Jones was always a threat at the other end and he carved out a chance for Lukas Baltovic on 51 minutes but his shot was well wide and a minute later the home side went ahead as a superb cross from Guto Hughes was headed home by former Pwllheli striker Mark Bridge.
The visitors were not yet beaten and a fine run by Tomos Jones almost created an opening for Mark Jones. An equally determined run by Tom Clarke for Glan also went unrewarded as his cross passed across the face of goal with no contact made.
It was looking inevitable that Glan would get another goal so on top were they and it came on 73 minutes as Lundstrum scored with a header from a Guto Hughes free kick. The floodgates had now opened with Phil Warrington making it 4-1 five minutes later as he latched on to a defence splitting pass from Kelvin Frazer (top picture) and in the next attack Warrington struck the underside of the bar. The scoring was completed with ten minutes left as Bridge got a second, Geraint Mitchell the provider with a gem of a pass.
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TWO OFF & TWO POINTS LOST
(30/04/16) Playing their seventh game in fourteen days it looked it might have been one game too far for Glantraeth this afternoon as they struggled against a Llandyrnog side fired up by an early strike from Ian Williams.
Matty Lock went close for the home side on 11 minutes as he volleyed wide after connecting with a great cross from Gerwyn Jones but a minute later the visitors took the lead as Glan made the mistake of playing a short corner with all their big men waiting for a cross and after losing possession Dyrnog took full advantage to race away upfield and Williams finished with a great strike.
Both sides were being frustrated by some of the decision making by the match official which was not helping what was already a scrappy game and Glantraeth showed few signs of pulling back the lead in the opening half the nearest being a fine cross from Guto Hughes that was headed into the side netting by Mike Lundstrum on 21 minutes.
After the break the Anglesey side began to exert some meaningful pressure and had a good opportunity to level five minutes in as Matty Lock shot over after good work by Shaun Lock. Although well on top in the second period Glan were not making the Dyrnog keeper really work as a determined visiting side marshalled by skipper Dan Jones defended well in numbers. Prospects of pulling the game back went down a notch on the hour mark as Shaun Lock got a straight red for a two footed tackle. It was a sign of Glantraeth's frustration at their failure to gain anything from all their pressure. For all that it was the visitors that had the best chance of the half ten minutes from time as Williams was well off target from a great position but one thing about Glantraeth they keep going to the end and on 86 minutes Gerwyn Jones finally gave the home supporters something to cheer as he headed home an equaliser. The drama wasn't over as Kieren Jeffreys was then sent off after reacting to being fouled to put the lid on one frustrating afternoon for the Bodorgan side. Chances of snatching a win for the home side were curtailed as referee Arwel Thomas whistled for time with little more than two minutes of added time played in a half that was littered with stoppages. Final score: Glantraeth 1 Llandyrnog United 1
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NEXT UP - LLANDYRNOG
(29/04/16) It's a fact though maybe unfair that goalscorers get most of the headlines but having just played six games in twelve days while only conceding the one goal our defensive organisation is well worth a mention. However, the sheer number of games we are now faced with is bound to take its toll with injuries and possible suspensions. Warren was almost down to the bare bones of fit players last night and you do wonder if there might come a time when we struggle to even field a team such is the frightening fixture list we still have to fulfil.
As far as the league goes it is now there for Trearddur Bay to lose but we have not given up yet. All we can do is follow that old but oh so true football cliche of just taking it one game at a time and see where it takes us. Certainly our chairman thinks we can still win it but then again he thought his team Chelsea would retain their Premier League crown!
Whatever happens it has been a successful season, one cup won and another final to look forward to. Last night I sent an email to our president telling her that we had reached a second final and had a well done message back within five minutes. There is never a dull moment at Glantraeth.
There is much still to play for so just keep digging deep fellas.(SS)
GLANTRAETH THROUGH TO CUP FINAL NUMBER TWO
(28/04/16) A tight and sometimes feisty semi-final went Glantraeth's way as a goal from Shaun Lock just past the hour mark proved enough to earn the Bodorgan side another cup final appearance at Bangor.
In a lively opening a shot from Kieren Jeffreys on four minutes caused all kinds of problems in the Cefni defence as it came back off keeper Liam Ewing and in the ensuing scramble the keeper was lucky to see the ball deflected back into his arms. After that promising start the rest of the half was pretty well devoid of any meaningful goalmouth threat as both sides just about cancelled each other out.
That wasn't the case after the break as the action really picked up. Neil Hughes for the home side had an early chance only to shoot well over then Steve Sinclair for the visitors saw his downward header bounce up and clip the bar. On 61 minutes Glan skipper Gareth Owen headed over from a Craig Roberts free kick and a minute later the home side did go ahead as a Shaun Lock shot from twenty yards slid under keeper Liam Ewing. The game was now far more of a spectacle with Craig Evans heading over for Cefni then Neil Hughes clever play at the other end almost creating an opening,
Against a Glantraeth defence that had only conceded five goals in the previous eight games the visitors made one last effort and were unlucky in added time as James Saxon had a header come back off the crossbar.
Glantraeth will now meet Penrhyndeudraeth in the Mawddach Challenge Cup Final on Saturday 7th May at Bangor City FC.
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BANGOR AGAIN IN OUR SIGHTS
(27/04/16) You cannot fail to admire a young Llanfairpwll side led by the experienced Sion Parry who despite their bottom placing just never stop trying and we certainly got out of jail yesterday. I don't know if they raise their game against us but they have given us a tough time on both occasions we have met this season and it's something of a mystery how they have such few points. Call it lucky, call it sheer bloody mindedness, call it a never-say-die spirit in the squad but it was an incredible turnaround as two late goals gave us three points that were looking an impossible ask only a couple of minutes earlier. The conditions made the game something of a lottery from the start and we struggled to get any kind of rhythm in our game in what was for the most part a well below par performance.
In the end it was very much a case of three points earned against the odds but one thing's for sure, we'll have to be much better tomorrow night if we are to progress to another cup final at Bangor. (SS)
PHIL LEADS THE LATE GREAT ESCAPE
(26/04/16) Glantraeth looked headed for a devastating home defeat against bottom club Llanfairpwll only for Phil Warrington to strike twice with time almost up in a sensational finale to the game.
Playing with a near gale force wind behind them Llanfair took the lead after just three minutes as Dylan Williams used the conditions to let fly from 35 yards out, the ball sailing over keeper Ben Heald. Glan were struggling to create much against the elements, the nearest being a fine move that ended with an angled shot from Kelvin Frazer that passed just wide on 26 minutes. A Craig Roberts free kick was met by Gareth Owen just before half-time at the far post but he could not get his effort on target.
Warrington shot too high as the second period opened with Glan now pushing forward constantly but the visitors were fighting for everything and not making it easy to create clear openings. Glan were becoming frustrated at their failure to make a breakthrough and it got worse on 77 minutes as the visitors were awarded a penalty after a trip by Sean Davies. Not for the first time this week Heald came to Glan's rescue diving to his right to save Dylan Williams' spot kick.
Defeat looked on the cards for Glantraeth as the game entered the final minute of normal time only for the game to swing dramatically with Mark Bridge lashing in a cross from the right that Phil Warrington headed home to level then in the third minute of added time it was that man Warrington who struck again with a low shot to beat keeper Connor Hughes before disappearing under a mass of his celebrating teammates. Even then Warrington twice went close to completing a hat-trick before the final whistle sounded.
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ANOTHER KEY & DEMANDING WEEK
(24/04/16) Four wins over the past week without a goal conceded is very impressive but we must now go again with another demanding run of four home games in seven days. Hardly ideal but a real opportunity to further define our season with the Cookson Cup already in the trophy cabinet (pictured).
On Tuesday Llanfairpwll are the visitors. Bottom or not they gave us quite a scare in the game at their place and there will be no room for complacency. We will be in the red kit, referee is Kelvin Lewis and kick-off is 2.30 pm.
Thursday evening sees Llangefni Town coming to Glantraeth in a semi-final of the Mawddach Challenge Cup. Our former manager Chris Roberts is doing a great job at Talwrn Road and they are in with a great chance of promotion so this will be a tough one. We need to be fully motivated for this local derby but that should be no problem. We will be wearing our blue kit, kick-off is 6.30 pm and the ref is Peter Kewley. The winners will face Penrhyndeudraeth in the final at Bangor City FC on Saturday 7th May.
Llandyrnog United are our opponents next Saturday. Kick-off is 2.30 pm, referee is Arwel Thomas and we are in the red kit and Bank Holiday Monday we host Pwllheli. Kick-off is again 2.30 pm, we are in the blue kit and ref is Gwilym Evans.