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JULY & AUGUST FIXTURES
(27/06/17) Four of our first five league fixtures away from home, appears like after last season they might be looking to handicap us this time around! Some tough openers.

ONE £300 WINNER
(24/06/17) The winning numbers in tonight's Three Number Lotto draw were 6, 18 & 20. There was one winner of the £300 Jackpot, James Duell of Newborough. The next draw takes place on Saturday 8th July in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth.

CLUB CAPTAIN MATTY SIGNS ON
(23/06/17) Matty Lock has signed on for the 2017-2018 season and will again be club captain. Although last season was interrupted by injury Matty was outstanding in leading the club to a league and cup double and it is fantastic news that our skipper has shown great loyalty in signing on again with Glantraeth. Joint managers Mike Lundstram and Joe Morgan have also pulled off something of a coup in signing keeper Dylan Roberts (pictured) from Llanrug United, without a shadow of doubt one of the best keepers in the Welsh Alliance.

SION STAYING AS COACH/PHYSIO
(21/06/17) We are delighted that Sion Roberts has agreed to stay on as club coach and physio. Sion works tremendously hard for the club and played a massive part in what we have achieved over the past three season along with Warren and Neil.
Friendlies so far arranged:
Saturday July 22 (2.30 pm) Glantraeth v Bontnewydd
Wednesday July 26 (7.00 pm) Glantraeth v Mynydd Llandegai
Saturday July 29 (2.30 pm) Glantraeth v Cemaes Bay
Wednesday August 2 (7.30 pm) Holyhead Hotspur v Glantraeth
Saturday August 5 (2.30 pm) Bethesda Athletic v Glantraeth

MIKE & JOE TO TAKE CHARGE
(17/06/17) Glantraeth have appointed a new management team for the 2017-2018 season, Mike Lundstram and Joe Morgan. Both are vastly experienced at Welsh Alliance level and above. Mike is much travelled having played for Penmaenmawr Phoenix, Llandudno, Bethesda Athletic, Denbigh Town, Llandudno Junction, Glantraeth and also had brief spells at Conwy United, Bangor City and Llandyrnog United. Joe spent nine years as a player with Llandudno and has had playing and managerial experience at Llandudno Junction and more recently also played for Glantraeth. Training starts on Wednesday 5th July at the ground, players old and new welcome. Mike (pictured with chairman Gareth Evans) can be contacted on 07541 317363.

ONE £700 WINNER
(10/06/17) The winning numbers in tonight's Three Number Lotto draw were 5, 12 & 19. There was one winner of the £700 Jackpot, Darron of Tremorfa, The Drive, Malltraeth. The next draw takes place on Saturday 24th June in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth.

JACKPOT UP TO £700
(27/05/17) The winning numbers in tonight's Three Number Lotto draw were 11, 12 & 16. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £700. The next draw takes place on Saturday 10th June in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth.

A HARD ACT TO FOLLOW
(27/05/17) The club are fully aware that we face a difficult task in appointing a manager to follow Warren Gibbs. There are two potential candidates that we are planning on meeting with but if anyone else feels they have the necessary credentials and wishes to throw their hat in the ring please call or text chairman Gareth Evans on 07747 890497 or secretary Stan Strickland on 07743 483733. Alternatively click on 'contact website' at bottom of left hand column to email club.
Apart from a chaotic 2008-2009 season that is best forgotten Glantraeth have an enviable record of stability regarding the appointment of managers. Since 2003 there has been Paul Whelan for five years, Chris Roberts (in part with Kev O'Neill) for four years and now Warren Gibbs being three years in charge. All of them successful and all leaving of their own accord and for various reasons.

WARREN STEPS DOWN AS MANAGER
(25/05/17) At a meeting in Bangor this evening with club chairman Gareth Evans and secretary Stan Strickland Warren Gibbs confirmed he was stepping down as manager for personal reasons that meant he could not make the commitment he felt was needed for the new season. Warren emphasised his decision had nothing to do with the club not being able to accept promotion and he had no plans to go into management elsewhere.
The club are indebted to Warren for the tremendous success he has brought to Glantraeth during his three seasons in charge and the great spirit he created amongst the squad. The search for his replacement has already begun.

ABERGELE & PRESTATYN OUT
(23/05/17) An eventful league meeting at Llanfairfechan this evening began with all those present standing for a minute's silence in memory of those that lost their lives in Manchester yesterday.
Both Abergele Town and Prestatyn Sports were voted out of the Welsh Alliance on a ballot after failing to meet the specified ground criteria. That means only Glan Conwy will be relegated, Llanrwst United gaining a reprieve, with Llandudno Albion and Mynydd Llandegai being promoted to Division One.
Next season will commence on Saturday 12th August and there will be a midweek game for the first three weeks of the season.
A decision on Gwalchmai's application to re-join the league was deferred until the other promotion contenders were known.

A FINAL WORD ON PROMOTION
(22/05/17) Twice we have won the Welsh Alliance in the past, in 1997 and 2003, and on both occasions we went on to enjoy success in the Cymru Alliance. So what has changed that has made us refuse promotion this time? Well, the requirement for 250 seats that has now been introduced by the Huws Gray Alliance for starters, that kills us. The picture above gives an idea of how it would look on our ground. Very nice maybe but our landowner was never going to give us permission to erect a structure of that magnitude opposite his house which is out of all proportion to the rural location and the size of our crowds. We cannot but agree.
Inevitably I suppose our decision has attracted some criticism on social media, usually from people we have never or barely heard of who come over as just plain thick. It does make chairman Gareth Evans and myself smile when they try to tell us how to run a football club! Those with a proper understanding of football at this level will be sympathetic and appreciate exactly where we are coming from and there has to be a real concern now that the gap between Tier 2 and Tier 3 is becoming too big to bridge for the vast majority of clubs.
It won't stop there though, floodlights will come next and it seems certain the Huws Gray Alliance will end up being part of a Welsh Premier League Division One North with annual licensing from the FAW a requirement. All this might or might not be good for Welsh football but an awful lot of clubs are going to be left behind with little chance of joining the party.
Yes there will be changes at Welsh Alliance level as well with a long overdue requirement for some cover for spectators which not all clubs have at present, that is sensible and only for the good.
Obviously we are disappointed for the players who by winning the league by sixteen points would have undoubtedly done well in the higher league. They are a great bunch of lads and we are fully aware that there will now be opportunities for them to play at the higher level elsewhere. We have to accept that and concede that we will not be applying for promotion again, the membership criteria for the Huws Gray Alliance now being beyond us. However, we will strive for success at whatever level we play just as we have always done, we have never felt bad about winning trophies and medals.
It will be interesting to see in five years time just how many current Welsh Alliance clubs have 250 seater stands, my guess would be no more than now! (Stan Strickland)

IOLO, JEFFERS & CORRIG PICK UP INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
(20/05/17) There was a great atmosphere in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth last night as Glantraeth celebrated an incredibly successful season.
Kieren Jeffreys was the supporters' choice as Player of the Year. His name will also be inscribed on the Len Jones Memorial Shield presented to the club by Len's son Aled. With Kieren away manager Warren Gibbs accepted the trophy from chairman Gareth Evans and the shield from Len's grandson Tomos.
Defender Iolo Hughes was the manager's choice of Player of the Year, the trophy presented by Warren and assistant manager Neil Hughes, and Corrig McGonigle picked up two awards, leading goalscorer presented by last year's winner Mark Bridge, and also winning the players' vote as Player of the Year, presented by last year's winner Ben Heald accompanied by his young son Gruffydd.
Jamie Jones recorded the most appearances with 37, Jamie has proved a great signing from Llandudno Junction.
The evening began with secretary Stan Strickland explaining why the club could not be promoted, it being impossible for us to erect another stand on our privately owned ground to meet the membership criteria of the Huws Gray Alliance. This would have meant us being relegated after just one season no matter how high we finished which was of no use to anyone.
Over the season the club scored a total of 127 goals, McGonigle getting 59 of them, but just as impressive was less than a goal a game being conceded in the thirty league games. As well as demolishing the club scoring record for a season Corrig will also pick up the Bob Brodie Trophy as leading scorer in Anglesey football and the Welsh Alliance Division One leading scorer award with 41 league goals that will be presented at the league AGM next month.
The club are much indebted to manager Warren Gibbs who has brought so much success to the club ably assisted by Neil Hughes and Sion Roberts. Warren has been an inspired choice as manager.
Thanks were given out to Aled Jones who has captured so much of this incredible season with his photos.
Also Helen of Hel's Kitchen fame who in our eyes runs the best canteen in the league. She presented flowers to Nia Jones who helps her in the canteen on match days and club captain Matty Lock made a presentation to both Helen and Nia on behalf of the players.
Thanks also to Gwyndaf Jones and Tony Maxwell for sponsoring playing kit and tracksuits.
The work of Tarw and Cledwyn on the ground was praised as was the hard work of all the club committee and helpers who have played such a big part in the club's many successes over so many years.

GLANTRAETH TO STAY IN THE WELSH ALLIANCE
(15/05/17) Glantraeth have decided not to accept promotion to the Huws Gray Alliance.
The club have issued the following statement:

In the past we have always accepted promotion from the Welsh Alliance and have enjoyed considerable success at the higher level, it was then a comparatively easy decision to make. However, it is now a whole new ballgame with the huge changes to the criteria for membership of the Huws Gray Alliance that have been introduced.
A 250 seater stand as required within two years is simply not possible on our privately owned ground, that is a fact, so accepting promotion would mean making a big commitment but with no long term future in the higher league as we would be relegated back to the Welsh Alliance no matter what our league position due to not meeting the ground criteria as specified by the FAW.
That would be an indignity in itself and hardly registers as progress. It would not give us the kind of stability we want so have decided we would be better served by continuing to operate and build as a Welsh Alliance club.
We have notified both leagues of our decision.

Glantraeth secretary Stan Strickland added:
We might be accused of lacking ambition but this is a dilemma that many clubs in the Welsh Alliance are going to have to face in future if they finish in a promotion position.
Our landowner Iolo Owen has generously allowed us to play on his land for over thirty years. He has allowed us to develop a tidy little ground that more than satisfies the kind of crowds we get and has in the past comfortably accommodated up to 500 for Welsh Cup ties against Rhyl for example but erecting a 250 seat stand that will rarely see more than twenty seated spectators is a step too far. There would verge on a seat for every person in the village!
The FAW have introduced these changes at Tier 2 level to bring the ground criteria closer to the Welsh Premier League and they are no doubt under pressure from UEFA but there is a real danger of a huge gap developing resulting in what will effectively be a two tier pyramid divorced from the rest.
We have spoken to many clubs in our league and those views are shared by most who are unable or unwilling to meet the revised ground criteria either because of the prohibitive cost to clubs even after allowing for grant funding or through taking the view that the requirements are well out of proportion to the size of their supporter base. The word 'ridiculous' has been used more than once!
Accepting promotion would mean being involved in a league knowing we will be forcibly relegated no matter how well we perform on the pitch because we are not able to meet the ground criteria. Why should we subject ourselves to that?
There is still much to look forward to in the Welsh Alliance. We still have hopes of one day winning the FAW Trophy, the Mawddach Cup (formerly the Barritt Cup) continues to evade us, there is still the Welsh Cup and there could be as many as 11 Anglesey clubs in the league next season making for strong local rivalry that always attracts good crowds.
We appreciate there will be disappointment after all we have achieved this season. Some of our players will be happy to continue in the Welsh Alliance while others are ambitious to play at a higher level. We respect that and accept that some might leave but I believe the decision we have made is the right one for the club.


CORRIG'S LATE STRIKE WINS COOKSON CUP AS....
GLANTRAETH COMPLETE DIVISION ONE LEAGUE & CUP DOUBLE
(13/05/17) A Corrig McGonigle goal three minutes from the end of extra-time gave Glantraeth victory by two goals to one as they retained the Cookson Cup to complete a Welsh Alliance Division One League & Cup double and round off a hugely successful 2016-2017 season.
Opponents Penrhyndeudraeth took them all the way and the result was in doubt right up to the final whistle. It was not one of Glan's vintage performances, there have been plenty of them this season, but on a hard, dry pitch with a fiercely swirling wind that made control difficult both sides struggled to play possession football.
The Gwynedd side got the best possible start as they took the lead after just eight minutes as Glan failed to deal with a high ball and as the ball ran loose a cross from the right was converted by Tomos Smith. Glan were indebted to keeper Ben Heald on 22 minutes as he dived to his left and managed to flip a shot from Neil Thomas on to the bar and over but it was Penrhyn who were fortunate just before the break as a delightful chip from McGonigle came back of a post.
Five minutes into the second period Glantraeth were level, McGonigle pulling the ball back from near the byline for Matty Lock to finish. The pressure was now on Penrhyn with Harry Galeotti only inches away from Darren Gowans' cross then Galeotti fired over a minute later.
It took a tremendous tackle from Glan's Gerwyn Jones right on the hour as Smith bore in on goal then Tom Hughes shot over for Penrhyn but with no further scoring the game entered extra-time where stalemate was looking likely and yet another penalty shoot-out until McGonigle struck in the 117th minute with his 59th goal of the season, controlling a long ball from Tom Clarke before firing low and hard past keeper Robert Watson.
Glantraeth captain Matty Lock received this magnificent old trophy from Rob Jones of competition sponsors Lock Stock Self-Storage and there was great sportsmanship from Penrhyndeudraeth, applauding Glantraeth right through the presentations and much of the celebrations that followed.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook later.

JACKPOT UP TO £500
(13/05/17) The winning numbers in tonight's Three Number Lotto draw were 9, 12 & 18. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £500. The next draw takes place on Saturday 27th May in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth.

COOKSON CUP FINAL
(11/05/17) There will be great disappointment amongst the players following the manner of Tuesday's loss but after previous setbacks this season, and there haven't been many, we have always come back stronger than ever and gone on another run of good results. Over the past two season we have lost two big cup ties against Penrhyndeudraeth through not performing at our best so we must make sure there are no regrets this time as we go into Saturday's Cookson Cup Final.
Kick-off at Nantlle Vale is 2.30 pm, we are in the red kit, we are in the away changing room and the referee is Phil Hughes of Holywell.

GLAN LOSE OUT ON PENALTIES
(09/05/17) There was disappointment for Glantraeth in this evening's Mawddach Cup Final as they lost out to Llanrug in a penalty shoot-out after the game had ended 2-2.
The Anglesey side will feel they should have had it won in normal time as they had much the better of play for long periods after falling behind in only the seventh minute, confusion in the Glan defence leading to a penalty and although keeper Ben Heald made a great save Dylan Owen fired home at the second attempt.
Tom Clarke had a fine chance to level four minutes later but his shot was too close to the keeper who made a good block but they did gain equality on 20 minutes as Gethin Maxwell found Mark Bridge who reacted quickly to volley over keeper Dylan Roberts (pictured).
Glantraeth were well in control at this stage and another goal looked like coming with a Jamie Jones cross causing panic in the goalmouth then Marvin Pritchard fired in a shot that passed just over. On the stroke of half-time Gethin Phillips went close with a header for Llanrug.
The second half began with Llanrug's Jonathan Sadler firing into the side-netting on 50 minutes but a minute later Glan were ahead through a superb strike from Corrig McGonigle as he took possession of a Tom Clarke pass before rifling the ball home. With twenty minutes remaining Pritchard was inches away from making it 3-1.
As the game entered its final stages Llanrug were doing everything possible to unleash the aerial power of Alan Owen and Heald did well to save one header from him and as a corner came in the big number 9 headed against a post. The Gwynedd side's late burst paid off in the 87th minute as a handball led to another penalty awarded by referee Kelvin Lewis and this time David Noel Williams converted at the first attempt.
Glantraeth's Jamie Jones went close in the first period of extra-time and Heald made a fine save from Sadler in the second period before McGonigle had a great chance to win it for Glan with six minutes left after good play from Galeotti but with the keeper beaten all ends up he lifted the ball inches too high.
Llanrug won on penalties 7-6, Galeotti having the chance to win it for Glantraeth but striking the bar. Congratulations Llanrug. We go again Saturday.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.

A MEETING OF TWO LEAGUE HEAVYWEIGHTS
(07/05/17) The two form teams of Division One meet in a much anticipated Mawddach Challenge Cup Final at Bangor City FC on Tuesday evening. Glantraeth and Llanrug are always there or thereabouts at this level and meetings between the two are invariably closely fought, highly competitive encounters with the side that wants it most usually coming out on top. The message is clear, we have to be at our best to win this one.
Kick-off is 7.30 pm, we are in the blue kit, we are in the away changing room, the referee is Kelvin Lewis and admission is £5 with concessions at £1 for seniors and free entry for juniors under 14. Our mascots are Rhodri, Austin and Jayden.

NOW FOR THE CUPS
(06/05/17) Glantraeth maintained their unbeaten run and appeared to come through injury free as they completed their league season at Pwllheli this afternoon so it has to go down as mission achieved.
Playing a fifth game in nine days and with manager Warren Gibbs rotating his squad to keep players fresh it was hardly surprising that it was not Glan at their most fluent against a lively Pwllheli side but they went ahead on 33 minutes as Corrig McGonigle took possession of a through ball near the goalline before turning a defender and creating an angle to fire a low shot past the keeper and finding the far corner of the net. It was number 57 and as good as any goal he has scored this season.
Pwllheli's best player Tomos Jones put his side level with a fine finish eight minutes after the break and although the home side shaded the second period there were chances at both ends but no further score and the league winners were glad to just see the game out of the way so they can now move forward to the challenges that lie ahead.
Final score: Pwllheli 1 Glantraeth 1
A great sequence of Corrig's goal pictured above. More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.

FINALE TO GREAT LEAGUE SEASON
(04/05/17) On Saturday we complete our league fixtures with a trip to Pwllheli. Kick-off is 2.30 pm, we are in the red kit and the referee is Gwilym Evans.
We showed great fighting qualities at Junction yesterday, not helped by the ref being so keen to give them penalties although both teams suffered from yellow cards being wafted all over the place. Tom in goal (pictured) looked laid back and comfortable in an unaccustomed role although apart from the two pens, one saved, he didn't have that much to do so well protected was he by the back four. Jamie Jones moved into the middle and was outstanding alongside Gerwyn and Sion Hogan came back into the side and showed just how good a player he is and why he is in the Island Games squad.
Sam Faulkner had a second successive start with a controlled, disciplined midfield display in a game that was fiercely competitive with Junction having so much to play for. Mike Lundstram who has played little football over recent months due to illness worked his jockeys off up front and more than once upset his former teammates with his determination and competitiveness.
It was a hard earned point but the result meant fifteen games without defeat since losing to Greenfield as we build up to one of the biggest weeks in the club's history. (SS)

CARRAIG** THE GOAL MACHINE NETS NUMBER 56 TO LEVEL & TOM CLARKE SAVES A PEN
(03/05/17) With several players missing and central defender Tom Clarke in goal Glantraeth came away with a battling draw at Llandudno Junction this evening, damaging the home side's prospects of the runners-up spot while giving a helping hand to near neighbours Llangefni's chances.
Junction took the lead on 22 minutes as a long ball set Dean Seager free and he was able to lift the ball over the advancing Clarke for a fairly routine finish. Seven minutes later Glan were awarded a free kick out on the right about twenty-five yards from goal. Corrig McGonigle took the kick and a quite remarkable strike bent one way then the other to leave keeper Gwydion Owen confused and with little chance of saving (top picture).
In first half added time there was controversy as Junction were awarded a penalty, Glan failing to clear their lines and in the battle to recover possession the referee saw a trip. The referee clearly called 'no rebounds' meaning the penalty kick was the last action of the half. Incredibly stand-in keeper Clarke saved the penalty but as the ball came back off him it was swept into the net but of course it didn't count as the half was ended. Quite why this was not understood by the home management who raced on to the field remonstrating with the match official was difficult to fathom.
Junction were not denied for long however as twenty minutes into the second period the ref gave them another penalty and while the first had seemed a reasonable decision this looked nothing of the kind as Jamie Jones appeared to win the ball cleanly with what looked a great tackle. Clarke couldn't pull off another miracle as Sam Sinkinson despatched this one to put Junction 2-1 up.
Glan were not giving up their unbeaten run without a fight and in the 87th minute Harry Galeotti cut in from the left before letting fly with a shot that the keeper could not hold and McGonigle was in quickly to take advantage for a real poacher's goal (pictured above).
Final score: Llandudno Junction 2 Glantraeth 2
** Corrig's mam told us Carraig is the proper spelling of his name but pronounced Corrig. We'll stick with Corrig.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.

GROUND IMPROVEMENTS
(03/05/17) Now the home games are finished and the ground inspection is completed work will be starting on replacing the concrete hard standing along the length of the pitch opposite the main stand. Having obtained a grant from Welsh Ground Improvements we will also be replacing the fencing on that side. This will greatly improve the appearance of the ground and also make it more spectator friendly. We are grateful to Tony Maxwell and Hogans for their advice and support of this project.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
(03/05/17) The voting slips are now in for the Supporters' Player of the Year and as expected it was a close run thing with a good number of players receiving votes...but we have a winner. The Player's and the Manager's choice will also be known by the end of the week. The awards are scheduled to be presented in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on the evening of Friday May 19th.

CAN CORRIG MAKE THE SIXTY ?
(03/05/17) Outside the gates of Goodison Park stands a statue of Dixie Dean who scored 60 goals in a season for Everton ninety years ago. It still stands as a record for England's top division, be it the old First Division or the Premier League. I doubt Corrig will get a statue if he reaches sixty, but a club legend? Would think so. (SS)

PROMOTION UPDATE
(03/05/17) Glantraeth's ground was inspected by Huws Gray Alliance officials yesterday and was passed for promotion. We are grateful to Tarw for the work he has put in to ensure a successful inspection. A final decision as to whether we accept promotion will be taken after completion of fixtures.

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
(01/05/17) Glantraeth continued their winning run with a 2-0 victory over St Asaph to increase their lead at the top to a staggering 18 points before being presented with the League Championship Trophy by Rob Jones of league sponsors Lock Stock Self-Storage. It was a game that will not live long in the memory.
More than an hour had gone before the first shot on target, the opening half best forgotten as St Asaph's offside tactics and Glan's failure to deal with them strangled the life out of the game.
Corrig McGonigle created some much needed excitement as he forced a full length save from keeper Luke Jones on 61 minutes and four minutes later the home side took the lead as McGonigle was tripped as he took on a defender and comfortably put away the spot kick.
The visitors were creating little at the other end and McGonigle came close to his second three minutes from time with a tremendous shot that thudded against the bar but did add to his tally in injury time, scoring again from the penalty spot for his 54th goal of the season.
But tonight was all about Glantraeth being rewarded for what has been an incredible run of results in the league that has seen off all opposition and it doesn't finish there, with two tough league cup finals yet to come and the chance of even further glory.
Glantraeth Ymlaen.
More of Aled's pictures to follow on Facebook.

"I DREW A PICTURE OF WHERE THE GOAL WAS"
(29/04/17) Twenty-five years ago Neil Hughes was playing for Bangor City in the Welsh Premier League but if we thought his days of producing moments of magic were over then we were much mistaken as his stunning strike as the game entered the 93rd minute gave Glantraeth a 2-1 win at Greenfield. Collecting a corner from Harry Galeotti with his back to goal the easy option was to lay the ball back to Galeotti but instead he just turned and perfectly curled the ball into the top corner off the inside of the post. He said later: 'Although I was facing the other way I drew a picture of the goal in my mind then placed the ball where I had pictured it going!' (You just gotta love him).
It was brilliant and yet another memorable moment from this incredible season and although for the most part the game had been comparatively flat in many ways after Thursday's thriller in the mountains it was another welcome three points for the Anglesey side.
There was a magnificent welcome from Greenfield for Glantraeth with a guard of honour on to the pitch and congratulation posters on the league title win on the away changing room walls.
Tom Clarke came close to giving the visitors the lead on 10 minutes as he broke forward into space only to see his shot strike a post and fifteen minutes later a great low cross from Mark Bridge was only inches away from being converted by Corrig McGonigle.
Greenfield took the lead on 36 minutes with a goal that was furiously contested by Glan as a snap shot from the edge of the area from Tom Carney found the net with keeper Ben Heald unsighted by a home player a yard in front in an offside position. Despite his assistant flagging referee Tony Moore overruled him and awarded the goal.
In the 52nd minute McGonigle scored his 52nd goal of the season to put the sides level, Gerwyn Jones heading on a Heald free kick for the Glan striker to finish with his right foot.
With the game looking headed for a draw Neil Hughes produced that supreme finish. Will that be his swansong? Don't bet on it!
The reaction to Neil's goal brilliantly captured by photographer Aled Jones. More on Facebook tomorrow.
Please note Monday's game at home to St Asaph has been brought forward to a 5.30pm kick-off because of the league championship presentations that will follow.

A FANTASTIC STRIKE FROM MARK BRIDGE & ONE EACH FROM TOM CLARKE AND SAM FAULKNER AS...
GLANTRAETH WIN TITLE IN STYLE
(27/04/17) Following the 3-0 win at Llanberis this evening Glantraeth are Welsh Alliance League Division One Champions for 2016-2017 season after an incredible run of results - losing only one and drawing two of the past 24 games after losing the opening two fixtures of the season - a run that has seen 80 goals scored and only 19 conceded. The League Championship Trophy will be presented following the home game with St Asaph City on Bank Holiday Monday evening.
Glantraeth came so close to taking the lead in the opening minute as Matty Lock met a corner full on with a header that was cleared off the line and four minutes later only a tremendous save from keeper Ben Heald prevented the home side going ahead.
Corrig McGonigle was beaten by the pitch on 27 minutes as he took the ball wide of the keeper but couldn't control the bobbling ball well enough to find the target. A great double save by home keeper Louis Williams, first from Kieren Jeffreys then McGonigle, prevented Glan taking the lead just past the half-hour mark as the Anglesey side began to look the more likely scorers.
The second half saw the title favourites take charge and only an incredible display by Williams in goal prevented a complete rout. He looked unbeatable on 52 minutes as he threw himself full length to save from a beautifully struck shot from Mark Bridge but if that was a good effort his second three minutes later from fully thirty yards was nothing short of sensational as he hit the ball on the run giving the diving keeper no chance (pictured above) before being buried under his celebrating teammates.
Williams was again in action on 63 minutes with a fine stop from Matty Lock then McGonigle was crowded out as he looked to force the ball home but the non-stop barrage on the home goal brought further reward eighteen minutes from time as Bridge's cross from the right was headed home by Tom Clarke. On 78 minutes Williams went full length to save from Darren Gowans then Bridge struck a fierce shot that flashed just wide of a post but it hardly mattered as with three minutes of the ninety left the league title was secured as Sam Faulkner stroked the ball home from close in, Bridge again the provider.
'Championees' rang around Ffordd Padarn following the final whistle in what is proving an incredible season for Warren Gibbs' side, league champions and with two league cup finals still to come. It doesn't get much better. Final score: Llanberis 0 Glantraeth 3
More of Aled's pictures to follow on Facebook.

PROMOTION
(25/04/17) We have been asked many times if we will accept promotion to the Huws Gray Alliance for next season. The truth is no decision has yet been made. Never before have there been so many things to consider regarding such a decision given the massive changes that have been introduced to the criteria for membership of the higher league.
Firstly, we have to pass a second ground inspection by the Huws Gray Alliance which will follow shortly after the deadline of April 30th. If we pass that, as we expect to, we will consult with our management, Warren and Neil, our landowner and our main sponsors before making a final decision which will not be taken until after the completion of fixtures.

HECTIC END TO LEAGUE SEASON
(25/04/17) Our league schedule now hots up with a run of four games in seven days.
We start at Llanberis on Thursday evening. Kick-off is 6.30 pm, we are in the blue kit and the referee is Peter Owen.
On Saturday we travel along the A55 to face Greenfield. Kick-off is 2.30 pm, we are in the blue kit and the referee is Tony Moore. There is a coach going to Greenfield picking up 12.30 pm at Llanfairpwll Park & Ride.
On Bank Holiday Monday we play our final home game when St Asaph City come to Trefdraeth. Kick-off is 6.30 pm, we are in the red kit and the referee is Peter Owen.
Next Wednesday, May 3rd, we are at Llandudno Junction. Kick-off is 6.30 pm, we are in the red kit and the referee is Gareth Hughes.

JIM CHIPPY IS £300 WINNER
(22/04/17) The winning numbers in tonight's Three Number Lotto draw were 6, 12 & 13. There was one winner of the £300 Jackpot, Jim Chippy of Malltraeth. The next draw takes place on Saturday 13th May in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth.

CORRIG PASSES FIFTY AND GLAN ALMOST HOME AND DRY
(22/04/17) Nothing short of a miracle will now prevent Glantraeth from becoming Champions of the Welsh Alliance for the third time in their history as they ran out 5-1 winners over Llanrwst United this afternoon.
The visitors put in a good performance particularly in the first half but as so often has happened this season Glan really turned the screw as the game wore on to comfortably pick up another three points.
The league leaders took the lead on 9 minutes as Corrig McGonigle sent a lovely cross-field pass to Harry Galeotti who cut inside before striking the ball firmly past keeper Louie Harris. Llanrwst we're giving as good as they got in an opening half of few chances but went further behind a minute before the break as Kieren Jeffreys drove forward into space before letting fly with an unstoppable shot that saw the net bulge.
Just past the hour Glan went three up as McGonigle was tripped in the box by Alun Roberts and you will rarely see a better penalty kick as the Glantraeth striker scored his fiftieth goal of the season with a superbly executed delivery into the top corner (top picture).
Llanrwst came closest to opening their account on 64 minutes as keeper Ben Heald was out quickly to save from Luke Roberts as he closed in on goal but a minute later the visitors fell further behind as McGonigle's inch perfect pass was side-footed cleanly home by Shaun Lock (pictured above).
The Gwynedd side got some reward for their efforts eighteen minutes from time as Roberts got behind the home defence and took the ball wide of Heald before slotting home only for the home side to restore their four goal lead four minutes later with another classic from McGonigle, his brilliant first touch from Shaun Lock's pass taking him clear of his marker before smacking the ball just inside the post.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.

SIX POINTS FROM THE TITLE
(19/04/17) We are at home on Saturday when Llanrwst United are the visitors. Kick-off is 2.30 pm, we are in the red kit and the referee is Kelvin Lewis.

PHEW!!! MATTY RETURNS THE HERO
(17/04/17) Embedded at the bottom of the league Glan Conwy made Glantraeth work harder for the three points than perhaps any other club over recent months. In the end the match winner was Matty Lock, coming on as a late sub after a frustrating four months out through injury then heading home with only five minutes remaining to deny the home side what would have been a heroic point despite a couple of bad refereeing calls going in their favour.
The Anglesey visitors began like they were headed for double figures after going two up in the opening eight minutes, Corrig McGonigle with a close range finish in the 7th minute from Gethin Maxwell's cross (pictured below) and in the next attack Andy Barker's long ball in from the right found the net off a post with McGonigle ready to pounce.
It should have been 3-0 on 13 minutes as Gerwyn Jones headed home only for McGonigle to be wrongly flagged offside as interfering with play. It proved a costly mistake as two minutes later Connor Davies struck a tremendous volley from twenty-five yards to put the home side back in the game.
Kieran Jeffreys shot against a post on 27 minutes and ten minutes later Gerwyn Jones should have scored from an unmarked header but found the keeper instead and five minutes before the break McGonigle struck the bar with a free kick as Glantraeth looked to get back in control.
All hell let loose two minutes into first half Injury time as Davies handled the ball into the net from a corner only for the goal to be given and now there was a real game on for the league leaders.
There was no doubt Glantraeth were rattled by the home side getting level and more and more frustration was creeping into their game and there was a huge escape on the hour mark as Davies was denied by the post with a powerful effort from just outside the box.
With the game entering the final twenty minutes the pressure on the Glan Conwy goal was mounting, McGonigle volleying wide from a quality Mark Bridge cross but a minute later Bridge was guilty of a bad miss as he he failed to find the target after getting on the end of a ball swung in by Harry Galeotti.
It looked like it might not be Glantraeth's day thirteen minutes from time as McGonigle's free kick struck the underside of the bar and was cleared. It was all getting too frantic as the visitors got more and more desperate to find a winner when a cool head was maybe what was required and perhaps it arrived in the 80th minute as Matty Lock was introduced from the bench and his first real involvement saw him mobbed by his teammates as he headed home off the underside of the bar after leaping high to meet an in-swinging corner taken by Guto Hughes (top picture).
There was relief as the final whistle sounded to end a game that proved far tougher than could have been anticipated and now Glantraeth effectively need seven points from their final six games to ensure they finish top.
Final score: Glan Conwy 2 Glantraeth 3
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.

TITLE CHARGE LOOKING GOOD
(15/04/17) Llandyrnog were on the end of a heavy 5-0 defeat this afternoon and only the goal frame saved them from further embarrassment as Glantraeth strengthened their bid for the league title. Corrig McGonigle was back to his best with four and unlucky not to make it five as the home side completely overran the visitors.
The league pacesetters took the lead on 18 minutes as Darren Gowans sent Harry Galeotti away and his cross was perfect for McGonigle to put away. If that was an easy finish his second wasn't as Tom Clarke found the Glan striker in the area and he brilliantly evaded two defenders to create the space to find the net with a classy finish. It was almost 3-0 on 39 minutes as Iolo Hughes met a Gowans' free kick only to see his header come back off the bar.
Three minutes into the second half McGonigle completed his hat-trick, Gethin Maxwell feeding Galeotti out on the right who surged into the area before finding McGonigle who gave keeper Stuart Griffiths little chance with a well directed finish. The game had now become even more one-sidedness with Glan looking like scoring each time they attacked and it was four for McGonigle on 56 minutes as he put away the spot kick following a foul on Jamie Jones.
With three substitutes used Glan were down to ten men twenty minutes from time as Iolo Hughes limped off but it hardly interrupted the pattern of the game although the visitors did come close on 83 minutes as keeper Ben Heald got a bad bobble as he attempted to clear leaving Gareth Roberts a clear shot on goal but his shot was too high.
Galeotti got a deserved goal five minutes from time, taking a pass from Maxwell before cutting in and firing past Griffiths. Roberts headed wide for the visitors two minutes later then Dyrnog had an amazing escape the following minute as Galeotti crossed for McGonigle who shot against a post and as the ball rebounded out had a second attempt that also struck the upright.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.

BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND
(12/04/17) Four points from two very tough away games this week has got to be good. We are back home on Saturday when Llandyrnog United are the visitors, kick-off is 2.30 pm, we are in the red kit and the referee is Nick Pratt.
On Monday we attempt to battle our way through the Bank Holiday traffic to get to Glan Conwy for a 6.30 pm kick-off. We are in the blue kit and the referee is Matt Bridges.

IOLO STRIKES AS GLAN FIGHT BACK
(11/04/17) Tonight's game at Eithin Duon was very much the proverbial game of two halves as Glantraeth were put through the mixer in the opening forty-five minutes with Llanrug kicking with the wind towards the clubhouse end but after the break it was the visitors asking all the questions and by the final whistle the home side had done well to hang on for a point.
The first threat of the game on the ten minute mark saw Llanrug's Jonathan Sadler turn the ball against a post after Alan Owen had won a header. The home side were being awarded a series of free kicks and corners that were putting Glan under pressure and Iolo Hughes did well to clear off the line from David Williams following a goalmouth scramble on 25 minutes.
With the interval only a minute away it looked like Glan would hold out but Eifion Williams pinched possession in the middle of the park and a quick break led to Carl Griffiths squaring the ball for Owen to score from close in.
The Gwynedd side deserved their half-time lead, the visitors had barely created a chance, but how things changed on the restart as Llanrug were now the team forced to defend with Tom Clarke having a shot blocked and Corrig McGonigle forcing a save from a free kick. On 57 minutes keeper Dylan Roberts pulled off a superb reaction save as Clarke looked like scoring from a couple of yards out but following another fine save from Shaun Lock he was finally beaten on 64 minutes as Iolo Hughes headed home a corner from Lock, his first goal for the club.
As Glan went looking for the winner a great cross from Harry Galeotti was volleyed wide by McGonigle but then there was a let off at the other end as a low cross from the right was only inches away from being converted by Owen. The league leaders were going flat out for the three points and couldn't have come closer with four minutes remaining as Darren Gowans' free kick smashed against the angle of post and crossbar with Roberts well beaten and two minutes later Galeotti skimmed the bar with a dipping effort from twenty yards.
Final score: Llanrug United 1 Glantraeth 1
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.

CARYS WINS £900 JACKPOT
(08/04/17) The winning numbers in tonight's Three Number Lotto draw were 3, 12 & 19. There was one winner of the £900 Rollover Jackpot, Carys Jones of Dwyran. The next draw takes place on Saturday 22nd April in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth.

GLAN MARCH RELENTLESSLY ON
(08/04/17) A 2-0 win at Penrhyndeudraeth puts Glantraeth in a strong position at the top of the league as they continue to set a scorching pace with only 5 points dropped from the last 57 at stake.
You don't win at Penrhyn easily and although the home side came back strongly in the final third of the game Glan once again held firm for another clean sheet.
The Anglesey-based visitors took the lead after only five minutes as Guto Hughes sent in a cross from the right that keeper Robert Watson failed to field cleanly and Gethin Maxwell was in quickly to get a toe to the ball and force it over the line (top picture). On 14 minutes Penrhyn almost levelled as Neil Thomas struck a terrific left foot shot on the run that Glan keeper Ben Heald brilliantly pushed on to the bar and over and three minutes later the crossbar rescued the Gwynedd side as a long ball in from Guto Hughes came back off the woodwork.
Playing with the Maes Y Parc dip in their favour and with the sun causing problems for the home defenders Heald was for the most part playing the ball long and a great free kick from his own half allowed Gerwyn Jones to break free and head home to put Glan two up with twenty minutes gone. The last action of the half had Glan's Marvin Pritchard firing over and Tomos Smith having a shot blocked at the opposite end.
Penrhyn were out of the blocks quickly on the restart with Huw Quaeck shooting wide of the goal but at this stage Glan still looked well in control, Andy Barker getting in a shot on 63 minutes that was straight at the keeper. The visitors were caught cold three minutes later, however, as a quickly taken corner led to Carwyn Price flashing a low shot that passed only a foot wide and on 79 minutes Mark Cook was found unmarked at the near post but his effort was also off target. The visitors had not looked quite so comfortable in the closing stages and too easily lost possession in the final minute allowing Cook to get in a fine shot from twenty-five yards that brought a flying save from Heald.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.

NEXT UP
(06/04/17) On Saturday we travel to face Penrhyndeudraeth. Kick-off is 2.30 pm, we are in the red kit, referee is Phil Hughes and after-match hospitality is at The Station Inn, Porthmadog.
The following Tuesday, 11th April, we visit Llanrug United. Kick-off is 6.30 pm, we are in the blue kit and the referee is Peter Kewley.

MARV...ELLOUS !!!
(04/04/17) A goal five minutes into the second half from Marvin Pritchard was enough to give Glantraeth a huge win in a game where they really had to dig deep against a highly motivated Llanberis side.
It was a three points built on having the best defence in the league with keeper Kieron Williams not having a single save to make throughout the entire ninety minutes despite the considerable endeavours of the visitors, just nine goals now having been conceded in the past thirteen games.
The win came at a cost though with leading scorer Corrig McGonigle pulling up early on and having to leave the field with what appears a nasty injury.
In truth it was a game that lacked much in the way of goalmouth action as both sides for the most part cancelled each other out. An early effort from Kieren Jeffreys for the home side that was easily saved and a burst of pressure from the visitors approaching the half-hour mark that saw Aled Hughes fire into the side netting were the highlights then Jeffreys who had been Glan's biggest threat twice shot wide to bring the first half to an end.
Five minutes into the second period Glan went ahead as Shaun Lock sent in a cross from the left and the ball fell to Pritchard who made no mistake with a low shot just inside a post. Llanberis had plenty of the ball as they looked to get back into the game but they could not penetrate the defensive wall and in fact Glantraeth could have had a second five minutes from time as Andy Barker blasted a foot over.
It wasn't pretty and Glantraeth never quite won the battle but they showed great resilience despite not being at their best which will hold them in good stead for the challenges that lie ahead.
Final score: Glantraeth 1 Llanberis 0
A minutes silence in memory of Henry 'Romeo' Esin was held before the game. More pics on Facebook tomorrow.

GLAN GRAFT OUT 3-1 WIN
(01/04/17) Glantraeth got the three points but had to really graft against a Barmouth side that belied their lowly position with a determined display that kept them in contention for long periods of the game.
Corrig McGonigle had the ball in the net after just two minutes as the ball came back off the keeper only to be flagged offside by the assistant referee, it looked a doubtful call at best. On the half-hour mark Glan took the lead as Harry Galeotti sent in a great cross from the right that was finished with an equally impressive glancing header from Mark Bridge and six minutes later keeper Adam Walters brought down Jamie Jones and McGonigle confidently put away the spot kick.
Two up it was looking good for Glan but five minutes before the break the visitors pulled a goal back through a stunning Rob Murfet strike from all of thirty yards that gave keeper Ben Heald no chance.
Despite the three goals the first half had not been over-blessed with excitement but the action really kicked off after the break as Glantraeth went looking to increase their lead, McGonigle, Galeotti and Marvin Pritchard all having efforts on goal then Murfet had a shot deflected wide for Barmouth. McGonigle went close with a free kick that passed just a foot wide on 55 minutes and five minutes later Guto Hughes nearly set up the Glan striker but the third goal arrived twenty minutes from time as Shaun Lock's corner swung in from the right was powerfully headed home by Gerwyn Jones. Only keeper Walters kept Glan from adding another, making two tremendous saves from Andy Barker in the closing stages.
Three brilliant pictures of the goals by Aled above, more on Facebook tomorrow.

MIKE, CHICK & TOM ALL BACK
(30/03/17) It is transfer deadline day in the Welsh Alliance and forward Mike Lundstrum has re-signed for Glantraeth from Llandyrnog United. We thank Dyrnog secretary Matthew Lewis for helping with the transfer. Glantraeth legend Darren 'Chicken' Jones has again put pen to paper for Glan to further add to the squad for the fourteen games remaining and last but certainly not least Porthmadog have reluctantly agreed to the transfer of defender Tom Clarke (pictured). The Y Traeth club were quite understandably keen to hang on to Tom with three games still to play as he has been an integral part of Craig Papirnyk's side all season but agreed to go along with Tom's wishes and sign the forms this afternoon. My thanks to Port secretary Gerallt Owen.
Be glad when it's past midnight! (SS)

CUP FINAL DATES & VENUES
(29/03/17) The Mawddach Challenge Cup Final v Llanrug United will be played at Bangor City FC on Tuesday 9th May with a 7.30 pm kick-off.
The Cookson Cup Final v Penrhyndeudraeth will be played at Nantlle Vale FC on Saturday 13th May with a 2.30 pm kick-off.

SEASON GATHERS PACE
(26/03/17) Through having games postponed we have at present lost top spot to Llandudno Junction who have emerged as strong challengers for the title but there is still a long way to go and there are two or three other clubs who could yet have plenty to say about the final outcome. All we can do is keep winning!
Jeffers moved into double figures with his two goals against Trearddur Bay so we better put the engraving of the leading scorer trophy back on hold. Hopefully we will have Gethin Maxwell returning from injury this week and Matty Lock expects to return to training in the next few days. Sam Faulkner remains suspended for two more games.
With Shaun Lock returning to the club from Beaumaris Town and Dylan Williams back after a short spell with Mynydd Llandegai Warren is already looking to ensure a strong squad is in place before the transfer deadline this coming Thursday as the end of season run-in gathers pace with midweek games now back on the agenda.
Next Saturday we resume playing with a home league fixture against Barmouth & Dyffryn United. Kick-off is 2.30 pm and the referee is Laurence Jones.
The following Tuesday 4th April Llanberis are the visitors. For that game we will be in the blue away kit, kick-off is 6.15 pm and the referee is Allan Rowlands. (SS)

JACKPOT NOW £900
(25/03/17) The winning numbers in tonight's Three Number Lotto draw were 4, 6 & 11. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £900. The next draw takes place on Saturday 8th April in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth.

WINNING BUILT ON GOOD DEFENDING
(19/03/17) Groundsman Cledwyn Williams did a great job of repairing the pitch after last week's win over Glan Conwy and he faces the same task again as it took a real hammering yesterday. The pitch was certainly borderline after continuous rain and referee Peter Owen did well to get the game played at all helped by both sides playing very competitively but in a great spirit.
Getting to another cup final made all the effort worthwhile and our sheer power in such heavy conditions as the game got into the later stages was very impressive.
Bay will feel the scoreline was harsh given that much of the game was very close and up until fifteen minutes from time they were in with a real shout but it is not the first time this season that we have come strong in the later period of a game, subs Andy Barker and Harry Galeotti making an immediate impression.
It was a real team effort and with midfielders Gethin Maxwell and Matty Lock out injured and Sam Faulkner suspended Dylan Williams moved into the middle and was one of several players who could have had a claim on man of the match.
Much has been made of our goal scoring recently with Corrig quite rightly attracting the headlines but just as impressive has been the fact that after conceding six in our opening two league games the following 16 have seen only 14 scored against.
As I said yesterday we ain't won nothing yet but reaching both league cup finals for the second successive season is no mean achievement in itself. The venues for the finals are still up in the air which is a bit worrying, the original date for the Mawddach Cup Final at Bangor now apparently in doubt. Hopefully the league can soon sort that out. (SS)

GLANTRAETH AIN'T WON NOTHING YET BUT....
TOP OF THE LEAGUE
COOKSON CUP FINALISTS
& NOW MAWDDACH CUP FINALISTS
(18/03/17) A hard fought and tremendously entertaining semi-final played in testing conditions ended with Glantraeth simply overpowering a good Trearddur Bay side to run out 6-1 winners. They will now meet Llanrug United in the Mawddach Challenge Cup Final, date and venue to be arranged.
Glan took the lead on 21 minutes as Kieren Jeffreys drove into the heart of the Bay defence before releasing the ball to Dylan Williams who powerfully struck a low shot that found the net, passing just inside a post. Eight minutes later the visitors were back on terms as a long ball put Bryn Roberts clear and although keeper Ben Heald made a great save from his first effort the ball fell nicely for Roberts to follow up and score with his second attempt.
The goals continued to flow as Glantraeth went back in front just past the half-hour mark as Shaun Lock put in a well driven cross from the left that found Mark Bridge who maintained his cool to control the ball before picking his spot (top picture).
There had been little to choose between the sides in the opening period and the second half looked like it might be no different as Jeffreys fired wide for Glan and Asa Thomas shot just over for Bay but the big breakthrough came on 75 minutes as the home side piled on the pressure to open some real daylight between the teams, Corrig McGonigle twice having close range efforts saved before Jeffreys blasted the ball high into the net.
Glantraeth now went for the kill as they began to dominate with some superb football in the conditions and got a fourth four minutes later. Andy Barker, just on as a substitute was the architect, linking up well with Dylan Willams on the right before setting up McGonigle to get number 43 of the season with a low right-footer.
Barker was again influential in setting up a fifth on 84 minutes with Jeffreys getting his second, his shot passing just inside a post despite keeper Elliot Smith's best efforts to keep it out (pictured). Two minutes later Harry Galeotti brilliantly beat his marker on the goal line (pictured above) before creating an angle to shoot home and make the final score 6-1.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.

AIMING FOR ANOTHER FINAL
(15/03/17) Glantraeth host Trearddur Bay United on Saturday in the semi-final of the Mawddach Challenge Cup. The winners will meet Llandyrnog United or Llanrug United in the final. Referee is Peter Owen and kick-off is 2.00 pm.

AT JUST 19 CORRIG McGONIGLE REWRITES THE RECORD BOOKS
(11/03/17) With at least fourteen games still to play Corrig McGonigle has now scored more goals in a season than any other player in Glantraeth's 33 year history beating the previous record of 41 goals scored in 2002-2003 season by Nigel Moore (pictured below). Corrig only joined Glan from Caernarfon Town in late September having missed our opening six games making the 42 goals he has now amassed in just twenty starts even more impressive.
Any successful striker needs the service from his teammates but just as important good teamwork is only rewarded when the ball is put in the back of the net and Corrig's scoring record is little short of incredible.
Twenty one years ago I signed Lee Trundle on his first professional contract, he was a similar age to Corrig, also had a lethal left foot, and although a different type of player I have to be honest and say I would be hard pushed to choose between them at the same age and Trundle didn't end up doing too badly!
Corrig set himself a target of 50 for the season, he might well have to reconsider! (SS)

JACKPOT NOW £700
(11/03/17) The winning numbers in tonight's Three Number Lotto draw were 8, 12 & 15. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £700. The next draw takes place on Saturday 25th March in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth.

GLANTRAETH RUN OUT 4-1 WINNERS
(11/03/17) Three goals ahead at the break with Corrig McGonigle again getting a big three it was a dominant opening forty-five minutes from Glantraeth but they were made to work in the second half as a much improved display from the visitors threatened to get them back in the game.
McGonigle was out of luck in only the second minute as he turned and struck a tremendous shot that crashed against the post but he wasn't to be denied for long as a quick one-two just past the quarter hour mark put the home side in control as he first connected with a well worked corner taken by Guto Hughes to fire home through a crowded area then a minute later Mark Bridge swung the ball out to Harry Galeotti on the right and his perfectly delivered low cross was put away with nonchalant ease by Glantraeth's leading scorer.
On 21 minutes McGonigle looked certain to complete his hat-trick as he broke clear down the middle only to be chopped down. It looked a certain red card for the Glan Conwy defender but the visitors had a big let-off as referee Peter Kewley elected to only show a yellow. The treble was completed however on 39 minutes as McGonigle headed home from a Galeotti corner (top picture).
The home side seemed to lose impetus after the break and the visitors began to look far more threatening and got a goal back on 53 minutes as a free kick sent in from the left went in off Glantraeth defender Iolo Hughes. It lifted the Conwy side as they enjoyed their best spell of the game and it took a good tackle by Gerwyn Jones to prevent substitute George Roberts getting in a shot on goal on 73 minutes but their hopes of avoiding defeat disappeared the following minute as Jones popped up at the other end to head home as he was first to a corner kick taken by Shaun Lock.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.

HOME TO GLAN CONWY
(08/03/17) Glan Conwy are the visitors on Saturday for a league fixture. Kick-off is 2.30 pm and the referee is Peter Kewley.

GAME OFF
(04/03/17) Today's game at Pwllheli has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

COOKSON CUP FINAL DATE
(03/03/17) Tuesday 25th April, Lock Stock Cookson Cup Final - Glantraeth v Penrhyndeudraeth to be played at Bangor City F C Kick-off 7-30pm
Saturday 29th April, Mawddach Challenge Cup Final - Glantraeth or Trearddur Bay Utd v Llandyrnog Utd or Llanrug Utd to be played at Bangor City F C Kick-off 2-30pm

PWLLHELI AWAY
(02/03/17) We travel to face Pwllheli on Saturday. Kick-off is 2.30 pm, we are in the blue away kit and the referee is Kelvin Lewis. After-match hospitality is in the Penlan Fawr.

JACKPOT NOW £500
(25/02/17) The winning numbers in tonight's Three Number Lotto draw were 5, 16 & 17. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £500. The next draw takes place on Saturday 11th March in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth.

GAME OFF !!
(25/02/17) Today's game at Penrhyndeudraeth has been postponed.

TREBLE DREAM STILL ALIVE
(18/02/17) Glantraeth moved into the semi-finals of the Mawddach Challenge Cup after overcoming the stubborn resistance of visitors Llanrwst who showed a real determination to erase the memory of their 8-0 league defeat.
The first real chance of the game after five minutes came to the visitors as hesitation let in Matt Mullender but he pulled his shot badly wide then six minutes later Glan were lucky not to fall behind as Gene Faulkes got on the end of a free kick only to see his effort come back off a post.
After those early escapes the home side began to get on top as a good ball from Jamie Jones almost put Corrig McGonigle in and a fine cross from Mark Bridge was only inches away from Guto Hughes converting. Glan had been well below their best but with five minutes of the half remaining McGonigle cleverly turned his defender to create a chance that was well saved by keeper Chris Wright.
The Anglesey side turned up the heat after the break with the Llanrwst defence under constant pressure keeper Wright saving at the near post from Bridge then Gerwyn Jones headed over. On 59 minutes Glantraeth took the lead as Kieren Jeffreys fired home through a crowded area despite the attempt by a defender to stop the ball with a hand.
The visitors continued to battle for everything but we're now posing little threat in attack and Wright was keeping them in the game, making fine saves from first Jeffreys then point blank from Gethin Maxwell. McGonigle volleyed wide from a good Bridge cross but a second goal had to come and it was 2-0 on 71 minutes as a cross from Hughes arrived at the feet of McGonigle to score from close range.
With fifteen minutes remaining superb play from Harry Galeotti provided a simple header for McGonigle (pictured above), his 39th goal of the season, and now Glan were coasting with Galeotti displaying his party tricks out on the left with one audacious flick that left two defenders for dead.
With the game as good as won it came as a shock on 84 minutes as an incident between Sam Faulkner and Llanrwst's Faulkes led to a mass coming together of players and resulted in both players being dismissed. Final score: Glantraeth 3 Llanrwst United 0
Glantraeth will now be at home to Trearddur Bay United in the semi-final.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.

AIMING FOR THE SEMI-FINAL
(14/02/17) Llanrwst United are the visitors on Saturday in the Mawddach Challenge Cup. The winners will be at home to Amlwch Town or Trearddur Bay United in the semi-finals on Saturday 18th March. Kick-off is 2.00 pm, the referee is Tony Moore and we will be in the new RPC sponsored red kit.

TWO SHARE £1,700
(11/02/17) The winning numbers in tonight's Three Number Lotto draw were 9, 14 & 18. There were two winners, Ann Jones of Bodffordd and Chelsea Roberts of Newborough. The next draw takes place on Saturday 25th February in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth.

GLAN BACK WITH A BANG
(10/02/17) Glantraeth got back to winning ways this evening with a 4-0 win away to Abergele Town. It was no easy ride with the home side giving a good account of themselves but the difference was in the finishing as Glan goal machine Corrig McGonigle was again on target, scoring all four for the Anglesey side.
Glan were almost ahead after just 17 seconds as Harry Galeotti swung a ball in from the right that McGonigle just failed to convert. On fifteen minutes an Andy Barker pass gave McGonigle a shooting chance but the keeper was out quickly to save. Abergele had chances of their own, Antonio Jecovelli breaking clear on 21 minutes only for Gerwyn Jones to make a great rescuing tackle and two minutes later a clearance was blocked and rebounded nicely for Jack McDougall but this time Glan keeper Ben Heald made a fine block.
Galeotti had been a constant threat on the right and was instrumental in the visitors taking the lead ten minutes before the break. Jamie Jones burst forward with real purpose and as the ball was played out wide Galeotti crossed perfectly for McGonigle and although his header was half saved he followed up to score (pictured above). Three minutes later McGonigle struck a free kick from twenty five yards that skimmed the bar but was not to be denied as he got a second in the final minute of the half firing into the roof of the net after brilliant play from Galeotti.
McGonigle completed his hat-trick four minutes into the second half with a goal of sheer class. Sion Hogan made a run in from the left after linking up with Gethin Maxwell and played the ball to the Glantraeth number 10 just inside the area who picked his spot by delightfully clipping the ball into the top corner with the keeper left helpless.
Despite being three goals down Abergele were still playing like they believed they could get something from the game pushing forward whenever they could with Jamie Hobson left frustrated on 51 minutes as his free kick looked goal bound only for Heald to go full length to save and they went even closer on 73 minutes as Jecovelli headed against the bar following a right wing corner. The game was all but over as a contest twelve minutes from time and again it was McGonigle on target with Maxwell providing the chance for what was an easy tap-in by the Glan striker's standards.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook.

FRIDAY ON THE 3G
(07/02/17) On Friday evening we are away to Abergele Town on Llandudno FC's 3G pitch, kick-off we have tonight been informed is now 7.45 pm not 7.30 pm as given out by the league. We have also been informed that they have changed their home colours to red so we will be in the new blue away kit. Referee is Terry Atkinson. Please ensure you have the correct footwear for the 3G pitch as apparently Llandudno officials carry out checks.

BIG SCALP FOR GREENFIELD
(04/02/17) Greenfield's jubilant reaction as the final whistle sounded said it all after defiantly surviving a second half onslaught from the league leaders to hold on to their half-time lead and break Glantraeth's nine game winning run.
The visitors began in lively fashion and looked like they meant business, Glan are there to be shot at now and can expect more of the same but they looked somewhat off the pace in the early stages with the visitors showing more urgency. The home side improved and on twenty minutes Corrig McGonigle went close with a low shot that almost found the target. Ten minutes later a fine pass from Sam Faulkner gave McGonigle another shooting chance but his shot found the side-netting.
The Anglesey side were shocked on 38 minutes as Greenfield took the lead, Liam Robinson reacting quickest to a free kick and firing home unmarked.
With it all to do after the break Glan really began to turn the screw as the visitor's defence was put under enormous pressure. It was all hands to the pump in the Greenfield defence as they set out to hold on their advantage. Gerwyn Jones headed just wide on 51 minutes and six minutes later Mark Johnson cleared off the line from McGonigle with his keeper beaten.
It was now like the Alamo as Glan threw everything into seeking an equaliser and as things got more desperate the actions of Greenfield's management duo led to them being sent from the dugout by referee Dewi Owen. Their side were doing them proud with their defending but got lucky on 65 minutes as McGonigle clipped the crossbar from a tight angle and the Glantraeth striker looked like he had finally broken their resistance ten minutes later with a header from a Harry Galeotti cross that looked a certain goal only for former Holywell keeper Danny Stanton to pull off a quite incredible reaction save.
Glantraeth could not be faulted for effort as they piled forward on an increasingly heavy pitch with Andy Barker and Sean Davies having chances in the closing stages but the heroic efforts of the visitors got their reward as they held on for the points.
It was a setback for Glantraeth but manager Warren Gibbs will be looking for a big reaction away to Abergele Town next Friday night.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.

MARK BRIDGE RE-SIGNS
(03/02/17) We are pleased to report that forward Mark Bridge has re-signed a form for Glantraeth from Huws Gray Alliance club Holywell Town. Mark was Glan's leading scorer last season with 22 goals as well as being voted Welsh Alliance Division One Player of the Year. Thanks to Holywell secretary Steve Roberts for his assistance.

GREENFIELD 2.30 PM
(30/01/17) Greenfield are the visitors next Saturday as we return to league action. Please note kick-off is 2.30 pm and the referee is Dewi Owen.

JACKPOT UP TO £1,700
(28/01/17) The winning numbers in tonight's Three Number Lotto draw were 1, 4 & 10. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £1,700. The next draw takes place on Saturday 11th February in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth.

NEW HOME KIT SPONSORS
(24/01/17) We are delighted to announce that RPC Contracts Ltd are the sponsors of our new home kit
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Their specialist teams are able to develop a solution that meets the specific demands of each project. From initial surveys and research, they work closely alongside clients through the manufacturing stage and finally to installation.
We thank RPC Contracts Ltd for their support.

A 6-0 CUP ROMP FOR GLAN
(21/01/17) It was all too easy for Glantraeth who had far too much class against a Prestatyn Sports side left fighting for nothing but pride.
The league's leading scorer Corrig McGonigle put the home side ahead after just seven minutes as he neatly lifted the ball over the advancing keeper after being first to a through ball from Iolo Hughes (top picture). On 21 minutes it was two as Kieren Jeffreys sent in a cross from the left with Marvin Pritchard determinedly winning possession to leave himself an open goal (pictured left). The visitors chances, already looking pretty bleak, further evaporated four minutes later as Dominic Donnelly cleaned out Jamie Jones without any attempt to play the ball and left referee Mark James with an easy red card decision.
Just on the half-hour mark a great ball from Sam Faulkner put McGonigle away and as he pushed the ball past the keeper he was brought down before picking himself up to score from the spot. It had been one way traffic but the visitors did win a couple of free kicks at the start of the second half, the second from Paul Watts dipping just over for what was their best attempt so far.
Any chance of a fightback was put to bed on 54 minutes as McGonigle scored his 33rd of the season and completed yet another hat-trick with a perfectly executed finish after good work on the right from Sean Davies and Harry Galeotti. Eight minutes later McGonigle was the provider with a lovely chipped cross for Galeotti to nod home (pictured above).
With twelve minutes remaining McGonigle was denied another by the crossbar but with time running out Sion Hogan blasted the ball high into the net to complete another convincing performance by the league leaders.
Glantraeth will now be at home to Llanrwst United for a place in the semi-finals of the Mawddach Challenge Cup.
More of Aled's pic on Facebook tomorrow.

COPA DINER & BAR NEW SPONSORS
(19/01/17) We are delighted to announce that COPA DINER & BAR are sponsoring a new away kit and tracksuits for the remainder of this season and next season.
Copa is a family run Diner & Bar which serves up American inspired food with a Welsh twist as well as your favourite drinks and is set in the top of the old wine & spirit warehouse on the Square in Caernarfon.
Our thanks to owners Gwyndaf and Marlene for their support.

MAWDDACH CHALLENGE CUP
(18/01/17) It's Mawddach Challenge Cup second round action at Glantraeth on Saturday when Prestatyn Sports are the visitors. Kick-off is 1.30 pm and the referee is Mark James assisted by Gareth Parry and Ashley Williams.

JACKPOT UP TO £1500
(14/01/17) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 1, 17 & 18. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £1500. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 28th January.

GLAN GO NINE POINTS CLEAR
(14/01/17) Glantraeth ran out 5-1 winners at Barmouth to open up a nine point lead at the top of the table with Corrig McGonigle claiming a hat-trick in nine minutes to take his total to 30. The only surprise was that it took so long to make the three points safe, the first forty-five minutes being little more than shooting practice for Glan yet remaining goalless.
The visitors should have taken the lead in the second minute as Marvin Pritchard broke clear but he failed to find McGonigle who was unmarked for what would have been a certain goal. Barmouth were being overrun as attack after attack reined down on their goal, McGonigle shot over then headed over, Pritchard did well to win possession then fired over, Harry Galeotti had a shot deflected wide and as the corner came in Kieren Jeffreys saw his effort go wide.
Glan thought they had the lead on 25 minutes as Pritchard headed home a Darren Gowans' cross but was fractionally offside. A long distance effort from Iwan Kojs sailed well over but it was a rare venture into the opposition half by Barmouth as a succession of shots continued at the other end, McGonigle firing over then seeing his shot blocked following a brilliant run from Galeotti. Glan went even closer on 38 minutes as Iolo Hughes had his shot come back off a post and Galeotti followed up only to see the ball cleared off the line.
Glan keeper Ben Heald was called into action for the first time four minutes before the break as he easily fielded a shot from Kojs. Galeotti and Pritchard fired over in the time remaining before the break which summed up a half that Glan had completely controlled yet too often had been guilty of failing to get shots on target.
A half-time roasting had Barmouth moving a yard faster following the interval and the challenges were coming in much quicker and it was clear Glantraeth now had a battle on their hands. The game really took off as the visitors finally gained the lead on 48 minutes as a run from Galeotti created the chance for Jeffreys to neatly finish but within two minutes Barmouth were level as Dave Inglis swept the ball home following a free kick. Five minutes later a scramble in the Glan goalmouth saw Sean Davies do well to make a saving tackle and prevent the home side going ahead.
This was now proving a real test of character for Glantraeth as they fought to get back control and it looked like their luck might be out on 72 minutes as the outstanding Jeffreys burst forward and fired in a tremendous shot that struck the underside of the crossbar. Not to be downhearted three minutes later Glan did regain the lead as McGonigle laid the ball off to Gowans who let fly from twenty yards with a shot that flew into the top corner giving keeper Adam Walters no chance.
Glan now scented blood and got a third on 81 minutes as Sean Davies sent in a ball from the right which was met by McGonigle who saw his first header saved but as the ball came back he made no mistake to head past the keeper. Six minutes later McGonigle got his second as he was tripped in the area and put the spot kick away with a low shot to the keeper's left and on ninety minutes there was an exact repeat as he was again tripped in the area but this time the ball was dispatched to the keeper's right.
No Aled pics this week!

£1300 JACKPOT
(10/01/17) Next Saturday's Three Number Lotto draw is for a Rollover Jackpot of £1,300. Tickets can be obtained from Malltraeth Village Store.

SOUTHBOUND TO BARMOUTH
(10/01/17) We're back to league action next Saturday with the long trip to Barmouth. Kick-off is 2.00 pm, we are in the red kit, referee is now Mark James and after-match hospitality is at The Barmouth Bar & Grill, Church Street.

ALED - ACE PHOTOGRAPHER
(09/01/17) When Daily Post journalist Dave Jones did a survey of the top football websites in North Wales Glantraeth's was voted top four along with Porthmadog, Bangor City's Citizen's Choice and Airbus UK. Porthmadog's bilingual site deservedly came out first. Occasionally I get stick for biased reporting in favour of Glantraeth but I can live with that, it is about promoting the club positively and maybe I occasionally get carried away. If I get something completely wrong I am always happy to correct it or even apologise and have to admit one or two comments about match officials over the years have got the club in trouble. The only criticism that would perhaps hurt was to be accused of being bland and boring.
I have to say however that the website wouldn't be half as good if it weren't for the contribution of Aled Jones who supplies great action photographs for the website and our Facebook page the same evening after every game. I am useless with a camera, Aled is superb, above brilliantly capturing the reaction after keeper Ben Heald scored against Trearddur Bay. (Stan)

GOWANS WONDER STRIKE THE ICING ON THE CAKE
(07/01/17) Two Welsh Alliance heavyweights slugged it out on the heavy Eithin Duon pitch with Glantraeth coming out on top by three goals to one after extra-time to now face Penrhyndeudraeth in the Cookson Cup Final. Both sides had their moments but Glan proved the stronger to deservedly go through against a Llanrug side who fought all the way, the win finally being made certain through an incredible strike from Darren Gowans with the last kick of the game.
After a Sion Phillips header straight at Glan keeper Ben Heald on two minutes the visitors began to get on top with Corrig McGonigle heading a free kick swung in by Guto Hughes wide then Kieren Jeffreys shot straight at the keeper. On 14 minutes another shot from Jeffreys proved more of a test for keeper Dylan Roberts as he had to go full length to save.
A good cross from Llanrug's Mathew Phillips tested Heald on 22 minutes but it was the visitors who continued to look the more likely scorers, McGonigle rifling a right foot shot over four minutes later after a nice pass from Harry Galeotti. Just past the half-hour mark Glantraeth went ahead as Jeffreys and Gethin Maxwell created an opening for McGonigle and he made no mistake, this time with his left foot, to give the keeper no chance (top picture). Eight minutes later ex-Llanrug man Marvin Pritchard had a powerful shot deflected over. As half-time approached the home side increased pressure on the visitor's goal but the Anglesey side's defence held firm to finish a half that they had largely controlled.
A determined looking Llanrug side came out after the break and within three minutes had pulled level when David Noel Williams' shot was deflected wide and from the corner Luke Phillips saw his looping header find the net. The game was now far more even with both sides threatening in turn but the visitors had a great chance to go back ahead on 67 minutes as McGonigle's clever pass put Galeotti clear only for him to pull his shot wide.
Glan's luck was in eight minutes from time when Carl Griffiths saw his shot come back off a post then Alan Owen's header was cleared off the line by Sean Davies. The game swung up the other end and Roberts had to go down smartly to save from Jeffreys and with the ninety minutes almost up McGonigle almost scrambled a winner.
So it was extra-time and within a minute of the kick-off Glantraeth regained the lead, McGonigle fighting off the challenge of Eifion Williams following a pass from Matty Lock to go one-on-one with the keeper. The outcome was inevitable as the Glan hitman slid the ball home for his 27th of the season. Three minutes later Roberts pulled off point blank saves from McGonigle and Galeotti as Glan further turned the screw but Llanrug were not beaten yet and it took a good save from Heald to deal with a free kick from Dylan Owen. The home side were trying everything to get back in the game but this was a cup tie that saved the best to last as Glantraeth were awarded a free kick on the half-way line. Against all odds and probably against the advice of his manager Darren Gowans elected to shoot and the power of his shot left Roberts clutching at fresh air. It was a sensational ending to the game and with Glan celebrating referee Robin Williams sounded the final whistle.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.

COOKSON CUP FINAL THE PRIZE
(03/01/17) Having now taken 34 from the last 36 points at stake we take a well earned break from league action next Saturday when we travel to face Llanrug United with a place in this season's Cookson Cup Final at stake. As the current holders we have every incentive to defend this magnificent old trophy. It won't be easy, it never is at Eithin Duon, against a Llanrug side who are always tremendously competitive. Kick-off is 1.30 pm, we are in the blue kit and the referee is Robin Williams.

JACKPOT UP TO £1100
(26/11/16) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 10, 12 & 13. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £1100. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 10th December.

HAPPY NEW YEAR
(31/12/16) Glantraeth took the three points but never succeeded in fully shaking off the challenge of a Llangefni side who finished strongly as they sensed the chance of snatching a share of the points.
The visitors were on top from the start and missed a huge chance to take the lead after only forty seconds as Darren Gowans swung in a great ball from the right that found Gethin Maxwell unmarked almost on the goalline, any kind of contact and it was in the net but he missed his header and Cefni were able to scramble clear.
Glan were a constant threat in the early stages with Corrig McGonigle firing into the side netting on nine minutes following a fine pass from Jamie Jones and three minutes later Sion Hogan almost put McGonigle in.
Cai Powell-Roberts shot well wide for the home side on 23 minutes but three minutes later Glantraeth took the lead as the ball fell to Kieren Jeffreys following Gowans' free kick and he surged into the area before curling the ball into the top corner (pictured below).
Cefni were stung into a response and a good run from Powell-Roberts saw his shot blocked then a Corey Sinnott cross looked dangerous as it passed across goal before being cleared.
Glan were soon back threatening with McGonigle looking clear on goal only for Alun Roberts to save his side with a great tackle. On 40 minutes Maxwell shot just wide for the visitors but there was no denying McGonigle four minutes later as Maxwell put him clear and this time he made no mistake with a low finish past keeper Kenny Hughes.
Six minutes following the restart the Talwrn Road side were back in the game as Craig Roberts headed home following a free kick. Hughes made a good save from McGonigle on 57 minutes but seven minutes later the visitors again opened up a two goal lead, McGonigle again the scorer as he was left an easy finish after Maxwell had fired in the perfect ball from the right.
Hughes kept Cefni in the game on 73 minutes with a tremendous flying save from Gowans and the home side took full advantage with thirteen minutes remaining as they got a goal back as Paul Rowlands' corner from the right wasn't properly cleared and Steve Kehoe volleyed home through a crowded area.
Down to ten men with Gerwyn Jones off the field having an open head wound treated Glan had to dig deep in the final stages as Cefni went looking for an equaliser but the final whistle without further scoring meant the perfect ending to 2016 for the league leaders.
Final score: Llangefni Town 2 Glantraeth 3
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.

LLANGEFNI AWAY
(29/12/16) On Saturday we are away to Llangefni Town. Kick-off is 2.00 pm, we are in the red kit, referee is Nick Pratt and after-match hospitality is at the Railway Inn.

PRE-CHRISTMAS REPORT
(18/12/16) I'm not sure what the odds would have been against yesterday's match report headline coming true in advance of the game but I guess they would have been pretty long! The referee apparently said Ben's free kick was 55 yards from goal and it was reportedly his first goal since under 15's football. It certainly went down well with the other players and the supporters.
Every good team starts from the keeper and it is not only Ben's ability that make him outstanding but his shouting and organising from the back and he is always, always encouraging even after a mistake.
We are going very well at present and will finish the year in top spot but we mustn't get too cocky there are still many obstacles to overcome. Let's enjoy the moment however, we have earned it after coming back from losing our opening two league fixtures to win ten and draw one of our last eleven.
Corrig's incredible scoring exploits are quite rightly attracting the headlines but it has very much been a team effort. Players like Sion Hogan and Andy Barker had to be patient early on but have played a big part recently and youngsters Sam Faulkner and Harry Galeotti have the talent to play a major role as the season progresses.
The two Bangor lads Kieren Jeffreys and Matty Lock have played a fair few games for Glantraeth over the seasons but as a midfield pairing have never played better with Matty seemingly thriving with the responsibility of being team captain.
Iolo Hughes and Gerwyn Jones are now building a solid central defensive partnership with progressive full backs alongside in Dylan Williams, Guto Hughes or Jamie Jones who has proved an excellent signing from Junction.
In Gethin Maxwell and Marvin Pritchard we have strength, fitness and experience in the middle of the park and Darren Gowans came back into the team yesterday and might well have got my vote for man of the match.
Managers get the stick when results are bad so great credit to our management team of Warren, Neil and Sion for some great football we have seen over recent weeks.
Happy Christmas. (Stan)

KEEPER BEN HEALD ON SCORESHEET AS GLAN WIN 6-1
(17/12/16) Despite going behind early in the game Glantraeth went on to beat their nearest rivals Trearddur Bay and open a six point lead at the head of the table.
On eight minutes Jordie Murphy let fly from twenty-five yards to give the visitors the lead with a tremendous strike but within three minutes it all changed as a free kick from Darren Gowans was fumbled by the keeper and Corrig McGonigle got the final touch to force the ball home then within a minute McGonigle added another, heading home from a Kieren Jeffreys' cross.
There were tremendous scenes of celebration on 22 minutes as keeper Ben Heald scored a third for the home side as his free kick taken from his own half dropped over the keeper and was adjudged to have crossed the line.
Bay went close right on the half-time whistle as Craig Moore broke clear only to see his shot strike the outside of a post. A great tackle from Gerwyn Jones seven minutes into the second period prevented Dale Murphy getting in a shot and two minutes later Glan were 4-1 ahead as Sion Hogan's glancing header at the near post from a Guto Hughes free kick found the corner of the net.
What was expected to be a tight top-of-the-table battle was turning into something of a rout as the home side scored a fifth on 69 minutes as Gowan's determination won him possession and he cut in from the right and scored from a tight angle. With six minutes remaining Jeffreys scored the goal of the game as his long distance left footer crashed against the underside of the crossbar and over the line to complete the scoring.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.

ALLIANCE MATCH OF THE DAY
(14/12/16) Our performance last Saturday against Llanrwst should not be underrated, it was every bit as good as the 8-0 result suggested. The Parc Gwydir club had been going well, so well in fact that their manager Barry Owen had just won Division One Manager of the Month. However, it is a result now consigned to the history books as we entertain title rivals Trearddur Bay United this coming weekend.
We know they are not only a good side but a very competitive side and we will have to match that and more just as we did in our Welsh Cup win if we are to come out on top. It is the Welsh Alliance Match of the Day and kicks-off at 2.00 pm with Terry Atkinson the man in the middle,

CORRIG MAKES IT 21 FROM ELEVEN STARTS AS...
GLANTRAETH RUN RIOT WITH EIGHT
(10/12/16) This Glantraeth side must be one of the most entertaining in the club's history as every attack looked likely to lead to a goal and with such a large nucleus of young players this afternoon's 8-0 hammering of Llanrwst on their own patch must be right up there with any result the club has previously achieved. The football and the finishing was a sheer delight to watch and you had to feel for the home side who showed no lack of effort but were completely overrun come the final whistle.
Llanrwst managed to hold out until the thirty minute mark before a Corrig McGonigle was chopped down in the box as he took possession of a pass from Kieren Jeffreys. McGonigle put the spot kick away with a minimum of fuss and ten minutes later Andy Barker swept the ball home as the pressure continued on the home goal.
Early pressure after the break from Llanrwst led to a couple of corners that came to nothing then as play broke upfield McGonigle twice went close before becoming provider on 52 minutes as he threaded a ball through for Kieren Jeffreys to make it 3-0. The home side twice fired wide as they attempted to get back in the game but had a let off on 58 minutes as Gethin Maxwell's shot was deflected on to a post but he had more luck seven minutes later as his cross was pulled back by Barker for McGonigle to finish and two minutes later McGonigle set up Barker to score a fifth for the Anglesey side.
Llanrwst were being completely outclassed and nine minutes from time brilliant play from Sion Hogan set up McGonigle to score with his right foot to complete his hat-trick and Hogan deservedly got on the scoresheet himself three minutes later to blast home after McGonigle's shot had been half saved.
In the 89th minute McGonigle kept up his phenomenal scoring rate with his 21st goal in only 11 starts as he was put clear and made goalscoring look simple as he rounded the keeper to give himself an easy tap-in. With time just about up Glan keeper Ben Heald was called into action for just about the first time as he made a fine flying save from Bryn Jenkins.
Final score: Llanrwst United 0 Glantraeth 8
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.

AWAY AT LLANRWST
(07/12/16) It's along the Conwy Valley on Saturday to face Llanrwst United as we look to retain top spot in the league. Kick-off is 2.00 pm, we are in the blue kit and referee is Lawrence Jones. Food is in the Llanrwst clubhouse after the game.

GLAN WIN SHOOT-OUT AT MAES Y PARC
(03/12/16) What a great advert for the Welsh Alliance this game was as Glantraeth broke Penrhyndeudraeth's hold on the Mawddach Challenge Cup with a brilliant attacking display to win 3-2. The Anglesey side scored three but it could well have been more as home keeper Robert Watson was the busiest man on the field, constantly in action as shots reined in on him, but Glan could never relax as the Gwynedd side always carried a threat going forward.
After a couple of early scares as Adam Griffiths shot narrowly wide and Meilir Williams had a shot blocked Glan began to take control with Corrig McGonigle twice having shots saved then trying an audacious lob from forty yards out that caught out Watson only to come back off a post. There was no stopping the Glan striker though as he put the visitors ahead on the half-hour mark from the penalty spot after being brought down by the keeper. Glantraeth had been so much on top that it came as a massive shock as Meilir Williams struck twice approaching the interval to put Penrhyn ahead. It seemed poor reward for Glan's efforts but things picked up right on the half-time whistle as Jamie Jones fed McGonigle who had been a constant threat and his neat finish sent the teams off level (top picture).
Harry Galeotti crossed and Jamie Jones shot over then McGonigle bent a free kick inches wide as Glan opened the second period on the offensive then it took a fine flying save from Kieron Williams at the other end to keep out a header from substitute Pawel Romanowicz on 64 minutes.
The pressure on the home goal now really intensified as Glan launched attack after attack during a five minute spell that saw McGonigle, Andy Barker, Sam Faulkner and Galeotti all have efforts on goal before Barker put the visitors ahead with a low volley from twenty yards out for what proved to be the winner.
Glantraeth will now be at home to Prestatyn Sports in the second round, date to be confirmed.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.

MORE CUP ACTION
(01/12/16) We are away to Penrhyndeudraeth in the first round of the Mawddach Challenge Cup on Saturday. Referee is Gwilym Evans, we are in the red kit and please note kick-off this week is 1.30 pm. After match hospitality is at the Station Hotel, Porthmadog.

TOM GONE...GUTO BACK
(27/11/16) Tom Taylor has returned to live in Shropshire and has joined West Midlands Regional League side AFC Broseley. Tom has thanked us for getting him 'enjoying his football again.' We wish him well and as one of the finest players who has ever played for Glantraeth he will always be welcome back at the club.
After being with Huws Gray Alliance side Denbigh Town since the start of the season Guto Hughes has now re-signed for Glantraeth. We are delighted to see Guto back and thanks to Denbigh secretary Steve Whitfield for his assistance in completing the transfer before yesterday's game.

DOMINANT GLAN GO THROUGH
(26/11/16) Glan gained a comfortable 2-0 victory over Llangefni as they stayed on course for retaining the Cookson Cup and in fact the scoreline should have been even more emphatic as they were wasteful of gilt edged chances to increase their lead late in the game as Cefni pushed men forward.
A cagey opening saw few chances at either end, the nearest to a goal coming on the quarter hour mark as Corrig McGonigle fired home for Glantraeth only to be pulled up for offside. It looked a close call. Seven minutes later the home side did go ahead as great play on the right from Sion Hogan resulted in a cross that was finished by Marvin Pritchard. McGonigle shot straight at the keeper than had another effort cancelled out for offside as Glan continued to look the more threatening. Matthew Jones cut in from the left and saw his shot blocked just on the interval but it had been a rare cause of alarm for a dominant Glantraeth defence.
It was Jones who had the first shot of the second period but it was well over and Pritchard was similarly off target at the other end. On 62 minutes Glan went two up as McGonigle's corner from the right caused all kinds of problems in the Cefni goalmouth and it was Gethin Maxwell who pounced on the loose ball to blast the ball into the net and three minutes later it took a good save from McGonigle to prevent a third.
Cefni tried hard to get back in the game but a determined defensive display from the home side meant keeper Ben Heald was rarely stretched and Glan were well worthy of their place in the semi-finals.

COOKSON CUP
(24/11/16) Llangefni Town are the visitors this Saturday in the second round of the Cookson Cup. Referee is Nick Pratt and please note kick-off is 1.45 pm.

KIEREN STRIKE MAKES CERTAIN
(19/11/16) A tremendous strike from Kieren Jeffreys six minutes from time finally saw off the challenge from Llanrug to send Glantraeth back to the top of the league.
The visitors put Glan under early pressure with a series of long balls, the closest to a breakthrough coming on seven minutes as Luke Phillips shot over. As the home side began to settle Corrig McGonigle fired wide on 18 minutes but a minute later the Anglesey side went ahead as Dylan Williams passed to Jeffreys who sent in an accurate cross that was headed home by Matty Lock (pictured left). Llanrug pulled level twelve minutes before the break as a cross from the right wasn't properly cleared and Luke Phillips took advantage to volley home only for Glan to regain the lead on the stroke of half-time as McGonigle put the spot kick away after being fouled in the box for his fifteenth of the season.
It was almost another for the home side within a minute of the restart as Sion Hogan had a header cleared off the line. On 55 minutes Llanrug were back in the game as Glan made a complete hash of a free kick in the middle of the park and were punished as Luke Phillips got his second to make it two all. The visitors as usual were proving tough opposition to overcome but Glan continued to probe and got back in front two minutes later as a McGonigle free kick on the edge of the area was pushed on to a post by keeper Dylan Roberts only for Hogan to pounce on the loose ball and joyfully fire home (top picture).
A fine effort from Jeffreys on 75 minutes was only a foot over, it was to prove a marker as nine minutes later the same player strode forward before unleashing an unstoppable shot that found the top corner and finally but some real daylight between the sides. Final score: Glantraeth 4 Llanrug United 2
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.

NEW SIGNING
(18/11/16) Midfielder Gethin Maxwell has joined Glantraeth from Llanberis. We would like to thank Llanberis secretary Carwyn Jones for his help in completing the transfer before today's 5 pm deadline. 24 year old Gethin has played for Wales at school and college level and was with Chester City and Caernarfon Town as a youth player. We welcome him to the club.

LLANRUG THE VISITORS
(17/11/16) Llanrug United are the visitors to Glantraeth this Saturday. Kick-off is 2.00 pm and the referee is Lawrence Jones assisted by Tomos Barker and Connor Fowler.

JACKPOT NOW £900
(12/11/16) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 1, 10 & 13. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £900. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 26th November.

JAMIE SIGNS FOR CAERNARFON
(07/11/16) Caernarfon Town have put seven day's notice of approach on Jamie Roberts. It is a great opportunity for Jamie to play with one of the biggest clubs in North Wales and Warren has agreed to waive the notice period so the transfer can go through today. It is a big loss for Glantraeth but we wish Jamie all the best and of course he will always be welcome back anytime in the future.

HARRY RESCUES A POINT
(05/11/16) Although Glan lost top spot after drawing 1-1 at Llandyrnog United this afternoon manager Warren Gibbs will be fairly satisfied with the result. The home side led through a header from Sion Davies but a fine strike from Harry Galeotti with thirteen minutes remaining forced a share of the points.

BACK ON THE ROAD AGAIN
(03/11/16) After a run of five home games we have a trip along the coast to face Llandyrnog United on Saturday. Please note kick-off is now 2.00 pm, we are in the red kit and the referee is Billy Fuller of Prestatyn.

GLANTRAETH GO TOP
(29/10/16) A stunning opening forty-five minutes from Glantraeth had some of the gloss taken off it as ten man Abergele battled back to score two late goals leading to a lively finale to a game that had looked all but over. No matter it is Glantraeth that go top of the league with a seventh successive win and yet another hat-trick from Corrig McGonigle.
Glan were virtually unplayable in the first half, going ahead on 16 minutes as McGonigle rose to head home a great cross from Jamie Roberts (pictures below) and seven minutes later it was Roberts on the scoresheet as his dipping free kick left keeper Stuart Roberts rooted to the spot. On 33 minutes Glan went three up as McGonigle was brought down in the box then converted the penalty and within a minute this scoring machine had got a third taking advantage of a defensive blunder to cleverly dink the keeper.
The visitors began the second half better and Tom Clark brought a good save from keeper Ben Heald but their chances of getting back into the game seemed have gone approaching the hour mark as Jack Lloyd-Williams' tackle earned him a second caution and he was dismissed by referee Peter Kewley. On 62 minutes it was almost five as Roberts met a Harry Galeotti cross but saw his shot come back off the bar and four minutes later it was Sam Faulkner who was denied by the woodwork. Against all the odds the visitors were showing plenty of spirit and twelve minutes from time they got their reward as Heald was caught out of his goal and Clark pulled a goal back and if that wasn't enough of a shock for the home side three minutes later Abergele were awarded a pen that Danny Abbott put away to make it 4-2. With the game now looking more of a contest the closing minutes became quite feisty and referee Kewley did well to keep his cards in his pocket.
More of Aled's pictures on Facebook tomorrow.

JAMES & WISDOM MOVE ON
(28/10/16) James Burgess and Wisdom Janes have been released to join Gaerwen and Beaumaris Town respectively. We wish them both well.
Tomorrow Abergele Town are the visitors. Kick-off is 2.30 pm and the referee is Peter Kewley.

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. The second half began with a fine Gowans' half volley bringing a flying save from Perkins in the home goal but then it was Ben Heald at the other end called into action as he made fine saves from Aaron Hughes and Aaron Griffiths and only a superb tackle from Gerwyn Jones prevented Hughes getting a shot in as Vale pushed to level the score.
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.

CUP DRAWS
(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."

PRE-SEASON UPDATE
(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.
(Stan Strickland)

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.

KNACKERED !!!
(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.
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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
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SHOWDOWN WEDNESDAY
(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.

STACEY WINS £1,500 JACKPOT
(23/04/16) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 2, 16 & 20. There was one winner of the £1,500 Rollover Jackpot, Stacey Jones of Aberffraw. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 14th May.

GLAN STILL HANGING IN THERE
(23/04/16) A gutsy performance from Glantraeth saw them run out 1-0 winners at Llanrwst this afternoon after playing the final twenty-five minutes effectively with ten men with Shaun Lock injured and hardly able to move but kept on for his long throws.
On a hard, uneven pitch that bordered on being dangerous this was never going to be a day for attractive passing football and the first half made for poor entertainment. Early efforts by Shaun Lock and Gareth Owen were followed on 17 minutes by a glorious chance for Llanrwst as Tom Clarke's header back didn't carry enough weight and as the ball was crossed into the box Luke Roberts looked certain to score only for keeper Ben Heald to throw himself to his left and make a stunning save from almost point blank range.
Glan came close to going ahead on 26 minutes as Kelvin Frazer got clear and squared the ball unselfishly for Shaun Lock who was inches away from converting. Two minutes before the break the visitors did go ahead, Frazer again involved as he headed on a long throw to give Tom Clarke an easy finish (top picture). Bryn Jenkins had a chance to level a minute later but blazed over from a good position.
Glantraeth began to look much more dangerous as the game restarted and Mike Lundstrum should have made it two when given a clear shot on goal then Shaun Lock twice threatened before Tom Clarke did well to block a shot from Kane Williams as the home side responded. With their three subs used and Lock a passenger Glan were having to defend their lead in the closing stages but a shot from Jenkins with eight minutes remaining looked destined for the top corner only for Heald to pull off another outstanding save to leave the big number nine holding his head in his hands.
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LUNDSTRUM & BELL SEAL CUP WIN
(21/04/16) Gareth Evans reports: Glantraeth ran out 2-0 winners at Prestatyn Sports this evening to go through to the semi-finals of the Mawddach Challenge Cup. Mike Lundstrum scored on 56 minutes, a great strike after taking possession of a long ball from Ben Heald, and James Bell added a second, a fine individual effort, in the 87th minute. Prestatyn had their moments and keeper Ben Heald had to pull off a couple decent saves. Manager Warren Gibbs' verdict: 'A fine effort by everyone after Tuesday's tough final.' Glan will now be at home to Llangefni Town next Thursday evening for a place in the final.

GOOD LUCK MESSAGE FROM NEW YORK
(20/04/16) Exactly fifteen minutes before kick-off last night an email came through from New York with a good luck message from club president Naomi Watts. You can view the short video on our Facebook page. It was a marvellous gesture by the Hollywood movie actress and proves she is no token president, the timing of the message showing she is taking a real interest in the club. I was able to send her pictures of the team celebrating winning the Cookson Cup late last night. (SS)

GLANTRAETH WIN COOKSON CUP
(19/04/16) It was another great night in Glantraeth's history as the Anglesey village side beat Llanberis by three goals to nil at Bangor City's Nantporth Stadium to win the Cookson Cup for the first time.
Llanberis began brighter but it was Glan who came closest to taking the lead on ten minutes, only a brilliant tackle from Nathan Williams prevented Mark Bridge getting his shot in after Craig Roberts had broken clear down the right. The Anglesey side did go ahead three minutes later as Guto Hughes swung in a corner from the right that found Gerwyn Jones well placed to head home. Glan keeper Ben Heald made a fine save from a Nidian Huws free kick on 17 minutes as Llanberis continued to have the better of play although Glantraeth always looked dangerous going forward with Mark Bridge failing to properly connect with a volley from a good position. Glan led at the break but had never looked really convincing and Llanberis could justifiably have felt unlucky to be behind.
Whatever manager Warren Gibbs said to his players at half-time seemed to work as within five minutes of the restart they went two up with a tremendous goal, a superb driven cross from Shaun Lock being powerfully headed home by Mike Lundstrum then Tom Clarke went close and five minutes later it was almost a second for Lundstrum as he broke clear on goal only for keeper Louis Williams to make point blank save,
Llanberis were not giving up without a fight and only a tremendous save from Heald on 57 minutes prevented Llion Jones reducing the deficit and nine minutes later a volley from Stef Jones only just missed the target. It was all but over with fourteen minutes left as another great cross from Shaun Lock found Craig Roberts at the far post and the Glantraeth number 9 made no mistake with a shot driven high into the roof of the net. Final score: Glantraeth 3 Llanberis 0
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