OPENING HALF MASTERCLASS
(31/01/15) Llanrhaeadr hardly knew what hit them as Glantraeth tore at them from the start and although leading by three goals at the break it could just have easily been five or six, keeper Ben Heald only touching the ball once during the forty-five minutes. Gareth Owen had a shot deflected wide on nine minutes and from the corner Matty Lock's effort was blocked before Glan took the lead on the quarter-hour mark as Neil Hughes fed a ball to Rory Courlander who beat a defender before drilling the ball beyond home keeper Conner Lee. A minute later a great pass from Gareth Owen put Craig Roberts clear but as the keeper advanced his shot was just too high. There was no let up for the home defence with striker Neil Hughes still defying the advancing years leading them a merry dance and following a fine cross from Brendun Hogan Hughes made no mistake with a typically clinical finish. A rare threat at the other end came on 21 minutes as a shot from Endaf Owens drifted wide. Glan were inches away from a third three minutes later as Gareth Owen met a Craig Roberts free kick and his header could not have been closer. On a heavy pitch the visitors were playing some superb stuff and there was more magic from Neil Hughes on 27 minutes as he picked out Sean Davies who fired home from ten yards out. With the wind in their favour a corner swung in by Guto Hughes bounced out off the crossbar with six minutes to the break. The message was clear that Glan had to maintain their momentum on the restart but the home side got a gigantic lift 39 seconds in as Gareth Owen headed into his own net as he stretched to meet a corner from the right. Llanrhaeadr now looked more like the side that had just enjoyed thirteen straight victories and started to put some pressure on the Glan defence with Emyr Roberts heading narrowly wide on 55 minutes and eighteen minutes later keeper Ben Heald was tested for the first time as he made a flying finger tip save from Barry Morris. Glan had been superb in the first half and were now showing they could defend when they needed to against the elements with the game at times boiling over but as the game entered the last ten minutes the visitors began to get back on top, Courlander going close then Jamie Steel fired into the side netting and with time almost up Steel went even closer as he smashed a shot against the underside of the crossbar. Final score: Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant 1 Glantraeth 3
So Glantraeth are through to the quarter-finals of the Welsh FA Trophy for the first time. Other teams already through are Holywell Town, Llandudno Junction, Penlan, Abergavenny Town and Hakin United.
QUARTER-FINAL PLACE THE PRIZE
(26/01/15) Next Saturday we make the long trip down to Powys to face Mid-Wales League side Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant in the fifth round the Welsh FA Trophy. The prize for the winners is a place in the quarter-finals when the draw goes national. A win would create a little slice of club history as although we have previously reached the quarter-finals of the Welsh Cup this would be a first in the Trophy. Our opponents currently occupy fifth place in Division One and beat Kinmel Bay in the last round. They are also still in the Welsh Cup. For selfish reasons this is the competition I would most love us to win as I believe I would then be the only person to have been with a club that has won both the English and the Welsh FA Trophies. No pressure there then but at our best this is game we can win and hopefully we can get some players back from injury as we have been really stretched of late. Kick-off is 1.30 pm and the referee is D.Hughes of Wrexham. Thankfully though belatedly the FAW have appointed assistants for this round. (SS)
There is a coach going to the game leaving Malltraeth at 9.30 am and picking up at Llanfairpwll Park and Ride at 10.00 am. Llanrhaeadr's Recreation Field ground is situated on the B4580 just next to the village primary school.
JACKPOT UP TO £1,000
(24/01/15) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 11, 16 & 20. There were no winners so the Jackpot increases to £1,000. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 14th February.
GLAN LOSE OUT TO DYRNOG
(24/01/15) Despite going ahead in the 27th minute through Sean Davies Glantraeth went down to a hugely disappointing defeat at lowly Llandyrnog today, the home side equalising in a first half that Glan had largely dominated through a penalty from Daniel Jones. Another goal from Daniel Jones made it 2-1 for the Denbighshire side after the break before Craig Jones sealed victory for the home side fourteen minutes from time.
WARREN SIGNS ON TWO MORE
(22/01/15) Manager Warren Gibbs has added to his squad by signing 29 year old defender Geraint Mitchell (pictured left). Geraint has Welsh Premier League experience with Porthmadog and Llangefni Town and was last with Caernarfon Town. Also signed is 23 year old Derby-born Bromley Sibson (pictured right) who was with Bangor University FC in the Gwynedd League last season.
On Saturday Glantraeth travel to face Llandyrnog United looking to get back to winning ways. Kick off is 2.00 pm and the match referee is Steve Hughes.
MATTY BACK AT GLANTRAETH
(20/01/15) 21 year old defender Mathew Lock has today re-signed for Glantraeth from Menai Bridge Tigers. Matty was last with us when Chris Roberts was manager and we welcome his return to the club and wish to thank Menai Bridge manager Sean Brett and secretary Graham Hughes for waiving the seven days notice.
(18/01/15) We were visited by league officials Chas Rowland and Bob Paton this afternoon to carry out a ground inspection for a possible promotion to the Huws Gray Alliance. Unlikely as it seems that Holywell Town will now be caught it was important we know where we stand regarding a possible future promotion. The inspection went well, the only work required is a small length of perimeter fencing behind one goal to be put in place and also a protected walkway for players entering and leaving the pitch. The work is required to be completed by the end of April. League secretary Chas Rowland is pictured above taking a photograph of the stand.
GLAN MADE TO WORK FOR POINT
(17/01/15) Both sides will believe they should have won this game but it was Glantraeth who were the most relieved come the final whistle after going two behind with only three minutes played then only gaining a point through an injury time goal from skipper Gareth Owen. It was a calamitous start by the home side as twice they were caught napping with the game hardly started, Penrhyn's Steve Jones the scorer of both. Glan began to get their act together and pulled a goal back on 18 minutes, James Burgess left with a tap in following good work by Gareth Owen and Sean Davies then should have pulled level four minutes later as Craig Roberts was brought down in the penalty area. Roberts picked himself up to take the spot kick but it was poorly struck making an easy save for the keeper. With half-time approaching Glan did draw level as Neil Hughes turned his marker brilliantly on the left before putting in the perfect cross for Burgess to head home (top picture). The visitor's goal again escaped on 39 minutes as the keeper made a finger tip save from Hughes and from the corner taken by Mark Prescott there was a tremendous scramble before Burgess shot wide. Penrhyn always looked dangerous going forward and after a spell of pressure from the home side broke away and Mathew Hughes was unlucky as he saw his shot hit the outside of a post. With ten minutes remaining it looked like all Glan's efforts to get back into the game after that nightmare start might count for nothing as the visitors went back in front, Mathew Hughes the scorer following a left wing cross. The Anglesey side really began to pile on the pressure at this stage, Craig Roberts shooting wide then Burgess brought a point blank block from the keeper. With the game in the second minute of added time Sion Kyle sent in a cross from the left that Andy Barker did well to push back across goal and it was defender Gareth Owen who bravely went in under pressure from two defenders and send his shot crashing into the net. Final score: Glantraeth 3 Penrhyndeudraeth 3.
More of Aled's pictures on club Facebook page tomorrow.
(13/01/15) The pitch is looking much recovered today so hopefully if the rain holds off we can get a game this weekend when Penrhyndeudraeth are the visitors. Kick-off is 2.00 pm and the match referee is Arwyn Griffiths.
ONE £500 WINNER
(10/01/15) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 8, 17 & 19. There was one winner of the £500 Jackpot, C.V.Hughes of Gaerwen. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 24th January.
(09/01/15) Tomorrow's game at home to Barmouth has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.
KINMEL BAY 2 GLANTRAETH 1
(06/01/15) A goal five minutes from time gave Kinmel Bay victory at Llandudno this evening and Glantraeth can have few complaints, the home side carrying by far the greater threat in the second period.
It was Glantraeth who started brighter with both Rory Courlander and Craig Roberts firing wide from good positions then only a tremendous tackle from Gareth Owen prevented Andreas Alvarado getting in a shot as Bay hit back. Craig Roberts was again wide then a fine run by Courlander gave him a clear shooting opportunity but ending in disappointment as he pulled his shot the wrong side of the post. On 31 minutes the visitors went ahead as Steve Jones and Craig Roberts created problems for the home defence and James Burgess took advantage to finish from an acute angle. It was no more than Glan deserved as they led 1-0 at the break. Things began to unravel for the visitors after the break as within three minutes of the restart Bay levelled through Alex Jones and now it was Glan's turn to feel the pressure with the home side several times breaking through into one-to-one situations keeper Ben Heald making one tremendous save to deflect a shot from Luffman on to a post on 69 minutes. Bay's finishing from good positions was dreadful but they did get it right when it counted on 85 minutes as Alvarado made no mistake to send the ball past Heald for the winner.
(03/01/15) Today's game at home to Gwalchmai is off due to a waterlogged pitch.
TASTY OPENER TO 2015
(31/12/14) In the end and given the circumstances we did well to get the three points last Saturday. Llanfairpwll looked no mugs in that game and I would even stick my neck out and predict they will get their first point or points of the season at home to Llanrwst next weekend. Been wrong before though.
Next Saturday we have another Anglesey Derby when Gwalchmai are the visitors. Both currently on 19 points this promises to be a closely fought opener to 2015. Referee is Terry Atkinson and kick-off is 2.00 pm. (SS)
KINMEL BAY LATEST
(28/12/14) After being informed in December by the league that we were to play Kinmel Bay away on Wednesday 7th January on the 3G pitch at Llandudno FC I have been informed yesterday that it has now been switched to Tuesday 6th January with a 7.30 pm kick-off, apparently the Llandudno pitch is only available on the Tuesday so once again we get messed around! (SS)
NINE MAN GLAN GLAD OF 3 POINTS
(27/12/14) Glantraeth will be glad this game is over and the three points safely in the bag despite never really establishing complete supremacy over bottom club Llanfairpwll, not helped by their own attempts to self-destruct after finishing the ninety minutes with only nine men. The home side might lack points but they lack nothing in spirit and determination and after going behind in the fifth minute as a move involving Richard Owen, Steve Jones and James Burgess was finished off by ex-Llanfair striker Neil Hughes they pulled level on 14 minutes as Cameron Owen was all too easily allowed to head home at the far post from a left wing cross. Within two minutes Glan were back in front as Steve Jones volleyed home after being put clear by Gareth Owen. The visitors were looking like increasing their lead as first Steve Jones volleyed over then the keeper did well to push a Richard Owen free kick against a post. Suddenly Glan's one goal cushion looked less secure on 41 minutes as they were reduced to ten men after full back Brendun Hogan was given a straight red, referee Simon Newport indicating to the bench it was for foul and abusive language. With half-time approaching it was almost 3-1 as good work by Neil Hughes set up Craig Roberts but his shot was cleared off the line then with the whistle about to sound Llanfair's Gwyndaf Hughes had an unmarked header that was badly off target. Thirteen minutes into the second half Glan increased their lead as the industrious Sean Davies was brought down in the box and although Craig Roberts' spot kick was saved he followed up to score. That should have been it but there was more drama with ten minutes remaining as Ryan Davies chopped down Llanfair substitute Matty James in the box and was sent off for a second caution. Only a superb diving save by keeper Ben Heald prevented a nail biting finish as he somehow pushed Cameron Owen's penalty kick on to the crossbar. Not one of Glan's best performances but up to sixth and 11 wins out of 13!
TEN WINS OUT OF TWELVE
(22/12/14) Manager Warren Gibbs picked up his October Manager of the Month award from league president Gwyn Pierce Owen before Saturday's game. It was fitting reward not only for Warren but for his management team of Neil Hughes, Darren Jones and Sion Roberts and of course the players who have taken us on such a good run since September. The win on Saturday has at last seen us move up the league table and you don't have to have GCSE Maths to work out that second place is now very much in our sights and without getting too carried away we still have to play Holywell twice, the recent 4-0 defeat not giving a true reflection of that meeting.
On Saturday we travel to bottom club Llanfairwpll where we will be expected to win but we know from our last encounter there is no shortage of fighting spirit in their team and nothing can be taken for granted. Saturday's ref is Simon Newport.
GREAT START FOR BURGESS
(20/12/14) Two quality second half goals from new signing James Burgess gave Glantraeth a 2-0 win over second placed Llandudno Junction this afternoon. There was little sign of what was to come in the opening forty five minutes. The early action favoured the home side as Craig Roberts fired over after good work by Burgess then a fierce strike from Roberts struck Burgess and was deflected wide. There was a scare for Glan on twenty minutes as with keeper Ben Heald out of position a ball floated in by Mike Lundstrum struck the crossbar before being cleared then Chris Beard got in an unmarked header that was straight at Heald. Junction had taken the initiative in the later stages of the half, quicker to the ball and finding too much space and showing just why they occupy such a high position in the league. What a difference following the break. Glan took charge from the first minute taking the lead as Burgess was put clear by Neil Hughes and using his strength to hold off his marker before beating Junction keeper Gwydion Owen as he advanced. Although Heald did well to save from Lundstrum on 56 minutes it was Glantraeth who were now well on top Burgess twice going close after good work from Guto Hughes and on 72 minutes it was 2-0 with a superb goal, Gareth Owen playing the ball out of defence to Steve Jones whose cross was perfectly placed for Burgess to sweep home in style, making a difficult finish look easy (top pictures by Aled Jones). Only a point blank save from Craig Roberts on 79 minutes stopped Glan going three ahead in what had been dominant second half performance to make it ten wins out of the last twelve games for the Bodorgan club.
More pictures on club Facebook page tomorrow.
JAMES SIGNS ON
(18/12/14) Manager Warren Gibbs today completed the signing of striker James Burgess from Gwalchmai. James was previously with Glantraeth during our last season in the Cymru Alliance. Benllech based he has also played for Amlwch Town and Bodedern Athletic. We welcome James back to the club and also wish to thank Gwalchmai secretary Ian Jones for his assistance in completing the transfer.
HIGH FLYING JUNCTION NEXT UP
(16/12/14) Llandudno Junction are the visitors next Saturday. Last time we faced Junction in March they were lying bottom of the league seven points adrift but following our 3-3 draw at the Flyover Ground I wrote: "Even with a seven point gap I will be surprised if Llandudno Junction finish bottom this season. They are a much strengthened side and ran us all the way Saturday."
From that moment on they have never looked back going on to finish well off the bottom last season and being the surprise package this campaign, currently lying in second position behind Holywell. We are in a crazy situation as although third from bottom a win on Saturday could bring us within spitting distance of second place ourselves as we catch up on our games in hand. Kick-off is 2.00 pm and the referee is Hugh Jones. (SS).
TWO SHARE £500 JACKPOT
(13/12/14) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 11, 15 & 19. There were two winners sharing the £500 Jackpot, Grace Lee of Llangaffo and Angharad Jones of Llangefni. Please note the next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 10th January.
BACK TO WINNING WAYS
(13/12/14) Glantraeth ran out 3-1 winners today at Llanrwst the only disappointment being the winning margin wasn't greater after again being denied by the woodwork and missing a late penalty. Only 25 seconds in Glan were almost ahead as a Brendun Hogan cross struck a defender and passed inches wide of the goal and from the corner Gareth Owen headed over (pictured above). Guto Hughes was close to converting a Craig Roberts centre then home defender Shaheen Ahmed cleared off the goalline from Neil Hughes. It had been all Glan in the opening stages but Llanrwst posed a threat on the quarter-hour mark as keeper Ben Heald had to go full length to save from Hedd Williams and almost immediately Joshua Evans in the other goal had to do the same to keep out a shot from Craig Roberts. The Anglesey side deservedly went ahead on 24 minutes as Gareth Owen sent Steve Jones away on a surging run down the right and Craig Roberts was there to finish off a great move. Eight minutes before the break Neil Hughes beat the keeper all ends up only to see his powerful drive come back off a post but it was two to Glan a minute into the second half, Steve Jones again the provider for Craig Roberts. Coming up to the hour mark Glan were coasting as the home side failed to clear following a throw-in from Guto Hughes and Craig Roberts pounced to claim his hat-trick. Out of the blue Llanrwst got a goal back on 63 minutes as a free kick found substitute Bryn Jenkins under too little pressure at the far post and his looping header gave Heald no chance. The goal lifted the home side but they could make little impression on a dominant Glan defence and it should have been 4-1 on 88 minutes as Craig Roberts was chopped down in the box only for the keeper to save Steve Jones' spot kick.
More Aled pics on Glan Facebook page tomorrow.
LEAGUE POINTS NOW THE FOCUS
(07/12/14) At last, weather permitting, we now have the chance to get a run of league games going starting at Llanrwst next Saturday. We have suffered more than most from clubs resigning from the league and the Kinmel Bay saga having played just seven games while some have played fourteen! At least we now know who we will be playing in the next round of the FAW Trophy as according to the FAW website Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant beat Kinmel Bay 3-2 yesterday. A decision on Kinmel Bay's appeal is apparently due this week. Tony Moore is again our referee next weekend at Llanrwst, kick-off 2.00 pm. There is a coach leaving Malltraeth 11.30 am and picking up at Llanfairpwll Park & Ride 12 noon. We will be in the blue change kit.
Although Holywell Town are presently looking unstoppable on their march towards the league title we have sent in our application for promotion to the Huws Gray Alliance and a ground inspection will follow.
LATE GOALS HARSH ON GLAN
(06/12/14) Holywell continue their winning ways, a 19th straight victory as they overcame Glantraeth by four goals to nil this afternoon. Two goals in the last four minutes made the victory seem easier than it was coming at a time when the home side were pushing hard to get back in the game. The opening half hour had been fairly even, the first real goal threat coming on 24 minutes as Luke Tyson stole in for an unmarked header that was straight at home keeper Ben Heald while Glan responded with a free kick from Richard Owen that brought a flying save from Mike Platt in the Holywell goal (pictured). Tony Roebuck fired just wide for the visitors then Ryan Davies headed over from a Richard Owen free kick. Holywell began to gain control as the half came to a close with a shot from Paul Williams being closest to an opener and early in the second half Roebuck's long distance effort clipped the top of the crossbar. Glantraeth had a great chance to go ahead on 48 minutes as Sion Kyle broke clear but failed to find Guto Hughes who was in a perfect position to score. It proved an expensive miss as Holywell broke upfield leaving Luke Tyson free on goal to put them in the lead. There was controversy on 62 minutes as the visitors were awarded a penalty, referee Tony Moore adjudging a foul by Ryan Davies when it appeared the Glan number five had been fouled first. It was a big decision by Mr Moore and Sam Jones converting the spot kick really gave the Anglesey side a mountain to climb. Heald made a fine save from Tyson but then Glan began to get on top with substitute Mark Prescott firing over from only five yards on 71 minutes out although under pressure from two defenders and eight minutes later a brilliant piece of skill from Neil Hughes saw him beat the keeper only to see his shot come back off a post. Glan had enjoyed their best spell of the game and with any luck could have been level but Holywell showed their pedigree as they struck twice in the 86th and 89th minutes through Tyson and Paul Williams to wrap up a place in the next round.
More of Aled's pics now on Glantraeth Facebook page.
BIGGEST TEST YET
(29/11/14) Next Saturday we face our biggest test yet when league leaders Holywell Town are the visitors in the Cookson Cup. 18 games played in league and cup and 18 games won is their incredible record with a goal difference to match. It certainly would be quite an achievement to win this one. Denbigh and Holywell have dominated the Welsh Alliance over the past two seasons, both from decent sized towns and well situated to attract players even from over the border so it will always be difficult for a village club like ourselves to compete though we haven't done bad over the years. The best of the rest over that period have been Llanrug United, they have a well established side, are the FAW Trophy holders and there was no disgrace in our performance yesterday and with a bit of luck we could have got the draw I thought our second half showing deserved. After eight successive wins it is no good going overboard over one setback, we move on. It is hardly one of our favourite grounds, the wide open spaces of Glantraeth seemed a long way away. They do produce an incredible programme however, 76 pages I counted, almost as big as our club history! Please note the Holywell game kicks off at 1.45 pm and the referee is Tony Moore. (SS)
LLANRUG JUST EDGE IT
(29/11/14) Glantraeth's eight game winning run came to an end today with a 1-0 defeat at Llanrug but the Anglesey side will be disappointed to not get a share of the points after a strong second half showing. The first half belonged to the home side who almost went ahead after four minutes as Glan keeper Ben Heald saved well from Terry Jones and from the resultant corner the same player headed against a post. Using their narrow Eithin Duon ground to their advantage Llanrug kept quickly pumping the ball forward with little in the way of frills and again went close to taking the lead on the half hour mark only for Heald to pull off two tremendous saves within seconds of each other, first diving to save after the ball was deflected off a defender then making an equally spectacular save from Terry Jones. Closing in on the break Glan began to offer more of a threat with Steve Jones not far off target but went behind on 41 minutes as Kevin Lloyd found the net with a shot through a crowded area. Within seconds of the restart the visitors were almost level as Guto Hughes shot inches over. Llanrug were now having to defend and a fine pass from Sean Davies put Brendun Hogan away down the right and his driven cross was just too strong for Craig Roberts to convert with the goal at his mercy. Glantraeth continued to be the better side but for all their possession Dylan Roberts in the home goal was not really being tested, typical being a shot from Richard Owen on 61 minutes that went straight at the Llanrug keeper. The visitors piled on the pressure in the final stages with skipper Gareth Owen joining the attack but Llanrug held out for a hard earned three points.
A LEAGUE GAME !!
(26/11/14) We play our seventh league game on Saturday when we travel to face Llanrug United. Kick-off is 2.00 pm, the referee is Peter Kewley and we are in our blue change kit. Looking for a ninth successive win it won't be easy, it never is at Llanrug but at our best it is a game we are more than capable of winning. After-match hospitality is at the Penbont Inn.
FAW TROPHY FIFTH ROUND DRAW
(24/11/14) Glantraeth have been drawn away to Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant or Kinmel Bay in the fifth round of the FAW Trophy. To be played Saturday 31st January. Kinmel Bay have appealed the decision to expel them from the Welsh Alliance.
MAIR WINS £1,500 !!!
(22/11/14) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 1, 12 & 13. There was one winner of the £1,500 Rollover Jackpot, Mair Jones of Caernarfon. The next draw is in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 13th December.
ANDY'S LAST MINUTE WINNER IN...
HIGH DRAMA AT THE STREET
(22/11/14) This was Glan's poorest performance in several weeks but they lacked nothing in fighting spirit as a goal down with only a minute of normal time remaining they struck twice to pull off an astounding 5-4 win and book a place in the last sixteen of the Welsh FA Trophy. Bow Street went ahead on eight minutes as a well worked move split the visitor's defence and Stefan Richards blasted home off an upright and although Glan were having more of the ball it was the home side who were again the scorers on 22 minutes as Stefano Antoniaci all too easily was allowed to meet a corner from the right and fire home on the volley. The Anglesey side came back strongly and got a goal back just past the half-hour mark as Guto Hughes' cross was met by Steve Jones and the scramble in the Street goalmouth saw Rory Courlander force the ball over the line. The tide now seemed to be turning Glan's way but some chaotic defending ten minutes before the break virtually gifted the Ceredigion side a third, Tom Williams the scorer. Glantraeth now began to push harder than ever with Steve Jones, Neil Hughes and Guto Hughes all going close before the pressure paid off on 40 minutes as Steve Jones converted a cross from Darren Jones. A determined looking visiting side took complete control after the break, Rory Courlander heading over and home keeper Mark Evans making a point blank save from Andy Barker but all this domination came to nothing as they were once again caught short as a quick break down the right led to Dean Evans meeting the cross to put Bow Street 4-2 ahead with less than 30 minutes left to play. Heads refused to drop and Glantraeth continued well on top and the introduction of substitute Sion Kyle had an immediate impact as he bent a left foot shot just inside a post on 73 minutes to reduce the arrears back to only one goal. Bow Street were under constant pressure but time seemed to be on their side as they still held the lead as the game went into the 88th minute but this was a game with a real sting in the tail and it was the fox in the box himself Neil Hughes who showed all his skill to closely control a Steve Jones' cross in the area, cleverly turn his marker and fire home the equaliser and take the game into extra-time...or so we thought. However, with the ninety minutes up Sion Kyle was again involved and so was Neil Hughes as he headed the ball on for Andy Barker to race on and gleefully slide home the winner. It was a thrilling end to a tremendously entertaining cup tie but Glan manager Warren Gibbs will be relieved to get the win after a below par display and with Ryan Davies, Craig Roberts and Rhys Nash missing from the travelling squad.
More pictures by Aled on the club Facebook page tomorrow.
(19/11/14) On Saturday 6th December we are at home to league leaders Holywell Town in the second round of the Cookson Cup, kick-off 1.45 pm. The following Saturday we have a league fixture at Llanrwst United and Saturday 20th December we entertain Llandudno Junction. The Christmas fixture on Saturday 27th December is at Llanfairpwll and we begin the New Year with another Anglesey Derby at home to Gwalchmai on Saturday 3rd January.
LAST SIXTEEN THE PRIZE
(18/11/14) We face the long trip to Bow Street on Saturday in the fourth round of the FAW Trophy. I won't bore you with the reasons again but the Welsh FA Trophy is the competition I would like Glantraeth to win above all else. It is a tough ask but the Welsh Alliance have an excellent record over recent seasons with Llanrug the current holders. Bow Street's ground is Cae Piod which is situated at nearby Rhydypennau and they currently lie seventh in the Spar Mid-Wales League First Division which is currently led by Llanfair United who include our former player Llion Davies in their line-up. The coach leaves Malltraeth at 9 am Saturday morning with the main pick up Llanfairpwll park & ride at 9.30 am. (SS)
(17/11/14) There are few players who have had a closer connection with Glantraeth over the past couple of seasons than young Jamie Roberts from Malltraeth. Jamie attends virtually all our games and takes part in the pre-match warm-ups and training when possible. His ambition has always been to play for Glantraeth. This he did in pre-season, including scoring three times. With the offer on the table of a scholarship at the Connah's Quay Academy chairman Gareth Evans, myself and everyone at the club encouraged Jamie to take up the offer. It was a great opportunity for him to not only develop as a player but also as a person and our overriding interest has always been in advising Jamie what is best for him. Although still only 16 he has been on the bench in recent games for Connahs Quay's Welsh Premier League side and his debut must surely only be a matter of time. Last night he played for Quay's Under 19s at Nantporth against Bangor City, his side running out 2-0 winners. Club photographer Aled Jones was there and reports that Jamie was outstanding despite being one of the youngest players on the pitch. Jamie is with us at Bow Street on Saturday and all at Glantraeth continue to follow his career with a real sense of pride. (SS)
A couple more pictures by Aled on the club Facebook page shortly.
FOUR FOR CRAIG AS GLAN CRUISE THROUGH
(15/11/14) Glantraeth went through to the second round of the Mawddach Cup with a comfortable 6-1 win over Mochdre Sports. Only fifteen minutes in the home side were two up as first Rory Courlander blasted home (pictured) then Steve Jones set up a tap-in for Craig Roberts. As Glan eased up the visitors came more into the game but were undone again twelve minutes before the break as Richard Owen fired home a tremendous shot from twenty plus yards. An effort from Dylan Williams just on the break was scooped on to a post by Mochdre keeper Ray Lee but seven minutes into the second period it was all but over as Gareth Owen's effort on goal was saved only for Craig Roberts to pounce on the loose ball and score. The visitors got some reward for their efforts on 65 minutes as Tom Clarke followed up to score after a free kick from Matthew Gilmour but any chance of a revival was quashed within a minute as Craig Roberts completed his hat-trick with a great volley to take advantage of good link up play between Dylan Williams and Mark Prescott. With four minutes remains Craig Roberts got a fourth after combining well with Darren Jones and the final action of the game saw home keeper Ben Heald pull off a brilliant save from Mochdre substitute Gaz Jones.
More of Aled's pictures on Glantraeth Facebook page tomorrow.
MAWDDACH CUP ACTION
(11/11/14) After losing yet another league game last weekend we are back in cup action on Saturday when we host second division side Mochdre Sports in the first round of the Mawddach Challenge Cup (formerly the Barritt Cup). Referee is Steve Jones and the game kicks-off at 1.30 pm.
JACKPOT NOW £1,500
(08/11/14) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 3, 4 & 18. There was no winner so the Jackpot rolls over to £1,500. The next draw is in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 22nd November.
WARREN IS MANAGER OF THE MONTH
(08/11/14) Glantraeth manager Warren Gibbs is October's Welsh Alliance Manager of the Month for Division One, all games being won during the month. The award is sponsored by Queensferry Sports.
GAME OFF - KINMEL OUT
(06/11/14) Our game at Kinmel Bay on Saturday is off. Kinmel Bay have been kicked out of the league.
(05/11/14) We play a fourth round tie of the FAW Trophy at Bow Street on Saturday 22nd November. Because of the 1.30 pm kick-off the coach will be leaving Malltraeth at 9 am so get your work shifts sorted fellas. The FAW are still not appointing assistant referees which I find quite unbelievable at such an advanced stage of a national cup competition second only to the Welsh Cup. I have been in contact with the Bow Street secretary saying we will pay half of any additional costs if they can get assistants appointed but it now their decision as the home club. I notice Ron Bridges has taken it upon himself to appoint assistants for all games where Welsh Alliance clubs are at home. Ron takes stick from some, including from me over the Kinmel Bay farce, but he just gets on and makes things happen and others could learn from him. (SS)
KINMEL BAY LATEST
(03/11/14) I spoke with the league secretary Ron Bridges this morning and at present our game at Kinmel Bay next Saturday is still ON. A decision cannot be taken on their future until the league management committee meeting on Thursday evening and Ron has promised to phone me the minute the meeting is over. It is a far from satisfactory situation and really messes us about but I do have some sympathy with the league who have to do everything by the book or an appeal to the FAW against any action they take could go against them. The truth is Kinmel Bay have not come up with a satisfactory home ground to play on by the deadline laid down by the clubs. The proposal at the last meeting was that they be allowed four weeks up to 30th October, we proposed they only be allowed two weeks. The vote was a tie and the league chairman agreed four weeks with his casting vote. (SS)
NICE GESTURE FROM GWYN
(03/11/14) There was a nice gesture from Bangor City president Gwyn Pierce Owen before last Saturday's game when he presented canteen manager Helen Evans of Hel's Kitchen fame with a bunch of flowers "for all the work she does for the club." Gwyn is a regular and very welcome visitor to our games when his beloved Bangor are not playing.
SIX TIMES SIX FOR GLAN
(01/11/14) Glantraeth gained a sixth successive win after overcoming Llanfairpwll by six goals to nil. The visitors never made it easy as they kept battling to the end in horrendous conditions that were hardly conducive to good football. The visitors fell behind after 18 minutes as Ryan Davies (pictured) headed home a corner taken by Dylan Williams and with Glan playing into a near gale force wind it was three minutes before the break before they increased their lead as Craig Roberts put Steve Jones clear and his finish gave keeper Connor Hughes no chance. A minute into the second half it was 3-0 as good work by Steve Jones created the opening for Dylan Williams to fire home. A fourth quickly followed as Steve Jones got his second, cutting in from the left before beating the keeper at the near post. The home side seemed to take their foot off the pedal and Glan keeper Ben Heald did well to push over a good effort from Josh Roberts on 68 minutes and six minutes later substitute Johnny Roberts was close to converting a right wing cross as Llanfair had their best spell of the game. The game was all but over when Rhys Nash scored a fifth for Glan five minutes from time and the scoring was completed in the final minute as substitute Neil Hughes lobbed the keeper to complete the scoring.
More pics by Aled on Facebook page tomorrow. Until informed officially otherwise we have to assume we are away to Kinmel Bay next Saturday.
STILL WAITING !!
(31/10/14) Welsh Alliance League Secretary Ron Bridges has informed us that Kinmel Bay have still not found a ground suitable for playing home games but are 'still looking.' As they were only given until today to find one, a binding decision made at the last league meeting, our game there next week is now looking in doubt. As we have already played less games than any other club in the division it does seem crazy that we could lose yet another fixture.
(30/10/14) The Welsh Alliance clubs at the last meeting agreed to give Kinmel Bay until today to make a home ground available that meets the requirements of Division One. The outcome concerns us as we are due to go there a week Saturday. At present we have heard nothing but the ground, wherever it may be, was due to be inspected today. They are currently in dispute over their former leisure centre ground and have been playing all their games away. This has gone on far too long so it is to be hoped it will be resolved without further delay.
The Fair Play table for Division One released today shows us up from sixth to third. Well done fellas. One interesting stat is that Llandyrnog have gone from top to bottom over the past month!
FIVE WINS ON THE BOUNCE
(27/10/14) After a stuttering start to the season our form has really picked up as manager Warren Gibbs has added to his squad. It was always going to be a tough game to win on Saturday against a Llanerchymedd side who are really flying but apart from a five minute spell around the hour mark they were kept at arms length by a commanding defensive performance and keeper Ben Heald was rarely troubled while we always carried a threat going forward and in truth I thought the 2-1 scoreline flattered the home side. Pleased to see the draw for the FAW Trophy has been made on a Monday this round as it always should be and many thanks to Lucy Kelly at the FAW for emailing through the draw as soon as it was made. Credit where it is due. Next Saturday we are at home to bottom club Llanfairpwll who were unlucky to lose through a goal seven minutes from time against Llandyrnog last Saturday so will be looking to build on that improvement in form. Kick off is 2 pm and match referee is Kelvin Lewis. (SS)
AWAY TO BOW STREET
(27/10/14) In the fourth round of the FAW Trophy we have been drawn away to Bow Street who are currently fourth in the top division of the Mid-Wales League. To be played Saturday 22nd November.
JACKPOT UP TO £1,000
(25/10/14) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 7, 13 & 18. There was no winner so the Jackpot rolls over to £1,000. The next draw is in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 8th November.
RORY'S STRIKE IS WORTHY WINNER
(25/10/14) Glantraeth moved into the fourth round of the FAW Trophy, winning 2-1 at Llanerchymedd this afternoon. The visitors despite playing against a strong wind were on the offensive from the off home keeper Kenny Hughes pulling off two tremendous saves from Andy Barker and Guto Hughes in the opening ten minutes only to be beaten as Ryan Davies fired home from Hughes' corner kick on eleven minutes. The visitors had a great chance to make it two on 21 minutes as Gareth Owen took possession following a free kick from Hughes but elected to try and square the ball for Ryan Davies only for the home keeper to intercept. With half-an-hour gone Ben Heald in the Glan goal had hardly been tested and a good spell of pressure from the visitors saw Rory Courlander and Guto Hughes go close. Eight minutes into the second period a scramble in the home goalmouth ended with Craig Roberts firing against a post. Against the run of play Llanerchymedd pulled level on the hour mark as Matthew Jones got behind the Glan defence and finished well. For the first time in the game the home side now began to threaten with Dewi Thomas twice firing wide but the danger soon passed and with 72 minutes gone Glantraeth got the winner with a tremendous strike by Rory Courlander from fully 25 yards that gave the keeper no chance. It was a goal worthy of winning any game and despite the closeness of the scoreline there was no denying that Glantraeth were well deserving of their place in next week's Trophy draw.
More pics by Aled on Glantraeth Facebook page tomorrow.
LLANERCHYMEDD UP NEXT
(21/10/14) It's FAW Trophy time again on Saturday when we travel to Llanerchymedd. Although we won our pre-season friendly meeting 1-0 the visitors did enough in the second half to prove they will be formidable opposition as we attempt to progress further in the competition. PLEASE NOTE KICK-OFF IS 1.30 pm NOT 2.00 pm AS ORIGINALLY ADVERTISED. For various reasons I have only seen about 30 minutes of the past two games but reports back to me suggest they have been convincing wins to make it four on the bounce so there should be no shortage of confidence going into the game. Referee is Robin Williams, the FAW do not appoint assistants, and although we always make sure we have official assistants for home games we have no control over away games. Crazy for the third round of such an important national competition and along with us having to wait until the Thursday for the last Trophy draw in Cardiff it shows a complete lack of respect for clubs at our level by the FAW something Dave Jones touched on in the Daily Post a week or two back. (SS)
November's fixtures have now been added to Fixture's page.
GWALCHMAI 1 GLANTRAETH 3
(18/10/14) Two goals from Craig Roberts (35 & 80) and one from Rhys Nash (48) gave Glantraeth a well deserved win at Gwalchmai after James Burgess had given the home side a fourth minute lead.
RHIAN OF GAERWEN IS £500 WINNER
(11/10/14) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 10, 12 & 16. There was one winner of the £500 Jackpot, Rhian Hughes of Gaerwen. The next draw is in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 25th October.
FAIR PLAY PRESENTATION
(11/10/14) Glantraeth manager Warren Gibbs and club coach Darren Jones are pictured picking up the club's FAW Fair Play Award for 2013-2014 season from former Welsh international Nathan Blake at Cardiff City Stadium before last night's Wales v Bosnia-Herzegovina international. Warren also managed to get in the picture with another well known face.
BEN TAKES OVER IN GOAL
(05/10/14) Making his debut for Glantraeth yesterday was keeper Ben Heald who signed on before Friday's 5 pm deadline. Last season with Holyhead Hotspur he has also played for Rhyl, Bangor City, Llanfairpwll and Caernarfon Town. We welcome Ben to the club.
CHANGE OF FIXTURE
(05/10/14) Due to the ongoing saga of Kinmel Bay not having a home ground to play on the league have changed the fixtures on Saturday 18th October. Instead of going to Barmouth we now have an away game at Gwalchmai. Bit less travel.
THREE POINTS FOR GLAN
(04/10/14) Glantraeth ran out comfortable winners in a commanding display to clock up their first three pointer of the season. First half goals from Dylan Williams and Ryan Davies put them in the driving seat and a third from Neil Hughes on 51 minutes followed. After striking the bar Steve Jones went one better seventeen minutes from time to virtually wrap up the game at 4-0 although Llandyrnog pulled a goal back in the 83rd minute through Ian Williams. Final score: Glantraeth 4 Llandyrnog United 1.
Aled's pics of game on Glantraeth Facebook page.
LEAGUE POINTS NOW THE FOCUS
(03/10/14) We return to league action tomorrow at home to Llandyrnog United. Referee is Allan Rowlands and kick- off is 2.30 pm. This is only our fourth league game and we are in urgent need of three points after losing our previous two home league fixtures. Dyrnog have had a mixed start to the season but currently occupy a comfortable mid-table position. We have played them many times over the years and they are never an easy side to overcome but if we maintain the form of our last two games we have every chance of gaining a good result.
HOME TO HOLYWELL
(02/10/14) In the second round of the Cookson Cup Glantraeth have been drawn at home to league leaders Holywell Town. Other ties are: Kinmel Bay v Llanrug Utd, Llanrwst Utd v Llanberis or Llandudno Junction & Penrhyndeudraeth v Gwalchmai.
TWO SHARE £500
(27/09/14) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 4, 17 & 19. There were two winners who share the £500 Jackpot, Ian Ferrier of Malltraeth & Helen Geal of Ty Croes. The next draw is in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 11th October.
DYLAN FINALLY SETTLES IT
(27/09/14) Glantraeth should have had this game wrapped up well before a Dylan Williams free kick in the 87th minute finally made certain of a place in the second round of the Cookson Cup. The home side were on top from the start, Andy Barker having a shot blocked in the twelfth minute and three minutes later Brendun Hogan struck the bar. Craig Roberts then drove just wide for Glan but it was Barmouth that got their noses in front on 26 minutes as Paul Lewis converted from the penalty spot following a trip in the area. Four minutes before the break the home side were level as a great crossfield pass from Guto Hughes found Jamie Steel who cut in from the right before blasting a shot high into the net (top picture) then former Welsh youth international Rhys Nash headed a Hogan cross just over as Glan pushed for another. Four minutes into the second half the Anglesey side went ahead as a glorious free kick from Brendun Hogan gave the keeper no chance and within a minute the visitors had a free kick in a similar position at the other end with Paul Lewis's effort on goal not far off target. Keeper Darren Andrews saved at point blank range on 51 minutes and nine minutes later made a tremendous full length save from Andy Barker, the ball running loose for Neil Hughes who squared for Jamie Steel whose shot crashed against the crossbar. With only a goal in it a win was far from certain for Glan and a volley from Sion Lloyd was a warning that Barmouth were not yet beaten. The visitor's keeper was having an inspired game and pulled off another stunning save from Jamie Steel on 69 minutes and an even better one from the same player four minutes later. With ten minutes left there was alarm in the Glantraeth camp as Rory Courlander was dismissed for a second caution. Fortunately it didn't change the course of the game as Glan remained on top and got a well deserved third three minutes from time as Dylan Williams cleverly bent the ball around the defensive wall and just inside the post to finally kill of the visitor's challenge. Final score: Glantraeth 3 Barmouth & Dyffryn Utd 1.
More pictures by Aled on the Glantraeth Facebook page tomorrow.
GARETH RE-JOINS GLANTRAETH
(26/09/14) Although he is unavailable this weekend the good news is that central defender Gareth Owen has again signed for Glantraeth. Gareth was with Holyhead Hotspur last season in the Huws Gray Alliance and is of course another from our double winning side of 2006. We are delighted to see Gareth back at the club. Going the other way is young Craig Whelan who was outstanding in our FAW Trophy win last Saturday. Craig has re-located down to Cardiff to continue his education and we have readily agreed his transfer to Cardiff Met University FC who play in the Welsh League Division One.
(25/09/14) We have been drawn away to Llanerchymedd or Penmaenmawr Phoenix in the FA Trophy. To be played Saturday 25 October, 2.00 pm kick-off 2.00 pm.
CAUSE FOR OPTIMISM
(23/09/14) There was a strong feeling within the club, not necessarily shared by manager Warren Gibbs, that it would take a little while to get fully up and running this season. This is often the case after a change of management but Saturday's performance even with a few players still missing gave good cause for optimism. New signing Jamie Steel showed up well in midfield as did Craig Whelan. Unfortunately Craig now moves down to university in Cardiff and will no longer be regularly available. It has been good to see former manager Paul Whelan and his wife Sharon at recent games giving Craig support. With Gareth Owen also a spectator, Warren in the dugout and Chicken, Freddy, Skin and Steve Thomas on the pitch it was almost like an old boy's reunion from 2006. The squad is getting stronger by the day and hopefully that will be reflected in results over the coming games.
Last season's club captain Warren Gibbs and club coach Darren Jones will be travelling down to Cardiff next month to be presented with the FAW Fair Play Award. It is great for Glantraeth to be represented on such a big stage.
Saturday sees the visit of Barmouth in the Cookson Cup. Kick-off is 2.30 pm and the referee is Steve Jones.
SUCCESS IN TROPHY
(20/09/14) After twice falling behind Glantraeth deservedly ran out winners to go through to the next round of the FAW Trophy, the final score flattering the visitors who were very much second best after the break. Bay were first to threaten on 11 minutes as keeper Steve Thomas saved well from Dewi Thomas then Craig Moore pounced on the loose ball only to see his volley cleared off the line by Darren Jones. Eight minutes later the visitors took the lead, Glantraeth appealing for offside as Craig Moore rounded the keeper before firing home. Glan almost pulled level almost immediately as Andy Barker worked an opening before shooting just too high but it was a brief respite for Bay as the home side did pull level on 26 minutes through a tremendous left foot strike from Jamie Steel. There was little to choose between the sides at this stage and it was slightly against the run if play when Ryan Booth hit a thunderbolt of a shot eleven minutes before the break that cannoned in off the crossbar. Glantraeth began to take a grip of the game following the interval and a great cross from Craig Roberts four minutes in looked a certain goal for Steve Jones only for the ball to take a wicked bobble off the pitch. Steel was again involved in Glan's leveller on 53 minutes, presenting Craig Whelan with the chance to execute a clinical finish and it was Whelan that put the home side ahead on 66 minutes as he fired home from a Steel free kick. It was Glantraeth now very much in the ascendancy with Richard Owen striking the top of the bar but the pace of Craig Moore was always a danger at the other end as he broke clear down the right and it took a tremendous save from Steve Thomas as Ryan Booth made good contact with his cross. Final score: Glantraeth 3 Trearddur Bay United 2.
More pictures by Aled on the Glantraeth Facebook page tomorrow.
CARDIFF HERE WE COME
(19/09/14) We have been invited to attend the Wales v Bosnia-Herzegovina 2016 European Championship Qualifier at the Cardiff City Stadium on Friday 10th October when we will be presented with our FAW Fair Play Award for 2013-2014 season prior to the start of the game. Two representatives of the club will attend with overnight accommodation and travel expenses paid for by the FAW. It is a prestigious award for the club so congratulations to everyone involved last season.
LOOKING FOR FIRST WIN
(19/09/14) Trearddur Bay are the visitors tomorrow in the second round of the FAW Trophy as we look for our first win of the season. Three seasons ago Bay came to Glantraeth at the same stage of the same competition and won 4-2. Kick-off is 2.00 pm and the referee is Scott Longley assisted by Joseph Hanks & Dewi Owen.
GOOD LUCK RHYS
(19/09/14) We have received this email from long time supporter Rhys Williams and everyone at the club wishes Rhys well at Aberystwyth University: "I have finally decided to take the time and finish an e-mail that I have been thinking about for some time. I could not think of a better way to do this other than in this way. With myself leaving for University in Aberystwyth (by the time you read this I am most likely there already) I am undoubtedly and clearly aware of how large an impact that Glantraeth has made on me. I have been raised with Glantraeth for almost 12 years now, throughout those years I have had a roller coaster of a ride. but what is and always has been an absolute pleasure to have experienced is having the chance and time to have met such great people. Everyone at Glantraeth, old and new, players and committee, they are purely, simply and unquestionably some of the kindest, most hard working people that I have had the good fortune to meet. Thank you for making me feel welcomed and putting up with a young boy on long coach trips from the start. I'm know my Taid would be too proud to say it, so thank you from him too. Finally. Simply. Thank you for putting up with me, you have all made a bigger impact on me than you could have conceived. With much gratitude, Rhys."
ARON JOINS AMLWCH
(16/09/14) We have today transferred defender Aron Owen to Amlwch Town. We wish Aron well at his new club.
NERYS WINS £1,000 JACKPOT
(14/09/14) The winning numbers in last night's 3 Number Lotto draw were 10, 12 & 19. There was one winner of the £1,000 Rollover Jackpot, Nerys Owen of Aberffraw. The next draw is in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 27th September.
GLAN OUT OF WELSH CUP
(14/09/14) It was pretty well the same as last week for Glantraeth as they went down 4-2 to FC Nomads, having plenty of the ball, playing some nice football but not carrying the same threat as the opposition in the final quarter. Nomads arrived with a fearsome reputation having hardly lost a game since their formation and took the game to Glantraeth from the start, taking the lead in the second minute as Callum Humphries rose high to head home and three minutes later it was 2-0 to the visitors as Reece Norton finished off a quick break upfield with Glantraeth appealing for a foul on Andy Barker. The home side came back strongly and Nomads keeper Ryan Neild was lucky on 7 minutes as he dropped the ball but just managed to recover as Steve Jones looked to force the ball over the line. On 17 minutes Marcus Orlik hit a tremendous shot on target only for Neild to pull off a spectacular save but two minutes later Glan were back in the game as Ryan Davies headed home an Orlik corner from the left. The visitors were now being called on to defend and a twisting run by Andy Barker on the half hour mark gave him the space to let fly and it took another tremendous save from the Nomad's keeper to finger tip his shot wide, Craig Whelan heading over from the corner. It was somewhat against the run of play as the visitors scored a third ten minutes before the break as a free kick from Ant Williams seemed to take a deflection off Ryan Davies before ending up in the net. Nomads were looking the more dangerous after the break and home keeper Steve Thomas was called on to make a fine save from Matty Hughes on 57 minutes and two minutes later Dan Barnett fired into the roof of the net after Glan had failed to clear from a corner to make it 4-1. As the game entered the final ten minutes Orlik fired inches wide for the Anglesey side then a fine crossfield pass by Rhys Nash found Steve Jones who drove into the box before delivering the perfect cross to leave Neil Hughes with an easy tap in. Glan had finished strongly but could hardly complain about the final result in what is proving a difficult start to the season and manager Warren Gibbs will be looking to get some of his more experienced players back for another tough challenge next week in the FAW Trophy.
(12/09/14) With keeper Kieran Williams injured and likely out until Christmas manager Warren Gibbs has acted by signing ex-Glantraeth goalkeeper Steve Thomas (pictured) who last season was with Beaumaris Town. Steve is another of the Class of 2006 to re-join Glantraeth. Transferred from Porthmadog to Glantraeth yesterday was midfielder Jamie Steel who is at Bangor University. Rhys Nash another University student has also today signed for Glantraeth.
Tomorrow Welsh National League side FC Nomads of Connah's Quay are the visitors in the second qualifying round of the Welsh Cup. Please note kick-off for that one is 2.00 pm and the referee is Gwilym Evans assisted by Robert Beattie and Laura Griffiths.
Glantraeth are again top of the latest Fair Play Table for Division One but that was before last Saturday, wasn't it Warren?
2.00 PM KICK-OFF
(08/09/14) Please note kick-off next Saturday is now confirmed by the FAW as 2.00 pm to allow for possible extra-time.
A GAME TO FORGET
(06/09/14) It all went badly wrong for Glantraeth today. One-all at the break they dominated the second half in terms of possession and territorial advantage but failed to really trouble the Llanrwst keeper enough while the visitors always threatened on the break and took full advantage of the gaps being left at the back to run out 4-1 winners with a smash and grab victory that by the end they fully deserved. Glantraeth took the lead on 24 minutes through a tremendous strike by Craig Whelan from near on thirty yards out and Marcus Orlik was inches from making it two a minute later as he volleyed just over from a Neil Hughes cross. The game was being pretty evenly contested and a shot from Llanrwst's Gwyn Jones on the half hour mark looked bound for the top corner only for keeper Kieran Williams to make a great flying save to his left. Three minutes before the break a mistake by Andy Barker let in Elliot Llewelyn who made no mistake with a low drive to pull the visitors level. Glantraeth began to push forward on the restart only to be caught out on 53 minutes as Llewelyn was brought down in the area and Llanrwst player manager Leighton Griffiths made no mistake from the spot. The more Glantraeth piled on the pressure the deeper the visitors were defending and the home side were struggling to really test keeper Joshua Evans with too many shots and crosses straight into his grateful hands. Glantraeth were dominating and pushing forward in numbers but again paid a price as in a rare attack Llanrwst won a corner on the left and as the ball came in Llewelyn got the last touch to make it 3-1. It was poor reward for all Glantraeth's possession but with eight changes from the team that lost heavily at Gwalchmai last week Llanrwst were growing in confidence by the minute, absorbing all the pressure and dangerous on the break. With time running out Whelan and Orlik both had shots that sailed a foot or two over but with three minutes remaining Andy Barker sent in a screamer of a shot that deserved a goal only for the ball to cannon back off the bar. It was further evidence that it was not going to be Glantraeth's day and the visitors rubbed further salt into the wounds with the final kick of the game as another breakaway left Hedd Williams clear to score a fourth for the visitors. A miserable afternoon for the Bodorgan side was made even worse as manager Warren Gibbs who had come on as a 67th minute substitute was dismissed for a second yellow card on the final whistle.
More pictures by Aled will be posted on Glantraeth's Facebook page.
CUP LUCK CONTINUES
(01/09/14) We continue to be drawn at home in cup competitions, home to FC Nomads in the Welsh Cup on Saturday 13th September and home to Trearddur Bay United in the FAW Trophy a week later.
(31/08/14) The draw for the second qualifying round of the Welsh Cup will take place on Monday afternoon to be played on Saturday 13th September. The following Saturday is given over to the FAW Trophy. On the 27th September we are at home to Barmouth & Dyffryn United in the first round of the Cookson Cup. Next Saturday we are home to Llanrwst United, referee is Robin Williams and kick-off is 2.30 pm. The fixtures mean we will enter October having played only three league games!
FARCE AT GLANTRAETH
(30/08/14) Glantraeth's season is rapidly descending into farce as they lost a fourth game today as no match officials turned up and after attempts to get a replacement official ran out of time the home game with Glan Conwy was called off. The reason is still a mystery as we have written confirmation of them accepting the appointment but attempts to contact the match referee proved impossible. League secretary Ron Bridges has written to the match officials seeking an explanation. Both teams and spectators deserve great credit for their patience as the game was not officially called off until 3.35 pm.
'FREDDY' REJOINS GLANTRAETH
(29/08/14) Richard 'Freddy' Owen has today signed for Glantraeth. Richard was a member of Glan's Cymru Alliance double winning side in 2006. A left sided midfielder or defender he has most recently been with Holyhead Hotspur but has also played for Cemaes Bay, Bangor City, Porthmadog and Caernarfon Town. He will be in the squad for tomorrow's visit of Glan Conwy. Kick-off is 2.30 pm and the referee is Arwyn Griffiths.
JACKPOT UP TO £1,000
(23/08/14) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 7, 10 & 19. There was no winner so the Jackpot rolls over to £1,000. The next draw is in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth on Saturday 13th September.
(22/08/14) A 10-0 win is usually a cause for much celebration but there were mixed feelings after the game on Wednesday that it would be one heavy defeat too many and Bodedern secretary Kim Warrington has this afternoon confirmed on their Facebook page that Bodedern have resigned from the league. It has been a great effort by Kim, Kev and Dave Jones to keep the club going. We hate to see any Anglesey club struggle no matter how fierce the inter-club rivalry and we wish them well in the future.
For Glantraeth it means that going into the end of the month we will only have played two games having lost the Kinmel Bay and Nefyn United fixtures and it hardly helps the Welsh Alliance to lose another club. .
BODED HIT BY AN AVALANCHE
(20/08/14) It took Glantraeth 29 minutes to break down the resistance of a Bodedern side who lacked nothing in commitment. The visitors were unrecognisable from Boded sides of the past with all the familiar names having flown the nest and they gave a good account of themselves in the early stages. Craig Roberts struck the bar for the home side on 17 minutes with Andy Barker blasting over in the follow up but twelve minutes later Roberts made no mistake to put Glan one up and added another ten minutes before the break after a good cross from Brendun Hogan. Within two minutes of the restart a fine run by Steve Jones was rounded off by a tremendous shot from Marcus Orlik to give keeper Connor Hughes no chance. With 67 minutes gone the floodgates began to open as Glan really stepped up the pressure. First Craig Whelan put Steve Jones away down the right and his cross was met at the far post by Craig Roberts to complete his hat-trick then another Steve Cross left Sean Davies with an easy finish to make it 5-0. On 72 minutes yet another Steve Jones cross was finished by Craig Roberts and five minutes later Roberts got his fifth after good work by Orlik. Boded were now clinging on desperately but could not stop Marcus Orlik firing home with nine minutes remaining to make it 8-0 and two further goals from Steve Jones and Sean Davies completed the rout. Final score: Glantraeth 10 Bodedern Athletic 0.
** Craig Roberts now joins an elite group of Richie Evans, Ian Fidler, Nigel Moore and Darren Pritchard to score five goals or more in a game for Glantraeth.
CAR BOOT NEXT MONDAY
(19/08/14) Please note that as well as the weekly Car Boot at Mona next Sunday there will also be one there on the Bank Holiday Monday, 25th August, starting at the usual time of 6.30 am. Also because of a caravan rally at Mona the Car Boot on Sunday 31st August will be at Henblas, Llangristiolus instead. Further details available from Gareth on 07747 890497.
(19/08/14) Manager Warren Gibbs has today signed left sided midfielder Guto Hughes. Aberystwyth born Guto has played Welsh Premier League football with Bangor City and Prestatyn Town. He has also been with Llanfairpwll and is available for selection for tomorrow's game.
IN NEED OF A WIN
(18/08/14) It's rare a side loses 9-0 and 12-2 but wins 5-1 in between so which Bodedern side will turn up on Wednesday? There certainly have been big changes at Boded but we just have to prepare as for any game and give it everything as we are now in urgent need of a win. We have given two promising performances so far but only have a point to show for it. What has pleased me most has been the football we have played and the performances of the younger players in the side who have shown great promise. Things didn't look good early on at Penrhyn but we showed great character in the way we came back and the home side could consider themselves fortunate in the end to get a point. Kick-off is 6.30 am and the referee is Arwyn Griffiths. (SS)
ROLLING BACK THE YEARS
(16/08/14) Two behind after just twelve minutes Glantraeth had a hill to climb at Penrhyndeudraeth today but it was striker Neil Hughes belying the advancing years who was twice on target to earn the visitors a share of the points. In truth it was a game Glantraeth should have won as they took charge after going behind and it was only in the final twenty minutes that the home side really threatened again. Playing with the wind Penrhyn took the lead on ten minutes as Iwan Thomas headed home from a left wing corner and two minutes later things looked bleak for Glan as Mathew Hughes' shot struck the underside of the bar with Steve Jones following up to score. The visitors response was good as they began to threaten at the other end, Steve Jones having a header saved then Craig Whelan's effort was blocked on the line by Tomos Smith. There was a strong shout for penalty as Neil Hughes appeared to be tripped in the box but despite his assistant signalling referee Peter Kewley waved the protests away. On 34 minutes Glan pulled a goal back as Hughes shot went under keeper Melir Ellis. Penrhyn's goal was now under constant pressure with Sion Kyle creating a chance for Marcus Orlik but his shot was too high, Neil Hughes fired inches wide and Ryan Davies shaved the crossbar with a header following a great cross from Kyle. The home keeper did well to block shots from Kyle and Orlik as Glan maintained the pressure after the break although a near post effort from Mathew Hughes was not too far wide as play switched upfield. On the hour mark Glantraeth were level as Brendun Hogan broke forward and although Andy Barker's shot on goal was blocked Neil Hughes made no mistake as the ball broke loose. In the final stages the game really opened up Penrhyn's Hughes seeing a shot blocked on the line by Darren Jones but it was Glan who came closest to a winner in the last five minutes, Steve Jones bringing a point blank save from Ellis then Whelan and Liam McCann struck good shots that were only just off target. Final score: Penrhyndeudraeth 2 Glantraeth 2.
More of Aled's pics will be on club Facebook page during Sunday.
BIG THREE POINTS UP FOR GRABS