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(02/06/12) Over 600 people turned out at Gaerwen this afternoon to pay their respects at a memorial game for Tomos Wyn Roberts. Following a minute's applause for Tom Wyn there were so many of his former playing colleagues wanting to participate that three games were played starting with Gaerwen v Rehau, each game lasting 30 minutes. The money raised will go to Ty Gobaith Children's Hospice. Click here to view some more pictures.

(28/05/12) Next Saturday a memorial match for Tom Wyn Roberts takes place at Gaerwen that is worthy of all our support. As well as a chance to show our respects for Tom Wyn, a young local footballer who died at such a tragic early age, all funds raised will go to the children's hospice, Ty Gobaith. The game between a Gaerwen team and Rehau where Tom Wyn used to work kicks-off at 2.00 pm and the entrance fee is £3 and £1 for seniors and children. You can download a poster here to put up in your workplace or your local pub

(26/05/12) The outright winner of tonight's 3 Number Lotto Rollover Jackpot of £1,000 was Janice of Crown Street, Gwalchmai. The winning numbers were 1, 3 & 16. The next draw takes place in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 9th June at 9.00 pm.

(25/05/12) At a meeting this week with members of the club’s management committee managers Chris Roberts and Kev O’Neill were congratulated on what they have achieved in the two years since they were appointed and the great atmosphere they have developed within the club. The club’s most optimistic expectations have been wildly over exceeded with back-to-back promotions and five cup final victories. The committee had expected that it would be three or four seasons at least before we got back to this kind of level and Chris and Kev are already planning for the huge challenges that next season will bring. It is a big step up and the committee have set them a target of a top half finish as we aim to consolidate in Welsh Alliance One. As we will be playing an extra eight league games we do not plan to enter the North Wales Coast FA Challenge Cup and a final decision has yet to be made regarding the Barritt Cup. We will be entering both the Welsh Cup and the FAW Trophy. Meeting clubs like Holywell Town, Caernarfon Town, Llangefni Town and Denbigh Town again so soon after the club briefly folded is something we could never have envisaged.

(22/05/12) Of last season's squad eleven have so far signed on for 2012-13 season: Jamie Roberts, Bart Slezok, Kieren Jeffreys, Dave Clarke, Anthony Hughes, Bryn Roberts, Mathew Lock, Chris Roberts, Chris Bennett and Paul Rowlands.
Training starts at the ground on Tuesday 19th June.

(22/05/12) At last night's Joint Liaison Meeting with the Huws Gray Alliance it was confirmed Holyhead Hotspur, Rhydymwyn and Rhayader Town would be promoted to the Huws Gray Alliance and Rhos Aelwyd would be relegated to the Welsh National League and Llangefni Town to Welsh Alliance League Division One. Llanfairpwll and Caernarfon Wanderers are relegated to Welsh Alliance Division Two with Glantraeth and Llanberis promoted in their place. Promoted to Welsh Alliance Division Two are Penrhyndeudraeth and Meliden.

(21/05/12) Pre-season games now confirmed are:
Glantraeth v Bro Goronwy, Tuesday 10th July (6.45 pm)
Gaerwen v Glantraeth, Saturday 14th July (2.30 pm)
Glantraeth v Holyhead Town, Tuesday 17th July (6.45 pm)
Rhydymwyn v Glantraeth, Saturday 21st July (2.30 pm)
Glantraeth v Amlwch Town, Saturday 28th July (2.30 pm)
Nantlle Vale v Glantraeth, Saturday 4th August (2.30 pm)

(20/05/12) Diolch i Clwb Peldroed Glantraeth am fy noddi x Catrin. Catrin Evans has completed her 'Race for Life'. Click here to view pictures.

(16/05/12) Glantraeth are amongst the sponsors of 9 year old Catrin Mai Evans from Newborough who will take part in next weekend's 'Race for Life' in Caernarfon. The event which is held annually raises funds for Cancer Research UK with thousands of women running, jogging or walking the 5k course. We wish Catrin well in her fundraising efforts for this worthy cause.

(12/05/12) There were no winners in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw. The winning numbers were 11, 12 & 18. The next draw takes place in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth on Saturday 26th May at 9.00 pm with a Rollover Jackpot of £1,000.

(12/05/12) A load of pictures taken last night now online. Click here to view.

(12/05/12) Anthony Hughes got the prestigious Player's Player of the Year trophy at Glantraeth's end of season presentation night last night (seen being presented by chairman Gareth Evans). In his third spell at the club he had an outstanding season scoring 33 goals, never got even one yellow card and his workrate was frightening. The Manager's choice of Player of the Year went to 19 year old Kieren Jeffreys and the Committee's choice was Polish defender/midfielder Bartlomiej Slezok. With 39 goals in total and a quite incredible 30 goals in only 12 league starts Marc Evans picked up the Leading Golascorer award. Kev and Chris presented Helen Evans with a bouquet of flowers in recognition of all the work she does for the club and Chris Evans again impressed on the karaoke. One surprise was I got Clubman of the Year, quite proud to be the first Englishman to win it. A load more pictures will be uploaded when I feel up to it. (Stan Strickland)

(11/05/12) I visited Reg Bryant in Ysbyty Gwynedd on Monday and spoke with him on the phone today. He is now back home and on the mend although it will probably be too early for him to make an appearance at tonight's presentation awards. (SS)

(09/05/12) Llanrwst United's 2-2 draw at Llanrug last night was enough to save them from the drop so Llanfairpwll are now relegated along with Caernarfon Wanderers. The make up of Welsh Alliance Division One next season look likely to be: Barmouth & Dyffryn United, Bethesda Athletic, Bodedern Athletic, Caernarfon Town, Denbigh Town, Glan Conwy, Glantraeth, Gwalchmai, Holywell Town, Llanberis, Llandudno Junction, Llangefni Town, Llanrug United, Llanrwst United, Nefyn United & Pwllheli.

(08/05/12) There will be a coach on Friday night for players and partners plus any close family or friends who are coming along to the club's end of season presentation night at the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth. Presentations will take place about 9.00 pm and there will the usual superb buffet laid on by Phil and entertainment will be provided by Ali's Disco & Karaoke. The first pick up point will be Goodsirs Depot, Holyhead, at 6.45 pm then the Town Hall car park, Llangefni (approx 7.15 pm), then Stermat, Gaerwen (approx 7.25 pm) and finally One Stop, Llandegai (approx. 7.40 pm). The coach will leave the Joiners about 12.30 am and return the reverse route. Fancy dress is not compulsory Chris!

(07/05/12) We were massive underdogs to win the Coast Challenge Cup so the result yesterday came as no great surprise, however, to effectively draw one goal each over 74 minutes against a top Welsh Premier League side after that traumatic start when nerves seemed to get the better of us says much for the character of the side, it would have been so easy to roll over and end up heavily beaten. Unlike Chelsea against Barcelona we didn’t just sit back and defend we pushed forward at every opportunity and played some nice football in the process. Of course we rode our luck at times and keeper Dave Clarke pulled off some outstanding saves but was it ever going to be any different against this quality of opposition? The kind of gap we were trying to bridge was just about impossible. The decision to play at Nantporth was the right one although we could have insisted on a neutral venue. It was what the players wanted and it really is a superb facility and the perfect stage for such a final. The Bangor people were very welcoming and the game was played in a great spirit and it was good to see our former player Les Davies pick up their Player of the Year award in the clubhouse following the game. Congratulations to Bangor and good luck in Europe.

(07/05/12) Click here to view some more pictures of yesterday’s North Wales Coast FA Challenge Cup Final at Nantporth. They are mostly high resolution so will take a little time to upload. Thanks again to Aled Jones for his excellent pics.

(06/05/12) One goal down after just 28 seconds and three down on 16 minutes it looked desperate for Glantraeth against their high flying Welsh Premier League opponents but the Anglesey side went on to give a performance that Glan chairman Gareth Evans described as ‘a credit to the club’ before finally losing out by four goals to one. The last thing the visitors wanted was to concede an early goal but they did just that with the game hardly started as Alan Bull’s low cross from the right evaded defenders and left Mark Smyth with a simple tap. On 13 minutes Glantraeth were in a good position to break but a mix-up in midfield gifted City possession and Sion Edwards cut in from the left and found the net from an acute angle. Alan Bull was on target three minutes later with a similar finish and at this stage it looked like Glan were in for a hammering but they began to work their way back into the game as Marc Evans crossed for Jamie Roberts but under pressure the Glantraeth skipper couldn’t get any direction on his header. Settling into the game Glan’s Andy Clarke created a chance for Anthony Hughes on 20 minutes only for his shot on goal to be blocked but eight minutes later Bangor’s lead was reduced as Marc Evans was brought down as he prepared to shoot, a possible red card offence that wasn’t given, and picked himself up to easily score from the spot (top picture). Chris Evans, who was showing his class during the opening forty-five minutes, made a great saving header from a dangerous left wing cross on 35 minutes but two minutes later Alan Bull made it 4-1 as he took possession of a ball in from the right and made no mistake with his finish. There were a couple of early misses for Bangor as the second half opened but then Marc Evans almost put James Saxon in only for a last ditch tackle to block his shot on goal then it was Andy Clarke who went close as Glantraeth were beginning to pose more of a threat up front. The Nantporth side were unlucky on 65 minutes as a well struck effort from Mark Smyth struck a post and a minute later Glan should have pulled it back to 4-2 as Paul Rowlands and Marc Loggs created space down the left and a deep cross was met by Jamie Roberts unmarked at the far post but he headed wide from a great position. Bangor were always a threat when they pushed forward and Glantraeth keeper, and later voted Man of the Match, Dave Clarke (pictured right) was having a magnificent game saving all that was thrown at him with young defenders Kieren Jeffreys and Mathew Lock keeping the threat of Bangor’s leading scorer Les Davies to a minimum. On 72 minutes Glan again went close as Marc Evans broke clear down the left but his shot found Bangor keeper Kyle Clancy well positioned to save. Alan Bull struck a post on 86 minutes for the home side but it was Glantraeth who posed the final threat of the game as good play by Chris Bennett led to Paul Rowlands crossing for Marc Evans to bring a fine save from Clancy. After the game Glantraeth’s chairman was effusive in his praise of the team: ‘To go three down so early was a nightmare start and I feared the worst but the way the lads fought back to pretty well match a team of Bangor City’s calibre for the rest of the game made me proud of every one of them.’ Final score: Bangor City 4 Glantraeth 1. Attendance 342.

(05/05/12) Glantraeth fixture secretary Reg Bryant who is in intensive care at Ysbyty Gwynedd after suffering a heart attack has been in touch by text and has also spoken with chairman Gareth Evans by phone. He enquired about our result last Wednesday and wished the lads the best of luck for tomorrow. He says he is getting better but expects to be in hospital 'a few more days'. I am planning to visit him Monday morning. (SS)

(05/05/12) Before tomorrow’s game I can only echo the words of Cefni Druids’ manager Huw Griffiths ahead of today’s Welsh Cup Final against TNS: "There is no pressure on us as we are the underdogs, we know it’s going to be tough, but we want to give a good account of ourselves and not just roll over. We’ll try our utmost, and who knows what will happen.”
At Glantraeth we have had another fantastic season and having a cup final against Bangor City at Nantporth to round off the campaign is just the icing on the cake. It is a great opportunity for our players to show what they can do against top class opposition, none more so than our two likely central defenders, Kieren Jeffreys and Mathew Lock (pictured), who are both just turned 19 and Bangor lads. The main thing is that all the squad come off that field at the final whistle knowing they have given everything and if that proves not good enough then so be it. The Challenge Cup might not have the glamour of years gone by but it is still a trophy well worth winning, looking not dissimilar to the FA Cup, and while Bangor’s name has appeared on it many times it would be a first for Glantraeth. A cup final, a stunning setting and what is sure to be a large crowd makes for a great occasion and we are proud to be part of it. (SS)

(04/05/12) Mike Smith who runs the excellent unofficial Bangor City website Citizen's Choice has been previewing Sunday's game: 'Bangor host the NWCFA Cup Final on Sunday afternoon.and blues manager Nev Powell will be keen to bring the curtain down on another successful season with a cup win. But he won’t be taking Glantraeth lightly after their midweek defeat of Llanrwst, especially if he has spoken to sole survivor Peter Hoy about one afternoon in October 2003... The competition was different - it was the Welsh Cup - but underdogs Glantraeth negotiated the ninety and then thirty added minutes before winning on penalties after Rae Ingram missed following twelve (six apiece) successful conversions. This was the Peter Davenport era and just about no one would have expected anything other than a convincing home win. Alan Goodall, Gary Roberts and Owain Tudur Jones went on to play League football, Kenny Burgess and Ricky Evans could play at bit too. But Glan were undaunted, Paul Whelan watching from the touchline, Ryan Davies and Warren Gibbs strong at the back, Mark Thomas working hard in midfield and an unknown giant of a left winger menacing from the off. Les Davies (pictured), I wonder what happened to him... Today Glantraeth are managed by Kevin O'Neill and Chris Roberts. Their two best known players - to me at any rate - are Chris and Marc Evans. Chris Evans was on the Wrexham academy with Sion Edwards whilst the freescoring Marc Evans - better known as Loggs - has more than forty goals to his name this season. Anyone expecting Nev Powell to field a weakened team is barking up the wrong tree. He is likely to ask goalkeeper Lee Idzi to travel up from South Wales and the usual suspects of Michael Johnston and Jamie Brewerton to anchor the defence. Peter Hoy will be keen to find a measure of payback for that defeat nine years ago. Midfield competition makes selection hard to predict but Damian Allen is likely to start along with Dave Morley or Craig Garside. Upfront Les Davies is available after his two match suspension - referees pick on him because he is big and that is a fact - and The Truck will be keen to make sure he adds to his best ever tally of goals in this final match of the season. There has been some confusion over kick off time but this is now confirmed as 2pm. Come on City!'

(03/05/12) On Sunday we have the huge honour of facing top Welsh Premier League side Bangor City at Nantporth in the final of the North Wales Coast FA Challenge Cup in front of what is sure to be a large crowd mainly supporting the home side. It was our choice to play at Nantporth rather than insist on a neutral ground as it is a fabulous facility and more importantly it has a superb playing surface. I believe Colwyn Bay was the original chosen venue. The scale of the task we face cannot be overstated. Despite City manager Nev Powell’s comments in the Daily Post during the week that they will treat whoever they play with the greatest respect it is inevitable that every Bangor player and supporter will believe their name is now on the trophy, especially after knocking out Rhyl and Colwyn Bay in earlier rounds. We are playing a club that over the years has faced the might of the likes of Napoli and Atletico Madrid in Europe. Only last season Bangor travelled to the island of Madeira to face Maritimo who finished just behind Porto and Benefica in the Portugese League, only losing 2-1 at Wrexham. The furthest we travelled was Llanystumdwy! City’s record in domestic football over recent season’s is equally impressive: Welsh Cup winners in three of the past five seasons, Welsh Premier League Champions last season and runners-up this season and they have now qualified for Europe for five successive seasons.
So on paper we stand next to no chance of lifting the trophy but you can never write Glantraeth off. The last time we met Bangor City was in 2003-04 season when we pulled off a stunning win at Farrar Road to knock them out of the Welsh Cup, the game ending 0-0 after extra-time and Glan triumphing 7-6 in a penalty shoot-out. The Bangor Mail described the result as ‘Glantastic’. However, we were then a top Cymru Alliance club while we have now just finished a season in Welsh Alliance Division Two, three levels below the WPL.
I am not trying to do a Roberto Mancini (well maybe I am!) but we have to be realistic and if we were to win against this Bangor City side on their own ground in a major regional cup final it would be right up there with this club’s greatest ever achievements. Whatever the result on Sunday we have made a quite incredibly successful return to football and this will be our sixth cup final in two seasons, the previous five all won. Kev, Chris and the boys will be giving it their all on probably the biggest stage most of them have ever played on. One piece of bad news for Glan is that influential central defender Bart Slezok will miss the game as he flies home to Poland for a family event that had been arranged several weeks ago. A reminder that the game now kicks off at 2.00 pm. (SS)

(03/05/12) After a great deal of confusion about what time the NWCFA Challenge Cup Final would kick-off and in fact even what day it would be played it has now been agreed that kick-off will be 2.00 pm on Sunday. We just want to enjoy the occasion and have gone with the flow on whatever has been suggested.

(02/05/12) Glantraeth won through to the final of the North Wales Coast FA Challenge Cup this evening and will now face Welsh Premier League side Bangor City at Nantporth this coming Sunday. Glan were two goals ahead after just 9 minutes, Marc Evans opening the scoring as he converted a Bryn Roberts’ cross following good work from Jamie Roberts then Anthony Hughes was on target as he got his head on an effort on goal from Jamie Roberts that left Llanrwst keeper Bryn Jenkins completely wrong-footed. Without reaching any great heights the Anglesey side were looking well in control but were shocked as half-time approached as twice possession was lost cheaply in midfield leaving them exposed at the back and Aron Jones rolled the ball home on 42 minutes after going clear and a minute later Elliott Llewellyn lobbed the ball into the net to put the Rwsters level. Glantraeth began to regain control after the break and went back in front on the hour mark with Marc Evans squaring the ball for Anthony Hughes to side foot home and four minutes later Marc Evans was one-on-one with the keeper and cool as you like slotted the ball home to put Glantraeth back in the driving seat. Glan were getting stronger and stronger as the half went on and had a great chance to put the game beyond doubt ten minutes from time when Marc Evans was tripped in tha area only to send the spot kick over the bar. Faced with defeat Llanrwst had completely lost their discipline in the closing stages and it was no surprise when full back Daryl Jones was red carded for a disgraceful tackle on Bryn Roberts. Final score: Llanrwst United 2 Glantraeth 4.

(02/05/12) We are sad to hear that Glantraeth fixture secretary Reg Bryant has suffered a heart attack and is currently in Ysbyty Gwynedd where it is hoped he will make a full recovery. Reg is a former referee and was formerly chairman of Bodedern and has also been on the management committee of the Cymru Alliance and a council member of the North Wales Coast FA. Everyone at the club sends Reg their best wishes.

(28/04/12) Next Wednesday we meet Llanrwst United at Llandudno in the semi-final of the North Wales FA Challenge Cup. The game has now taken on a whole new meaning with a final against the mighty Bangor City at their new Nantporth Stadium awaiting the winners the following Sunday. We came away from Llanrwst back in January having lost 3-1 in the Barritt Cup feeling we had badly let ourselves down. It was a game that we should have won with the chances we created and the amount of possession we had particularly during a one sided opening forty-five minutes. The game will be remembered mainly for an opening goal from the Rwster’s Aron Jones (pictured) after just 8 seconds, surely a record for the Welsh Alliance. We need a better start and a more ruthless performance this time if we are to win. Llanrwst might not have had a great season in the league but qualifying for the semi-finals of the FAW Trophy was no mean feat and after being a goal ahead against Holyhead then having a second disallowed through a hairline offside decision they could consider themselves a little unlucky not to reach the final. The semi-final will be played at Llandudno’s Maesdu Park ground. Last time we went there was last season when we pulled off an incredible 6-5 win on our way to winning the NWCFA Intermediate Cup. The home side were 5-3 ahead with five minutes of extra-time to play only for late goals from Steve Jones, Craig Evans and Gary Jones to give us a sensational victory. The game kicks off at 7.30 pm and the match referee is expected to be Martin Trigg. At Gwalchmai this afternoon I tossed a coin with Llanrwst secretary David Jones for who would play in their first choice colours and as we won that toss Glantraeth will be in all red. We will be in the away changing room. (SS)

(28/04/12) Tonight's 3 Number Lotto Jackpot of £500 has been won by Glyn Jones of Maes Llewelyn, Aberffraw. The winning numbers were 2, 7 & 18. The next draw takes place in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 12th May at 9.00 pm.

(26/04/12) Next season will start on Saturday 11th August with the first qualifying round of the Welsh Cup the following Saturday. It follows complaints from clubs that their first game of the season was in the Welsh Cup before they had even played a league game. It is a sensible decision by the FA of Wales.

(26/04/12) Llanberis have been promoted to Welsh Alliance Division One along with Glantraeth after beating Penmaenmawr Phoenix 2-0 at Ffordd Padarn last night subject to both clubs passing ground inspections on 1st or 2nd May.

(25/04/12) The North Wales Coast FA Challenge Cup Final is scheduled to be held at Nantporth on Sunday 6th May.

(25/04/12) Glantraeth’s end of season Presentation Night will be held in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Friday 11th May starting about 8 pm and going on to late. As well as the usual fabulous buffet laid on by Phil there will be Ali’s Disco and Karaoke. The main award as always will be Player of the Year as chosen by the players. Other awards include Manager’s Player of the Year, Committee’s Player of the Year and Leading Goalscorer.

(24/04/12) Bangor City beat Rhyl 2-1 at Belle Vue this evening and will meet Glantraeth or Llanrwst United in the final of the North Wales Coast FA Challenge Cup.

(24/04/12) The North Wales Coast FA website is now confirming the Llanrwst United v Glantraeth Challenge Cup semi-final will be played on Wednesday 2nd May, 7.30 pm kick-off. Venue has now been confirmed as Llandudno FC.

(21/04/12) Two great strikes for Glantraeth in the 6th and the 95th minutes but it was Llanberis who called the shots for most of the time in between to run out deserved 4-2 winners. This was a must win game for the home side and it showed as too often they were quicker to the ball while Glan struggled to get any fluency on a tight Ffordd Padarn pitch that was cutting up badly after heavy overnight rain. The Anglesey side took the lead through Andy Clarke with virtually their first attack as he cut in from the left and unleashed a terrific angled shot that found the top corner off the woodwork. There was an element of luck about the home side’s equaliser on 28 minutes as keeper Dave Clarke caught the ball cleanly then appeared to be fouled and with the ball running loose Huw Owen lobbed the ball into the empty net and it got worse for the league champions five minutes later as Kieren Jeffreys in trying to clear a cross from the right headed into his own net. Nidian Huws struck the bar on 37 minutes as they continued to look the better side.Chris Evans was only a foot away from bringing Glantraeth level as the second half opened then Jamie Roberts headed over but it was Llanberis again on the scoresheet as Huw Owen played the ball into Gethin Maxwell in yards of space and his powerful shot took a deflection giving Dave Clarke no chance. With ten minutes remaining the Gwynedd side scored a fourth as Khy Wyton slid the ball home from close range and although Glan mounted a late rally with a powerful shot from Anthony Hughes bringing a fine save from Louis Williams (top picture) and then Bryn Roberts scoring with a tremendous 25 yard drive in the fifth minute of added time there could be no denying that Llanberis were well worth the three points on the day. (pictures by Aled Jones).

(18/04/12) I struggle to get decent pictures under floodlights so I am indebted to the Holyhead & Anglesey Mail and professional photographer Richard Birch for these top class pictures of the celebrations last Friday evening. Click here to view. (SS)

(16/04/12) We face Llanberis again next Saturday and although the league is already won we will be playing for more than pride as we want to retain our unbeaten away record. Reaching 100 league goals is almost certainly asking too much as Llanberis proved last Friday evening that they are a much improved side on the one we beat 7-0 in the league fixture at Glantraeth back in October. It is a vital game for the hosts who are involved in a fascinating three way battle with Llandyrnog and Kinmel Bay for the second promotion spot. Llanberis will be looking to pick themselves up after their cup final defeat and I must admit at one stage last Friday night I really thought their name might be on the cup. Until we pulled level on 51 minutes it seemed we were never going to score but we refused to let our heads drop and kept plugging away to eventually get our deserved reward. That was particularly true of Anthony Hughes who had a frustrating opening forty-five minutes when he could have easily scored two or three but then ended up our hat-trick hero in the second period. There was a great atmosphere with a crowd of at least 500 at the Oval and the ground is vastly improved on last time I saw it and was a fine setting for the final. The cup final win means we are the only Anglesey club to ever complete a league and cup double in the Cymru Alliance, the Welsh Alliance and the Gwynedd League. Next Saturday’s match referee is Robin Williams and the game kicks-off at 2.30 pm. After match hospitality is at the Dolbadarn Hotel. (SS)

(15/04/12) Click here to view some more pictures of Friday night's cup win taken by Aled Jones and myself including a cheeky one in the showers. (SS)

(14/04/12) Tonight's 3 Number Lotto Rollover Jackpot of £2,000 has been won by Nia Fôn of Holyhead. Nia works at W.O. Jones Printers in Llangefni with former Glantraeth captain Gareth Owen who as the selling agent collects his 10% commission. Good news for Gareth as he drowns his sorrows in Aberystwyth this evening. The winning numbers were 11, 16 & 19. The next draw takes place in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth on Saturday 28th April at 9.00 pm.

(14/04/12) Click here to view some more pictures of last night's cup win taken by Aled Jones and myself. (SS)

(13/04/12) Glantraeth completed a Welsh Alliance league and cup double this evening by eventually triumphing over Llanberis by three goals to one, Anthony Hughes scoring a second half hat-trick. There were times during the opening forty-five minutes when this looked like it was not going to be Glan’s night as the ball just would not go into the net. Marc Evans twice looked certain to score in the opening six minutes but Llanberis keeper Louis Willams rescued his side with last ditch saves. Anthony Hughes had a great chance to put the Anglesey side ahead on 12 minutes as he got on the end of a ball in from Paul Rowlands but fired wide. The Ffordd Padarn side threatened for the first time two minutes later as keeper Dave Clarke had to go full length to push a shot from Gethin Wakeham wide but from the corner Khy Wyton headed home at the back post to send the Llanberis contingent in the 500 strong crowd into raptures. A minute later Glantraeth should have been level only for Anthony Hughes to blast over with the goal at his mercy. Andy Clarke headed over then Anthony Hughes headed against a post as Glantraeth piled on the pressure for an equaliser then a cross from Chris Bennett was missed by Anthony Hughes and it was beginning to look as if Glan were destined not to score. This was only compounded two minutes into the second period as brilliant skill by Marc Evans took him past a defender and around the keeper before firing into an empty net only for defender Carwyn Jones to come from nowhere and get a foot to the ball and divert it against the inside of a post. The Anglesey side finally got a the goal their performance deserved on 51 minutes as Anthony Hughes fastened on to a pass from Chris Bennett and fairly hammered the ball home. Five minutes later Paul Rowlands struck the angle of post and crossbar but it was 2-1 for Glan in the 57th minute as good play from Bart Slezok gave Anthony Hughes the opportunity to shoot from outside the area and his low shot flew past keeper Louis Williams. Llanberis were not out of it and enjoyed a good spell of pressure with balls swung in with pace from corner kicks in particular proving a threat to the Glan defence with Huw Owen only narrowly wide with a header on 68 minutes. Anthony Hughes who had suffered a frustrating opening half completed a total turnaround in his fortunes by sealing the league and cup double with seven minutes remaining as he finished well from an Andy Clarke cross.

(12/04/12) Tomorrow evening we take on Llanberis at Caernarfon Town FC in the final of the Take Stock Van Hire Division Two League Cup. After successive heavy defeats to Nantlle Vale and here at Glantraeth back in October Llanberis’s challenge for promotion could easily have floundered but the Ffordd Padarn side have come back stronger than ever and now have every chance of claiming second spot in the league and they will be formidable opponents to overcome. We will undoubtedly go into the game as favourites due to our league position but if we are to complete a league and cup double our approach to the game will have to be spot on. The game kicks off at 7.30 pm and the match referee is Steve Hughes of Connahs Quay. Admission is £4 with concessions at £1 for seniors and juniors. Kev and Chris report the only doubt is Bryn Roberts who is struggling with a foot injury.

(11/04/12) The Rhyl v Bangor City North Wales Coast FA Challenge cup semi-final has now been arranged for Tuesday 24th April. We still do not have a date for our semi-final with Llanrwst United and I have once again asked NWCFA General Secretary Alun Foulkes to confirm a date as we need proper notice of this game so that players on shift work in particular can make arrangements to be available.(SS)

(10/04/12) Glantraeth's Paul Rowlands, James Saxon and Chris Roberts are pictured at the Millennium Stadium at the end of their epic bike ride from Anglesey. The full party that set off from Huws Gray in Gaerwen on Good Friday was David John Jones, Chris Roberts, Kelvin Evans, James Saxon, Tony Davies, Eurwyn Hughes, Mark Hesketh, Gareth Owen, Deion Williams, Paul Rowlands, Arwel Evans, Gwyn Jones, Mark Blackwell and Michael Jones. Although the exact amount is not yet known it seems certain that a five figure sum has been raised for the chosen hospices which is a fantastic effort by the lads. You can still donate by clicking on the logo further down the page.

(10/04/12) Don't forget that next Saturday night's 3 Number Lotto draw in the Joiners Arms will be for a massive Rollover Jackpot of £2,000. Tickets will be available from Helen at the game on Friday night. I must admit to being in awe of the hard work and organisation that goes into fundraising at Glantraeth to generate this kind of Jackpot. All I do since joining the club is hit a few computer keys and write the odd letter but people like Gareth, Les, Helen, Len and John have been doing this for years and make the organisation of the lottery look almost effortless despite the large number of tickets sold.(SS)

(09/04/12) We have had loads of texts and emails congratulating us on our league championship success including a great tribute on their website from our old friends at Bro Goronwy. We are scheduled to meet them in our opening pre-season friendly at Glantraeth on Tuesday 10th July. Holyhead Hotspur secretary Richard Parry has sent us congratulations and we wish Hotspur all the best in their FAW Trophy Final against Sully Sports next Saturday. On Facebook Douglas Fowlie has sent his from Australia and Gaerwen manager Daz Meredith has also posted his congratulations. Our central defensive partnership of Gareth Owen and Warren Gibbs from our successful Cymru Alliance side have also been in touch and so have many more. Many thanks from all at Glantraeth.

(06/04/12) Chairman Gareth Evans has a special interest in next week’s Division Two Cup Final at Caernarfon as he would love to lead Glantraeth to a unique League and Cup treble. In 1993-94 season Glan won the Gwynedd League Championship, pipping Caernarfon Athletic by just one point, and going on to win the Gwynedd League Cup. In 2005-06 Glantraeth achieved what will probably be their greatest achievement by winning the second division of Welsh football, the Cymru Alliance, ahead of Buckley Town and then claimed the League Cup at Llandudno against Bala Town. There’s a big game to win against an in-form Llanberis side but it would be a magnificent achievement to complete the collection with a Welsh Alliance League and Cup double. .

(06/04/12) Glantraeth players Chris Roberts, James Saxon and Paul Rowlands set off this morning on their charity bike ride from Anglesey to Cardiff stopping off at Carno and Brecon on the way before arriving at the Millennium Stadium on Sunday. It's a great cause that the lads and others from Huws Gray in Gaerwen are cycling for as they raise funds for Hope House Children's Hospices and Hafen Menai Day Hospice. You can still donate by clicking on the logo. Not sure what would have happened if we had had a title deciding league game tomorrow!

(04/04/12) Due to Llanrwst United's backlog of fixtures it looks likely we will now meet them in the semi-final of the North Wales Coast FA Challenge Cup during the first week in May.
That was written before tonight's Bethesda v Llanrwst game was called off due to snow.

(04/04/12) They say if you wait long enough for a bus then two are likely come along at once and it’s proved similarly the case with Glantraeth’s Bart Slezok as his first goal of the season at Llangefni last Wednesday was quickly followed by another on Saturday against Kinmel Bay. Although known to everyone as Bart his full name using the Polish alphabet is Bartłomiej Ślęzok, an interesting job for the engraver if he wins an award this season! Bart impressed with Gaerwen last season and was targeted by Chris & Kev in the summer in the face of opposition from several other clubs. Bart is not the first Polish born player to join Glantraeth as in 2006-07 season Adrian Jurkowski made ten appearances for the club and he too got his name on the scoresheet.

(01/04/12) Despite persistent approaches from other local clubs Glantraeth’s management team of Chris Roberts and Kev O’Neill have confirmed they will be continuing in the same roles next season as we take on the huge challenge of Welsh Alliance Division One. Both Kev and Chris bring different qualities to the job and have recorded an unparalleled run of success since taking charge before the start of last season with back-to-back promotions, four cup final wins, a league cup final and regional cup semi-final to come and now winning the League Championship with the kind of football that has been a credit to the club and an absolute joy to watch. The side’s record in the league says it all with a goal difference currently standing at an incredible 72 after 21 games. The side is packed with quality players but more than that there has been the character, the battling qualities in the squad and the team spirit within a great bunch of lads. There have been many memorable high scoring triumphs but the key games that have proved crucial come the final reckoning were the hard fought wins at Kinmel Bay and Llandyrnog plus late winning goals in difficult games at Connahs Quay and Gaerwen for example. Though the goalscoring exploits of Marc Evans, Anthony Hughes and Andy Clarke may have captured the headlines it has been very much a team effort from Dave Clarke in goal right through the squad and not forgetting the contribution of the likes of Robbie Jones, Gethin Davies, Owain Roberts, Chops, Sam Williams, etc. who moved on during the season. Kev and Chris have a great back-up team in Mike Innes and Mike Roberts as well as a supportive club committee under chairman Gareth Evans who all contribute to the continuing success of the club.

(01/04/12) Click here to view some more great pictures of yesterday's Championship win taken by Aled Jones and myself. Must admit the standard of pictures has improved since Aled got involved although he does have a bigger zoom than me! He got two great shots of our goals. The pictures are in no particular order and may take a little time to download but well worth the wait. (SS)

(31/03/12) Glantraeth are Welsh Alliance Division Two Champions after beating Kinmel Bay 2-1 this afternoon and the deciding goal just before half-time was worthy of winning any league. It was always going to be a tough against a visiting team that were desperate for points to secure second place and promotion themselves. Although Bay started brightly Chris Evans headed a foot wide on 10 minutes from a Marc Evans cross as the home side posed the first threat and Anthony Hughes had a shot saved at point blank range four minutes later. On 23 minutes Glantraeth went ahead as a great cross from James Saxon was headed home by Bart Slezok, the Pole scoring for the second successive game. Eight minutes before half-time Bay pulled level as Glan failed to clear following a corner kick from the left and the ball broke for Tony Emm to fire home. The scoring ended a minute before the break with an unstoppable goal as James Saxon drove a first time cross on the half volley from the right and Marc Evans thundered a header home at the far post. The second half proved something of a stalemate with Glan happy to hold on to their lead and the visitors unable to make much impression on the home defence until six minutes from time when Alan Jones fired wide with their best chance of the half and with time almost up Chris Evans had a shot well saved by Bay keeper Ryan Woods. Although some of the visiting 'supporters' did their best to spoil the occasion, their behaviour being witnessed by league officials, this was Glantraeth's day and it is yet another marvellous achievement in this club's incredible history. More pictures tomorrow.

(29/03/12) Saturday sees Kinmel Bay Sports as the visitors to Trefdraeth. Currently fourth in the table Bay are still in with a great shout to gain promotion so will be flat out to win this one. While there might be more chance of Liverpool winning the Premier League than Llanberis catching us we still need to get at least a point on Saturday to remove any mathematical chance of being caught and it won’t be easy against a very good Kinmel Bay side who have already given us three tough games this season. The game kicks off at 2.30 pm and the match referee is Hugh Jones assisted by Dyfan Davies and William Peel.

(28/03/12) Two goals from Anthony Hughes, one from Marc Evans and a well deserved first of the season for Bart Slezok comfortably saw off the challenge of the Huws Gray Alliance side and now Glantraeth will meet Llanrwst United in the semi-finals of the North Wales Coast FA Challenge Cup, the likely venue being Llandudno. The game kicked off 15 minutes late with Cefni players held up by an accident along the A55. Glan opened like they meant business almost taking the lead on four minutes as great play by Chris Evans created the chance for James Saxon but his header was just too high then Anthony Hughes fired over before the Welsh Alliance side took the lead on ten minutes as a Jamie Roberts pass found Paul Rowlands who beat his man before laying the ball off for Marc Evans to score with a well placed shot. There were 28 minutes gone before Cefni came close to threatening the Glantraeth goal when a weak shot from Mick Garside was easily dealt with by keeper Dave Clarke. Paul Rowlands twice had shots blocked then James Saxon was only a foot over after connecting with a cross from Chris Evans. On 41 minutes Anthony Hughes went clear down the middle but as the keeper advanced his shot passed just the wrong side of the left hand post. Glan keeper Dave Clarke was tested for the first time a minute before the break as he reacted well to save a good header from Trystan Prosser. The home side were now having an equal share of the play but Glan continued to look dangerous with Andy Clarke and James Saxon having efforts on goal before Marc Evans fired just wide on 63 minutes after a surging run from Paul Rowlands. It took a flying save from Dave Clarke two minutes later to prevent Cefni levelling following a free kick but it was 2-0 for Glantraeth on 72 minutes as a James Saxon corner kick fell for Anthony Hughes to volley the ball home. Andy Clarke brought a good save from the keeper before Anthony Hughes scored a second with a great strike eight minutes from time. There was joy for Bart Slezok in the 91st minute as he blasted the ball home for his first goal for Glantraeth following good link up play between Chris Evans and Marc Evans. (Thanks to Aled Jones & 'Nionyn' for pictures).

(26/03/12) Last season's trophy haul will be returned to the Gwynedd League and the North Wales Coast FA tomorrow, an impressive collection made up of the North Wales Coast FA Intermediate Cup, the Gwynedd League Cup, the Gwynedd League Runners-up Shield, the Bob Owen Memorial Shield (formerly the Eryri Shield) and the Gwynedd Shield. It's going to leave some empty spaces in the trophy cabinet that need filling boys!

(25/03/12) Wednesday sees us attempt to win through to the semi-finals of the North Wales Coast FA Challenge Cup where the winners will meet Llanrwst United. Although our opponents Llangefni Town might be struggling we should not underestimate that it is a big step up to play a side from the Cymru Alliance and it would be a tremendous scalp if we could beat them as we are very much the underdogs. There is certainly no lack of motivation amongst the lads and with the League Championship all but in the bag and the League Cup Final still more than two weeks away we can give the game our full concentration. Last time the two teams met was three years ago to the day as we won 2-1 at Llangefni, both our goals coming from Kevin Roberts. Kev and Chris expect to have a full strength squad to choose from. The game at Talwrn Road kicks off at 7.30 pm and the match referee is Iwan Griffith of Conwy. All players to wear club tracksuits and polo shirts please.

(24/03/12) There was no winner in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw so the Jackpot increases to £2,000. The winning numbers were 13, 15 & 19. The next draw is in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 14th April.

(24/03/12) A good 2-1 win for Llanberis at Llandyrnog United this afternoon keeps them in with a chance of finishing level on points with Glantraeth but the small margin of victory means the possibility of them catching the league leaders become remoter by the day. Glantraeth need at least one point at home to Kinmel Bay Sports next Saturday to be certain of the Championship.

(22/03/12) Llanrwst United have pulled off a shock 1-0 win at Huws Gray Alliance side Conwy United and will now meet Llangefni Town or Glantraeth in the semi-finals of the North Wales Coast FA Challenge Cup. Coast FA secretary Alun Foulkes has confirmed the semi-finals will be played on neutral grounds.

(20/03/12) Bangor City won through to the semi-finals of the North Wales Coast FA Challenge Cup at Nantporth this evening after a thrilling 5-4 win over cup holders Colwyn Bay. The game ended four each after normal time with Sion Edwards getting the winner in extra-time. Rhyl are already through to the semi-finals and Llanrwst United meet Conwy United, Llanrwst having given up home advantage to play the game under lights at Conwy. All four semi-finalists will be known next week when Glantraeth meet Llangefni Town at Talwrn Road. Bangor City will now play Rhyl in the semi-final.

(18/03/12) Mike Innes has signed registration forms for Glantraeth as cover for regular choice keeper Dave Clarke. Mike is the club physio and also works with Dave as goalkeeping coach as well as being an experienced keeper who began his career at Wolverhampton Wanderers and has also played for Bangor City, Holyhead Hotspur, Porthmadog and Llangefni Town.

(18/03/12) For the second time this season Chris Roberts (pictured) and Kev O'Neill have been named Welsh Alliance Division Two Managers of the Month. During February Glantraeth won all three games including qualifying for the league cup final. As only one name can be engraved on the award we have asked for Chris Roberts' name to go on this one as Kev got the honour last time.

(18/03/12) Owain Roberts has been transferred back to Beaumaris Town today. Work commitments have meant Owain has not always been available this season but when called upon he has made an important contribution having made seven appearances and we wish him the very best with his former club. After not being in Saturday’s squad Owain texted this message back to me: “Just want to say thanks for everything – committee, players and management especially. Glantraeth is a great club and I’m sorry to leave but I just want to be playing regular football that’s all. Cheers Stan. (SS)

(18/03/12) Click here to view some more pictures of yesterday's game mostly taken by Aled Jones. Yesterday's win saw off the challenge of Kinmel Bay Sports and Llandyrnog United and guarantees us second place at least and of course promotion to Division One next season so that is our main priority achieved. We need one more point to be crowned champions assuming Llanberis win at Llandyrnog next Saturday. Back-to-back promotions has seen us make a great return to football and it is likely next season we will again be crossing swords with many of the clubs from our Cymru Alliance days. Strange as it may seem there is far less travelling in the higher division with many more of the clubs Anglesey or Gwynedd based. Meanwhile there is a league and cup double to be aimed for! (SS)

(17/03/12) A 4-1 win over Penmaenmawr Phoenix this afternoon clinched promotion to Division One of the Welsh Alliance for Glantraeth but the Bodorgan club will have to wait to be officially acclaimed Champions after Llanberis won at Greenfield. The Gwynedd side however will have to win a place in the Guinness Book of Records if they are to catch Glan who would have to lose their final two games while Llanberis would have to win all six remaining games and make up a goal difference deficit of 53! Glantraeth’s win wasn’t as easy as it sounded and if the visitors hadn’t been so wasteful of the chances they created it could have been much closer. It was the home side who went near to opening the scoring as a cross from Paul Rowlands on 7 minutes came back off a post and a minute later Bart Slezok got on the end of a corner kick and powered a header against the same post. It was Pen’s turn to be unlucky in the tenth minute as striker Billy Osborne volleyed against an upright. The visitors were now enjoying a good spell of pressure with skipper Darren Hughes driving them on but his shout of ‘let’s get in their faces and stop them playing their fancy football’ might well have motivated Glan as within the space of a minute they scored two top class goals. On 23 minutes Marc Evans from the corner of the penalty area curled in a quite superb effort that found the top corner (top picture by Aled Jones), Pen keeper Dion Jones doing well to even get a touch on the ball. A minute later Andy Clarke sent Anthony Hughes away with a brilliant ball down the middle and Hughes finished with style for his 26th goal of the season. There was a quite blatant penalty on 31 minutes as Marc Evans was chopped down but referee Ian Roberts, after a quick look at his assistant, waved play on. Anthony Hughes fired just over for Glan and the busy Billy Osborne fired wide for the visitors from a great position as he broke clear with only keeper Dave Clarke to beat. Osborne again went close six minutes into the second half only to see Mathew Lock clear off the line and as the ball broke free Ryan Kilcourse should have done better but his shot was well wide. After a nervy performance Glan were starting to settle and Paul Rowlands looked certain to score just past the hour mark after good work by Andy Clarke only for Darren Hughes to make a great saving tackle. The vital third goal came on 72 minutes as Paul Rowlands gave Marc Evans the chance to finish and four minutes later Evans completed his hat-trick after Chris Bennet had cut in from the right and provided the cross. As in so many game this season Glan had finally won the battle and now the goals threatened to mount up with Marc Evans being denied by a post on 79 minutes and five minutes later Jamie Roberts headed against the crossbar. There was a well deserved consolation goal for the impressive Billy Osborne with three minutes remaining as he got behind the home defence and volleyed home.

(14/03/12) A 2-1 win over Prestatyn Town at Belle Vue last night means Rhyl are the first club through to the semi-finals of the North Wales Coast FA Challenge Cup. Bangor City meet Colwyn Bay at Nantporth on Tuesday 20th March and Llangefni Town and Glantraeth meet the following week. No date has yet been advertised for the quarter-final tie between Llanrwst United and Conwy United.

(12/03/12) Penmaenmawr Phoenix are the visitors to Glantraeth next Saturday and the Cae Sling side gave us quite a shock at their place as they came back from three goals down to force a four-all draw. We might be in pole position but there is still a lot of work to do if we are to finish the season with honours. We are at that stage when we have to make all the good work that has taken us to the top of the league count but our destiny is in our own hands and a win on Saturday will put us in a great position no matter how the other challengers go on. Kev and Chris should have a full squad to select from with Kieren Jeffreys (pictured) again available after completing his suspension. Match referee is Ian Roberts assisted by Dyfed Davies & William Peel. Once again don’t forget kick-off is 1.00 pm.

(11/03/12) We have given up home advantage for our North Wales Coast FA Challenge Cup quarter-final tie with Llangefni Town in order to get the game played this month. The game will now be played at Talwrn Road on Wednesday 28th March with a 7.30 pm kick-off.

(11/03/12) The kick-off for next Saturday's league fixture at home to Penmaenmawr Phoenix has now been moved forward to 1.00 pm to avoid a clash with Wales playing to win the Grand Slam. The rugby international kicks-off at 2.45 pm and will be on the big screen in the Joiners Arms along with the usual excellent after-match hospitality.

(11/03/12) Caernarfon Town have appointed Lee Dixon as manager although he will not take over until the end of the season because of commitments with Everton. Lee was another member of Glantraeth's double winning side of 2006 and joins Warren Gibbs in taking charge of a Welsh Alliance Division One side. Glantraeth chairman Gareth Evans has sent Lee his best wishes and Lee has replied that he will see him in the bar after we meet next season as it's Gareth's turn to get a round in! A bit premature but we hope he is right about meeting next season.

(10/03/12) There was no winner in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw so the Jackpot increases to £1,500. The winning numbers were 9, 13 & 15. The next draw takes place in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth on Saturday 24th March.

(10/03/12) Llanberis won 2-0 at Blaenau Ffestiniog, Kinmel Bay won 2-1 at home to Nantlle Vale and Llandyrnog United won 2-0 at home to Connahs Quay Town. League table has been updated.

(10/03/12) We have written to Llangefni Town proposing two dates for our quarter-final meeting in the North Wales Coast FA Challenge Cup. At Glantraeth on Easter Monday 9th April or alternatively we are willing to play the game at Llangefni on the evening of Tuesday 27th March. The last eight are Bangor City, Rhyl, Colwyn Bay, Prestatyn Town, Llanrwst United, Conwy United, Llangefni Town & Glantraeth.

(10/03/12) John Lee will be hosting a sports progamme on new Anglesey radio station Mon FM between 3.00 and 5.00 pm this afternoon that will include updates and final scores of local football games. John will require the support of all clubs and news and scores can be phoned in on 01248 722224. Tune in on 87.9 FM.

(09/03/12) Chris Roberts, James Saxon, Paul Rowlands and former Glantraeth player Kelvin Evans who all work at Huws Gray in Gaerwen are amongst a group that are cycling from Anglesey to Cardiff on Good Friday to raise funds for Hope House Children's Hospices and Hafen Menai Day Hospice. It is a great cause and you can donate by clicking on the logo.

(08/03/12) The Welsh Alliance League have reminded clubs that the last day for registering ot transferring a player is Thursday 29th March.

(07/03/12) Llangefni Town and Amlwch Town met this evening at Talwrn Road in the North Wales Coast FA Challenge Cup, Llangefni winning 3-0 with all the goals coming in the final 25 minutes and will now face Glantraeth in the quarter-finals on a date to be arranged.

(06/03/12) Congratulations to two players with strong Glantraeth links, Gareth Owen (pictured) and Chris Saxon, who were part of the Holyhead Hotspur side that reached the final of the FAW Trophy on Sunday. Both Gareth and Chris have won Player of the Year awards at Glantraeth and Gareth is also a former captain of the club and a member of the side that famously won the Cymru Alliance league and cup double in 2006.

(04/03/12) Click here to view some more pictures of yesterday's game. The decision to go ahead with the game at Amlwch was not welcomed in all quarters and certainly you had to have sympathy with the Amlwch groundsman who had not been able to prepare the pitch properly because of its wet condition despite several days without rain. He knew it would cut up badly and it did but there was also little doubt that referee Brian Taylor was right to declare the pitch playable if not conducive to good football. There were times in the opening half when I thought we might pay a price for having to play in such conditions as we struggled to play with our normal rhythm not helped by a swirling wind and an Amlwch side being driven on relentlessly by their stand-in manager. The first goal came at just the right time, almost on the half-time whistle, and from then we were well on top as our passing game started to flow and the home side began to lose confidence and show signs of tiredness. Looking back now it was just great to get the game played and bank another three points. (SS)

(03/03/12) All four top teams won today but the bottom line is that Glantraeth now need three more points from their last three games to virtually guarantee the Welsh Alliance Division Two Championship. Only Llanberis would then be able to catch them and they would have to win all of their remaining eight games and make up a goal difference deficit of 56! On a nightmare of a pitch and in the face of a fighting display by Amlwch Glan struggled to make their superiority count in the opening forty-five minutes at Lon Bach this afternoon. Paul Rowlands brought a tremendous save from home keeper Lee Heywood after five minutes and as Glan looked for an opener Darren Garmey shot over and Chris Evans fired wide following a quickly taken free kick, Ricky Jones replying for Amlwch on 24 minutes with a shot that was well off target. Referee Brian Taylor had done well to get the game played at all but the boggy pitch was a great leveller and the league leaders were struggling to play their normal passing game. As half-time approached the pressure on the home goal intensified with Anthony Hughes bringing another a good save from Heywood and Mathew Lock headed over from the ensuing corner kick. A minute from the interval Glan finally made the all-important breakthrough. A great ball from Garmey put Anthony Hughes clear only for his shot to bounce down off the underside of the bar with the ball being cleared for a corner. As the corner came over James Saxon rose to meet the ball only to again see the ball strike the underside of the bar but it fell for Andy Clarke with his back to goal to flick the ball into the net off a post. Amlwch’s resistance was quickly put to bed after the break as Glan went two up on 58 minutes as Andy Clarke sent Marc Evans - just on as a substitute - clear down the right and his cross was converted at the far post by Anthony Hughes. Good link up play between Anthony Hughes and Marc Evans nine minutes later led to a third from Paul Rowlands as the visitors were now well in control. Heywood made yet another good save from Anthony Hughes on 75 minutes but was beaten four minutes later as Marc Evans sent Chris Bennett clear down the right before getting on the end of the cross for his 31st goal of the season (top picture). Heywood again saved well from James Saxon with ten minutes remaining but was at fault in what had otherwise been an outstanding display three minutes later as he lost possession enabling Anthony Hughes to sneak in and make it 5-0.

(29/02/12) Next Saturday we travel to face Amlwch Town in a league fixture and will need no reminding that this will be a tough one after the Lon Bach side gave us quite a game only a couple of weeks back here at Trefdraeth. They can be quite a force at home and claim second placed Llandyrnog United amongst their scalps this season. Although we are edging closer to the finishing line with every game we cannot afford to relax for a minute and need to be at our very best if we are to come away with a win. Leading scorer Marc Evans is expected to rejoin the squad while Kieren Jeffreys will serve the last of his three game suspension. Match referee is Bryan Taylor of Holyhead and the game kicks-off at 2.30 pm.

(28/02/12) Close on the heels of the birth of Andy Clarke's baby boy Osian there is news that goalkeeper Dave Clarke, Andy's uncle, has become a father to a little girl, Amelia Haf Clarke, born today and weighing 4 lb 13 ozs. Congratulations Dave and family.

(28/02/12) The North Wales Coast FA Challenge Cup got a major boost this season when Bangor City played their first game at Nantporth against Caernarfon Wanders in front of over 1,200 spectators. Colwyn Bay and Rhyl have also fielded strong sides against Blaenau Ffestiniog and Nantlle Vale respectively but for Glantraeth the competition is turning into something of a damp squib. After looking forward to testing ourselves away to Porthmadog in the opening round we only learned through our own enquiries that they had withdrawn from the competition giving us a walkover into the quarter-finals where we have been drawn at home to Llangefni Town or Amlwch Town. We now wait to learn who we face but the game at Llangefni Town has still not been played and at present there appears to be no date set for the fixture so going into March we have still not played a game in the competition and it is doubtful if we will enter again.
** We have since learned that the Llangefni Town v Amlwch Town game has been arranged for Wednesday 7th March so hopefully we will know our opponents next week.

(27/02/12) The final of the Take Stock Van Hire Division Two Cup between Glantraeth and Llanberis will take place at Caernarfon Town FC on Friday 13th April with a 7.30 pm kick-off.

(26/02/12) Click here to view some more pictures of yesterday's game. Now the dust has settled we have to view it as one of our most satisfying wins of the season against a formidable Llandyrnog United side who gave it everything. There is great respect between the teams and over a pint after the game Dyrny manager Russ Pierce said he was particularly impressed with our Anthony Hughes who of course scored the vital equaliser that set us up to go on and win through. Certainly we have not got to this final the easy way, having beaten Kinmel Bay and Llandyrnog we now meet Llanberis, that's three of the top four! The league and cup double still remains a possibility but once we have finished enjoying yesterday's win all our focus will switch to Amlwch Town next Saturday. Well done boys. (SS)

(25/02/12) There were no winners in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw. The winning numbers were 8, 10 & 20. The next draw takes place in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 10th March when there will be a Rollover Jackpot of £1,000.

(25/02/12) Glantraeth won through to the final of the Welsh Alliance Division Two Cup after coming back from a goal down in a tremendously hard fought game of football that would have graced the final itself. With the league’s leading scorer Marc Evans unavailable Llandyrnog scented the chance to put one over the table toppers and were on the attack from the start and the home side were fortunate in the fourth minute as a corner kick from the right was deflected against the crossbar by Glan defender Bart Slezok. Six minutes later it took a tremendous block by Dyrny captain Adam Lloyd as Andy Clarke looked certain to put Glan ahead. It was end-to-end stuff and the visitors were again denied by the woodwork on 12 minutes as Daniel Roberts reacted quickest to a long throw only to see his effort strike the foot of a post. Andy Clarke was inches away from putting Glantraeth in the lead on 18 minutes as his low shot was just the wrong side of a post and a minute later Paul Rowlands almost put Anthony Hughes in but keeper Gaz Pope was quickly out to block the shot. Hughes was twice close to converting crosses from Andy Clarke as Glan were starting to edge the clear cut chances but on the stroke of half-time only a brilliant reaction save from home keeper Dave Clarke prevented the visitors going into the break ahead as he finger-tipped over a perfectly struck volley from Liam Jones. Anthony Hughes had an excellent chance to put Glan ahead ten minutes into the second period after good work from Bryn Roberts but it was still anyone’s game with both sides threatening in turn. With a quarter-hour remaining a jubilant Dyrnog side went ahead as Liam Jones fastened on to a long ball and gave Dave Clarke no chance as he found the far corner of the net. It was time for Glantraeth to show their character and they weren’t lacking as they now began to take control, equalising seven minutes from time as Anthony Hughes curled his shot just inside a post to send the game into extra-time. There now only looked one winner as Andy Clarke and Anthony Hughes both went close then keeper Gaz Pope did well to save as Andy Clarke blasted the ball goalwards but from the corner taken from the right by Chris Evans Mathew Lock rose to head the ball home at the far post (pictured below), his first for the club. Anthony Hughes and Andy Clarke had combined well up front and both went close to increasing Glan’s lead during the last fifteen minutes but it is Glantraeth who emerged triumphant and they will now face Llanberis in the final. Final score: Glantraeth 2 Llandyrnog United 1.

(24/02/12) Glantraeth's goalkeeper from last season Kyle Williams has today signed for Bangor University in the Gwynedd League. Kyle left Glantraeth prior to the start of this season to try his luck in the Huws Gray Alliance with Llangefni Town but changes in management have seen him decide the time is right to move on. Kyle was very popular at Glantraeth and we wish him well with the Uni.

(22/02/12) Following a fair degree of confusion (not our fault) the kick-off time for next Saturday's game has now been definitely confirmed by the league secretary as 2.00 pm.

(21/02/12) Next Saturday sees the top two meet at Trefdraeth with a place in the final of the Division Two Cup (sponsored by Take Stock Van Hire) at stake. It promises to be an epic encounter with us as the highest scoring team in the division and Llandyrnog having the meanest defence. Dyrnog are the only side to have beaten us in the league this season which adds extra spice to the meeting and it will require another top class performance if we are to keep alive our chances of achieving a league and cup double. The other semi-final sees Llanberis at home to Halkyn United on the same afternoon. The game will be played to a finish with extra-time and penalties if required. Match referee is Hugh Jones assisted by Dyfan Davies and William Peel.

(20/02/12) Congratulations from everyone at Glantraeth to Andy Clarke and his partner Manon Fflur on the birth of their baby boy just after 7 pm this evening. A beautiful picture above of Manon with Osian Owen who weighed in at 7 lb 7 ozs.

(18/02/12) Glantraeth moved closer to the finishing line with a clear cut win over Nantlle Vale this afternoon as goals from Marc Evans (3), Anthony Hughes, Bryn Roberts & Darren Garmey gave them victory by six goals to nil. The league leaders were ahead after six minutes as Bryn Roberts crossed from the left and Anthony Hughes helped the ball on for Marc Evans to score his 28th goal of the season with a perfectly executed finish. Four minutes later it was two as Mathew Lock found Paul Rowlands with a pass out of defence and Rowlands provided a perfect through ball for Anthony Hughes to run on and score (pictured above). Marc Evans went close again, Chris Evans the provider of the chance, but it took a great saving tackle from James Saxon on 17 minutes to prevent David Parry pulling a goal back for the visitors and Glantraeth did well to clear under pressure following the corner kick. Nant were giving a good account of themselves but the writing was on the wall for them a minute before the break when Marc Evans scored again following a good move down the left. It was the signal for the home side to take complete charge after the break and Mathew Lock had a golden opportunity to score his first of the season on 56 minutes as he headed wide from a Paul Rowlands’ cross (top picture). Glan now looked like scoring with every attack and it was no surprise when a fourth came on the hour mark as Chris Bennett’s cross found Bryn Roberts who curled the ball in for Marc Evans to complete yet another hat-trick with a header at the far post (pictured right) and four minutes later Bryn Roberts added his name to the scoresheet with a shot from just outside the area. With fifteen minutes remaining new signing Darren Garmey made it 6-0 as his shot from 15 yards out crept just inside the post despite Nant keeper Ryan Foulkes getting a strong hand to the ball. Just as important as another six goals scored was another clean sheet and another excellent team performance against a Nantlle Vale who were always in with a shout during the opening forty-five minutes but like so many sides before them eventually capitulated in the face of what became a ceaseless onslaught on their goal.

(17/02/12) 28 year old Darren Garmey has this afternoon signed for Glantraeth after being transferred from Trearddur Bay United. Darren can play in central midfield or defence and was previously with Holyhead Hotspur where he came through the club’s youth system. He is available to play in the game against Nantlle Vale tomorrow. He is pictured being welcomed to the club by Chris Roberts. Thanks to Bay secretary Gwilym Owen for his co-operation in completing the transfer in time for this weekend.

(15/02/12) With second placed Llandyrnog United involved in cup action on Saturday Glantraeth have the chance to go eight points clear at the top as Nantlle Vale provide the opposition at Trefdraeth. Although we eventually ran out easy winners against the same opponents at Maes Dulyn last month it took a while to overcome their resistance and it is likely to be more of the same this time around but at our best we are more than capable of collecting another three points. Kieren Jeffreys is absent due to suspension. Kick-off is 2.30 pm and the match referee is Arwel Jones of Dwyran assisted by Andrew Dogan and Gareth Taylor.

(15/02/12) Former Glantraeth defender Liam West has now signed for Welsh Football League side Taffs Well and yesterday sent the following message: 'Just wanted to say a huge congratulations to the Glantraeth FC committee, management team and players for cementing their position at the top of the table! I saw you mentioned about my transfer to Taffs Well FC down here in Cardiff on the website and thank you for your well wishes - the photo possibly doesn't show my handsome good looks sufficiently but I hope Paul Rowlands and James Saxon are still regularly hitting the sunbeds to ensure the club have a good female following! All the best, Liam.'

(13/02/12) Three years ago we set in motion a ground development programme that has seen us create a ground here at Cae Glantraeth that we can be proud of as a small village club. Since the closing of the Glantraeth Restaurant a canteen with facilities for visitor's hospitality was erected on the ground and now provides some of the best refreshments in the league; the PA system was re-connected; ladies and gents flush toilets were installed; concrete hardstanding was laid and now gives access to almost three-quarters of the ground; a safe area for disabled spectators was put in place; new perimeter railings were erected; the ground was completely fenced off from surrounding farmland and is now just about sheep proof(!); dugouts have been refurbished; a new stand sign was put in place; the playing surface has been massively improved and today work was completed on resurfacing the area from the changing rooms to the pitch. It has required a great deal of hard work by the committee and helpers both in completing the work and also raising the funds to finance the work helped of course by grants from Welsh Ground Improvements in particular. We are not finished yet. We plan to install Premier League style goals at the end of the season, funds permitting, and next year refurbish the stand including fitting easy clean plastic tip-up seats. Understandably, because the ground is privately owned we will never be able to install floodlights or build a much larger stand so how far we can now go will be limited by the ground requirements of the higher leagues but as ever we will continue trying to be successful at whatever level we are playing and see where that takes us.

(12/02/12) We might be well placed in the league but nothing can be taken for granted as yesterday’s win over Amlwch proved. The visitors belied their lowly position and gave us quite a game but we showed great character to come away with the three points after being a man down for over an hour and also have Andy Clarke limp off with a hamstring injury before half-time. On a heavy pitch it was never going to be a case of winning pretty against a side that never conceded an inch of grass but we knew in advance that a game against another Anglesey side is rarely easy and we weren’t disappointed. We had an early escape as Dave made a great save from a penalty kick given for hand ball. We are seeing more and more of these given for what used to be deemed ball-to-hand. You see it in the Premier League, think Micah Richards against Liverpool, and we are all guilty of shouting for a pen the minute a ball strikes the arm of a defender, deliberate or not. Goals from Andy and Marc gave us a measure of control before Kieren Jeffreys got his marching orders with less than half-an-hour played and at that time I felt we might pay a heavy price. I know I keep droning on about the need for good discipline but being without Kieren, who has been outstanding this season, for the next three games is frustrating and something we could have well done without at this stage of the season. Our second half performance deserved great credit and could easily have seen us increase our lead but I was still relieved to hear the final whistle with the three points safely in the bag. Chris Bennett made an excellent debut in a red shirt and is clearly a great addition to the squad. (SS)

(28/01/12) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 6, 11 & 12 and the winner of the Rollover Jackpot of £1,000 was Les Thomas of Malltraeth. The next draw takes place in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth on Saturday 25th February.

(11/02/12) Glantraeth really had to dig deep to secure the three points against an Amlwch side that fought from first to last, not helped by playing for over an hour with only ten men following the dismissal of Kieren Jeffreys for violent conduct. The visitors had a great chance to go ahead after just four minutes as Bart Slezok was harshly adjudged to have deliberately handled the ball in the penalty area only for Glan keeper Dave Clarke to dive to his left and pull off a tremendous save from the spot kick taken by Ricky Jones. Nine minutes later the Bodorgan side were ahead as Anthony Hughes fastened on to a fine pass from Chris Evans and squared the ball for Andy Clarke to expertly finish and two minutes later Steffan Lewis did well to clear of the line as Marc Evans looked to add a second. Marc Evans was on target in the twentieth minute as he picked up a superb pass from Chris Evans before burying the ball in the bottom corner. A good effort from Steffan Lewis was only just over for the visitors a minute later but there was drama nearing the half-hour mark as Kieren Jeffreys reacted too strongly following a tackle and was red carded. Glantraeth were rattled and it was the signal for Amlwch to apply pressure on the home defence but Glantraeth held their two goal lead until the break and went on recover their composure in the second period with a performance that should have seen them add to their lead, Paul Rowlands seeing a shot deflected wide and Bryn Roberts twice going close. Steve Lloyd was just off the target for the visitors on 61 minutes but it was Glantraeth who were looking the most likely scorers and a great link up between Paul Rowlands and Anthony Hughes with 17 minutes remaining almost brought a goal and two minutes later Anthony Hughes shot just wide, With time almost up Dave Clarke had to go full length to keep out a shot from Amlwch substitute Shaun Pritchard. It was a well earned three points for ten man Glan against a highly motivated Amlwch side but results are everything at this stage of the season and these could prove vital come the final reckoning. Final score: Glantraeth 2 Amlwch Town 0.

(10/02/12) Work is now in progress to upgrade the area that leads from the changing rooms to the pitch with a Tarmac/Asphalt road quality surface part funded through grant aid from Welsh Ground Improvements. Contractors W.E.Jones & Sons of Llanerchymedd have laid much of the second layer of Tarmac today and expect the work to be completed on Monday.

(08/02/12) Defender Robbie Jones has been released to join Bethesda Athletic. Robbie has taken part in 20 of our 24 games this season but has found himself on the bench over the past couple of games and has decided to try his luck elsewhere. He has made a big contribution to our run of good results this season and we wish him all the best at Pesda.

(08/02/12) We have a further wait before we know our opponents in the quarter-finals of the North Wales Coast FA Challenge Cup as tonight's Llangefni Town v Amlwch Town tie has been postponed due to burst pipes at Talwrn Road. Glantraeth will meet the winners.

(07/02/12) Anglesey derbies are never easy and we have to approach next Saturday’s visit of Amlwch Town with the same determination that has served us in such good stead so far this season. Amlwch had a good draw at Penmaenmawr last week, never an easy place to go as we know, and will be looking to put one over us as the current league leaders. We are in a good position but there's still a long way to go and we cannot afford to relax for even a minute. Chris and Kev expect to have a full strength squad to select from. Match referee is Robin Williams of Pwllheli assisted by Shaun Pell and Patrick Thomas. Please note kick-off time is 2.30 pm.

(06/02/12) Saturday's postponed Take Stock Van Hire Division Two Cup semi-final at home to Llandyrnog United has now been rearranged for Saturday 25th February with a 2.00 pm kick-off.

(05/02/12) The Welsh Alliance have released league fixtures until the end of the season when we finish at Llanberis on Saturday 21st April. A date has still to be arranged for our Division Two Cup semi-final with Llandyrnog United postponed from Saturday and we still have to fit in a North Wales Coast Challenge Cup quarter-final with Llangefni Town or Amlwch Town but we'll worry about that when we know who our opponents will be. Beware of making alternative arrangements for Saturdays where we presently have no game as fixtures could change due to postponements, etc. The Fixtures page has now been updated.

(04/02/12) Todays game at home to Llandyrnog United has been postponed due to a frozen pitch.

(03/02/12) Glantraeth have continued to move up the Welsh Alliance Division Two Fair Play Table and are now in second place just behind Llanberis. We were only six minutes away from going right through January without so much as a caution only for Bart's tackle against Nantlle Vale last Saturday to be judged a yellow card offence. The good thing this season is that so few of our cautions have been for the offences that can be avoided such as dissent. It's important we keep it up, we don't want to lose any players to suspension.

(02/02/12) At noon today the pitch was looking superb and ideal for a game of football until you walked on it! Probably like every other ground in the region it is frozen solid and quite unplayable at present but with higher temperatures forecast locally for Friday night/Saturday morning we live in hope that the game might yet go ahead at the weekend. Keep in touch with the website for any updates.

(01/02/12) Liam West who was a valuable member of last season's successful Glantraeth side is poised to sign for Welsh Football League Division One side Taffs Well. Liam signed for Glantraeth prior to the start of this season before deciding to move into the Huws Gray Alliance with Llangefni Town. He always planned to return to university in Cardiff at Christmas and is now looking to play locally in South Wales. Taffs Well's secretary Norma Samuel has been in touch to ensure that he has not already played for two clubs and we were happy to confirm that he has not played for Glantraeth this season. We wish Liam well.

(01/02/12) The full draw for the quarter-finals of the North Wales Coast FA Challenge Cup is:
Glantraeth v Llangefni Town or Amlwch Town
Llanrwst United v Llandudno or Conwy United
Bangor City v Colwyn Bay
Rhyl v Prestatyn Town
Llangefni Town meet Amlwch Town next Wednesday 8th February at Talwrn Road, kick-off 7.30 pm.

(01/02/12) Dave Jones of the Daily Post has instigated a competition this season with a trophy for the leading goalscorer in Anglesey football in memory of Bob Brodie (pictured) who was a former manager of Glantraeth amongst others. Only Saturday games count and currently leading the way is Mel McGinness of Holyhead Hotspur on 29 with Darren Ishmael of Beaumaris Town second a goal behind. Most remarkable of all however is that Glantraeth’s Marc Evans is already in joint third place with 26. Remarkable because he didn’t enter the race until near the end of October after joining from Porthmadog. Anthony Hughes is also up there with 21 and Andy Clarke not far behind with 17. Marc Evans also leads the Welsh Alliance Division Two scorer’s list with Anthony Hughes and Andy Clarke in second and third places. We have already scored 106 goals this season with the 100th coming from Marc Evans at Nantlle Vale last Saturday.

(31/01/12) Glantraeth have added to their squad by signing 22 year old Chris Bennett from Bodedern Athletic. Chris can play in defence or midfield and has previously played for Glantraeth and Gaerwen. He was chosen in the Bangor & Anglesey Mail’s Team of the Year in 2009 by sports editor Dave Jones (Bryn Roberts was also in that squad). His father Mike also played for Glantraeth and was briefly manager in 2008-09 season. Chris will be in contention for a place in the squad on Saturday and we welcome him to the club. Thanks to Boded secretary Owain Owen for his help in completing the transfer this morning.

(30/01/12) Next Saturday sees the top two meet at Trefdraeth with a place in the final of the Division Two Cup (sponsored by Take Stock Van Hire) at stake. It promises to be an epic encounter with us as the highest scoring team in the division and Llandyrnog having the meanest defence. Dyrnog are the only side to have beaten us in the league this season which adds extra spice to the meeting and it will require another top class performance if we are to keep alive our chances of achieving a league and cup double. The other semi-final sees Llanberis at home to Halkyn United on the same afternoon. Kick-off is 1.45 pm and the game will be played to a finish with extra-time and penalties if required. Match referee is Hugh Jones assisted by Dyfan Davies and William Peel.

(29/01/12) It’s usually the goalscorers that dominate the headlines but the only certainty at Glantraeth every week is that the first name on the team sheet will be goalkeeper Dave Clarke who has made the position his own after early season competition with Louis Williams. Dave is an experienced keeper who has won several honours in the game including two Welsh Alliance League Championship Winners medals and two Welsh Alliance League Cup Winners medals with Bethesda Athletic. Last season with Beaumaris Town he was arguably the player most responsible for us not winning the Gwynedd League Championship as his outstanding performance as we tried to recover from one goal down at Beach Road back in March frustrated all our efforts to secure the three points that would probably have seen us home. After pre-season doubts about leaving Beaumaris Dave has gone on to become a major contributor to the club’s success so far this season and has worked tremendously hard with goalkeeping coach Mike Innes to improve his game. Being keeper in a team that scores as many goals as we do requires great concentration to be ready when suddenly called into action after periods of relative inactivity. Saturday was a good example of Dave at his best having only one really difficult save to make but taking the heat out of threatening situations by commanding his area throughout.

(28/01/12) In the quarter-finals of the North Wales Coast FA Challenge Cup we have been drawn at home to Llangefni Town or Amlwch Town.

(28/01/12) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 7, 9 & 10. There were no winners so there will be a Rollover Jackpot of £1,000 when the next draw takes place in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 11th February.

(28/01/12) Glantraeth moved five points clear at the top as they romped home by seven goals to one at Nantlle Vale with another four goals for Marc Evans taking him to 26 in 12 games. For almost an hour the home side entertained hopes that they could get something from this game with the score at only 2-1 but once the third goal went in Glan moved into a different gear and really turned on the style to run out easy winners. After an early scare when Glan keeper Dave Clarke was forced to pull of a fine save from Paul Woodhouse Marc Evans put the visitors ahead from the penalty spot on 13 minutes (top picture) following a handball and Bryn Roberts scored a beauty just on the half-hour mark as his dipping shot from an angle carried far too much power for keeper Ryan Foulkes. Anthony Hughes should have added a third two minutes into the second period but he pulled his shot wide from a great position then was unlucky three minutes later as his shot was saved at point blank range by the Vale keeper. On 56 minutes the Penygroes side got themselves back into the game as Glan failed to have enough cover as a free kick was swung in from the right and Gavin Davies volleyed home. Anthony Hughes finally got his goal three minutes later as he slipped the ball under the keeper following some good play by Bryn Roberts and he scored his second on 68 minutes after a shot from Marc Evans had been half cleared. The floodgates had now opened with Marc Evans making it 5-1 two minutes later as he shimmied past the keeper leaving himself an easy tap-in. On 73 minutes Evans completed his hat-trick after a surging run from Bryn Roberts and got his fourth of the game with seven minutes left as a defence splitting pass from James Saxon left him with a clear run on goal and his low shot was dispatched just inside the far post. Final score: Nantlle Vale 1 Glantraeth 7.
(26/01/12) Greenfield have been deducted three points and fined £100 after they failed to fulfil their fixture at Llanberis on 17th December. Apparently their coach broke down on the way to the game but the harsh penalty dished out by the Welsh Alliance appears to be for their failure to communicate there was a problem until 1.30 pm. League table has been updated.

(25/01/12) In last night’s North Wales Challenge Cup games Bangor City played their first game at Nantporth against Welsh Alliance side Caernarfon Wanderers and came out 6-1 winners in front of a crowd in excess of 1,200. Another Welsh Alliance club Blaenau Ffestiniog were in action at Llanelian Road and ended up losing 10-0 to Conference North side Colwyn Bay with four goals coming from Northern Ireland international Lee McEvilly (pictured) a player I signed on his first professional contract as an 18 year old back in 1999/2000 season. Although we have not yet had official confirmation that we have been given a walkover due to Porthmadog’s withdrawal it would appear the quarter-finalists now known are Bangor City, Prestatyn Town, Rhyl, Colwyn Bay and Glantraeth. Not bad company! (SS)

(24/01/12) Glantraeth move from the Conwy Valley to the Nantlle Valley this weekend as they travel to Penygroes to face Nantlle Vale. With only seven league games to play it is now getting to the sharp end of the season and it is another chance to put further pressure on our promotion rivals. We must take forward the positives from last Saturday’s game when despite an unfortunate defeat we showed ourselves capable of outplaying first division opposition. Nantlle Vale for their part will be keen on adding to last Saturday’s 4-3 win over Amlwch Town that saw them jump a couple of places in the league table. Kick-off is 2.00 pm and the match referee is Gwilym Evans of Llanberis.
Travel directions: From Caernarfon take A487 Porthmadog road. At roundabout signposted Penygroes/Talysarn turn left. At next roundabout turn left, pass garage on left and turn right into Victoria Road just past Co-op store. Continue on Victoria Road past police station then turn right at the Ex-Servicemen’s Club into Maes Dulyn. Ground on right hand side.

(21/01/12) Despite their 69 league goals Glantraeth could hardly buy a goal this afternoon even though First Division Llanrwst were made to look very much second best in this third round Barritt Cup tie. Good fortune was certainly with the home side but Glan were made to pay the price for a whole catalogue of missed chances that should have seen them home and dry by the interval. The Anglesey side couldn’t have had a worse possible start as Llanrwst went ahead within an incredible 9 seconds of the kick-off, the ball being swept out to the left from the kick-off and Aaron Jones converting the cross. From then on it was virtually one way traffic with Marc Evans in particular having no luck as shot after shot was blocked either by the keeper or by a desperate defending tackle. As the half neared its end the visitors were virtually camped out in the Llanrwst penalty area with Paul Rowlands seeing a shot come back off a post then seeing a shot cleared off the line by Barry Jones. A Llanrwst spectators’ comment at the interval that ‘you should be 8-1 up’ might have been an exaggeration but not by that much. Although Llanrwst looked stronger on the restart and Luke Roberts struck the bar on 53 minutes it was soon Glantraeth again calling the shots and they finally drew level on 58 minutes as a Bryn Roberts free kick was pushed on to the bar by home keeper Paul Roberts with Marc Evans first to react with a header that came back off a post before being finished by Anthony Hughes. It seemed the cue for Glan to go on and win a game they had dominated but they were in for a rude shock as Llanrwst struck back within a minute through Elliott Llewellyn. It was cruel on the visitors on a day when little seemed to be going right and that was only compounded with twenty minutes remaining as a superb cross from Bryn Roberts found Marc Evans in acres of space and with an open goal beckoning you would have bet your house on Glan’s leading scorer putting it away but he got too much on his header and struck the bar. It was just about all over on 81 minutes as Llanrwst caught Glan stretched at the back and their dangerous frontman Aaron Jones sewed up victory for the Rwsters. All the talk after the game was about ‘how did we lose that’ but bad luck and missed chances were the reasons along with some resilient defending by the home side plus their better finishing from the few opportunities that came their way. Final score: Llanrwst United 3 Glantraeth 1.

(20/01/12) Although Andy Clarke misses tomorrow's game due to injury Kev and Chris have announced a strong squad of 16 players to travel to Llanrwst. Rejoining the squad after coming down off the piste is James Saxon (pictured). The full squad: Tim Adamkiewicz, Dave Clarke, Chris Evans, Marc Evans, Anthony Hughes, Kieren Jeffreys, Robbie Jones, Mathew Lock, Jonathan Owen, Bryn Roberts, Chris Roberts, Jamie Roberts, Owain Roberts, Paul Rowlands, James Saxon & Bart Slezok.
Glantraeth still occupy third place in the December Fair Play table for Division Two with one dismissal and 12 cautions. Llanberis are top with Halkyn United second.

(18/01/12) Next Saturday we have the chance to test ourselves against Welsh Alliance Division One opposition when we travel to face Llanrwst United in the third round of the Mawddach Barritt Cup. The winners will be away to Holywell Town or Blaenau Ffestiniog on Saturday 18th February. Llanrwst are currently lying mid-table but had a resounding win over highly rated Wrexham side Venture Community last Saturday to enter the quarter-finals of the FAW Trophy so they will certainly fancy their chances for this game. Andy Clarke will miss the game due to a cruciate ligament strain. Match referee is Mike Gillham of Denbigh and the game kicks off at 1.45 pm. There is a coach for the game leaving Goodsir Depot, Holyhead 11.00 am prompt and picking up at Malltraeth (11.30 am), Asda, Llangefni (11.45 am), Stermat, Gaerwen (11.55 am) and One Stop, Llandegai (12.05 pm). Tracksuit tops and bottoms to be worn please. Hospitality after the game will be at the Pen y Bryn Hotel.

(15/01/12) We received a nice email today from Dafydd Hughes who is the secretary and chairman of Blaenau Ffestiniog FC and has been a stalwart of that club for many years. He is also a former Gwynedd County Councillor. He writes: "Dear Stan, Thank you, your co-committee members and players for the welcome we had at Glantraeth (plus the canteen manageress!!). It was so nice to be there and have a good chat with the opposition supporters - that's how football should be. May I wish you and the club the very best for the rest of the season and hope that you will be promoted next season - as Champions - you deserve it. In sport, Dafydd Hughes."
He is right this is the way it should be between clubs. We got a really friendly welcome at Cae Clyd back in October and we were delighted to reciprocate yesterday, well off the field at least!

(15/01/12) When Marc Evans made the decision to step down from the Huws Gray Alliance in October and join Glantraeth from Porthmadog we always knew we were getting quality to add to what was already a formidable strikeforce and so it has proved as ‘Loggs’ has gone on to score an incredible 22 goals in the 10 games he has played. People might have questioned his decision at the time but football is about enjoyment as well as ambition.
At present the squad is looking stronger than ever and with seven of Saturday’s starting line-up 23 or under Chris and Kev have placed a strong emphasis on youth as typified by two 18 year olds at the heart of the defence. Kieren Jeffreys was not listed in the Daily Post’s recent list of the most talented young players in the region as chosen by North Wales youth team manager Chris Morrell but he should have been. We also have the experience of players like Chris Evans, Anthony Hughes and Paul Rowlands who have all played Cymru Alliance football or higher which helps make for the perfect blend of youth and experience. We look well prepared for the many challenges yet to come this season.

(14/01/12) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 7, 10 & 15. There were two winners who share the £2,000 Rollover Jackpot, Meinir L Jones of Star, Gaerwen and Tom Hughes of Llanfairpwll. The next draw takes place in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth on Saturday 28th January when the Jackpot will be £500.

(14/01/12) Blaenau gave their everything and had their moments but in the end they were simply overrun and outclassed by a rampant Glantraeth side that ran out easy 9-1 winners. The home side took the lead in the tenth minute as a great pass from Kieren Jeffreys found Bryn Roberts on the right and his quickly delivered cross was turned in at the far post by Marc Evans. Five minutes later it was two as Anthony Hughes drilled a shot past keeper Peter Jones from just outside the area. Chris Evans brilliantly created a shooting opportunity on 23 minutes but blasted over but Glan did get another two minutes later as Paul Rowland passed to Andy Clarke who cleverly flicked the ball into the path of Anthony Hughes to score his second. Robbie Jones was the provider nine minutes before the break crossing the ball in perfectly for Marc Evans to convert. The visitors replied with an effort from David Copsey that brought a fine save from Dave Clarke. Anthony Hughes came close to his hat-trick on the restart as he struck the crossbar from 25 yards then Blaenau got some reward six minutes into the second half as Karl Kavanagh scored from the spot after a penalty had been awarded for a trip by Robbie Jones. The visitors threatened again on 62 minutes as Dave Clarke saved well from Copsey then Kieren Jeffreys cleared off the line from Iwan Griffiths. Glan now stepped up the pressure, Andy Clarke missing a great chance on 65 minutes, but a minute later he was on target as he fastened on to a Bryn Roberts’ centre and blasted the ball with some venom into the roof of the net. Anthony Hughes volleyed inches wide as Blaenau got pushed further and further back and it was again the outstanding Bryn Roberts who created a sixth goal for Glan on 75 minutes with a pinpoint cross that was headed home by Marc Evans. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, a minute later it did, as Marc Evans scored a brilliant individual goal as he weaved his way past defenders in a crowded penalty area before calmly rolling the ball into an empty net. Nine minutes late Marc Evans scored his fifth of the game with a beautifully directed header (pictured right) from an Anthony Hughes cross from the right. Blaenau kept battling away and Copsey struck the bar in the final minute and as the ball ran loose Dave Clarke pulled off a tremendous save from Iwan Griffiths. With the game going into added time there was still one more treat in store for the home crowd as Bryn Roberts picked the ball up just past the halfway line and seeing the Blaenau keeper off his line let go from more than 45 yards out and the ball flew just under the bar with Jones completely stranded for a goal that may well be talked about for years to come. Final score: Glantraeth 9 Blaenau Ffestiniog 1.

(13/01/12) The draw for the fourth round of the Mawddach Barritt Cup has just been released:
Glan Conwy or Caernarfon Town v Llandyrnog Utd or Pwllheli
Gwalchmai or Nefyn Utd v Llanberis or Kinmel Bay Sports
Holyhead Hotspur or Llanllyfni v St Asaph or Llanrug Utd
Holywell Town or Blaenau Ffestiniog v Llanrwst Utd or Glantraeth
Matches to be played Saturday 18th February

(12/01/12) Blaenau Ffestiniog are the visitors to Trefdraeth on Saturday as we return to league action. We won our game at Cae Clyd back in October 5-1 in glorious summer-like conditions but only after we had fallen behind to an early goal from the home side. With 35 league goals already scored they are a side who cannot be taken lightly although their defensive record remains amongst the worst in the division. We are well placed in the league but there is absolutely no room for complacency, there are some good teams behind us, but at our best we can be virtually unstoppable so we need to really turn it on this weekend. The good news is that Bart Slezok (pictured) and Jamie Roberts are due to return to training this evening after missing last week’s game. Kick-off is 2.00 pm and the match referee is Bryan Taylor with Ceri Pritchard and Ashley Williams as his assistants.

(11/01/12) Glantraeth's 3 Number Lotto draw on Saturday night in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth will be for a massive £2,000 Rollover Jackpot. Make sure you don't miss out on a ticket which can be obtained at Saturday's game ,after the game in the Joiners or any other time at Malltraeth Village Stores. Winning numbers and news of any winners will be on the club website later that evening.

(09/01/12) The good news is that Jamie Roberts has now been released from hospital with the infection on his arm reducing by the day and although he still has a fair way to go there may be a chance that he will resume training this week.

(08/01/12) While the rest of the squad were battling it out at Kinmel Bay yesterday midfielder James Saxon had gone swanning off on a skiing holiday but has been kind enough to send this message from his iPhone: "Happy that we are throught to the next round!! Glantraeth for life ... Having a fantastic time skiing in Italy, can't wait to come back and put the red shirt back on.. No18." James has all the gear but not too much sign of action.

(08/01/12) Porthmadog tell us that they have withdrawn from the North Wales Coast FA Challenge Cup so it is assumed we now have a bye through to the quarter-finals.

(08/01/12) Glantraeth will now be at home to Llandyrnog United in the semi-final of the Take Stock Van Hire Division Two Cup, the Denbighshire side beating Greenfield 5-2 on aggregate to get there. I mustn’t be paying attention at league meetings as we now move away from the two legged format with the game at Glantraeth on Saturday 4th February being played to a finish with extra-time and penalties if necessary. In other February fixtures we have league games at home to Amlwch Town on Saturday 11th February and Nantlle Vale on Saturday 18th February. The fixtures page has been updated. (SS)

(07/01/12) A hard fought two-all draw at Kinmel Bay took Glantraeth through to the semi-finals of the Welsh Alliance Division Two Cup on a 4-3 aggregate score and news that Llandyrnog United had missed an opportunity to take top spot in the league after losing 1-0 at Llanberis completed a good start to the New Year for the Bodorgan club. It was a baptism of fire for 18 year old Mathew Lock (pictured right) making his debut in central defence for Glan as the home side won the toss and elected to play with a strong following wind. They were immediately on the attack and it took a remarkable flying save from Dave Clarke to keep out a powerfully struck drive from Bay’s Dave Collins after just two minutes. The visitors struck back seven minutes later as Jem Steel headed off the line from Marc Evans and with play quickly switching up the other end it took a superb tackle from Kieren Jeffreys as Andreas Alvirado shaped to fire home. Glan were now coming to terms with the wind with a great run from Marc Evans causing problems to the home defence then Bryn Roberts had a shot blocked and Paul Rowlands fired just wide. The home side took the lead on 21 minutes as a free kick from wide out on the left by Jem Steel drifted over Dave Clarke and found the net. Glan replied with an effort from Bryn Roberts that curled narrowly wide and he went even closer four minutes later as home keeper Tony Emim saved well from Roberts with Marc Evans close to converting as the ball ran loose. Danny Abbott headed over for Bay on 40 minutes but despite the territorial advantage they had enjoyed it was a rare threat after those early scares in the face of some determined defending from Glantraeth with young Kieren Jeffreys again outstanding at the back. On the stroke of half time Andy Clarke missed a great chance to pull the visitors level but within four minutes of the restart Clarke did just that, converting a Marc Evans cross from close in. Alvarido for Bay and Andy Clarke both went close then a sweeping move from the visitors involving Paul Rowlands and Clarke almost gave Evans the chance to fire Glan ahead. On 62 minutes a great lay off from Bryn Roberts put Marc Evans clear and he made no mistake with a typical clinical finish. Kinmel Bay now needed to score four to go through but they did get a goal back on 70 minutes as Alvirado fired home following a free kick. It was a battle royal between two good teams and played in a good spirit throughout but with several players missing through injury, illness, holidays and work Glantraeth can be well satisfied with their performance.

(06/01/12) Glantraeth have completed the signing of Mathew Lock an 18 year old central defender from Beaumaris Town. Mathew was previously in the Bodedern Athletic side that famously reached the semi-finals of the Welsh Youth Cup in 2010-11 season.

(06/01/12) Kinmel Bay manager Eric Campbell has phoned to say tomorrow's game is ON!

(04/01/12) Club captain Jamie Roberts has been detained in Ysbyty Gwynedd for the last three nights after a cut on his left elbow that he sustained against Penmaenmawr Phoenix last month has become badly infected over the holiday and caused massive swelling. It sounds really painful and we send Jamie our best wishes for a speedy recovery.

(02/01/12) Next Saturday we take a slender 2-1 advantage to Kinmel Bay for the second leg of our Take Stock Van Hire Division Two Cup second round tie. Progress through to the semi-finals where Greenfield or Llandyrnog United await will not be easy against formidable opponents but as usual we will be going flat out to win the game rather than worrying too much about the aggregate score. If scores are level however I am informed that away goals do count so a 1-0 defeat would see us go out. Match referee is Mike Gillham of Denbigh.
Travel directions: Take A55 to Junction 24 and go left on to A547 for Rhuddlan turning left at first roundabout on to St Asaph Avenue. Continue for one mile then turn left just before bridge on to Cader Avenue and straight ahead to Leisure Centre. (SS)

(01/01/12) Although we have received no correspondence from the North Wales Coast FA regarding this season’s Challenge Cup draw we know from their website and the local press that we have been drawn away to Porthmadog in the first round. The conference date for the game is Saturday 7th January but we have been told by the Welsh Alliance that the game should be played midweek under lights. With this in mind we have asked Porthmadog for a midweek date, preferably Tuesday when none of our players or management are involved in shiftwork. As soon as a date is known it will be posted online.

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