600 PLUS PAY THEIR RESPECTS
(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.
PLAYING FOR TOM WYN
(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
£1,000 GOES TO GWALCHMAI
(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.
CHRIS & KEV EXCEED ALL EXPECTATIONS
(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.
PLAYERS SIGNED ON
(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.
PROMOTION & RELEGATION
(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.
UPDATED PRE-SEASON GAMES
(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)
CATRIN SENDS HER THANKS
(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.
CATRIN TAKES PART IN 'RACE FOR LIFE'
(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.
JACKPOT UP TO £1,000
(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.
PICTURES FROM LAST NIGHT
(12/05/12) A load of pictures taken last night now online.
Click here to view.
ANTHONY WINS TOP AWARD
(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)
REG BACK HOME
(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.
PRESENTATION NIGHT COACH
(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!
BANGOR JUST TOO BIG A HURDLE
(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.
FINAL PICTURES NOW ONLINE
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.
GLANTRAETH RECOVER PRIDE AFTER DISASTROUS OPENING
(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.
REG SENDS TEAM BEST WISHES
(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)
LET'S SAVOUR THE OCCASION
(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)
HOW BANGOR'S MIKE SMITH SEES IT
(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!'
FACING MISSION IMPOSSIBLE ?
(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)
JUST GOING WITH THE FLOW
(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.
IT'S BANGOR v GLANTRAETH
(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.
BEST WISHES REG
(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.
BIG INCENTIVE FOR WINNERS
(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)
ABERFFRAW JACKPOT WINNER
(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.
EARLIER START TO SEASON
(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.
FINAL AT NANTPORTH
(25/04/12) The North Wales Coast FA Challenge Cup Final is scheduled to be held at Nantporth on Sunday 6th May.
PRESENTATION NIGHT MAY 11th
(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.
BANGOR THROUGH TO FINAL
(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.
LLANBERIS WELL WORTH THE THREE POINTS
(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).
AND A FEW MORE
(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)
MORE THAN PRIDE TO PLAY FOR
(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)
YET MORE PICTURES ADDED
(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)
NIA WINS THE £2,000 JACKPOT
(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.
MORE PICTURES FROM LAST NIGHT
(14/04/12) Click here to view some more pictures of last night's cup win taken by Aled Jones and myself. (SS)
ANTHONY'S HAT-TRICK SEALS THE LEAGUE & CUP DOUBLE
(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.
GLAN GOING FOR THE DOUBLE
(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.
LLANRWST NWCFA CUP SEMI-FINAL
(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.
£2,000 ROLLOVER THIS WEEK
(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.
GARI EYES UNIQUE LEAGUE & CUP TREBLE
(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.
GOOD LUCK CHRIS, JAMES & PAUL
(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!
NWCFA CHALLENGE CUP
(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.
BARTŁOMIEJ ŚLĘZOK'S ON A ROLL
(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.
CHRIS & KEV COMMIT TO GLAN
(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.
MORE GREAT PICTURES ONLINE
(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)
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS !!!!
(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.
CHANCE TO PUT IT BEYOND DOUBT
(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).
TIME TO BE RETURNED
(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!
CEFNI THE NEXT CHALLENGE
(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.
JACKPOT NOW UP TO £2,000
(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.
LLANBERIS KEEP HANGING IN
(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.
WINNERS WILL MEET LLANRWST
(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.
BANGOR THROUGH TO SEMI-FINALS
(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.
NEW SIGNING !
(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.
MANAGER OF THE MONTH AGAIN
(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.
OWAIN RETURNS TO BEAUMARIS
(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)
MAIN PRIORITY ACHIEVED
(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!
(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.
RHYL FIRST INTO SEMI-FINALS
(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.
DESTINY IN OUR OWN HANDS
(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.
DATE AGREED FOR COAST CUP
(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.
1.00 PM KICK-OFF NEXT SATURDAY
(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.
LEE TAKES CHARGE AT THE OVAL
(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.
JACKPOT NOW UP TO £1,500
(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.
TITLE CHALLENGERS ALL WIN
(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.
NWCFA CHALLENGE CUP
(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.
RESULTS SERVICE ON MON FM
(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.
GLANTRAETH PLAYERS' BIKE RIDE FOR CHARITY
(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.
REGISTRATIONS & TRANSFERS
(08/03/12) The Welsh Alliance League have reminded clubs that the last day for registering ot transferring a player is Thursday 29th March.
IT'S GLANTRAETH v LLANGEFNI
(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.
FORMER GLAN MEN IN NATIONAL FINAL
(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.
THREE MORE IMPORTANT POINTS
(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)
NO CHANGE AT THE TOP
(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.
TOUGH GAME AT AMLWCH NEXT UP
(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.
BABY BOOM AT THE CLUB
(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.
LITTLE PROGRESS IN NWCFA CUP