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SEASON OVER FOR PLEMING
(03/03/13) The season looks to be over for Glantraeth striker Ian Pleming having been found to have a cruciate ligament injury to the knee and a torn hamstring. We wish Ian a full recovery. Since returning to Glantraeth this season he has been outstanding and shown a great attitude. It appeared to be a freak accident and the Pwllheli player nearest to Pleming immediately stopped playing sensing something was seriously wrong. Many thanks are due to Arwel Roberts the Pwllheli physio who is a qualified paramedic and was brilliant in helping attend to Ian until the ambulance arrived yesterday. (see picture).

CHOPS STRETCHERED OFF, JEFFERS SENT OFF BUT...
GLAN TOO GOOD FOR PWLLHELI
(02/03/13) Pwllheli were well beaten at Glantraeth this afternoon by four goals to nil and it could have been much worse for the visitors if the home side had kept eleven men on the pitch but a rush of blood from Kieren Jeffreys following the half-time break after a decision went against him led to him being dismissed for foul and abusive language by referee Hugh Jones. The game was overshadowed by a bad knee injury to Ian Pleming who was stretchered off on 42 minutes and taken to hospital by ambulance. Glantraeth made most of the early running although the Gwynedd side always looked dangerous on the break. James Saxon shot wide on 8 minutes and Paul Tilbury had an effort saved at point blank range on the quarter hour mark before Steve Jones gave the hosts a deserved lead on 18 minutes as he found the net from 15 yards after being put clear by Jeffreys. Anthony Hughes should have made it two eight minutes before the interval as he took a pass from Saxon, beat his marker, then fired wide from a great position. It was a brief respite for the visitors as a minute later Craig Roberts did make it two with a superb volley from 25 yards that dipped over keeper Andy Jack. The second period opened with Jack going down smartly to save from a Steve Jones ' header but it was 3-0 six minutes in as Dylan Williams crossed to Craig Roberts whose shot was well blocked by Jack only for Anthony Hughes to react like lightning and sweep the ball home from close range (top picture). The three points looked in the bag for the home side although nothing is ever that simple with Glantraeth and Jeffers' dismissal raised the hopes of Pwllheli who responded with an effort from their best player Mark Bridge that passed wide. Home keeper Liam Shanahan was hardly being troubled but when called upon his handling had been sound throughout and he easily dealt with another effort from Bridge. Despite being a man short the major threat of another goal was still coming from Glan and they went four up on 70 minutes as Craig Roberts headed home a Dylan Williams' cross (pictured above). Anthony Hughes was only robbed of a second after going around the keeper by a great rescuing tackle from Lee Fletcher then substitute Chris Roberts found himself in uncharted territory and in danger of suffering a nosebleed with five minutes left as he received the ball on the edge of the goal area only to shoot well over then Trystan Godfrey fired too high for Pwllheli. Ryan Davies almost scored a memorable goal with time almost up as he drove past defenders in a fifty yard run only for Jack to rob him at the last and in the final action of the game Jack again did well to save after a fine effort from Gareth Davies. Final score: Glantraeth 4 Pwllheli 0. (Pictures Aled Jones)

CHRIS TO STAY IN CHARGE
(27/02/13) Manager Chris Roberts has been given a vote of confidence by chairman Gareth Evans and his management committee who have confirmed Chris will continue as manager of Glantraeth next season. Gareth said: "There are always mischievous rumours circulating in local football but we are delighted with the job Chris is doing, we believe we have the best young manager in North Wales' football and that has been proved by the number of times he has been approached to take charge elsewhere. In time we believe he might well move to a higher level but at present Glantraeth is the perfect club for him where he gets tremendous support from the committee."

STANDING ROOM ONLY
(27/02/13) With the seats now removed from the stand ready for the installing of new tip-up seats the main stand might be out of bounds next Saturday when Pwllheli are the visitors to Glantraeth. Kick-off is 2.30 pm and the match referee is Hugh Jones. Let's hope we don't come up against a keeper like Llanrwst's Andy Rooney this week! We always new this season would be a big challenge but no-one could have foreseen just how frustrating it would be. If we were losing games because we were poor then there would be real cause for concern but that is not the case. We are playing well enough but results at present are just not always going our way, last Saturday being typical as we should have won with something to spare. I virtually could have copied and pasted a previous report and just changed the names. If we don't play well I will say so. For example we were terrible at Llanberis and at home to Junction, we were appalling at Holywell and we badly lost our way in the second half at Llanrug but otherwise I can't think of too many other games where our performance merited too much criticism. Chris has the team going in the right direction so we need to keep the faith and if we continue to play like in our last couple of games our fortunes will surely change. (SS)

NEW FIXTURE
(24/02/13) Glantraeth are at home to Denbigh Town in a league fixture on Saturday 16th March.

TWO SHARE £1,500 JACKPOT
(23/02/13) There were two winners in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw, Wilma Jones of Rhostrehwfa and Mon Roberts of Malltraeth each winning £750. The winning numbers were 2, 4 & 7. The next draw takes place in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 9th March at approximately 9.00 pm.

"WE DID EVERYTHING BUT SCORE"
(23/02/13) Reports of Glantraeth games are getting so repetitive they are almost embarrassing as yet again they went down to defeat after dominating for so much of the ninety minutes. Their interest in cup competitions is now over for another season as they lost 2-0 at Llanrwst in the Mawddach Cup. Glantraeth chairman Gareth Evans' could hardly hide his frustration come the final whistle but could not fault the team for their effort and commitment saying 'we did everything but score' and it was only a truly inspired second half display by home keeper Andy Rooney that saved Llanrwst from a heavy defeat. The first half was completely dominated by Glantraeth with keeper Kieran Williams a mere spectator although the home keeper was only seriously troubled once on 43 minutes as he went full length to pull off a brilliant save from James Saxon. It was a different story after the break as Glan really began to threaten with Anthony Hughes looking like opening the scoring within 15 seconds of the restart with a shot that seemed destined for the top corner only for Rooney to pull off a spectacular flying save. Three minutes later Saxon let fly only to see the ball come back off the crossbar. On 50 minutes Llanrwst went close for the first time in the game as Kieran Williams was forced into a fine save from Aaron Jones. Paul Tilbury shot wide for the visitors then Rooney pulled off a tremendous double save from first Craig Roberts then Ian Pleming. Although Llanrwst were more of a threat this half it was still very much against the run of play when they took the lead on 63 minutes as a long ball in from the right was headed home by substitute Grufudd Ap Gwyndaf. It signalled an onslaught from Glantraeth, Kieren Jeffreys striding forward and firing just over then a cross from Pleming found Saxon unmarked at the far post but he could not steer the ball home with the goal gaping. Only a last ditch tackle robbed Pleming as he prepared to shoot as the visitors desperately pushed for an equaliser and whenever they did get a shot on target Rooney was proving almost unbeatable. With two minutes left Glantraeth's frustrating afternoon was complete as the bobbly pitch led to a mistake in defence and Mathew Mullender was able to run on and easily score. Final score: Llanrwst United 2 Glantraeth 0.

FACEBOOK LINK ADDED
(22/02/13) A link to Glantraeth's Facebook page has been added to the right hand column.

LOOKING READY FOR ACTION
(19/02/13) The pitch was looking superb this afternoon after great work by our volunteer ground staff. The penalty area at the canteen end remains something of a problem and immediately the season ends work will commence on putting in new drainage channels.

LAST CHANCE OF CUP SUCCESS
(17/02/13) Next Saturday we travel to Llanrwst United for what is our last remaining opportunity to enjoy some cup success this season. The winners of this third round Mawddach Challenge Cup game will be away to Llanberis or Barmouth & Dyffryn United in the next round. Llanrwst went close at Holywell Town yesterday, only losing 4-3 through two goals in the final ten minutes, an effort that we more than most can appreciate! Our away record this season has been poor, whether playing in red or blue, and is well overdue an improvement. There is a coach going to the game leaving Malltraeth at 11.15 am, picking up at Asda, Llangefni 11.35 am and One Stop, Llandegai 12.00 noon. Kick off is 2.00 pm and the match referee is Peter Kewley. We will be in our blue kit.

STILL IN SIXTH PLACE
(16/02/13) Most of the clubs below us failed to get maximum points today so we remain in sixth place. Perhaps the shock result of the day was Llanrug United overrunning Bodedern by seven goals to nil. Gwalchmai were held to a 3-3 draw by Barmouth despite two goals from new signing Marc Evans. Only two late goals saw next week's opponents Llanrwst United go down 4-3 at Holywell Town. Pwllheli ran out comfortable 4-0 winners at bottom club Llangefni Town.

DYLAN CLEARED TO PLAY
(14/02/13) International clearance has now come through from the United States and new signing Dylan Williams is now clear to play for Glantraeth.

GRANT BID SUCCESSFUL
(14/02/13) Our bid for grant aid to replace seats in the main stand and carry out other improvements has been successful. It is expected the work will be completed in about eight weeks time.

MARCH FIXTURES OUT
(12/02/13) We will be at home to Pwllheli on the first Saturday of next month and away to Glan Conwy the following week. On March 16 it is the next round of the Mawddach Challenge Cup and fixtures will be published after cup games have been played. Gwalchmai are the visitors on Saturday March 23 then we have a double header with Llangefni Town over the Easter weekend, away on the Saturday and home on the Monday. Fixtures page has been updated.

ALL QUIET AT GLANTRAETH
(11/02/13) With no game at the weekend and none next Saturday it's all quiet at Glantraeth with very little news to report, certainly nothing worth singing about. We understand the meeting to allocate grant money to Welsh Alliance clubs for ground improvements was held last Friday so we expect to hear if our application has been successful or not this week. We also expect to get international clearance for Dylan Williams before the end of the week after the English FA confirmed his registration was transferred to the USA in April 2009.

JACKPOT UP TO £1,500
(09/02/13) There was no winner in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw so the Jackpot will be £1,500 at the next draw on Saturday 23rd February in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth. Winning numbers were 3, 18 & 19.

ONE GAME SURVIVES
(09/02/13) Only one game played in Division One today with Llanrwst United beating Llanrug United by four goals to two. Holywell Town and Caernarfon Town both progressed to the semi-finals of the FAW Trophy.

GAME OFF
(09/02/13) Today's game at Pwllheli has been called off because of a waterlogged pitch.

NO GAME NEXT WEEK
(08/02/13) The league fixture secretary has confirmed that we will definitely not have a fixture on Saturday 16 February.

£1,000 JACKPOT THIS WEEKEND
(07/02/13) There is a £1,000 Rollover Jackpot in Glantraeth's 3 Number Lotto draw this coming Saturday. The draw takes place in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth at approximately 9.00 pm.

PHONE-IN WITH SCOTT
(06/02/13) I received a phone call this evening from Scott Morrisey (pictured) who has been head soccer coach at the University of Rio Grande in Ohio for 23 years. Scott kindly phoned to clarify the situation regarding new signing Dylan Williams and he was able to confirm that his registration is held by US Soccer in Chicago. We were concerned that in playing college football in the USA international clearance might not have been required from his time playing with Shrewsbury Town. An international clearance request has been sent to the FAW but we do not expect Dylan to be cleared in time to play this weekend but are hopeful that clearance will come through next week. Scott was also complimentary about other players he has had at the University from Anglesey including Steve Kehoe and Jason Harvey. (SS)

PWLLHELI NEXT BIG CHALLENGE
(04/02/13) Next Saturday becomes another test of character after the weekend cup defeat. This will be our first meeting of the season with Pwllheli who are one of many clubs below us who can overtake us if they win their games in hand. It really is time for us to start making the quality in the squad count results wise. I am getting fed up writing about how well we played but didn't win. Anyone who doesn't know me might even think I was biased. Pwllheli are not going too great themselves at present and we need a really ruthless, clinical performance this weekend to ensure no feelings of what might have been come the final whistle. Note that league games now kick-off at 2.30 pm. There will be a coach going to the game leaving Malltraeth 11.30 am. Main pick up points Asda, Llangefni 11.50 am; Tesco, Bangor 12.10 pm. Referee is Colin Dukes of Penrhyndeudraeth. (SS)

CHRIS EVANS TO REJOIN LLANERCHYMEDD
(04/02/13) Manager Chris Roberts has agreed to release Chris Evans so he can rejoin Gwynedd League side Llanerchymedd. Chris has been unable to train midweek because of work commitments and has decided he wants to play regularly with his local club. Having returned his club tracksuit and polo shirt we have waived the seven day's notice so he is free to play next weekend.

ONE FRUSTRATING SEASON
(03/02/13) Watching Glantraeth games this season has often seemed a bit like watching the movie Groundhog Day. You feel like you've seen it all before. So many games we should have won but didn't after controlling play for long periods. Saying we should have won is not the same as saying we deserved to win as too often we have not made the opposition pay when we have been the better side. Saturday was just another example and while you could not fail to admire Bodedern's battling qualities this was a game that should have been settled well before that late equaliser. Manager Chris Roberts gave the players a tough time in the changing room at the end but personally I couldn't really fault our performance over ninety minutes. Sure we should have been more than one ahead but it was only a piece of individual brilliance at the death that prevented us gaining what would have been a fully deserved place in the semi-finals. We have not done well in cup competitions but the success or otherwise of the season will mainly be judged on our final league position and we have the chance to quickly change the mood at Pwllheli next Saturday. (SS)

NO EXCUSES FOR GLANTRAETH
(02/02/13) With the game going into a 94th minute Glantraeth looked to have secured a place in the semi-finals of the Cookson Cup only for a brilliant individual goal by Gareth Wyn Roberts to rescue the home side. Glantraeth can have no excuses, they should have had the game comfortably won over the ninety minutes but lifted by that late equaliser it was Boded who proved the better side in extra-time to go on and win 2-1. The opening forty-five minutes saw Glantraeth in almost total control with Boded under constant pressure. Bart Slezok headed over after 8 minutes, Craig Roberts volleyed too high eight minutes later then Paul Tilbury and Ian Pleming were inches away from converting a Kieren Jeffreys' cross as the home side were forced on the defensive. Tilbury blasted over from a great position on 26 minutes then Ian Pleming's volley was off target and it was almost too easy for the visitors but they still had nothing to show for their dominance. Craig Roberts headed a Pleming cross just wide then James Saxon drove the ball right across the face of goal with nobody applying the finishing touch. After absorbing all this pressure Boded should have stole the lead on 39 minutes as Iwan Jones created a clear shooting opportunity for Steve Mason but his shot went well wide. Two minutes before the break Glantraeth were unlucky not to score as a deflected shot from Kieren Jeffreys came back off the crossbar. There were fewer scoring chances after the break with the home side coming more into the game but the visitors did take the lead on the hour mark as Paul Tilbury rose to powerfully head home a corner from James Saxon. The home side were refusing to lie down and keeper Liam Shanahan did well to save from Iwan Jones on 73 minutes then Glantraeth twice went close through Gareth Davies and Bart Slezok. As the game entered it's final stages Bodedern had little option but to push forward in search of an equaliser and it came deep in added time and with virtually the last kick of the ninety minutes as Gareth Wyn Roberts cut in from the left and curled the ball brilliantly into the top corner giving Shanahan no chance. The goal lifted the home side who looked the hungrier for a win in added time, the decider coming in the 110th minute as substitute Rhys Williams was left with a simple tap-in after Gareth Wyn Roberts had headed a left wing cross back across goal. Bodedern were ecstatic at the final whistle while Glantraeth were left to reflect just how they did not win in normal time. Final score: Bodedern Athletic 2 Glantraeth 1

JUNCTION SHOCK LEADERS
(02/02/13) Two weeks ago I wrote on here after their performance against Glantraeth that Llandudno Junction looked too good to finish bottom despite their current precarious position and last night they went some way to proving me right as they pulled off a shock 3-2 win at leaders Denbigh Town to leapfrog Llangefni Town. To complete a good night for second placed Caernarfon Town they overcame Llanrwst United 2-0 at the Oval to progress in the Cookson Cup. (SS)

DYLAN SIGNS ON
(01/02/13) Glantraeth have signed 24 year old midfield player Dylan Williams. Dylan was with Shrewsbury Town's youth team and has also been at Wolverhampton Wanderers and Crewe Alexandra. More recently he has been playing for RedStorm the soccer team of the University of Rio Grande in Ohio, USA. We are currently awaiting international clearance.

MATTY MOVES TO BANGOR
(30/01/13) Manager Chris Roberts has released 19 year old defender Mathew Lock to join Bangor City. Mathew is an outstanding young talent and although he is likely to be playing in the reserves at Nantporth it is a great opportunity to shine at one of the biggest clubs in North Wales. It is disappointing to lose a player of his quality but not having always been available recently has made it difficult for him to hold down a regular place in the team. Mathew will always be welcome back at Glantraeth and we wish him well at Bangor.

FIRST FRIENDLY ARRANGED !!
(29/01/13) It's early days yet but we have already pencilled in our first 2013-14 pre-season friendly for Saturday July 20th when North West Counties Football League side Atherton Collieries will be the visitors to Glantraeth. When at Burscough they were a club that we regularly met and their secretary at that time, Emil Anderson, is still in that position at the club. Eventually at Burscough we moved on to higher leagues but those days in the NWCFL remain some of my happiest times in football. Situated between Wigan and Manchester Colls have a long and distinguished history having been founded in 1916 by miners from the local pits. They play at Alder Street and currently lie fourth in NWCFL Division One and are still in with an excellent chance of promotion. Eight places below are Northwich Villa who we beat 5-2 here at Glantraeth last July. (SS)

AIMING FOR SEMI-FINALS
(28/01/13) Next Saturday we are at Bodedern Athletic aiming for a place in the semi-finals of the Cookson Cup. The winners will be at home to Holywell Town or Gwalchmai. Realistically our only chance of honours this season is in the two league cup competitions for which we are eligible, the Mawddach Challenge Cup being the other one. We have never won the Cookson Cup although we were beaten finalists ten years ago. Once again it was frustrating to not play on Saturday with a large area of the pitch waterlogged due to the melting snow then the heavy rain the night before. Certainly improving the drainage in some areas will be a priority at the end of the season although the kind of weather we have experienced of late has even put some Premier League grounds to the test. Referee next Saturday is Hugh Jones, the game kicks off at 2.00 pm and will be played to a finish.

TODAY'S GAMES
(26/01/13) Division One results:
Bodedern Athletic 0 Denbigh Town 1
Llangefni Town 1 Glan Conwy 4
Llanrwst United 1 Nefyn United 1
Pwllheli 0 Caernarfon Town 5
Other games were postponed.

GAME OFF
(26/01/13) Today's game has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

WEEKEND ARRANGEMENTS
(23/01/13) At present there is about six inches of snow on the pitch and despite the best efforts of a working party of management and players to try and clear the snow last night there is just too much to make any real impression. At present the prospect of Saturday's game at home to Llanberis going ahead looks remote although slightly higher temperatures are forecast for Friday. We will look at the pitch again on Friday afternoon. Manager Chris Roberts has used his initiative and come up with a plan B so if the game with Llanberis is off and Gaerwen's game is off we will play Gaerwen on Saturday on the all weather pitch at Maes G with a 4.00 pm kick-off.

GROUND IMPROVEMENT ?
(20/01/13) Glantraeth have applied for grant aid to Welsh Ground Improvements to install new seats in their main stand. "The present seats were acquired twenty years ago from the ferry terminal at Holyhead," said club secretary Stan Strickland. "They are not ideal for external use as they get a coating of green mould and combined with their matte finish they are almost impossible to keep clean for spectators. Subject to a successful grant application we will install tip-up polypropylene seats as used in stadiums all around the UK which are far more suitable and so much easier to maintain in good condition. It’s impressed me that two of the major seat suppliers in the country have been on site visits to Glantraeth to measure up and advise us and when you consider their most lucrative business is supplying and installing tens of thousands of seats at places like Murrayfield and Old Trafford and even baseball stadiums in the USA it does say much that they are prepared visit a small club like ourselves and offer their expertise."

HOME TO LLANBERIS
(19/01/13) The league have rearranged games for next Saturday and we will now be at home to Llanberis in a league fixture.

GAME OFF !!
(18/01/13) Because of six inches of snow now on pitch and travel problems reported in Gwynedd affecting Pwllheli the league secretary has instructed us that we should call tomorrow's game off this afternoon.

GLANTRAETH FINED
(17/01/13) Glantraeth have been fined £150 - £50 of which is suspended - by The FA of Wales for bringing the game into disrepute following comments about a match official on the website after our game at Nefyn United on Saturday 17th November last year. The club never had any intention of contesting such a charge so accept the decision of the Disciplinary Panel and there will be no appeal.

JAMES SAXON BACK AT GLANTRAETH
(16/01/13) Midfielder James Saxon has rejoined Glantraeth from Gwalchmai. After two successful seasons at Glantraeth James moved to the Maes Meurig club in the summer but has now decided to return so his number 18 shirt will have to come out of cold storage! Many thanks to Gwalchmai FC for waiving the seven day's notice.

SHORT TERM AIM
(14/01/13) With seventeen games played our immediate aim must now be to equalise out the games won and lost, at present we are three in deficit, but it is a target that is well within our capability. Then we can see where that takes us. There were some worrying moments on Saturday and I would be lying if I said my head didn’t drop when we went 2-1 down with a half-hour left to play. Losing would have been hard to take. Fortunately the players didn’t let their heads drop and reacted in the best possible way to take the game by the scruff of the neck and end up relatively comfortable winners. Credit to Junction though and if they continue to play like that I can’t see them finishing bottom. Chops’ hat-trick was good reward for his efforts and if he’s still not fully fit heaven help the opposition when he is! The first was one our best of the season both in terms of build up and that tremendous finish. Craig Roberts also weighed in with two and bringing back memories of glory days of the past. Pwllheli are the visitors next Saturday and it is a game we can win if we play at our best but we know for sure it won’t be easy. Striker Gareth Davies (pictured) is again available after suspension. Kick-off is 2.00 pm and the match referee is Robin Williams of Pwllheli! Assistants are Matt Woodward and Aled Williams (so watch your kicking Kieran!). (SS)

TEEJAC ON FACEBOOK
(14/01/13) Our kit suppliers Teejac Sports based in Pentir near Bangor now have a Facebook site that includes football and rugby news from all over North Wales so it is a great source of information. I know Dan and Huw at Teejac well and they run a business that this part of Wales should be proud of and are now expanding even into Africa with a contract with the Zambian Rugby Football Union to supply the kit for the national side and all the first division clubs. They tell me they have contacts there that will be happy to pass on any obsolete kits that clubs might wish to see go to a good cause. Huw also runs an office in Manchester as they expand around the UK and it is not hard to see why as the prices and services they offer are second to none. Some of the designs they are currently producing for rugby clubs in particular are spectacular although they obviously cost more than a standard kit. Their Facebook page can be accessed here

FIVE SHARE £2,000
(12/01/13) There were five winners in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw for the £2,000 Rollover Jackpot so each will receive £400. Winners were: Tommy of Pendreg, Gwalchmai; R.A.Jones; Bryn of Morawelon, Malltraeth; Carol of Llangefni & John Hughes of Penrhyn Parys, Mynydd Parys. The winning numbers were 2, 12 & 20. The next draw takes place in The Royal Oak, Malltraeth on Saturday 26 January.

A HAT-TRICK FOR CHOPS BUT...
GLAN MADE TO WORK FOR 3 POINTS
(12/01/13) Junction looked anything but a bottom of the league side as they pushed Glantraeth all the way before the visitor's quality proved decisive in the last half hour as they ran out 5-2 winners. The home side started the stronger with Ricky Jones shooting just wide after five minutes. Ian Pleming came close to creating a goal for the Anglesey visitors six minutes later as his cross passed right across the face of goal with no-one to apply the finishing touch. On 32 minutes Glantraeth should have taken the lead after Pleming was brought down in the box only for keeper Paul Davies to pull off a fine save from Craig Roberts'' spot kick. Davies was again in action as he twice saved from Aaron Richmond and with the home goal coming increasingly under threat Glantraeth at last went ahead on the stroke of half-time with a superb goal, the ball being passed the full length of the field for Richmond to lay a pass off for Pleming to hit a screamer from the edge of the area that was a goal from the moment it left his foot. The opening fifteen minutes of the second period saw the game change dramatically as Junction got one back through a fine strike by Joel Hewitt on 53 minutes and three minutes later were awarded a penalty following a trip and the same player made no mistake from the spot. Glantraeth were now at what could have been a defining moment of their season but they replied in the best possible way to score twice in a minute to go back in front. A great pass from Kieren Jeffreys was laid off perfectly by Chris Evans for Pleming to score his second of the afternoon and following good work from Pleming and Steve Jones Craig Roberts was able to cut on from the right and rifle the ball past Davies. Luke Williams was narrowly wide and the home keeper pulled off a fine save from Jeffreys as Glantraeth looked to put the game to bed and it was pretty well all over on 76 minutes as Craig Roberts rose to head home a Steve Jones' corner kick. Pleming completed a well deserved hat-trick on 88 minutes as he converted a cross from Craig Roberts. Final score: Llandudno Junction 2 Glantraeth 5.

CUP DRAWS
(11/01/13) In the third round of the Mawddach Challenge Cup the winners of Llanrwst United v Glantraeth will be away to Barmouth & Dyffryn United or Llanberis. In the semi-finals of the Cookson Cup Bodedern Athletic or Glantraeth will be at home to Holywell Town or Gwalchmai.

£2,000 JACKPOT UP FOR GRABS
(08/01/13) Next Saturday there is a massive £2,000 Rollover Jackpot as the prize in Glantraeth's 3 Number Lotto draw that will take place in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth at 9.00 pm so make sure you are in the draw. Tickets at £1 each can be obtained at next Saturday's game at Llandudno Junction or in the village stores in Malltraeth and Aberffraw as well as the Royal Oak and Joiners Arms. There can be few other clubs in North Wales that generate lottery prizes on this scale and it's all down to the superb organisation and hard graft of our committee and helpers.

FEBRUARY FIXTURES OUT
(08/01/13) On the first Saturday of February we will be away to Bodedern Athletic in the second round of the Lock Stock Self Storage Cookson Cup and the following Saturday we will travel to face Pwllheli in a league fixture. At present we have no fixture scheduled for Saturday 16th February but the league warn that this could change as fixtures may be rearranged. On the final Saturday of February we are at Llanrwst United in the Mawddach Challenge Cup 2nd Round. Fixtures page has been updated.

NO HIDING FROM PRESSURE
(07/01/13) Next Saturday we travel to face bottom club Llandudno Junction and there is no escaping the pressure we are now under to start stringing a run of good results together. Although we've already played 16 of our 28 league games with the squad we now have there is no reason why we cannot target a top six finish but for that to happen we need to play to our full potential whatever the opposition and having lost at home to Junction we can take nothing for granted. Over the past couple of months we have met three of the top four clubs and never been second best in any of those games so we have proved that on our day we are more than capable of beating any side in this division. The good news on Saturday was the return of Kevin Roberts and Liam Shanahan with Jamie Roberts now not too far from full fitness. Bart Slezok should be available again after returning from Poland while Gareth Davies has one game of his suspension still to serve. Kick-off at the Flyover Ground is 2.00 pm and the referee is Peter Owen. We will be in our red kit.

LATE GOALS GO HOLYWELL'S WAY
(05/01/13) Two goals in the final seven minutes gave title contenders Holywell Town a 3-1 win at Glantraeth this afternoon, poor reward for the home side who had played a full part in an epic tussle that could have gone either way. After a quiet opening the game sprung to life just past the quarter-hour mark as Town keeper Danny Stanton twice saved his side, making good saves from Steve Jones then Ian Pleming within the space of a minute. Holywell replied as Steve Thomas and Barry Calder both had shots off target. Steve Jones just failed to make contact with a good Ryan Davies cross as Glantraeth continued to play well despite facing a strong wind and as the game swung from end to end home keeper Kieran Williams pulled off a fine flying save from Calder. There was little to choose between the two sides showing just how far Glantraeth have come since previous meetings and Stanton did well to prevent Ian Pleming giving the home side the lead five minutes before the break. With time almost up Graeme Williams opened the scoring for the visitors as he let fly from 30 yards to give Williams in the home goal no chance. Glantraeth pounded the Holywell goal at the start of the second half with first Luke Williams then Craig Roberts firing over and a deserved leveller came on 53 minutes as Paul Tilbury headed home a Luke Williams' free kick and a minute later a tremendous free kick from Pleming struck a post. At this stage there only looked one winner but the visitors gradually weathered the storm and worked their way into the game and now it began to look that the next goal would prove the winner. Pleming was giving the visitor's defence a real workout and he twice went close while the impressive Steve Thomas, playing well below his level in the Welsh Alliance, threatened for the visitors at the opposite end. With seven minutes remaining a great piece of skill from Thomas provided the opportunity for substitute Tom Carney to score with a low shot just inside a post. It was rough justice on Glantraeth and things were made worse in the 94th minute as Holywell broke for Marc Gunther to score a third for his side.

NO PLANS FOR INSPECTION
(04/01/13) Although the pitch is still very heavy in places and will cut up it is playable and there are no plans for a pitch inspection tomorrow.

TRAINING NOW WEDNESDAYS
(04/01/13) Commencing next week training will now be on a Wednesday evening at Plas Arthur between 6 & 7 pm.

MUCH TO MAKE UP FOR
(03/01/13) Our two games with Holywell Town have seen us concede eleven and score none. It is without doubt our most embarrassing statistic of the season with the 7-0 loss at Halkyn Road last September being one of our worst defeats on record. We have already shown against Barmouth and Caernarfon that we are more than capable of competing with the top teams on our day and we have much to prove on Saturday after the previous meetings. Not long ago we were struggling to put out eleven fit players but with new signings and players coming back from injury there is every reason to be optimistic about the remainder of the season. Teams below us may have games in hand but as chairman Gareth Evans says: ‘We’ve got the points, they haven’t.’ Kick-off on Saturday is 2.00 pm and the match referee is Allan Rowlands assisted by Ceri Pritchard and Aled Williams.

GOOD NEWS ON
INJURY FRONT
(02/01/13) Some early good news for the New Year is that midfielder Jamie Roberts (pictured) resumes training tonight after fracturing his foot in a freak accident while running back in August. Also returning to training following injury are Liam Shanahan and Kevin Roberts.

FRUSTRATION
(31/12/12) I seem to spend more time studying weather reports rather than reading about football at present looking for some sign that this rain will ever stop. Each week we live in hope that there might be a game then it throws it down again Friday and Saturday morning and we have another blank weekend and I send off another email to the FAW telling them that Gareth Davies' suspension has been put back another 7 days, the highlight of my week! It is frustrating for managers, club officials and supporters but most of all for players. At least with a big freeze we all know where we stand but this kind of weather does your head in as games can be in doubt every week until a few hours before kick-off. At Glantraeth we are more fortunate than most as we are well on schedule with our league games but it doesn't make it any less frustrating. If this is the kind of weather that we can expect in future then serious consideration might have to be given to a winter break or even summer football. At least this week there is some drier weather forecast for the New Year so we live in hope that our home game with Holywell Town next Saturday will go ahead. Chairman Gareth Evans went on the ground yesterday and said it was playable but after overnight rain it was very heavy in the near penalty area and borderline again when I looked this morning. A few dry days will work wonders and there will be no lack of effort to try and get a game played next weekend. A Happy New Year to everyone. (SS)
Note: The picture above is not of our mud!

ONE GAME SURVIVES
(29/12/12) Only one game played today in Welsh Alliance One at Llanberis, the local derby with Llanrug United ending 2-2 in front of crowd of 550.

GAME OFF AGAIN
(29/12/12) Llangefni Town have phoned up to say that following a referee's pitch inspection today's game is off.

JACKPOT NOW £2,000 !!!
(22/12/12) There was no winner in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw so the Rollover Jackpot on Saturday 12th January in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth will be a massive £2,000. The winning numbers were 7, 15 & 18.

GAME OFF
(22/12/12) Today's game is off due to a waterlogged pitch.

AFTER NINE YEARS RYAN RETURNS TO GLANTRAETH
(19/12/12) Glantraeth have pulled off something of a coup by signing defender Ryan Davies from Porthmadog. Ryan joined Port during the 2003/04 season from Glantraeth and ever since he has been a regular feature in Port’s defence. Appointed club captain in 2006/07 he led by example scoring several vital goals with headers from set pieces and was voted Players’ Player of the Year for 2006/07. Now 33 Ryan has played over 150 games for Porthmadog in the Welsh Premier League and is the brother of Bangor City’s Les Davies who also moved up to the WPL from Glantraeth. We welcome Ryan back to the club.

WE'RE DOING OK
(17/12/12) We finish off 2012 with two short away trips, next Saturday to Bodedern and Llangefni on December 29th. It’s a pity that two blank weekends have seen us unable to carry on from where we left off against Caernarfon but there is a feeling that we are now coming to terms with this Division after what has been a sharp learning curve in many ways. Three wins from our opening four games of the season may well have lulled us into a false sense of security that the season would not be as tough as anticipated but reality certainly kicked in after we were hammered 7-0 at Holywell in September and confidence was hardly helped by early exits from the two national cup competitions. We have had a big turnover of players this season as we have tried to adjust to back-to-back promotions from the Gwynedd League and since manager Chris Roberts took sole charge he has concentrated on streamlining the squad with players who are fully committed and proving they can really hack it at this level. We are not in a bad position at fifth and it could have been so much better if results had always matched performances over the past few weeks. Taken overall it's been another good year for Glantraeth. Referee next Saturday is J.B.Owen of Conwy.

GAME OFF
(15/12/12) We've just had word from Glan Conwy secretary Barry Thomas that today's game is off due to a waterlogged pitch.

ANOTHER TIGHT GAME IN PROSPECT
(11/12/12) It was disappointing to lose last weekend’s game so let’s hope we will be back in action next Saturday when we are due to travel to face Glan Conwy. We won there in the Cookson Cup by four goals to three but it was a tight game that could have gone either way and anything you get at Cae Ffwt you have to work for. They thumped Bodedern 4-0 last Saturday so will not be short of confidence while our aim must be to consolidate and possibly improve on our fifth position by putting together a run of good results. Kick-off is 2.00 pm and the match referee is Mike Gillham.

XMAS JACKPOT UP TO £1,500 !!!
(08/12/12) There was no winner in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw so the Rollover Jackpot on Saturday 22nd December in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth will be £1,500. The winning numbers were 3, 8 & 16.

GAME OFF
(08/12/12) Today's game has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

MORE OF THE SAME
(06/12/12) Llanberis are the visitors on Saturday and it is important that we do not drop our standards from last weekend. The result against Caernarfon wasn’t a fluke, we were the better side over ninety minutes, and to be honest a good result like that has been coming for a while. We need a repeat or even better performance this week. We were poor at Llanberis back in August and deservedly lost so we owe them one. The squad is now looking stronger than it has done all season with the recent signings of Craig Roberts and now Aaron Richmond and although Gareth Davies will miss the game due to suspension we should have a squad that is more than capable of winning the game if we play to our full potential. Kick-off is 2.00 pm and the match referee is Gareth Hughes of Hawarden assisted by Ceri Pritchard and Ally Clipham.

CAPTAIN BY EXAMPLE
(05/12/12) Playing his 72nd game for Glantraeth on Saturday it was perhaps fitting that Anthony Hughes scored the winning goal. Currently captain of Glantraeth Ant is a classic example of the kind of player we want at the club, always giving one hundred per cent and like all good players able to play almost anywhere on the pitch. He won the 2011-2012 Player’s Player of the Year award by a landslide after an outstanding season that saw him set a new club record by scoring in twelve successive games. He is pictured during last Saturday’s game with Caernarfon’s Ywain Gwynedd. (Picture by Richard Birch).

CHRIS ADDS TO HIS PLAYING SQUAD
(04/12/12) Glantraeth manager Chris Roberts has today signed 21 year old Aaron Richmond from Porthmadog. A pacy wide player Aaron has also played for Llangefni Town, Llanfairpwll and Bethesda Athletic and has also been on Bangor City's books. We welcome him to Glantraeth.

WELL WORTH THE EFFORT
(02/12/12) With the pitch inspection yesterday morning expected to be something of a formality the decision to go ahead with the game after a lengthy inspection and consultation with the groundsman took us by surprise and generated a certain amount of panic with programmes having to be printed, food prepared for during and after the match and the pitch got ready as well as was possible considering the conditions. It all proved worthwhile as the players provided the perfect response with as good an all round performance as we have put in this season to beat a side of Caernarfon's calibre. Chris Roberts has not had a lot of luck since taking over as manager despite the team playing so well at times and his delight and that of his management staff at the final whistle showed just how much the win meant to them. As a Caernarfon lad Chops was over the moon as they say and looking forward to Saturday night in the social club at the Oval which is his local! He still reckons he is a month away from full fitness but he proved a handful yesterday. It was quite like old times in the Joiners after the game with so many of the 2006 Glantraeth side present. Pictured are Craig Roberts, Chicken, Lee Dixon, Warren Gibbs and Nigel Barry, all great lads. We really wanted the game to go ahead as for the first time in recent weeks we had something approaching a full strength squad available and if we can keep reasonably clear of injuries and suspensions I feel certain there will be more days like yesterday to come. (SS)
** January's fixtures have now been added to the fixture's page.

ANTHONY HUGHES STRIKES 75th MINUTE WINNER AS....
LEAGUE LEADERS ARE BEATEN
(01/12/12) Too often recently Glantraeth have not got the rewards their performance merited but today it all came right as they deservedly beat the previously unbeaten league leaders through an Anthony Hughes’ goal fifteen minutes from time. Dominant in the opening half and resilient in the second would just about sum up an outstanding team display from the home side in which every player gave their all on a very heavy pitch. It was the Anglesey side who opened strongest putting pressure on the Caernarfon Town defence who did well to hold out against a succession of corner kicks swung in from the left and right. Gareth Davies had a shot blocked on 14 minutes although claims for hand ball were waved away by referee Mike Gillham. A great ball in from Ian Pleming on 23 minutes found Gareth Davies in space at the far post but his left foot volley flew wide and it was Davies again who threatened three minutes later as keeper Paul Pritchard did well to save with his feet. Pritchard again made a fine save ten minutes before the break following a free kick taken by Chris Evans then Moses Barnett cleared a Craig Roberts’ header off the line and at this stage the visitors were fortunate to be level. With time almost up in the first period Caernarfon at last made some inroads into the home defence with keeper Kieran Williams having to be alert to save from Darren Gowans. Caernarfon stepped up the pace after the interval and it was now Glantraeth’s turn to defend, Kevin Lloyd firing in a shot that was easily saved By Kieran Williams. On the hour mark Williams produced the save of the game as Ywain Gwynedd let fly from 20 yards out with a shot that looked destined for the top corner only for the home keeper to make a flying save to his left to palm the ball away. Glantraeth had worked their way back into the game with Anthony Hughes having a shot deflected over after some superb battling by Pleming and from the corner Bart Slezok got in a shot that was a couple of feet too high. The game was now evenly balanced with Darren Gowans shooting wide for the visitors but it was the Bodorgan side who began to look the most likely scorers with Pleming twice going close, the second time as a defence splitting pass from Craig Roberts put him clear with only Pritchard to beat but his left foot shot passed harmlessly wide. Glantraeth got the goal their overall performance deserved as the game entered the final quarter-hour as Pleming flicked on a long ball from Paul Tilbury and Anthony Hughes ran on to coolly stroke the ball past Pritchard to provoke wild scenes of celebration. With so many recent games lost after being ahead in the later stages it was a nervy end to the game for the home side but boosted by some commanding performances in defence Glantraeth held out for a tremendous three points against a side who still remain the title favourites. Final score: Glantraeth 1 Caernarfon Town 0. (Pictures by Aled Jones)

GAME ON !!
(01/12/12) After a lengthy pitch inspection and although it is still bad in places the pitch has been declared playable and today's game at home to Caernarfon Town is on, kick-off 2.00 pm.

CRAIG ROBERTS SIGNS ON FROM PORT
(30/11/12) 29 year old striker/midfielder Craig Roberts has re-signed for Glantraeth from Porthmadog. Craig was another member of the squad along with Darren Jones and Kev Roberts that won the Cymru Alliance League and Cup Double in 2006 and in fact scored the two goals at Buckley that all but sealed the League Championship (pictured scoring above). Craig also played in the Welsh Premier League for Bangor City and won Welsh Alliance honours at Bethesda Athletic under manager Chris O’Neal. We welcome Craig back to the club.

ALMOST A REUNION
(29/11/12) With Lee Dixon, Warren Gibbs and Nigel Barry amongst the management staff at visitors Caernarfon Town and Kevin Roberts and Darren Jones in the home squad Saturday will seem like a reunion of Glantraeth’s Cymru Alliance double winning side of 2006. On recent form that has seen us win only two of our last nine games we will go into the game as massive underdogs against the league leaders. Caernarfon are most people’s favourites for promotion and it is not difficult to see why with the squad they are building as they look to recapture former glories. Kick-off is 2.00 pm and the match referee is Mike Gillham of Denbigh assisted by Clwyd Roberts and Philip Messham.
Late news: Glantraeth expect to complete the signing of another former player before tomorrow’s 5 pm deadline.

NO FAULTING COMMITMENT
(26/11/12) Our commitment and effort cannot be faulted over recent games but we are really struggling to pick up points at present. We can’t even blame bad luck on Saturday as we are fortunate to have a keeper available next week with Liam Shanahan injured. The commitment is also showing through in a certain amount of desperation as we are giving away penalties and picking up too many yellow cards that have seen us plummet down the fair play table from eighth to bottom over recent weeks. The fallout from the Nefyn game continues.as Gareth Davies has been charged with using abusive language towards the match official following his dismissal and as the charge will not be disputed it will result in a further two game ban for the player.

JACKPOT UP TO £1,000
(24/11/12) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 8, 9 & 14. There was no winner so the Jackpot increases to £1,000. The next draw takes place in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 8th December at 9.00 pm.

PRESSURE REALLY NOW ON
(24/11/12) A strong second half performance from Llanrug gave them the points but again Glantraeth failed to hold on to a lead after Steve Jones had scored his first goal for the club with just 18 minutes remaining. With the teams below all having games in hand and with the league leaders the visitors next week Glantraeth are now in real danger of being sucked into a relegation dogfight unless they can start stringing some points together. On a pitch that had recovered miraculously from this week’s heavy rain Glantraeth were by far the better side in the opening forty-five minutes and should have been ahead at the break. A good run by Anthony Hughes after just two minutes saw the Glantraeth skipper fire over and then he linked up with Ian Pleming two minutes later to again threaten the home goal. A great move on 11 minutes involving Chris Evans and Hughes saw Pleming head over then Hughes and Evans were again involved on the quarter-hour mark, this time Evans firing over. Glantraeth were well in control and playing some fine football and a tremendous crossfield pass from Kieren Jeffreys led to another shot from Evans that home keeper Neil Perkins did well to save with his feet. Little had been seen of Llanrug as an attacking force but a free kick from Gwion Williams on 28 minutes forced a save from keeper Kieran Williams then the visitors did well to clear during a scramble in their goalmouth. Pleming twice in a minute went close to putting the Anglesey side ahead before Glantraeth got out of jail big style as an under-hit back pass six minutes before the break left Kieran Williams completely exposed and as Rhys Roberts went past him he was clearly brought down by the keeper. It looked a stonewall penalty and it would have meant dismissal for Williams but referee Peter Kewley waved play on and gave hope that Glantraeth’s recent bad luck might be about to change. It was Llanrug’s turn to take charge after the break as they pushed forward with real purpose, Kieran Williams saving well from in quick succession from Carl Griffiths and Gareth Eifion Jones. Kieran Jeffreys hit a tremendous drive from fully 25 yards for Glantraeth on 55 minutes that whistled past a post but on the hour mark it looked certain that Rhys Roberts would put Llanrug ahead only for Darren Jones to brilliantly clear off the line. It was real end-to-end stuff now and a real thriller despite the lack of goals but with 72 minutes gone Steve Jones broke the deadlock to put the visitors ahead as he stroked the ball past Perkins after the ball came in from the left. It was a short- lived lead as Gareth Eifion Jones headed home to level five minutes later and with ten minutes remaining Glantraeth conceded a penalty for the fourth successive game, David Noel Williams converting the spot kick and the same player added another in the final minute. Final score: Llanrug United 3 Glantraeth 1.

GAME ON
(24/11/12) Today's game at Llanrug is on, kick-off 2.00 pm.

LATEST STATE OF PLAY
(23/11/12) I was in Caernarfon at lunchtime today and took the opportunity to have a look at Llanrug's pitch. Although there is no standing water there is no doubt that if the game goes ahead it will be a mudbath, especially in the goalmouths (see picture). Llanrug secretary Dylan Jones has promised to keep us informed of developments and I will immediately update website as soon as anything more is known but we have to be prepared that there is a chance the game might go ahead. If it does we will be starting the game in our blue kit.(SS)

WEATHER LIKELY TO BE WINNER
(22/11/12) Prospects of much football taking place locally this weekend are looking pretty bleak after today’s horrendous downpour but whenever we do resume it is to be hoped we start getting the rewards we deserve from performances like last Saturday. A draw would have been bad enough but to lose was hard to take. Even some of the home players and management expressed their sympathy at the finish though obviously delighted to pick up the three points. Just to correct a couple of things on the league website and in the press regarding the Nefyn game. The home side equalised in the 89th minute not the 84th or 85th minute, I know I had it on the stopwatch, and it more clearly illustrates just how close we did come to winning. Also Gareth Davies did not receive a straight red, he was dismissed for two yellows. This coming Saturday if there is a miraculous change in the weather we travel to face Llanrug United who had a good 2-1 win at Bodedern last Saturday and are always difficult to beat on their own Eithin Duon ground. Kieren Jeffreys is available again after completing his suspension and Matt Devine will hopefully rejoin the squad. Gareth Davies is out through suspension. Match referee is Peter Kewley of Rhyl. (SS)

NEFYN PINCH POINTS AT DEATH
(18/11/12) Glantraeth must wonder just what else can be thrown at them this season after losing this game. Playing for almost an hour with ten men following the dismissal of Gareth Davies they looked to have secured a magnificent and fully deserved three points as the game entered the final minute of normal time only for Nefyn to take advantage of the award of first a penalty and then a free kick in the 92nd minute to score twice and literally pinch the three points with the final action of the game. Glantraeth took the lead after just 90 seconds as Gareth Davies took possession of a great pass from Anthony Hughes to round the keeper and brilliantly fire home from an almost impossible angle. Ian Pleming beat the home keeper on 21 minutes with a ground shot that came back off a post and on 34 minutes Gareth Davies was sent off for a second yellow card. The dismissal motivated the visitors even more and two minutes later they went two ahead as a Steve Jones’ corner kick from the left was headed back into the goalmouth by Bart Slezok where Pleming lobbed the ball up for Paul Tilbury to head home (pictured). Nefyn came out pumped up after the break and scored all too easily from a free kick on 47 minutes as Robat Jones curled the ball around the wall and just inside a post. The game was now a much more even affair but despite being a man down Glantraeth were still making chances that might have sealed victory. With Luke Williams and Bart Slezok superb at the heart of the defence Nefyn were struggling to create clear cut goal chances but just when Glantraeth looked to have held out for the win a penalty was awarded and Caron Williams score from the spot and two minutes into added time a free kick was awarded out on the right and Rhodri Scott headed a winner much to the delight of the home side. Final score: Nefyn United 3 Glantraeth 2.


NEFYN UNITED 3 GLANTRAETH 2
(17/11/12) This was a game that should have been about a commanding performance by Glantraeth playing with ten men for almost an hour and an unlikely fightback by Nefyn who scored in the 89th and 92nd minutes to snatch the points. Instead, and not for the first time, the main talking point was the performance of referee Arwel Jones that will be the subject of a scathing report by this club. In the circumstances it is perhaps advisable to postpone a report of the game until tomorrow.

PLAYERS RETURNING TO ACTION
(15/11/12) Prospects have improved for Saturday with Chris Evans (pictured) in line for a surprise recall to the squad after recovering from injury far quicker than expected. Gethyn Williams and Matty Lock return and Kieren Jeffreys completes his suspension and will be available for the Llanrug game on the 24th. Manager Chris Roberts is also optimistic that Kevin Roberts is only a week away from returning to action. Jamie Roberts who suffered a fracture in training has started physio this week and after the problems we faced last weekend fielding eleven fit players things are definitely picking up. Bryn Roberts has been released to join Holyhead Town.

DOWN THE LLYN TO NEFYN NEXT
(13/11/12) Next Saturday we travel down the Llŷn Peninsular to Nefyn. With so many injuries we are again likely to be stretched for numbers, the latest being Liam Shanahan who suffered medial ligament damage on Saturday. Chris will be looking for another good performance to try and add to the fifteen points already in the bag. Nefyn are going well with a 5-5 draw at Glan Conwy and a 2-1 win at Llangefni over their past two league games so they will not be short of confidence for this one. Match referee is Arwel Jones and we know from past experience that Arwel is pretty strict in applying the exact letter of the law. Nothing wrong with that but we need to be aware ‘cos we can’t afford any more suspensions. Hopefully we might get one or two decisions go our way this week. There is a coach to the game main pick-up points Malltraeth 11.00 am, Asda, Llangefni 11.20 am and Tesco, Bangor 11.45 am. The plan is not to arrive nearly two hours before kick-off as we did at Barmouth!

INJURIES THE ONLY DAMPENER
(11/11/12) Manager Chris Roberts and his assistant Kelvin Evans will have been pleased with the performances the side have put in over the past month, Llandudno Junction apart, as a sign that they are successfully building a side that can do well in this league. It can be a painful process and with Jamie Roberts, Chris Evans and Kevin Roberts out injured and with no immediate return to action in sight, Kieren Jeffreys still having to miss one more game through suspension and Matty Lock away for the weekend the squad was really stretched yesterday. On top of that Gareth Davies wasn’t fully fit to play and Darren Jones went off with a hamstring injury which is a worry but also puts the win into perspective. We defended magnificently when we had to after the break with Luke Williams, Bart Slezok and Paul Tilbury dominant in the air and on the few occasions Boded did break through keeper Kieran Williams continued his impressive start with the club, that’s two penalty saves from two games, the second one proving decisive. With Chops and Gags playing up front together for the first time we carried a real threat every time we pushed forward in the first period and with a bit of luck we could have had three or four by the interval. Chris is clearly looking to have players in his side who are fiercely competitive in the same mould as himself and that has shown through in recent games although just at the moment we could do with one or two more of them! The win took us back into the top half of the table but it is a somewhat false position as all the teams below us have games in hand so there is still plenty of work to do. Quite why Llanrwst are still being shown on the official site with their 12-0 win against Bethesda still included is difficult to understand, surely that has been sorted by now. It's not included in our league table.(SS)
** Aled Jones has just sent through top picture showing Gareth Davies inches away from scoring a third for Glantraeth in the second half.

MORWENA WINS £500 JACKPOT
(10/11/12) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 1, 8 & 14 and there was one winner, Morwena of Bodffordd. The next draw takes place in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth on Saturday 24th November at 9.00 pm.

GLANTRAETH DIG DEEP FOR WIN
(10/11/12) It would have been easy for Glantraeth heads to drop after their lack of fortune in recent games but there was no shortage of character in today’s performance as a threadbare squad of walking wounded held out for a 2-1 victory over local rivals Bodedern Athletic. Glantraeth were the better side in the first period and were unlucky not to be more than a goal ahead at the break but the visitors threw caution to the wind in the second half playing a risky high line of defence and pushing forward at every opportunity. All the danger came from the home side in the opening half-hour, Ian Pleming firing just wide in the first minute and Anthony Hughes’s surging run on goal ending with a shot narrowly off target three minutes later. A good header by Paul Tilbury from a Luke Williams’ free kick on 12 minutes found Boded keeper Gareth OJ Roberts well positioned to save followed by a good effort from 20 yards by Matt Devine and a left foot shot from Pleming as Glantraeth continued to call the shots. The Bodorgan side deservedly took the lead on 22 minutes as Pleming crossed from the right and the ball ran loose for Gareth Davies to power the ball home. Just on the half hour mark the home goal was threatened for the first time Gareth Wyn Roberts headed over as a free kick came in from the left. Devine was unlucky as he curled a ball in from the right that beat the Boded keeper only to strike the bar but in the next attack it was 2-0 as Gareth Davies laid the ball off for Pleming to shoot under OJ Roberts. Against the run of play the visitors pulled a goal back ten minutes before the interval as Tomos Jones was first to a free kick and his near post effort found the far corner and they could have been level five minutes later as keeper Kieran Williams pulled off a fine save from Gareth Wyn Roberts. Boded had a massive let off as the half came to an end, an almighty scramble in front of goal seeing Pleming’s shot blocked then Iwan Jones twice cleared off the goalline, first from Paul Tilbury then from Gareth Davies. The visitors were having more possession after the break and had a golden opportunity to pull level on 51 minutes as Gareth Wyn Roberts was brought down only for Kieran Williams to pull off a stunning save from Barry Jones’ spot kick. With Darren Jones having to leave the field injured Glantraeth were down to the bare bones and could be seen to be visibly tiring. Gareth Wyn Roberts was causing problems down the left and Glantraeth were now having to dig deep at the back. Glantraeth were still dangerous when going forward and Gareth Davies was inches away from scoring a third on 69 minutes then Kieran Williams pulled off another fine save at the other end from Steve Mason. Glantraeth did have luck on their side fourteen minutes from time as a rare error from Williams in the home goal saw him spill the ball against a post. The final ten minutes were desperate for the home side as they twice had to bring on a substitute goalkeeper to play up front, first Liam Shanahan who then limped off to be replaced by Mike Innes. Against all odds Glantraeth held out for the three points which their first half performance well merited and manager Chris Roberts will be delighted by the character shown throughout his team when up against it in the second period. Final score: Glantraeth 2 Bodedern Athletic 1.

GAME ON
(10/11/12) There are no plans for a pitch inspection today as although the pitch will be 'squelchy' in places the surface water from yesterday's heavy rain has drained away and the pitch is in no worse condition than the home game with Barmouth a couple of weeks back. Game on.

RICH RELEASED TO JOIN HOLYHEAD TOWN
(09/11/12) Defender Richard Williams has been released to join Holyhead Town. Although Rich has had limited opportunities this season he has been an important team player even agreeing to play in goal at Glan Conwy in the Cookson Cup and weighing in with a goal during our 7-1 drubbing of the same club at Glantraeth back in August. We wish him well at the Gwynedd League club.

FIRST DERBY GAME OF SEASON
(08/11/12) It’s our first Anglesey derby of the season on Saturday when we entertain Bodedern Athletic. These games always have an extra edge and both sides will be looking to put one over their local rivals. Boded are going well and picking up points at a faster rate than us at present but it is a game we cannot afford to lose if we are not to fall further down the table with all the clubs below us having games in hand. Over the past couple of seasons we have quickly put together a settled squad and this has shown through in results. This season there has been far more upheaval and with the benefit of hindsight some players signed against our better judgment. Two back-to-back promotions does require considerable adjustment to the higher league and it doesn’t happen overnight but there has been signs particularly in the two games against Barmouth that we are getting there. Saturday’s game kicks off at 2.00 pm and the match referee is Gwilym Evans of Llanberis assisted by Rowland Sharp and H.P.Davies.

CHRIS REFLECTS ON FIRST MONTH
(07/11/12) Now that a month has gone by since taking sole control as manager I would just like to reflect on my first few weeks. When I took over the reigns the first thing I needed to do was sit down and think who I wanted to work along side me as my coaching staff, I chose Kelvin "Tank" Evans as my assistant manager, Mike Innes and Mike Roberts as my coaches and I believe that between the four of us we have the knowledge, experience and determination to work hard and get things right. You could look back over the past month and say we haven't had the best of results but anyone who has been there to witness the games will know that some of the performances my lads have put in have been outstanding and we have been unlucky on more than one occasion not to come away with a win. I do believe that this team only need a few minor adjustments to turn these past few defeats into wins and push on up the table. The lads are working hard both on the field and in training to get things right. We have a few injurys at present and hope to see Chris Evans and Jamie Roberts back before long. I have been involved in a few clubs during my playing time "Llangefni, Gwalchmai, Boded & Gaerwen" and I would just like to say that in all my time in football I have never been involved in such a professional and well run club. Until you are involve with Glantraeth in any way you will never know or understand all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes at this club. These people involved work really hard to make this club such a success, from being at the Mona Showground every Sunday morning at 4.00am to taking part in the lotto draw every other Saturday night to preparing the pitch every week to spending half their time driving around the place in getting forms signed for other clubs as well as us to maintaining one of the best football websites around to running the cafe on a Saturday afternoon just to mention a few. I can almost guarantee that Glantraeth is the most talked about football club around, but I can understand their envy towards such a club, but all this is down to hard work. I would like to thank Glantraeth for giving me this opportunity and that I am loving every minute of it, there is no better team to be involved in and I can't wait for the next game!! - Chris Roberts.

CAERNARFON BEGIN TO MOTOR
(06/11/12) Only a few weeks ago it was Denbigh Town who were beginning to look unstoppable but how things can change as a series of defeats have now left them looking very much second favourites at best. The most impressive side we have played this season is undoubtedly Holywell Town but Caernarfon Town are now looking the most likely promotion prospects and they have the clout to build even further as the season develops under former Glantraeth favourites Lee Dixon, Nigel Barry and Warren Gibbs. You get the usual suspects having a dig at ‘big spending’ Caernarfon but good luck to them, they have no rich benefactor and anything they spend they work tremendously hard for. A crowd of 500 against us and 600 against Llanrug brings a fair few bob through the gate but big crowds and a big stadium also requires good organisation and plenty of committed volunteers. Envy is a terrible thing in football, if Holyhead have more money than Glantraeth no problem they must work harder than us, have a bigger supporter base and have the advantage of a social club, albeit with the additional hard graft and occasional hassle that can bring. It’s horses for courses. I got past the stage of being involved in a gang of mates playing football for fun about thirty years ago when I got into what I call semi-pro football and I can never ever begin to fully describe the incredible sense of satisfaction I have got from all that has been achieved during the period since with the two clubs that have been so much part of my life. (SS)

NO ROOM FOR SELF-PITY
(04/11/12) There is no denying Barmouth are a good side and that’s why they are sitting pretty at the top of Division One but it has been doubly frustrating that arguably our two best performances of the season have been against them and yet we got nothing out of either game. There’s no point feeling any self-pity as we knew it would be much tougher this season, scoring goals is not so easy and lapses at the back are more severely punished but we desperately need to start putting some points together as we are now very much in deficit to our stated aim of a top half finish. There were some excellent performances on Saturday on a pitch that was like a bog in places, none more so than Ian Pleming and Iwan Roberts (pictured left) who both put in a tremendous ninety minute shift despite not having played much football of late although ‘Chops’ did need a helping hand from Barmouth’s Steve Brat when he went down with cramp late in the second period (pictured). New signing Kieran Williams didn’t have a lot to do in goal and was unlucky with both second half goals as two fine saves ended with a Barmouth player first on the loose ball to score. Both meetings between the clubs were played in an excellent spirit and if they think my reports of those games were biased well they always are although I do try to balance them as much as my bias will allow! The squad was badly depleted yesterday which made the performance so impressive but it is a concern and manager Chris Roberts has one or two issues to address with so many players injured, suspended or unavailable. (SS)

MORE PAIN FOR GLANTRAETH
(03/11/12) Glantraeth again left the field shaking their heads after losing a game that had seen them the better side for so much of the 90 minutes despite so many players missing, playing some excellent football on a pitch that was barely playable. 70 minutes had gone before debutant keeper Kieran WIlliams was even called upon to make a save following the award of a penalty kick and although Barmouth looked a better side than at Glantraeth with number 9 Peter Griffith always a danger they can again count themselves lucky to pick up the three points. As the home groundsman said after the game: "how the hell did you lose that." It's little consolation Glantraeth just have to plough on and their luck must surely change if they continue to play like this. The visitors attacked from the start Ian Pleming shooting wide on 13 minutes and two minutes later Steve Jones was only just off target. Matt Devine cut in but his angled shot was straight at the keeper and on 22 minutes Steve Jones was inches away from converting a Darren Jones cross. The writing may have been on the wall a minute later as Barmouth went ahead with their first attack as Peter Griffith broke clear looking suspiciously offside to round keeper Kieran Williams and score. Steve Jones, having probably his best game for Glantraeth, again went close as he turned well to create a shooting chance but his shot lacked the power to trouble home keeper Darren Andrews. A minute later Anthony Hughes was inches wide following a great ball from Steve Jones in what was Glantraeth's best chance so far but the next attack did produce the equaliser as Ian Pleming marked his return by heading home a free kick taken by Luke Williams. It was no more than Glantraeth deserved as they continued to look the better side. A tremendous run from Iwan Roberts took him almost the length of the field before he was finally stopped as he closed in on goal then Paul Tilbury fired in a fierce drive that was only narrowly wide. A quickly taken free kick almost caught out the visitors five minutes before the break but Craig Papirnyk failed to take advantage and the half finished with Steve Jones seeing a shot deflected wide at the other end. Barmouth's greatest threat was coming from the quick break with most of the action up their half and it almost happened again two minutes after the break as Griffith shot wide from a good position. The home keeper was lucky on 51 minutes as he spilled the ball then saw Anthony Hughes' shot blocked but he atoned two minutes later with two great point blank saves first from Pleming then Hughes. Glantraeth finally took a deserved lead on 58 minutes as Anthony Hughes blasted in an unstoppable shot that struck the inside of a post before nestling in the other corner of the net then Pleming was through only for Steve Brat to rescue Barmouth with a tremendous last ditch tackle. Not for the first time this season things went badly wrong for the Anglesey side on 70 minutes as a clear trip led to a penalty taken by Griffith. Keeper Kieran Williams launched himself to the left to make a great save only for Griffith to follow up and convert the rebound. The goal lifted the home side who now looked a real threat with Luke Williams clearing off the line but within two minutes of levelling the home side were ahead as Kieran Williams again made a good save only for the ball to run loose to Craig Papirnyk who could hardly miss. It was rough justice on Glantraeth but they got their act together and a tremendous 25 yard effort from Luke Williams brought an equally fine save from Darren Andrews who got just enough on the ball to divert it against the outside of a post although a goal kick was given. Mathew Lock went close with Glantraeth's last throw of the dice with time almost up. Last week Glantraeth got all they deserved when losing to the bottom side, this week against the top side they did not. Final score: Barmouth & Dyffryn Utd 3 Glantraeth 2.

MAWDDACH CHALLENGE CUP
(03/11/12) In the second round of the Mawddach Challenge Cup we have been drawn away to Llanrwst United or Blaenau Ffestiniog. The tie to be played Saturday 26th January.

CHRIS ACTS TO STRENGTHEN DEPLETED SQUAD
(01/11/12) With up to eight players out of Saturday’s trip to Barmouth due to injury or suspension Glantraeth manager Chris Roberts has added to his squad with the signings of Ian Pleming (pictured) and Iwan Roberts. 26 year old striker Ian ‘Chops’ Pleming returns to Glantraeth which was the scene of some of his greatest triumphs in football as he finished the Gwynedd League leading scorer in 2010-11 season, also picking up four cup winners medals and a league runners-up medal. Since then he has played with Caernarfon Town and this season signed for Caernarfon Borough and we are grateful to their secretary Gareth Prythmerch for his assistance in completing the transfer. Iwan Roberts today signed registration forms for Glantraeth. The 24 year old midfielder has previously played for Llangefni Town, Gaerwen and Gwalchmai.

DECEMBER FIXTURES
(31/10/12) December's fixtures see us at home to Caernarfon Town on Saturday 1st December then at home to Llanberis the following Saturday. On Saturday 15th December we are away to Glan Conwy and travel to face Bodedern Athletic the Saturday before Christmas. The final Saturday of the month sees us away to Llangefni Town. The fixtures page has been updated.

MUCH TOUGHER THIS TIME OUT
(30/10/12) We travel to Barmouth on Saturday to face the league leaders and with several players missing we face a tough challenge if we are to repeat our performance in the meeting of the two sides at Glantraeth when we were very unlucky not to take something from the game. Barmouth manager Dan Papirnik will have been happy to see his team win that game but will not have been happy with the way his side were outplayed for long periods and no doubt he will have them well motivated for this one. We have to be even more motivated. After two excellent performances against Glan Conwy and Barmouth last Saturday was disappointing to say the least. Llandudno Junction played well as a team and deserved their win while as we got increasingly more frustrated as a game we were expected to win began to slip away from us. Cool heads were in short supply and we never really looked like rescuing the game. Saturday needs to see us playing as a unit again, we will be the underdogs and only total effort, commitment and encouragement from every player is likely to be good enough. There is a coach going to the game leaving Malltraeth at 10.00 am and picking up at Asda Llangefni 10.20 am and Tesco, Bangor at 10.45 am. Match referee is Alan Rowlands.

TWO SHARE £1,000 JACKPOT
(27/10/12) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 1, 9 & 16. There were two winners sharing the £1,000 Rollover Jackpot, Cwyfan Thomas of Penrhos, Ty Groes and Selwyn of Tan Lan, Bethel. The next draw takes place in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 10th November at 9.00 pm.

NO EXCUSES THIS TIME
(27/10/12) There was no hard luck story for Glantraeth this week as they went down to defeat against bottom side Llandudno Junction. Junction were well worth the three points against a home side who were almost unrecognisable from the team that ran the league leaders so close last Saturday despite fielding the same starting line-up. The visitors had the better of the first half but had to defend with everything they had during the last half-hour after being reduced to ten men. Glantraeth had the chance to go ahead in the opening ten minutes as Kevin Roberts shot wide after a lay off from Gethyn Williams then a good run by Bart Slezok resulted in Steve Jones bringing a flying save from keeper Paul Davies then a cross from Paul Tilbury passed across the face of goal. It was the visitors that took the lead on 17 minutes as James Hobson curled the ball out of the reach of home keeper Liam Shanahan from just outside the area and then Shanahan had to make a spectacular save from Hobson on the thirty minute mark. Glantraeth came close as a fine cross from Tilbury was headed just wide by Gethyn Williams. Junction were continuing to look dangerous with Mark Montgomery only inches off target. The introduction of new signing Matt Devine at the break almost paid quick dividends as he nearly put Anthony Hughes clear then a great pass from Graham Jones just ran away from Hughes as he closed in on goal. It was better from Glantraeth this half but a disastrous mix up at the back gifted Junction a second on 59 minutes as Montgomery's shot was half saved only for the ball to run loose to Mike Williams for a simple tap-in. Three minutes later the visitors were down to ten men as James Blundell was sent off for a lunging tackle on Paul Tilbury, Tilbury playing no further part in the game. It was backs to the wall now for Junction and Kieren Jeffreys smashed in a tremendous shot from fully 25 yards that brought a brilliant save from Davies, Graham Jones had a header blocked and Davies produced another tremendous save as a Devine effort looked to be heading for the top corner. It was all a bit frantic from Glantraeth as they got ever more desperate although they were unlucky as a solid Matty Lock header came back off the crossbar. With time almost up the home side were also down to ten men as Kieren Jeffreys was sent off presumably for something he said. Junction were understandably delighted at the final whistle to gain their first points of the season under new manager Matthew Jones. Glantraeth will want to forget this performance in a hurry. Final score: Glantraeth 0 Llandudno Junction 2.

MATT TRANSFERS TO GLANTRAETH
(26/10/12) Manager Chris Roberts has today signed Matt Devine from Llangefni Town. 21 year old Matt can play in midfield or up front and has an excellent goalscoring record. While playing for Bangor University against Glantraeth in the Gwynedd League two seasons ago he scored a hat-trick and missed a penalty to put the students three up although Glantraeth did fight back to gain a three-all draw. Yorkshire born Matt is available for selection against Llandudno Junction tomorrow. Many thanks to Dyfed at Llangefni for allowing Matt to join us without the usual seven days notice.

BEWARE WOUNDED JUNCTION
(24/10/12) Llandudno Junction come to Glantraeth on Saturday without a point in their eight league games played and will be desperate to put an end to that record especially with the appointment of a new manager. They gave Holywell Town a hard game last weekend in the FAW Trophy and most of their league defeats have come about in fairly close fought games so we have to ensure there is no complacency. We need to be as fully focused and committed as we were against league leaders Barmouth and if we keep putting in that kind of performance surely our luck must change. The game kicks off at 2.30 pm and the match referee is Martin Trigg assisted by Andrew Dogan and Chris Evans.

THE WAY WE WERE
(23/10/12) A rare action picture from 1984-85, Glantraeth's first season playing in the Anglesey League. Bearing down on goal in what look like his jockeys is present vice-chairman Les Thomas while the yellow Datsun parked alongside the pitch belonged to present chairman Gareth Evans. The pitch had only just been made available by landowner Iolo Owen and had a massive slope from side to side most of it taken away as the ground was developed over later years. No-one at that time could have visualised just how far the club would go from such small beginnings and much of the the credit goes to those founder members like Gareth and Les.

CHANGE OF FIXTURE
(23/10/12) We will now be away to Nefyn United in a league fixture on Saturday 17th November instead of at home to Gwalchmai.

IMPROVING DESPITE RESULT
(21/10/12) Having watched the last three games and even though two have been lost I am convinced we are now making real progress in gradually closing the gap that was shown to exist between the top clubs and ourselves in the early part of the season. Barmouth are top of the league and have already beaten Denbigh and Holywell yet even the neutrals at Saturday's game admitted that we should have won comfortably, should have had one of the most clear-cut penalties you will ever see and looked far superior to the league leaders on the day. Even the Barmouth website is honest enough to admit they rode their luck. However, it is a results game and against Llanrwst and Barmouth we have not been ruthless enough in punishing the opposition when on top which led to one very frustrating afternoon yesterday, not least for the players. (SS)
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DAYLIGHT ROBBERY !!
(20/10/12) Barmouth got what they came for as they left with the three points that took them to the top of the league but that doesn't tell half the story as this was the most one-sided game played at Glantraeth this season as the visitors were completely outplayed virtually from start to finish. Quite rightly questions will be asked as to why Glantraeth didn't turn their dominance into goals but only a man of the match display by Barmouth keeper Darren Andrews and the refusal of a stonewall penalty right at the end denied the home side some reward from an outstanding performance. Such was Barmouth's embarrassment at stealing the three points that they left the island in great haste without even taking advantage of the after-match hospitality that had been specially laid on for them. Glantraeth will take great heart from this performance if not the result. There was no doubting the quality of the only goal of the game that came after just 90 seconds as Shane Jones broke clear and beautifully chipped home keeper Liam Shanahan. From then on it was Glantraeth all the way during the remainder of the half and it would be impossible to list all the times the home side came close to scoring, Anthony Hughes arguably having the best chance as he volleyed over on 30 minutes after a Kevin Roberts' header had put him clear. Paul Tilbury and Gethyn Williams were only inches over with headers and Kieren Jeffreys and Steve Jones also went close. Barmouth came into the game a little more after the break but it was soon Glantraeth back in control although goal chances were not quite coming at the same rate as the opening half, Gareth Davies going close just after coming on as sub and Steve Jones only inches away from making contact with a Bryn Roberts' cross. With the visitors having to resort to time-wasting as they desperately held on the game went into a fifth minute of added time when Bart Slezok pushed the ball past Barmouth substitute Bobby Griffith only to be clearly tripped in the box (picture above). It was seen and heard by everyone on the ground except apparently referee Nathan Jones who waved play on. It was an incredible decision and would have been the subject of ridicule by Hanson & co if it had happened in a Premier League game and it robbed Glantraeth of the chance of a point that would still have been poor reward after such a dominant display. At the end of the day the only thing that counts is the final score: Glantraeth 0 Barmouth & Dyffryn United 1. (Pictures by Aled Jones).

LOOKING POSITIVE
(19/10/12) Provided there is no more heavy rain there are no plans for a pitch inspection tomorrow morning. The pitch was being cut and marked this afternoon and although the pitch is likely to be heavy it now looks as if the game will go ahead as scheduled.

BARMOUTH LOOKING FOR TOP SPOT
(17/10/12) Weather permitting there is only one league fixture in Division One on Saturday when Barmouth & Dyffryn United are the visitors to Glantraeth and a win for the visitors will take them into top position leapfrogging current leaders Denbigh Town. Barmouth are arguably the surprise package so far this season with six wins from their eight games played and something has to give at the weekend with Glantraeth having a 100% home record and Barmouth having a 100% away record. We will be looking to build on last Saturday’s win at Glan Conwy and with that same kind of commitment plus the undoubted quality in the squad we have to go into the game with every confidence that we can get another good result. The game kicks off at 2.30 pm and the match referee is Nathan Jones of Denbigh assisted by Clwyd Roberts and Philip Messham.

BIG HONOUR FOR GLANTRAETH
(17/10/12) After being held in Mid-Wales over the past couple of seasons the Welsh Groundhop is moving to North Wales next August following an invitation from the Welsh Alliance and Glantraeth have been chosen to host the opening game of Ground Hop 2013. We will be at home on Friday 23rd August 2013 with a provisional 6.30 pm kick-off. The following day the Ground Hop will stay on the island with staggered kick-off times at Llanfairpwll, Gaerwen, Gwalchmai and Llangefni Town. On the Sunday it moves to the Vale of Conwy with games at Llanrwst United, Glan Conwy and Llandudno Junction and on the Bank Holiday Monday games will be held at Llandyrnog United, Denbigh Town and Meliden. It is a great honour for us to be chosen to kick start the Ground Hop in North Wales, we are situated in an idyllic location and we are determined to make it an occasion that our visitors, who usually number about 250, will remember for all the right reasons.

MARC REALLY MAKING HIS MARK
(16/10/12) Now regularly scoring for Huws Gray Alliance league leaders Rhyl former Glantraeth striker Marc ‘Loggs’ Evans is really making his mark and could easily be a Welsh Premier League player next season. This time last year Marc was basically treading water at Porthmadog and though his decision to step down and join Glantraeth may have surprised some it proved an inspired decision as his goalscoring exploits with us brought him to the attention of one of the top teams in North Wales. When Marc signed for Glantraeth a year ago almost to the day we were already top of Welsh Alliance Two but the addition of a striker who went on to score an incredible 30 goals in 12 league appearances made us virtually unstoppable as we went on to finish League Champions. He’s not the first striker we’ve helped on their way, just think Les Davies.

ON TRACK WITH HARDCORE
(15/10/12) Rob of Hardcore Gym who has sponsored the players tracksuits this season is pictured above outside their Llangefni premises with manager Chris Roberts and some of the squad.

GREAT SPIRIT & DETERMINATION
(15/10/12) The most rewarding appect of Saturday's game for me was the great spirit and determination we showed after three times going behind, usually against the run of play, and nothing epitomised it more than when we were under siege eight minutes from time when Glan Conwy must have sent in half-a-dozen shots on goal with stand-in keeper Rich Williams and his fellow defenders really putting their bodies on the line to block every attempt from the home forwards. Having now taken charge Chris and Kelvin will want to put their own stamp on the team and the first ask will be total commitment and Saturday's performance will have delighted them just as it delighted the travelling support. (SS)

JACKPOT UP TO £1,000
(13/10/12) There was no winner in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw. The winning numbers were 1, 2 & 17. The next draw takes place in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth on Saturday 27th October at 9.00 pm with a Rollover Jackpot of £1,000 .

BATTLING DISPLAY EARNS VICTORY
(13/10/12) It's never easy to win at Glan Conwy where the home team play to their strengths on the seriously narrow Cae Ffwt ground but Glantraeth adapted their game well to the conditions and came away with a fully deserved 4-3 victory despite being without a regular keeper, Richard Williams bravely taking over between the sticks. The Bodorgan side will now be away to Bodedern Athletic in the second round of the league's Cookson Cup. Paul Tilbury was only inches away from putting the visitors ahead on 8 minutes with a header from a long Chris Roberts' throw-in that flew just over. Glan Conwy took the lead on 17 minutes as Josh Jones swung in a shot from the right with keeper Williams stranded and Luke Williams could only help the ball into the net as he tried to intercept. Glantraeth deservedly drew level ten minutes before the break as Gareth Davies' corner kick from the left was headed powerfully home by Luke Williams (top picture). Somewhat against the run of play the home side went back in front in first half injury time as Jake Walker took advantage of uncertainty in the visitors' defence to lob the keeper. The second half kicked off and within 33 seconds of being introduced from the bench Anthony Hughes was quick to take advantage of a mistake by home keeper Gaz Jennings and slot the ball home to make it 2-2. Glantraeth were now looking the better side but again fell behind on 47 minutes, this time Mereck Knight the scorer. There was a determination about Glantraeth's performance and within two minutes it was all square again as a Graham Jones' free kick was brilliantly headed back across goal by Paul Tilbury for Gethyn Williams to steam in and volley home. Kevin Roberts shot just over then Gethyn Williams was inches wide and so too was Bart Slezok as the visitors looked for the winner. It came on 72 minutes as Anthony Hughes broke down the right and squared the ball perfectly for Slezok to slam the ball past Jennings (picture right). Glantraeth had to survive an almighty scramble in front of goal in the final minutes with keeper Rich Williams and his defenders performing heroics as they blocked every attempt by Glan Conwy to force the ball home but this was a great battling display by Glantraeth who ended well worthy winners.

A CUP WIN NOW OVERDUE
(10/10/12) We've not done too well this season in cup competitions, already out of the Welsh Cup and the FAW Trophy, and Saturday's visit to Glan Conwy in the Cookson Cup will be no easy task despite the emphatic win we earned in the league meeting at Glantraeth back in August. Liam Shanahan will miss the game as he serves a one match suspension following his sending off at Llanrwst. Match referee is Gwilym Evans of Llanberis, kick-off is 2.30 pm, Glan Conwy will be in green and white and we will be in all red.

FIXTURE 20th OCTOBER
(07/10/12) The League have informed us that we will now have a league fixture at home to Barmouth & Dyffryn United on Saturday 20th October, kick-off 2.30 pm.

SHANAHAN DISMISSAL TURNS GAME
(06/10/12) This was a missed opportunity for Glantraeth as they failed to build on a 2-1 lead despite controlling much of the play but with the game approaching the hour mark they paid a heavy price as keeper Liam Shanahan brought down Llanrwst's Aaron Jones in the box and under pressure from the crowd referee Simon Newport produced a red card with Gareth Davies taking over in goal. Glantraeth had taken the lead after just 51 seconds as good play between Chris Evans and Steve Jones was finished by Bart Slezok who rifled a shot home from 25 yards. The home side pulled level on the ten minute mark through Leighton Griffiths but it was Slezok again on target eight minutes later, heading home a Chris Evans' free kick to put the Anglesey side back in front. Glantraeth were bossing the game with Paul Tilbury heading against the bar on twenty minutes and Mathew Lock firing over with a good chance after the home keeper had lost possession. Slezok was going flat out for his hat-trick blasting just over then four minutes into the second period he headed inches wide (top picture) and had another shot fly just too high after being set up by Paul Tilbury. Glantraeth keeper Liam Shanahan was finally called into action on 52 minutes as he made a tremendous flying save from Bryn Jenkins but six minutes later it all turned sour for Shanahan as he was dismissed after conceding a penalty kick and Leighton Griffiths made no mistake from the spot. Now with an extra man Llanrwst for the first time in the game began to take charge and the ever dangerous Aarron Jones put them ahead with 17 minutes remaining and to rub salt into Glantraeth's wounds a speculative shot form all of 40 yards from Bryn Jenkins with time almost up looped over stand-in keeper Gareth Davies to complete the scoring. Final score: Llanrwst United 4 Glantraeth 2.

COOKSON CUP ROUND TWO
(05/10/12) The draw has been made for the second round of the Lock Stock Cookson Cup. The winners of Glan Conwy v Glantraeth will be away to Nefyn United or Bodedern Athletic. The other ties are:
Llanrug United or Pwllheli v Llanberis
Holywell Town or Denbigh Town v Gwalchmai or Llangefni Town
Caernarfon Town or Llandudno Junction v Barmouth & Dyffryn Utd or Llanrwst United

LUKE JOINS THE SQUAD
(04/10/12) 24 year old Luke Williams has joined Glantraeth from Llanfairfechan Town. Luke who can play in defence or midfield has played Welsh Premier League football with Llangefni Town and has also been with Conwy United and Bethesda Athletic. In other news Kev O'Neill has been voted on to the club's management committee and amongst his responsibilities will be liaising with manager Chris Roberts on day-to-day football matters.

AIMING FOR FIFTH LEAGUE WIN
(02/10/12) It’s back to league action on Saturday when we travel to face Llanrwst United for our second meeting this season, having won 3-2 at Trefdraeth in August. It has been disappointing to go out of both national cup competitions at the first stage but consolidating our place in Division One was always the priority and a win at Parc Gwydyr would leave us quite nicely placed after eight games. Never an easy place to get points though. Chris Roberts will take sole charge as manager for the first time having been forced to miss last Saturday’s game due to a family wedding. I don’t know if Holywell have the Indian sign over Glantraeth but they do seem to reserve their best performances for us as they have not really been quite so convincing in their other fixtures. Saturday was better than the first meeting but Holywell always had the edge and there is clearly more work to do if we are to compete successfully against these top teams in the division.
There will be a coach going to Saturday’s game, main pick-up points Malltraeth 11.45 am, Asda, Llangefni 12.05 pm and One Stop, Llandegai 12.30 pm. The game kicks off at 2.30 pm and the match referee is Simon Newport. We will be in all blue. (SS)

HOLYWELL AGAIN TOO STRONG
(29/09/12) With a quarter hour remaining Glantraeth were a goal down and still in with a chance but a second goal for the visitors proved decisive and two more goals in the closing minutes gave them a second convincing win over the Anglesey side this month as they ran out 4-0 winners. The opening forty five minutes were short on goalmouth action with neither keeper being called on to make a testing save, Steve Jones going closest for Glantraeth and Daniel Sullivan for the visitors. After the break Glantraeth began to put more pressure on the ball and Holywell were starting to make mistakes but it was the Halkyn Road side that took the lead on 51 minutes as a long cross in from the right fell nicely for Ian Griffiths who had a simple tap-in for the opening goal. The introduction of substitute Gareth Davies almost paid off as he twice went close in as many minutes as the home side looked to level but with fourteen minutes remaining a snap shot form Graeme Williams from outside the area passed under keeper Liam Shanahan's dive and into the net. Glantraeth now looked a beaten side and conceded two more in the closing minutes, both scored by Steve Thomas.

TODAY'S GAME DEFINITELY ON
(29/09/12) Today's FAW Trophy game at home to Holywell Town is definitely on. The game kicks off at 2.30 pm and admission is only £2 including programme (while stocks last). There has been a change of match referee with Martin Trigg now taking charge in place of Hugh Jones. Assistants are William Peel and Patrick Thomas.

CHRIS TAKES OVER AS MANAGER
(27/09/12) Chris Roberts is now manager of Glantraeth with Kelvin Evans (pictured below) appointed by Chris as his assistant, Kev O’Neill having made the decision to stand down from his dual role with Chris. At only 27 Chris is now surely the youngest manager in North Wales football at this level of the game and although the timing has come as a bit of a shock to the club committee it was always considered a certainty that with the qualities Chris has he would eventually take sole charge as a manager be it at Glantraeth or elsewhere. The committee thanks Kev for his contribution to the team’s successes over the past couple of seasons and for the infectious enthusiasm he brought to the job.
Kev explained his reasons: “I have decided to stand down as joint manager with Chris due partly to work commitments that do not always make me available on Saturdays but mainly because I think it is the right time for Chris to take full control. He is young and ambitious and it is him that works more closely with the players both on matchdays and in training. He has everything needed to be a successful manager. I still have a total commitment to Glantraeth. I just love it here, and have applied to join the management committee as I believe I have a lot to offer the club.”
The final word from Chris Roberts: “I would just like to thank Kev for giving me this opportunity to go as manager of Glantraeth on my own. We have had two great seasons and have worked well together to achieve what we did. I respect his decision to take a back seat and am excited to go on as manager. I have appointed Kelvin Evans as my assistant and would like to thank Gaerwen manager Daz Meredith for allowing me to approach Kelvin about the job as he is currently their registered player. Mike Innes will continue as club physio and goalkeeping coach and Mike Roberts will continue as team coach.”

FAW TROPHY TAKES CENTRE STAGE
(27/09/12) On Saturday we welcome Holywell Town to Glantraeth in the second round of the FAW Trophy. Nobody at the club needs reminding of the last time the two teams met on the first day of this month. We let ourselves down badly that day and were quite deservedly heavily punished. Saturday’s game is not about getting revenge it’s about putting in a performance that accurately reflects the quality in the squad, something we singularly failed to do at Halkyn Road. Hugh Jones is again the match referee and the game kicks-off at 2.30 pm.

PICTURES FROM YESTERDAY
(23/09/12) Pictures from yesterday's game are now online including those sent through by Aled Jones. Click here to view.

4-1 WIN FOR GLANTRAETH
(22/09/12) A welcome return to winning ways for Glantraeth as they comfortably overcame visitors Nefyn United by four goals to one this afternoon. The Bodorgan side came close to going ahead in the first minute as Nefyn keeper Ian Aikman spilled a Gareth Davies' cross and Gethyn Williams almost forced the ball home. Two minutes later Williams turned provider, laying the ball off to Gareth Davies who turned his marker before shooting wide. Glantraeth were playing some fine football but having little luck in the penalty area Steve Jones the next to try his hand as he rounded off a fine passing move with a shot that was not far off target. With the game on the half-hour mark Nefyn created their first real chance as a good run by Rhodri Scott ended with his cross passing across the front of goal with no-one there to convert. On 35 minutes Glantraeth took a deserved lead, Gareth Davies firing home at the far post after getting on the end of a cross from Chris Evans. The second period started with Glantraeth upping the pressure, Gethyn Williams seeing a good effort from 25 yards pass just over but a minute later the same player was on target taking a pass from Steve Jones to place the ball in the bottom corner well out of reach of the keeper. The home side were now rampant and keeper Aikman did well to push a header from Bart Slezok against the underside of the bar (picture left) then an effort from Gareth Davies was cleared off the line before Glantraeth went three up on 50 minutes as Bart Slezok powerfully headed home from a Steve Jones' corner kick (top picture). Steve Jones headed just wide four minutes later then Nefyn's Ifan Gwilym shot wide from a good position. Nefyn were now coming more into the game and playing some good passing football but debutant keeper Liam Shanahan had still not been called on to make a save of any note. A good effort from Glantraeth's Graham Jones on 74 minutes brought a smart save from Aikman then a minute later Nefyn did pull one back after Mathew Lock misskicked his clearance straight to Tomos Jones who took full advantage with an unstoppable shot into the top corner. A good tackle from Richard Williams prevented Rhodri Scott getting in a shot on goal as Nefyn looked to further reduce the arrears but the result was put beyond doubt in the final minute as Anthony Hughes met Chris Evans' corner at the near post to side foot home (picture right).

MAIR WINS £1,000 JACKPOT
(22/09/12) The winner of the £1,000 Rollover Jackpot in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw was Mair Owen of Aberffraw. The winning numbers were 5, 14 & 18. The next draw takes place in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 13th October at 9.00 pm.

FREAK ACCIDENT PUTS JAMIE OUT OF ACTION
(20/09/12) Jamie Roberts broke his foot in two places at training last night in a freak accident. Sprinting with no-one near him he went down in pain and at first thought he had just twisted his ankle but scans at Ysbyty Gwynedd have confirmed a double fracture and he will be having orthopaedic surgery today to pin the bones back in place.

LIAM SIGNS ON AS NUMBER ONE
(19/09/12) Goalkeeper Liam Shanahan has today signed for Glantraeth. 21 year old Liam has been with Caernarfon Town and we are grateful to their manager Lee Dixon for releasing him and to secretary Geraint Jones for his help in completing the transfer. Liam has played for Holyhead Hotspur, Llangefni Town and Bethesda Athletic and also has Welsh Premier League experience with Porthmadog. As a youngster he had trials with Manchester City and Tranmere Rovers.

'SQUEEZE' BACK IN
THE FOLD
(19/09/12) Glantraeth have re-signed 28 year old defender Grahame 'Squeeze' Jones who left the club early last season to join Llangefni Town. He was part of our Gwynedd League promotion winning side two seasons ago and has recently had a short spell at Pentraeth.

TIME TO GET BACK TO WINNING
(17/09/12) Saturday sees us playing at home for the first time in almost five weeks when Nefyn United are the visitors to Glantraeth. The game kicks-off at 2.30 pm and the match referee is Hugh Jones assisted by Patrick Thomas and William Peel. It is an important game for us as we look to return to winning ways and it won’t be easy against a Nefyn side that ran league leaders Denbigh Town closer than any other side so far this season, only going down by the odd goal in five last month. There have been a few changes in personnel since the home win over Llanrug United as we look to boost the strength and commitment of the squad.

DENBIGH CONTINUE 100% RECORD
(16/09/12) Despite not playing yesterday we actually jumped a place to seventh after Llanberis's 3-0 defeat at Barmouth took them below us on goal difference. Denbigh continue to set the pace with a 3-0 home win over Bodedern although the visitors played for 83 minutes with only ten men after Tomos Jones was red carded. Llangefni Town put up a spirited performance at Holywell losing 2-0, the second goal coming in the final minute. Llandudno Junction still have no points after going down 3-0 at Llanrwst whose league record suffered from the demise of Bethesda after their 12-0 win was deleted. Caernarfon had to tough it out to gain a 3-2 win over Llanrug United on Friday night with a crowd of almost 600 in attendance. Pwllheli continue to stay with the pace despite that heavy defeat at Denbigh after overcoming Glan Conwy by two goals to nil. League table has been updated.

CHRIS BACK AT GLANTRAETH
(13/09/12) We are delighted that Chris Evans has re-signed for Glantraeth after a short spell in the Gwynedd League with Llanerchymedd. We thank Llanerchymedd for releasing Chris before the full seven days notice had been completed.

BETHESDA RESIGN - NO GAME
(13/09/12) Bethesda Athletic have today resigned from the Welsh Alliance so we have no game on Saturday. A long established club on the local scene we wish them well and hope they can 'do a Glantraeth' and regroup and come again next season.

CONGRATULATIONS
ARRON & KIM
(10/09/12) Congratulations to Glantraeth committeeman Arron Owen and his partner Kim on the birth of their first child, a litte girl born yesterday who they have named Mari Lloyd.

JACKPOT UP TO £1,000
(09/09/12) There was no winner in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw so the Jackpot rolls over to £1,000. The winning numbers were 5, 13 & 14. The next draw takes place in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth on Saturday 22nd September at 9.00 pm.

WE'LL BOUNCE BACK...WE ALWAYS DO
(09/09/12) We have experienced a disappointing couple of weeks on our travels but we will bounce back, we always do. We said following promotion that our aim was to consolidate our place in Division One and target a top half finish and that remains the aim in what is looking an even stronger division than last season with Denbigh Town setting a frightening pace at the top. As far as Saturday went it was a game we felt we should have won as at Llanidloes last season. Presteigne are another Mid-Wales League club with excellent facilities where we again received a friendly welcome. The ground is only just inside the Welsh border and I must admit most of the accents I heard were more Herefordshire than Welsh. Much of the trip down was spent over the border in England which brought some of our committee out in a rash! Presteigne have a clubhouse on the ground and it was good to see on a sunny afternoon spectators being able to stand watching the game with a pint and being treated as if they are civilised human beings as happens at the cricket and the rugby. Makes a nice change. The programme was an excellent read and puts many other club’s efforts to shame with plenty about us as visitors included. Their chairman Alan Randell seems to be the heart and soul of the club and reminds me very much of Gap Connahs Quay’s Trev Green - here, there and everywhere. Football has been rubbished in the national press this year with the likes of the John Terry affair then unkind comparisons made with our Olympic medal winners but it remains the greatest game ever invented and it is at this grass roots level that the nationals hardly know exists that you see it at its very best. (SS)

CUP DEFEAT FOR GLANTRAETH
(08/09/12) With an hour gone Glantraeth were 2-1 up and looking comfortably in control of the game but an equaliser against the run of play then a dubious penalty decision put paid to their hopes of progressing in today’s Welsh Cup tie at Presteigne St Andrews. In truth Glantraeth should be seeing off this level of opposition and their failure to kill the game off when well on top proved their undoing. The opening half hour had proved an evenly fought affair although the home side had gained the advantage on 27 minutes as Brian Dyer headed home a deep ball played in from the left. As half-time approached it was the Anglesey side that was asking all the questions with Bryn Roberts and Paul Tilbury firing over and Kevin Roberts heading wide from an Anthony Hughes cross then an overhead effort from Hughes went straight into the keeper’s arms. The pressure on the Presteigne goal was rewarded in added time as Bryn Roberts scored with a brilliant strike from 25 yards out, curling the ball into the top corner and well out of the reach of impressive home keeper Simon Hamer. It was more of the same after the break and the visitors went ahead on 50 minutes as Bart Slezok rose to head home a Bryn Roberts’ corner kick (top picture). Glantraeth were now playing the ball around with real confidence with Bryn Roberts causing all kinds of problems for the home defence but just when it seemed a third goal must come a throw-in at the other end on 62 minutes wasn’t properly cleared and the ball fell for Ieuan Crowe to drive the ball low into the net. Kevin Roberts just failed to convert an Anthony Hughes’ cross and Gareth Davies had a shot saved at point blank range as Glantraeth attempted to regain the lead but what proved the winner on 72 minutes had a certain inevitability about it as a Presteigne player went down in the box and the Welshpool based referee who had done Glantraeth few favours all afternoon predictably awarded a penalty for what looked an innocuous challenge. Although keeper Mike Innes got a good hand to Jo Maygothing’s spot kick he could not prevent the ball trickling just inside the post. Following a fine save by Innes from Presteigne’s Ieuan Crowe a late rally from Glantraeth saw Gareth Davies strike the inside of a post and Mathew Lock head just inches wide (picture right). It was a long way to go to be beaten and although there were positives from today's performance returning to winning ways now takes on even more urgency. Final score: Presteigne St Andrews 3 Glantraeth 2.

LONG JOURNEY IN WELSH CUP
(05/09/12) On Saturday we face the longest trip possible in the northern section of the Welsh Cup when we travel to Presteigne, somewhere just north of Cornwall I think! Seriously though a near four hour coach trip is hardly the best preparation for a game and on top of our heavy defeat at Holywell and Presteigne’s 5-1 win at Aberdyfi the same day the balance might just have swung in favour of the home side. For our part we were found badly wanting last Saturday and we need to put things right as quickly as possible starting with some solid defending and building from there. While we want to win games it’s just as important is that we enjoy our football and there was very little enjoyable about last Saturday’s game for any of us. It’s hardly a crisis as Chris Roberts says: ‘There’s no need for heads to be down, we have nine points from our opening six games and two of those have been away to teams that are likely to finish top three’.
There is a coach on Saturday, main pick-up points Goodsir Depot, Victoria Road, Holyhead 8.30 am, Iorwerth Arms, Bryngwran 8.50 am, Morawelon, Malltraeth 9.10 am, Asda, Llangefni 9.25 am and One Stop, Llandegai 9.45 am. Don't be late we need to get the show on the road bang on time. (SS)

PAUL TILBURY RETURNS TO GLANTRAETH
(05/09/12) Paul Tilbury has signed for Glantraeth from Gwalchmai. 34 year old Paul last joined Glantraeth in 2007-08 season, playing 24 league games in the Cymru Alliance. He also has Welsh Premier League experience with Cemaes Bay and Caersws. Many thanks to Gwalchmai for their cooperation in waiving the full seven days notice. Moving out are Dave Clarke who has returned to Beaumaris Town for personal reasons while Chris Bennett and Gafyn Lloyd Jones have been allowed to join their former clubs, Bodedern Athletic and Llanfairpwll respectively, in order to be available to play this weekend. Chris and Gafyn have not always been in the starting line-up of late and it is appreciated that they want and expect to play regular football. We wish Dave, Chris and Gafyn well with their new clubs.

LOTTO DRAW SUNDAY
(04/09/12) Please note the 3 Number Lotto Draw this coming weekend will take place on Sunday night at 9.00 pm in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth due to us playing a Welsh Cup tie on Saturday down in mid-Wales.

GLANTRAETH HIT FOR SEVEN
(01/09/12) Glantraeth have had some great days since returning to football but this wasn't one of them, losing 7-0 and being outplayed all over the park. Holywell will have serious promotion ambitions after this display but good as they were Glantraeth were unbelievably bad in suffering their heaviest defeat on record. The game was defined within the opening four minutes as the home side went two up, both goals coming from Tom Carney and he completed his hat-trick on 27 minutes. Nine minutes later it was four through Paul Williams and the visitors still hadn't mounted an attack of any note. Anthony Hughes had a shooting chance for Glantraeth six minutes before the break but under pressure he couldn't get a shot on target. Any hopes of a second half comeback were soon dashed as Mark Gunther added a fifth a minute after the break. Glantraeth were at least having a little more possession this half with Gareth Davies heading over and Kevin Roberts also off target but still home keeper Daniel Stanton hadn't been called on to make a save. The goal procession continued on 66 minutes with Craig Williams the scorer and four minutes from time Gunther made it 7-0 to complete a thoroughly miserable afternoon for the Anglesey side who had performed well below their capability and can have no excuse for such a dire performance.

JAY GIBBS RELEASED
(31/08/12) Jay Gibbs has been released today to join Holyhead Hotspur.

STEVE JONES SIGNS ON FROM BRO GORONWY
(30/08/12) Glantraeth managers Chris Roberts and Kev O'Neill have today signed 24 year old striker Steve Jones from Bro Goronwy. Steve has been with Bro for many seasons and has been a prolific scorer in the Anglesey and Gwynedd Leagues. We welcome Steve to the club.

HOLYWELL THE NEXT CHALLENGE
(28/08/12) Next Saturday Glantraeth travel to play at Holywell Town, kick-off 2.30 pm and the referee is Matt Bridges. The Wellmen were founder members of the League of Wales and won the FAW Trophy in 2010-11 season so are sure to prove tough opposition. To date they have a similar record to ourselves with three wins and two defeats so we would appear to be in with an equal chance if we play at our best and managers Kev O’Neill and Chris Roberts will be looking for a good performance from every player in the squad as we look to bounce back from Friday’s defeat at Caernarfon Town. There is a coach going to the game leaving Goodsir Bus Depot, Victoria Road, Holyhead 10.50 am and picking up at Llanfaelog, Wayside Stores 11.15 am; Morawelon, Malltraeth 11.30 am; Asda, Llangefni 11.45 am and One Stop, Llandegai 12.15 pm.

'TITCH' WINS THE £1,000 JACKPOT
(24/08/12) The winner of tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw and the £1,000 Rollover Jackpot was Richard (Titch) of 10 Morawelon, Malltraeth. The winning numbers were 10, 13 & 16. The next draw takes place in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 8th September at 9.00 pm.

NO DISGRACE
(25/08/12) We could not argue with last night’s result, Caernarfon clearly deserved the three points but you had to only look around to see what we were up against. A big impressive stadium, a crowd that was closer to 500 than the 250 given on the league website and facilities with the resources to match that we can only dream about. There was no disgrace in our performance, we could easily have been a couple of goals up before their two in a minute left us shell-shocked and in truth after that we never really looked like rescuing the game despite having a good share of the possession, never giving up and reducing the scoreline to something more respectable in the final quarter of the game. If we had scored the second goal a little earlier it might just have got interesting. Unlike the Llanberis defeat when there was real disappointment in our performance my feeling was that although there will be areas that will have given Chris and Kev cause for concern last night we just have to put the defeat down to experience as we adjust to life in Division One and move on. We bounced back well after the last defeat and I feel optimistic we will do the same at Holywell next week. News of a further big signing that should give everyone at the club a boost is expected to be online later today. (SS)

A HARSH LESSON FOR GLANTRAETH
(24/08/12) Glantraeth went down 4-2 to Caernarfon Town tonight as the realism of what they face this season in Division One became all too apparent against one of the sides that must surely be favourites for promotion. The home side had the experience in key positions to take advantage of any lapses by Glantraeth and after an opening spell in which the visitors looked by far the better side two goals within a minute against the run of play changed the whole face of the game. On six minutes Ryan Jones went away down the right for the Anglesey side and only a point blank save from keeper Paul Pritchard prevented them taking the lead then Anthony Hughes fired just wide from a Gareth Davies' cross. Six minutes later Kevin Roberts looked like he might open the scoring only for Town's Darren Gowans to clear off the line and a good run by Ryan Jones ended with a shot straight at the keeper. It had been a good spell of pressure from Glantraeth but it all went badly wrong in the 17th minute as a corner swung in with pace from the left was headed home by Paul Roberts and a minute later Ywain Gwynedd put Caernarfon two up from a Kevin Lloyd cross. Anthony Hughes shot wide for Glantraeth and Kevin Lloyd missed a good chance at the other end before a killer goal from Ywain Gwynedd five minutes before the break put the home side well in control. Glantraeth were playing some good football but just could not match the firepower of the former Welsh Premier League side and eight minutes into the second half it was 4-0 with the same lethal combination of Kevin Lloyd crossing for Paul Roberts to head home. Glantraeth lacked nothing in determination and following a tremendous save by Pritchard from Jay Gibbs pulled a goal back as Iwan Jones finished at the far post on the end of a Jay Gibbs' cross. Glantraeth keeper Dave Clarke pulled off a fine save from Darren Gowans and a good effort from Leon Newell up the other end was deflected over and with time almost up the Bodorgan side made the scoreline more respectable as Leon Newell linked up well with Jay Gibbs whose low left foot drive gave Pritchard no chance.

ANOTHER OCCASION TO SAVOUR
(22/08/12) On Friday evening we travel to face Caernarfon Town, one of the biggest names in local football. I will for the first time since I joined Glantraeth be renewing acquaintances with a club that I regularly had contact with when I was secretary of Burscough. At that time in the 1990s Caernarfon Town were playing in the North West Counties League having been exiled from playing in Wales. They played their home games at Curzon Ashton FC just outside Manchester, about 120 miles from their home town! It says much that they came through those difficult times and have again bounced back after being on the ropes a couple of years ago. Much work has been done to develop the Oval and rebuild the infrastructure of the club with the stated aim of eventually regaining their rightful place in the Welsh Premier League. We can never hope to match those ambitions but as a club that has similarly bounced back from adversity we look forward to playing on the big stage on Friday night. It is another occasion to savour and show what we can do in a fine stadium, on an excellent pitch and with a large crowd sure to be in attendance. It's a big three points at stake but we have proved slready this season that at our best we have the potential to do well in this division. A strong ex-Glantraeth contingent amongst their management in Lee Dixon, Nigel Barry and Warren Gibbs will bring added spice to the game, as if any was needed. Kick-off is 7.30 pm and the match referee is Tony Moore. (SS)

BEST WISHES LEN
(22/08/12) We send our best wishes to Glantraeth Committeeman Len Jones who was due to have an operation in Ysbyty Gwynedd last night. Len has been with the club since it started in 1984 and is one of the teams most vocal supporters. He collects the gate money on matchdays and sells the Stop-the-Bus tickets in the Joiners after games. He is also deacon of Sardis Chapel in Malltraeth.

GLANTRAETH MOVE UP TO THIRD
(21/08/12) Glantraeth moved into third place after a hard fought 3-1 win over Llanrug United this evening and again it was a commanding second half display that saw off the challenge of the visitors. After Gareth Davies volleyed just over for the home side on 12 minutes it was the visitors who had a great chance to take the lead as once again a penalty was given for a ball blasted at point blank range struck the arm of a home defender and as in the Llanrwst game justice was done with Dylan Owen firing the spot kick wide. Llanrug were looking dangerous when they moved forward with Andy Garlick only just off target on 22 minutes. Gareth Davies fired wide from a good position on 36 minutes for Glantraeth before the Gwynedd side took the lead a minute later as Rhys Roberts forced his way through and finished well. The Bodorgan side responded well, drawing level two minutes later as Kevin Roberts volleyed home from the edge of the area and just on the half-time whistle going into the lead as Ryan Jones' cross from the left was intercepted by Carl Griffiths who could only watch in horror as the ball was deflected into the net. Glantraeth upped the pace after the break and went 3-1 up on 63 minutes as Gareth Davies battled hard for possession to set up the chance for Bryn Roberts to fairly blast the ball into the net. Glantraeth had really cut loose in the final twenty minutes, laying siege to the Llanrug goal with Iwan Jones, Gareth Davies and Anthony Hughes all being denied by some desperate defending and the heroics of Llanrug keeper Dave Ball who pulled off a fine save from Mathew Lock and an even better save from a Jay Gibbs' header in the dying minutes.

PRESTEIGNE ST ANDREWS AWAY
(21/08/12) In the second qualifying round of the Welsh Cup Glantraeth have been drawn away to Presteigne St Andrews. The tie to be played on Saturday 8th September. It's a long trip, the Powys based club play in Division Two of the Spar Mid Wales League.

PAUL ROWLANDS RELEASED TO JOIN GWALCHMAI
(21/08/12) Gwalchmai have served seven days notice of approach on Paul Rowlands and managers Chris Roberts and Kev O'Neill have agreed to waive the seven days so he is free to play at the weekend. Paul is a quality player and has been an excellent servant to Glantraeth over several seasons and we wish him all the best, he will be an excellent acquisition for Gwalchmai. It is the club's policy not to delay the release of players if they want to leave - provided correct procedures have been followed.

LLANRUG TOMORROW NIGHT
(20/08/12) Glantraeth look to continue the good form they showed against Glan Conwy when they welcome Llanrug United to Trefdraeth tomorrow night (Tuesday). It is likely there will be players returning to duty after being unavailable Saturday so Chris and Kev’s biggest problem might well be team selection, not a bad problem to have. Kick-off is 6.30 pm and the match referee is Gwilym Evans assisted by Ceri Pritchard and Gareth Taylor.

MORE PICTURES FROM ALED
(19/08/12) Some more pictures from Aled Jones of yesterday's game including a great sequence showing the seventh goal scored by Paul Rowlands. Certainly the standard of pictures is much better when Aled covers the games although in fairness to myself taking a picture is usually the last thing on my mind when we look like scoring. (SS) Click here to view.

SEVEN GOALS FOR GLANTRAETH AS....
GLAN CONWY FEEL THE BACKLASH
(18/08/12) Stung by criticism of their midweek performance at Llanberis Glantraeth replied in the best possible way by destroying Glan Conwy with a second half performance of the highest class, winning by seven goals to one. The home side took the lead on 14 minutes with a superb goal as Darren Jones hit a great crossfield pass to Ryan Jones who drilled in the perfect cross for Iwan Jones to power home a header that gave keeper Paul Davies no chance (picture left). There was little to choose between the two sides at this stage and it took a good save from Dave Clarke to prevent Mereck Knight scoring for the visitors two minutes later but Glan Conwy did get on level terms just past the half-hour mark as Ashley Smith ran on to score with the home defence appealing for offside. Five minutes before the break Glantraeth went back ahead as Anthony Hughes set up Leon Newell to sidefoot home from ten yards out. The Anglesey side stepped up the pace even more after the interval and went 3-1 up on 52 minutes as Anthony Hughes won possession and Leon Newell took advantage to shoot against a post but as the ball came back to him he made no mistake with his second effort. Glan Conwy had a good spell but it was short-lived against a side that now sensed the opportunity to really kick start their season and they fell further behind on 61 minutes as Anthony Hughes despite being fouled in the area kept his feet to slot the ball past Davies. With Jay Gibbs pulling the strings in the centre of midfield it was now showboat time for Glantraeth as they threatened to score with every attack and Bryn Roberts curled in a beauty from the edge of the area four minutes later. Debutant Richard Williams got his name on the scoresheet with 15 minutes remaining as a scramble in the area saw him force the ball home off the keeper then Paul Rowlands finished off a great afternoon for Glantraeth as he beat his man before curling the ball just inside the far post for a quite brilliant individual goal (top picture). Pictures by Aled Jones, more tomorrow.

CHRIS DECIDES TO MOVE ON
(16/08/12) I received the following text from Chris Evans this evening: “Hi Stan – I have contacted Chris & Kev and thought it only right to contact you and that amazing board at Glantraeth. Due to work commitments and not being able to train regularly the amazing strength of your squad has led me to the decision that I am going to sign elsewhere this season to try and get regular football. I’d like to thank Chris & Kev and the fantastic committee at Glantraeth for an amazing season last season and say how much I enjoyed my time last season. All the best to you and all the lads and hope you get the glory that you as a club deserve. If I can do anything for you guys at Glan don’t hesitate to phone me. I really hope I get the opportunity to join Glantraeth again as I’ve loved every minute I’ve been at the club. Much gratitude, Chris Evans.”
Thanks for those kind words Chris and best wishes with whichever lucky club you decide to join. (SS)

NO CHANCE OF REPEAT !
(16/08/12) On Saturday we welcome Glan Conwy to Glantraeth. The Cae Ffwt side have won one and drawn one of their opening two games so will be looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the season. There is no chance of a repeat of their last Welsh Alliance fixture here in 2002-03 season when Glantraeth won 19-0!!! Richard Evans scored seven and Nigel Moore got five that day as Glantraeth went on to win the league and gain promotion to the Cymru Alliance. Glan Conwy have made massive strides since those days culminating in winning the prestigious FAW Trophy in 2009-10 season (pictured), beating Gwent side Clydach Wasps 5-1 in the final. It’s another tough one. Saturday’s game kicks off at 2.30 pm and the referee is Brian Taylor assisted by William Peel and Dyfan Davies.

PICTURES FROM LAST NIGHT
(15/08/12) Some pictures from last night to remind us just how good the weather was. Click here to view.

BIGGER CHALLENGES LIE AHEAD
(15/08/12) There is little doubt that the compact Ffordd Padarn ground and uneven pitch at Llanberis does not suit the expansive style of football we like to play but we cannot make that an excuse for being for the most part outplayed and outfought by a side that had basically the same line-up that we outclassed in the Division Two Cup Final last April. Sure the addition of a player of the calibre of Marc Lloyd Williams would lift any side but roared on by a large home crowd Llanberis always looked like they wanted the win more than us. We have gained a habit of winning over the past two seasons and it is already clear it will be much tougher in Division One and it is how we react to setbacks like last night and how we adjust to conditions that might not always suit us that will eventually define our season. The Anglesey Mail recently described our squad as ‘fearsome’, their words not ours, and there is no doubt we have a squad of great potential but words mean nothing and like any side we will be judged on results alone. (SS)

ANOTHER DEFEAT AT LLANBERIS
(14/08/12) Once again Glantraeth failed to cope with the Ffordd Padarn pitch, going down 3-1 to Llanberis. They can have few complaints with the result as away from the wide open spaces of Cae Glantraeth they struggled to get their passing game together until the final ten minutes when the game had all but slipped away. The visitors had a good start with Leon Newell striking the crossbar on six minutes and seven minutes later they went ahead as Gafyn Lloyd Jones found Gareth Davies who finished well with a volley that went in off a post (pictured left). Dave Jones put the home side level on the twenty minute mark as Glantraeth failed to properly clear their lines then they went ahead on 26 minutes through a little bit of magic from Marc Lloyd Williams as he brilliantly chipped keeper Dave Clarke from 25 yards out. Gareth Davies headed inches wide a couple of minutes later for the Anglesey side but it was Llanberis who were now looking sharper and the more likely winners. There was little football being played in the opening stages of the second half until Glantraeth at last began to mount some sustained pressure on the hour, Gareth Davies almost setting up Anthony Hughes then only an incredible clearance off the line by Dylan Parry prevented Hughes levelling the score. Subsititute Jay Gibbs had a header blocked then Gareth Davies headed a couple of feet wide but the visitors fell for the sucker punch on 68 minutes as Dave Jones took advantage of some static defending to make it 3-1 to the home side. The final ten minutes saw Glantraeth start to spray the ball around in their more usual style with keeper Mathew Roberts making a fine save from Jay Gibbs then a tremendous shot from Kieren Jeffreys came back off the keeper only for Anthony Hughes to blast over from five yards out.

SOME MORE PICTURES
(13/08/12) A few more pictures from last Saturday's game against Llanrwst United taken by press photographer Richard Birch including Dave Clarke's penalty save. Click here to view. They might take a little while to upload.

FACING UP TO A LEGEND ?
(13/08/12) It could well be that we will come up against the all-time record goalscorer in Welsh Premier League history on Tuesday when we travel to face Llanberis, Marc Lloyd-Williams (pictured) having reportedly signed for his hometown club. Marc may now be 39 but his incredible record of 318 goals in 467 appearances will surely never be beaten. Our last visit to Ffordd Padarn at the end of last season was a strange affair as with the league and cup double already in the bag and Llanberis desperately fighting for the second promotion spot we failed to deliver and went down to a deserved 4-2 defeat. It was a poor performance and we cannot afford to go out with that kind of attitude again. This is already looking like being a highly competitive division and going by the number of people from Caernarfon Town at Saturday’s game it would appear they see us as a threat although whether they will still feel the same after what was not one of our best performances remains to be seen. For our part we will just take each game as it comes. Tuesday’s game kicks-off at 6.30 pm and the match referee is Lloyd Edwards of Caernarfon.

MORE PICTURES ONLINE
(12/08/12) I have always been superstitious about having a team picture taken before a game but we got away with it yesterday although not without one or two problems along the way. (SS) Click here to view some more pictures.

THREE POINTS IN BLOODY BATTLE
(11/08/12) It was never a dirty game but for Glantraeth it was like going into a warzone as three players ended up in hospital after sustaining head injuries, the worst being Bart Slezok who was taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd by ambulance after sustaining a terrible gash over the right eye that required twenty stitches. His injury came after clashing heads with his own skipper Jamie Roberts who also had to have a head wound glued together and with twenty minutes remaining the home side were down to ten men after Jay Gibbs caught an arm in the face that was later diagnosed as a broken nose. All-in-all it was not the best of starts for the Bodorgan side but they still ended up with the three points after winning 3-2, taking the lead after 19 minutes as Jay Gibbs swung a free kick in from the left that left keeper Gwydion Owen stranded as the ball curled just inside the near post (top picture). Leon Newell struck the bar for the home side seven minutes later but the visitors had a great chance to level on 36 minutes as a very harsh penalty for an adjudged deliberate handball was given only for justice to be served as keeper Dave Clarke threw himself to his left to pull off a brilliant save from Kane Williams. Glantraeth went two up five minutes later as a powerful free kick from Jay Gibbs took a deflection on the way into goal. Two minutes before the break Llanrwst were back in the game as Barry Owen won possession out on the left before curling a delicious ball beyond keeper Dave Clarke from virtually out on the touchline. A minute after the break Glantraeth went 3-1 up with Jay Gibbs crossing for Leon Newell to finish superbly (pictured above). Playing the final twenty minutes with only ten men the home side settled for what they had although Llanrwst did narrow the deficit with the last kick of the game as Clayton Hughes was left with a simple tap-in from a right wing cross. Not a vintage performance by Glantraeth but an important win on a difficult afternoon. (action pictures by Aled Jones - more online Sunday)

JACKPOT UP TO £1,000
(11/08/12) There was no winner in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw so the Jackpot rolls over to £1,000. The winning numbers were 2, 13 & 16. The next draw takes place in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth on Saturday 25th August at 9.00 pm.

NEW SEASON, NEW CHALLENGE
(09/08/12) We welcome Llanrwst United to Glantraeth on Saturday as we begin life in Welsh Alliance Division One. Last season we met twice, losing in the Barritt Cup and winning a North Wales Coast Challenge Cup semi-final against the Rwsters. We are all fully aware that it will be far tougher this season but to again be playing clubs like Caernarfon Town, Holywell Town and Denbigh Town, who are likely to be amongst the title favourites, so soon after folding shows just how far we have come so quickly. Most of last season’s squad has re-signed plus some exciting additions. It’s particularly nice to see Kevin Roberts and Darren ‘Chicken’ Jones back at Glantraeth, both members of our 2006 Cymru Alliance winning team. Saturday’s game kicks-off at 2.30 pm and the referee is Hugh Jones assisted by William Peel and Shaun Pell.

PLAYER'S SPONSORS
(08/08/12) Sponsorship of players in coming along nicely. We would like to thank the following sponsors whose business will be added to each player profile:
Bartlomiej Slezok: P.V.France
Gafyn Lloyd Jones: Martin Jones, Painter & Decorator, Llanfairpwll
Iwan Jones: C.L.Jones, Llangefni
Chris Bennett: Mike Bennett, Plastering & Tiling, 07780 636952
Chris Roberts: J.A.Thomas Construction, 07879 428816
Kev O’Neill: Parry Davies Clwyd-Jones & Lloyd, Solicitors
Mike Innes: Becws Gwalia Bakery, Llangefni
Dave Clarke: Ddwylan Chip Shop, Llangefni
Jamie Roberts: Paradwys Beauty & Holistic Treatments by Wendy,
07768 338553, Email: paradwys51@gmail.com
Leon Newell: Service Vend, 01286 674457, www.servicevend.co.uk
Paul Rowlands: Martin Roberts Construction, 07712 134699
Kevin Roberts: Glow Beauty by Sara, Llanfairfechan, 01248 681942

CUP DRAWS
(07/08/12) Welsh Alliance League Cup draws were made tonight and Glantraeth have been drawn away to Glan Conwy in the Cookson Cup and have a bye in the Mawddach Challenge Cup.

VALE HIT FOR SEVEN
(04/08/12) Glantraeth completed their pre-season programme with an impressive 7-1 demolition of Nantlle Vale this afternoon. The visitors took the lead on just three minutes as Leon Newell fired home an unstoppable shot from 25 yards following a fine move and it was 2-0 on 19 minutes as Bart Slezok volleyed home a right wing corner taken by Iwan Jones (top picture). Gareth Davies struck the bar with a clever chip six minutes later as Vale were struggling to get any possession and another bout of passing football saw Gareth Davies set up Iwan Jones to power home a third just past the half-hour. On 38 minutes the Anglesey side went four up as Leon Newell fed a ball through for Gareth Davies to slide the ball just inside a post. The home side came out after the break looking to at least regain some pride and got a goal back ten minutes into the half as a long free kick dropped over everyone and into the net. Hopes of a comeback were soon dashed four minutes later as Jay Gibbs drilled home a free kick from fully 30 yards out (pictured right) and further goals in the final ten minutes from Leon Newell and Jay Gibbs with well struck angled drives that gave home keeper Ryan Foulkes little chance completed the scoring. Next weekend it gets much tougher as we entertain Llanrwst United in our opening league fixture. Final score: Nantlle Vale 1 Glantraeth 7.

SQUAD NOW STRONGER THAN EVER
(01/08/12) We might have been slow getting going on Tuesday but there were some excellent performances once we did click into gear, none more so than Jay Gibbs (pictured) who made a stunning debut as a Glantraeth player, scoring two goals and linking up brilliantly between midfield and attack. His joining Glantraeth is not only a great signing by Chris & Kev but it means the squad is now looking stronger than ever with a good balance between youth and experience that promises much for the season ahead. On Saturday we play our final pre-season game at Nantlle Vale, kick-off 2.30 pm.

MORE FIXTURES ADDED
(01/08/12) League fixtures through to the end of the season have now been added to the Fixtures' page.

GLANTRAETH WIN FROM TWO DOWN
(31/07/12) Glantraeth started as if they thought the game would be a stroll in the park and their complacency was quickly punished as Llanfairpwll went two up within nine minutes, the first a penalty, and were only saved by an upright on 14 minutes from going three down. The visitors were playing as if it was a fully blown league game, really fired up, contesting every decision and giving the match officials a torrid time, but with twenty minutes gone the scoreline had at last acted like a rocket up the proverbial to the home side and they began to take control and dominate possession, pulling a goal back on 28 minutes as a Paul Rowlands' corner kick from the right was helped into the net by the keeper (pictured left). Jay Gibbs scored eight minutes later to make it two each at the interval. Second half goals from Jay Gibbs, who officially signed for Glantraeth this evening, Jamie Roberts and a great angled strike from Bryn Roberts eventually gave Glantraeth a satisfying win with some outstanding performances after that terrible start. Final score: Glantraeth 5 Llanfaipwll 2.

JAY GIBBS JOINING GLANTRAETH
(30/07/12) Jay Gibbs has expressed a wish to join Glantraeth and we thank Holyhead Hotspur for allowing him to play for us on Saturday and waving the usual seven days notice of approach. The 19 year old came through the Hotspur youth system before being signed up by Tranmere Rovers where he was a regular in their youth team. Jay has played for Wales at Under 17 and Under 19 level and also had a spell with Caernarfon Town last season. Managers Kev O’Neill and Chris Roberts continue to build up the strength of the squad but will be left with some difficult choices when it comes down to team selection a week on Saturday.

SEASON DRAWS NEARER
(30/07/12) Llanfairpwll are the visitors tomorrow evening as we play the penultimate game of our pre-season programme. The Maes Eilian club swapped places with us during the summer as they were relegated to Division Two while we were promoted. When the two sides met pre-season twelve months ago we were beaten 3-1 here at Glantraeth. Having specially brought a Football League official I knew over from Lancashire to referee that game he awarded Llanfair two pens. He's not been invited back! It should be another good workout for both squads. The game kicks off at 6.45 pm and the match referee is Allan Rowlands. (SS)

THANKS ANDY
(29/07/12) Andy Clarke has returned to Beaumaris Town and has been a prominent scorer for the Beach Road side in their pre-season games. We mustn't forget the great contribution Andy made to our success last season, scoring 20 goals and appearing in 30 of the 35 games we played. Andy only had one season with the club but he went away with a championship medal, a cup winners medal and a Coast FA runners up medal. Not bad by any standards and we wish Andy all the best with Beaumaris where Jason seems to be building up a squad that will challenge for honours this season. Good luck also to Owain Roberts and Robbie Jones who spent time at Glantraeth last season.

LLANGEFNI ON BOXING DAY
(29/07/12) More fixtures until the end of the year have been released by the Welsh Alliance. The highlights include the visit of Llangefni Town on Boxing Day and derby games at home to Bodedern Athletic and Gwalchmai in November. Fixtures page has now been updated.

HEFINA WINS £1,000 JACKPOT
(28/07/12) The winner of tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw and a Rollover Jackpot of £1,000 was Hefina of Maes Meurig, Gwalchmai. The winning numbers were 8, 10 & 17. The next draw takes place in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 11th August at 9.00 pm.

ENGLISH VISITORS WELL BEATEN
(28/07/12) Glantraeth ran out 5-2 winners against their English visitors this afternoon. Northwich Villa played some nice football but they could never match the sheer power of the home side. Glantraeth went ahead after just two minutes through Gareth Davies but some sloppy defending led to the visitors pulling level on five minutes through James Marshall. Another goal came from Gareth Davies on 31 minutes and a strike by Bart Slezok (pictured above) just on the stroke of half-time put the Anglesey side comfortably in the lead. Jay Gibbs added two more either side of the hour mark to put Glantraeth 5-1 ahead, the visitors gaining a consolation goal with the final kick of the game with Marshall again the scorer. (Pictures courtesy of Aled Jones).

POOR RELATIONS OF UK FOOTBALL
(28/07/12) Look at virtually any English county and their football association will have facilities that are non-existent here in North Wales. Pictured below are the headquarters of Lancashire FA in Leyland. As well as the two storey state-of-the-art building you can see that houses training rooms, offices, function suites, etc there is a main stadium with floodlights and a 500 seater stand that has been used by Bolton Wanderers reserves over recent seasons as well as hosting cup finals and inter-regional games. There are also floodlit all weather pitches adjacent to the main pitch and a large car park. You will see the same kind of facilities throughout England. At random I went to the Bedfordshire FA website where they described their ‘artificial pitch facility’ and their ‘Century House Function Suite.’ Even Westmorland FA advertises three function rooms available for hire in their ‘newly refurbished offices’ near the centre of Kendal despite Westmorland ceasing to exist as a county in the 1970s! Football in North Wales is thriving but why do we not have these kind of facilities to attract top class administrators and properly develop the game in this area? I have been to two meetings of the North Wales Coast FA. Due to this lack of dedicated facilities the first was in a dingy room over a pub in Llandudno Junction and the second was in a school hall in Colwyn Bay. It is quite simply a disgrace and don’t even get me started on the lack of facilities on Anglesey when compared to Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Wight and even the Shetland Isles that have enabled them to host the Island Games. (SS)

CHANGES TO BARRITT CUP
(27/07/12) The Welsh Alliance Football League Executive Committee have decided to rename the Barritt Cup competition "THE MAWDDACH CHALLENGE CUP" which will be played for by Clubs in Division One and Two. The FAW have ruled that this season the matches in the competition will count towards any suspentions by players. The League will be unable to invite teams from outside the league in to this season's competition.
NB: The statement doesn't say if entry is now compulsory but it seems to look that way.

KICK-OFF 3.00 PM
(27/07/12) Please note that tomorrow's game at home to Northwich Villa now kicks off at 3.00 pm.

NEW OPPONENTS
(26/07/12) Following many phone calls we have managed to find new opponents for Saturday after Amlwch Town withdrew from the fixture. Northwich Villa who play in the First Division of the North West Counties League have agreed to travel across to Anglesey. They are described as a feeder team for Northwich Victoria and are managed by Wale Kwik-Ajet a Nigerian professional footballer who played in Scotland for Queens Park. Hamilton Academicals and Cowdenbeath and in England for Hednesford Town and Altrincham. Thanks to my old mate Tommy Lawson, manager of Skelmersdale United, for his help in putting me in touch with Ajet. (SS)

AMLWCH PULL OUT
(26/07/12) Amlwch Town have pulled out of Saturday's scheduled game at Glantraeth. Secretary Wayne Jones had the unenviable task of phoning me this morning to tell me his manager was struggling to field a team. It was not entirely unexpected as we were surprised that they had committed to this game plus a midweek tournament at Bodedern that could have seen them playing a Friday night final. There is no point complaining, I have had to do the same myself in the past much as I have hated cancelling a game after making a firm commitment, but it is disappointing when it happens at such short notice. We are trying to fix up an alternative game at Glantraeth and are currently waiting on a couple of clubs to come back to us.

DAZ OUT FOR SEASON
(25/07/12) Darren Garmey, who played a full part in our final push for honours last season, has been ruled out of the coming season due to injury so he has taken up an opportunity to help with coaching Holyhead Hotspur Reserves. Everyone at the club wishes Darren all the best.

SECOND HALF FULL OF PROMISE
(24/07/12) Glantraeth went down 4-1 to their Welsh Premier League opponents this evening but the margin of victory flattered the home side after a dominant second half display by the Anglesey side deserved better reward. Both clubs used a 19 man squad and in Glantraeth's case they had still left at home new signings Gareth Davies and Ryan Jones plus Bryn Roberts and Matty Lock due to injury or work commitments. Glantraeth opened well and were unlucky not to take the lead on 5 minutes as a shot from Paul Rowlands came back off the crossbar and six minutes later only a last ditch deflection kept out an angled drive from Anthony Hughes. The visitors were playing the more controlled football at this stage with Gap Connahs Quay too often overhitting their attempts to get behind the Glantraeth defence. It all changed on 24 minutes as Rhys Healey was given too much time in the box to pick his spot and put Gap ahead. It was the signal for the home side to step up the pace and Glantraeth were now looking pedestrian in contrast leading to them all too easily losing possession in midfield on the half hour mark and again Healey took advantage. Just on half-time it was 3-0, this time Aled Reece the scorer. Things were looking bleak for Glantraeth who were now looking very much second best with forty five minutes still to play. Changes were made at the interval and Glantraeth came out looking a completely different proposition. They were quicker to the ball, pressing Gap high up the field and starting to boss the midfield. They were carrying most of the goal threat with Daz Pritchard missing a great chance on 48 minutes after being set up by Kev Roberts then Anthony Hughes had a shot saved at point blank range and Chris Evans volleyed just wide following a fine passing move. Bart Slezok's long range effort was only just wide and the keeper did well to save from Paul Rowlands before Glantraeth finally made the breakthrough on 73 minutes as Slezok headed home a Paul Rowlands' corner kick. Good play from Anthony Hughes threatened to pull a further goal back but just when it looked like the visitors would be next to score a break up the other end led to a penalty kick for a trip and Healey converted for his hat-trick. Gap deserved the win for their dominance of that twenty minute spell in the opening period but the three goal margin of victory after a commanding second half performance from Glantraeth was harsh. Final score: Gap Connahs Quay 4 Glantraeth 1.

WELSH PREM OPPOSITION NEXT
(23/07/12) Only a few weeks after facing Bangor City in the North Wales Coast Challenge Cup Final we face another Welsh Premier League side on Tuesday when we travel to the Deeside Stadium to face Gap Connahs Quay. Gap have enjoyed some good results pre-season including winning 3-0 at Caernarfon Town, many people's fancy for winning the Welsh Alliance this season, then, even better, a 4-0 romp against a full strength Vauxhall Motors who play in Blue Square North only one step below the National Conference. Once we gained our composure we didn't disgrace ourselves against Bangor and it will be another opportunity for the lads to show what they can do against top class opposition. Gap are managed by Mark McGregor (pictured) who played over 400 games in the League with Wrexham, Blackpool, Port Vale and Burnley and amongst their playing staff they have the much travelled Ricky Evans who has played for ten different Welsh Premier League clubs! The chances of us ever playing in the Welsh Premier League are remote in the extreme so we have nothing to prove and the most important thing is that we give a good account of ourselves and continue to build on our preparations for the serious stuff on August 11th. The game kicks off at 7.30 pm and there will be a coach going to the game picking up at Asda, Llangefni at 5.00 pm then One Stop, Llandegai 5.20 pm approx.

RULE CHANGE
(23/07/12) Rodger Gifford, Referees' Manager at the FAW, has notified clubs that players can longer use tape on the outside of their football sock unless the tape is of the same colour as the sock. Likewise the use of white ankle socks on the outside of the football sock is also not permitted unless the football sock itself is white. Quite simply put any tape or bindings etc MUST be the same colour as the football sock. We have been told that referees in the Welsh Alliance will be enforcing the new rule this season.

WE'LL MEET AGAIN
(22/07/12) A good game against Rhydymwyn on Saturday played in a good spirit that proved a very worthwhile exercise for both clubs and we have agreed to meet again next pre-season at Glantraeth. Rhydymwyn manager Danny Seamarks had one or two nice things to say about us on their website: "There were lots of positives to be taken from yesterday's friendly against Glantraeth. They were a good, fit, young team who gave us the game we needed. Glantraeth have got some quality players within their squad and I predict they will do well in their league this season. They moved the ball around well and gave us plenty to think about. We've still got four friendlies until the start of the season and I'll continue to try and balance our priorities out between getting players fit, looking at new players and working out a best starting eleven. Thank you to everyone at CPD Glantraeth. Wish you all the best for the season and we look forward to the return fixture next pre-season." We in turn wish Danny and his team all the best as they move up to the Huws Gray Alliance, they have excellent facilities at their Vicarage Road ground with floodlights and a clubhouse and are clearly geared up for football at that level.

CHICKEN RETURNS & RYAN SIGNS ON AS...
GLANTRAETH BEAT RHYDYMWYN 5-2
(21/07/12) The Huws Gray Alliance side were comfortably beaten by a Glantraeth squad that is looking stronger by the day. With 20 players travelling constant changes from the bench hardly seemed to disturb the rhythym of the visitors in this afternoon's game at Vicarage Road. Glantraeth were 2-0 up at the break through two goals in the opening six minutes from Anthony Hughes and shortly after the restart another from Leon Newell opened the gap even further. Kevin Roberts and Ryan Jones were also on target in the second period in what was classy performance by the Anglesey side. Apart from the result there was plenty of good news for the Bodorgan club as another of the ‘legends’ from 2006 has now rejoined the club, defender Darren ‘Chicken’ Jones (pictured left) putting pen to paper following the game. Darren has played in Serbia for Bangor City in the UEFA Cup. As a youngster he was on the books of Manchester City and has also played for Porthmadog and Cemaes Bay. Since last leaving Glantraeth he has been playing with Bethesda Athletic. Kev and Chris were also delighted to secure the signature of pacy winger Ryan Jones from Trearddur Bay United (pictured right). The 19 year old last season played for the Welsh Colleges' representative side. The club received another boost as 'Miracle Man Jeffers', Kieren Jeffreys, written off for the start of the season after being stretchered off during training less than three weeks ago defied medical science by coming back from trawling the bars of Malia seeming miraculously cured of injury and playing a full part in today's fine victory.

NOW IT GETS TOUGHER ?
(19/07/12) We have enjoyed two games against decent opposition this week but Saturday sees us up against higher league opponents when we travel to Rhydymwyn who have just been promoted to the Huws Gray Alliance from the Welsh National League. The Flintshire club finished in second place behind FC Cefn despite scoring a century of goals but it was their Vicarage Road ground that met the requirements of the higher league. Please note the game kicks-off at 2.00 pm and there will be a coach going to the game, leaving Malltraeth at 11.15 am and picking up at Asda, Llangefni (11.30 am) and One Stop, Llandegai (approx. 12.00 noon).

GOOD ON YA DAVE
(19/07/12) Local sports editor Dave Jones’s nomination of Bangor City’s Les Davies as one of UEFA's top 32 players has attracted the attention of the nationals over the past few days and while the former Glantraeth player will not win the award it is a tremendous honour for him to be named alongside great names like Messi, Iniesta and Ronaldo. There will be a few that feel it devalues the award having a player from the Welsh Premier League amongst the nominees but is it very much different from Porthmadog’s Dave Taylor winning the European Golden Boot in 1994? His award was based on his scoring feats in a league that could hardly compare with the Premier League or Serie A. I well remember signing a player called Lee Ramoon on loan from Altrincham, he had also played for Porthmadog. He was a Cayman Islands’ international, a country that was hardly one of the leading lights of world football, but he went on to captain and play for his national side over 200 times and in 2004 was awarded FIFA’S Order of Merit, the highest honour that FIFA can bestow (he is on the left receiving award from George Weah). It is right that players’ achievements within their own country, no matter how small, are occasionally recognised and I personally applaud Dave for his initiative. (SS)

IWAN SWITCHES FROM BODEDERN
(18/07/12) Iwan Jones has joined Glantraeth from Bodedern Athletic. Iwan has also played for Llangefni Town in the Cymru Alliance. The 26 year old has already shown he has an eye for a goal in pre-season games playing just off the strikers and could easily have had a hat-trick at Gaerwen last Saturday and then weighed in with two goals during last night’s four goal win over an impressive Holyhead Town who are certain to be a major force in the Gwynedd League this season. The home side had their moments during the opening half playing with a strong wind at their backs but a Glantraeth side much changed from the weekend proved too strong and ran out comfortable winners, the other goals coming from Gafyn Lloyd Jones and Gareth Davies.

LEAGUE'S LEADING GOALSCORER SIGNS
(17/07/12) Striker Gareth Davies has this evening signed for Glantraeth from Bethesda Athletic. Last season Gareth was the leading goalscorer in all two divisions of the Welsh Alliance with 32 goals. Gareth has been a prolific marksman over many seasons in North Wales football, his former clubs also include Beaumaris Town and Glantraeth. He scored a hat-trick in Saturday’s 4-0 win at Gaerwen, Anthony Hughes getting the other. With Bryn Roberts, Bart Slezok, Paul Rowlands, Kieren Jeffreys and Gafyn Lloyd Jones all missing it was a promising start against a Gaerwen side who played some good stuff and looked like they will do well in Division Two this season. In tonight’s pre-season game at Holyhead Town Glantraeth ran out 4-0 winners. There will be news of a further signing on the website tomorrow.

GAME NOW AT HOLYHEAD
(16/07/12) After being called off earlier today tomorrow's pre-season fixture against Holyhead Town has now been switched from Trefdraeth to their Millbank ground, kick-off 6.45 pm.

FIRST FIXTURES RELEASED
(14/07/12) The opening fixture for Glantraeth is at home to Llanrwst United on Saturday 11th August. The following Tuesday we are away to Llanberis. On Saturday 18th August Glan Conwy are the visitors to Trefdraeth and on Tuesday 21st August we host Llanrug United.

JACKPOT UP TO £1,000
(14/07/12) There was no winner in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw so the Jackpot rolls over to £1,000. The winning numbers were 1, 6 & 13. The next draw takes place in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth on Saturday 28th July at 9.00 pm.

OFF TO A WINNING START
(14/07/12) Glantraeth opened their pre-season programme this afternoon with a 4-0 win at Gaerwen.

HOME TO HOLYWELL TOWN
(11/07/12) We have a bye in the first round of the FAW Trophy. In the second round we have been drawn at home to former winners Holywell Town, tie to be played Saturday 29th September.

GLAN OPEN AT GAERWEN
(11/07/12) We begin our pre-season programme at Gaerwen next Saturday. Match referee is Allan Rowlands and the game kicks-off at 2.30 pm. Most of last season’s double winning squad have re-signed and with some additions already made and further signings likely the squad is coming together nicely although we might be a bit stretched on Saturday due to players being unavailable because of holidays, etc. Games at Gaerwen are rarely easy, never more clearly illustrated than last August when we just about scraped the three points in a hard fought league encounter. Gaerwen lost 4-1 at Bodedern last Saturday but it appeared the game was far closer than the score suggested and the Lon Groes side will be looking to boost their confidence with a good result this time out.

CONGRATULATIONS BART
(10/07/12) Gratulujemy! Życzymy Wam wszystkiego, co najlepsze! Congratulations to Glantraeth's Bartlomiej Slezok who has just been married in Poland to his fiance Aleksandra. The Polish words are to wish them all the happiness in the world (I hope!). (SS)

WELSH CUP DRAW
(10/07/12) The draw for the first qualifying round of the Welsh Cup was made at FAW Headquarters in Cardiff today. Glantraeth are one of those clubs given a bye.

TWO MORE RETURN TO GLANTRAETH
(09/07/12) Gafyn Lloyd Jones (pictured left) and Gethyn Williams (pictured right) have today signed for Glantraeth. Gethyn began last season with the club but work commitments meant he could not hold down a regular place so he moved on to Bodedern Athletic. He is now free to make a full commitment. 28 year old Gethyn, who can play in midfield or defence, has also played for Amlwch Town, Holyhead Gwelfor, Gwalchmai and Deiniolen. Gafyn Lloyd Jones has played for Glantraeth in the Cymru Alliance and is a former Welsh Youth International. Now 30 he was club captain at Llanfairpwll last season and has also been with Bodedern and Porthmadog.

LOGGS SIGNS FOR RHYL
(09/07/12) Striker Marc Evans has joined Huws Gray Alliance side Rhyl. It was always going to be difficult to hold on to a player who scored at such an incredible rate for Glantraeth last season but we are delighted he has been given this chance at such a big club with equally big ambitions to return to the Welsh Premier League. Marc will be the first to admit that he enjoyed his time with Glantraeth last season and he will always be welcome back. We wish him all the best at Belle Vue.

KIEREN OUT AT LEAST 6 WEEKS ?
(04/07/12) Central defender Kieren Jeffreys look likely to miss the start of the season after being badly injured in training last night. After a good workout with Rob of Hardcore Gym then with trainer Mike Roberts the session rounded off with a game of football that saw Kieren fall to the ground in agony with what turned out to be a ruptured calf and knee ligament damage. The diagnosis is that he is likely to be out for at least six weeks with the season just over five weeks away. It's a big blow for Kieren and the club but hopefully the diagnosis might be on the pessimistic side and he will soon be back playing.

SIR GEORGE TO CONTINUE AS CLUB PRESIDENT
(04/07/12) Sir George Meyrick of Bodorgan Hall has written to us confirming that he will 'be delighted to continue as President of the Club for the forthcoming season.' I asked chairman Gareth Evans how long Sir George has been president. He can't recall exactly but 'it's a long time' and we really appreciate his continued support. He has asked to be kept informed of the club's progress this season and hopes to be available to watch a game. (SS)

MONALIGA TOURNAMENT
(03/07/12) Glantraeth will again host the Monaliga Tournament on the ground during the afternoon of Thursday 12th July, starting at 1.30 pm and finishing at approximately 5.00 pm. The tournament is sponsored by PACT and local businesses. It will involve ten local primary schools from within the Llangefni catchment area. The canteen will be open offering hot dogs, burgers and hot and cold drinks.

GLAN SIGN WELSH INTERNATIONAL LEON NEWELL
(30/06/12) Glantraeth managers Chris Roberts and Kev O’Neill have today signed Welsh Youth International forward Leon Newell (pictured). The 18 year old began with Glantraeth Juniors before being signed by Wrexham and was then transferred to Birmingham City were he played in the youth and reserve sides. Leon has played in the Victory Shield for Wales at Under 16 level and has also represented his country at Under 17 and Under 19 levels all over Europe under manager Brian Flynn. Also signing this week was Richard Williams a 22 year old midfielder who last season played for Bryngwran and has also played for Gaerwen.

LATEST NEWS FROM TREFDRAETH
(28/06/12) The lads were given a tough workout on Tuesday evening by Rob from Hardcore Gym, the club's tracksuit sponsors, using some tortuous looking lifting equipment he brought down to the ground. There will be training again tonight.
At the club's management committee meeting it was decided that admission next season will remain at £2 with kids under 16 admitted free. The programme will again be free with paid admission (while stocks last). Despite reaching last season's final we have not entered the North Wales Coast FA Challenge Cup this time around and it is unlikely we will enter the Mawddach Barritt Cup while it is not listed as an approved competition by the FAW.

KEV ROBERTS RETURNS TO GLANTRAETH
(26/06/12) After being with Bethesda Athletic over the past few seasons Kevin Roberts has now returned to Glantraeth. Kev was a member of the Cymru Alliance double winning side in 2006 and enjoyed a lengthy spell at Trefdraeth during the time Paul Whelan was manager. He can play up front or in midfield and has also played in the past for Cemaes Bay and Porthmadog. We welcome Kevin back to the club.

MORE HONOURS FOR GLANTRAETH
(25/06/12) Saturday's Welsh Alliance AGM at Llanfairfechan saw Glantraeth gain more honours with Kev O'Neill and Chris Roberts jointly winning Division Two Manager of the Year. Marc Evans got the trophy for Leading Goalscorer in the Division and the Club also picked up the Programme of the Year award for Division Two.

GRIFF WINS £1,000 JACKPOT
(23/06/12) The winner of the £1,000 Rollover Jackpot in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw was Griff Owen of Chapel Street, Gaerwen. The winning numbers were 3, 12 & 18. The next draw takes place in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 14th July at 9.00 pm.

GOOD TURNOUT AT TRAINING
(20/06/12) Preparations for the new season have now started in earnest with a good turnout at training last night.

TRAINING STARTS TUESDAY
(17/06/12) Training commences on the ground next Tuesday, 19th June, 6.30 pm start. The all weather pitch at Plas Arthur, Llangefni has been booked for 7 – 8 pm every Tuesday commencing 4th September and throughout the season. A reminder that managers Kev O’Neill and Chris Roberts can be contacted on 07717 609790 and 07876 010406 respectively.

CONGRATULATIONS CHRIS & SHARRON
(15/06/12) Congratulations to Chris Roberts and Sharron on the birth of a baby girl. Madi Wyn Roberts, born last night at 10.08 pm. A sister to Mia Madi weighed in at 7 lbs 1 oz.

A PEDIGREE SECOND TO NONE
(15/06/12) When the club took a break from football a couple of years back there were one or two people only too eager to write the club off for good but in truth they were only those who know next to nothing about Glantraeth and the people who run it and this has been reinforced by the club’s incredible success over the past two seasons since returning to football. Much has quite rightly been said about the management and players but at Glantraeth we also have a committee that has a pedigree in football second to none. Chairman Gareth Evans, vice-chairman Les Thomas (pictured), treasurer John P Owen and Len Jones have been with Glantraeth since the club was founded in 1984 and have taken the club from the second division of the Anglesey League to champions of the second division of Welsh football, the Cymru Alliance, in 2006 then completing the double by winning the League Cup as well. On top of that they took the club to the quarter-finals of the Welsh Cup in 2003-04 season which included a win over Bangor City at Farrar Road. These are the ones along with those that have since moved on that have established the foundations of the club and developed the fundraising initiatives that have served the club so well over many years now. Adding his experience to this in 2007 was Reg Bryant who as chairman of Bodedern led that club from the Anglesey League through to a top half finish in the Cymru Alliance. Reg is also a former referee and has been on the management committee of the Cymru Alliance and a council member of the North Wales Coast FA. Last but not least is secretary Stan Strickland who as secretary and director of Lancashire club Burscough FC played a prominent role in that club gaining three promotions from the second division of the North West Counties League to the UniBond League Premier Division and winning the English FA Trophy at Villa Park in 2003 despite being 600-1 outsiders at the start of the competition. It all adds up to a formidable group of people behind the scenes looking to maintain Glantraeth’s reputation as one of the most successful village clubs in the history of North Wales’ football.

TY CRWN SIGN UP AGAIN
(15/06/12) More good news on the sponsorship front. Arfon Williams of Ty Crwn Garage, Gaerwen has again agreed to sponsor the club's home kit next season and Swift Windows & Conservatories based in Dwyran have agreed to sponsor a new blue away kit from Teejac. We thank all our sponsors for their support.

INVITATION FROM THE CHAMPIONS
(13/06/12) Promoted to the Welsh Premier League as Huws Gray Alliance Champions Gap Connah's Quay have invited us to play a pre-season game at the Deeside Stadium on Tuesday 24th July with a 7.30 pm kick-off. It is a chance to renew acquaintance with Gap secretary Trev Green who held a similar position at Queens Park and Ruthin Town during our Cymru Alliance days. The following Tuesday, 31st July, we will host Llanfairpwll at Trefdraeth, that one kicks-off at 6.45 pm. The scheduled game at home to Bro Goronwy on Tuesday 10th July has been cancelled. Fixtures page has been updated.

JACKPOT UP TO £1,000
(09/06/12) There was no winner in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw so there will be a Rollover Jackpot of £1,000 when the next draw takes place in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth on Saturday 23rd June at 9.00 pm. Winning numbers were 6, 13 & 16.

GLANTRAETH GO HARDCORE
(07/06/12) Hardcore Gym of Llangefni have kindly agreed to sponsor new player's tracksuits this coming season. Based in Bridge Street, Llangefni and with gyms also in Bangor, Caernarfon & Holyhead we are indebted to them for their support. They have purchased Puma PowerCat Tracksuits for us (as pictured) in Red, White & Black that will be personalised with the sponsors name/logo and the club badge. A link has been added opposite to the Hardcore Gym website. We hope to have news of further sponsorships over the next few weeks.


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