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