WORTH THE EFFORT
(25/12/13) It said much for the drainage work carried out on the ground during the summer that we were the only Welsh Alliance game on the island to go ahead on Saturday, the others being off due to waterlogged pitches. In truth the pitch was so clearly playable it wasn't even an issue but there was a concern about the strength of the wind. I think the decision to go ahead was vindicated by the fact that both sides played much better against the elements. From our point of view it's another win and another three points and although we face some really tough games over the next month or so we are now handily placed to make a real challenge. Our quality came through in the second half after a less than inspiring first period but whatever is going on behind the scenes at Nefyn they looked well motivated for this one and it goes down as an excellent result for us.
There does not yet seem to have been realisation by league officials that in this kind of weather kick-off times of 2 pm or 1.45 pm are pushing it with games finishing in near darkness. For instance it is very doubtful if our cup game at Glan Conwy could have been completed if it had gone to extra-time and penalties.
Next Weekend Llanfairpwll are the visitors and we know that winning island derby games is never easy. Kick-off is 2.00 pm and the referee is Nathan Jones.
With the laundry now shut for the holiday period we are indebted to Helen who has agreed to wash the kit on top of all the many other jobs she does for the club. (SS)
Happy Christmas everyone.
GLANTRAETH MOVE UP TO FOURTH
(21/12/13) Glantraeth's good run continued but they really had to work for the three points. With a gale force wind blowing straight in from Malltraeth Bay this was very much a game of two halves, but not in the way expected. After early efforts from Mark Jones and Craig Evans for Glantraeth it was the visitors playing into the gale who were by far the more impressive side dictating much
of the play although they can thank some dreadful defending for their opening goal on 19 minutes as Chris Hough's back pass was intercepted by Aron Williams who bent the ball around advancing keeper Elliot Smith to give Nefyn the lead. The visitors continued to call the shots while Glantraeth were struggling to make the elements count in their favour but did get themselves back in the game a minute before the break as Paul Rowlands found the net from an acute angle with the help of a deflection (top picture). If Nefyn thought they could carry on as they left off with the wind in their favour they were in for a rude awakening as following a good opportunity on 47 minutes for their number 11 Llion Jones
Glan took control playing the kind of football that was absent during that first forty-five minutes. On 66 minutes the Anglesey side took the lead and what a superb goal it was. Great link up play by Steve Jones and Craig Evans led to a quite brilliant finish by Mark Jones as he took control of the ball and fired past keeper Ian Aikman all in one movement. Mark Jones was again the scorer twelve minutes later as Craig Evans won the ball and fed Paul Rowlands out on the left who swept in an inch perfect left foot cross for Jones to head high into the net. Glantraeth were now rampant and a minute later Steve Jones rifled home an unstoppable shot to make it 4-1. With four minutes remaining and with the light badly fading Nefyn substitute Dafydd Jones got them a goal back. Final score: Glantraeth 4 Nefyn United 2
Pics Aled Jones
(21/12/13) Today's game with Nefyn United is on, kick-off 2.00 pm.
BACK TO LEAGUE ACTION
(18/12/13) Nefyn United are the visitors to Glantraeth on Saturday as we get back to league business. The side from the Llyn Peninsular are currently managerless, Dylan Williams having left the club last week. Kick-off is 2.00 pm and the match referee is Mark James assisted by Ceri Pritchard and Gwyn Thomas.
REVISED JANUARY FIXTURES
(16/12/13) Glantraeth will be at home to league leaders Denbigh Town in the opening game of 2014 on Saturday 4th January. The following Saturday sees the second round of the Mawddach Challenge Cup as we travel along the coast to face Meliden. Holywell Town are the visitors on the 18th and the final Saturday of the month will be another home league fixture, this time Barmouth & Dyffryn United the opponents. Fixtures page has been updated.
GOOD DEFENDING THE KEY
(15/12/13) Another good win yesterday and as usual my report mainly concentrated on the goals scored and the scorers, unfair maybe but that's the way it works. However, it has been the defending that has given us the platform to put some good results together over recent weeks with only three goals conceded in the last five games. Two excellent saves from Elliot Smith in the opening twenty minutes from Cassidy could well have been game changers and there was little we could do about their goal as their player let fly from well out and once the wind caught it the ball took on a life of its own and fair flew into the net. Chris Hough got his first start in a few weeks and was sound throughout at right back. Gari Owen, who only turned 16 in August to enable him to play senior football, has done an excellent job whether asked to play either right or left back with nine starts already this season. I've always liked Lee Jones as a centre back from his previous spell at Glantraeth and when playing with Gaerwen and Llangefni and he has been really solid in the middle and even travelled back from Warrington for some games. Then there is Warren Gibbs whose experience shone through yesterday in conditions that were a nightmare for any goalkeeper or defender. His reading of the game and calm control while trees and buildings threatened to come down all around us was a real feature of our defending. Trains weren't running on the Conwy line yesterday because of the gale force winds but seems OK to send out twenty two footballers. Credit to both teams for giving us something resembling a game of football in such conditions. (SS)
THREE SHARE £1,000
(15/12/13) The winning numbers in last night's 3 Number Lotto draw were 4, 8 & 16. There were three winners; Ann Morlais of Malltraeth, Morrey of Holyhead & Margaret Evans of Bodedern. The next draw is in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 28th December.
FIVE GOALS BLOW AWAY CONWY
(14/12/13) A game played in ridiculous conditions that should have seen all games called off the day before with 70mph winds forecast but despite that Glantraeth manager Chris Roberts will have been delighted with his team's performance as they ran out 5-1 winners at Glan Conwy. Bart Slezok fired over for the visitors on seven minutes and five minutes later it took a fine save from keeper Elliot Smith to prevent Matt Cassidy opening the scoring for the Conwy side. Steve Jones fired wide from a good position on the quarter hour mark following a good cross from Paul Rowlands and Elliot Smith was again in action to save from Cassidy as play switched to the other end. Glantraeth were playing some excellent football considering the gale force wind but good football doesn't always win you games in these conditions and Glan Conwy's more direct style of play got it's reward on twenty minutes as Liam Griffiths tried his luck from thirty yards out and his wind assisted effort gave Smith not a prayer. After home keeper Chris Wright had made a flying save from Mark Jones Glantraeth got back in the game approaching the thirty minute mark as Bart Skezok volleyed home a cross from James Saxon (top picture). The wind was swirling all over the place and it was difficult to tell which team it favoured but Glantraeth took a firm grip of the game after the break going ahead on 55 minutes as Mark Jones was pulled down by the keeper and Craig Evans converted the penalty kick. Mark Jones was again through on goal with fifteen minutes remaining and clinically struck the ball past Wright to make it 3-1 for the Anglesey side and two minutes later a cross from the right hung up in the wind and it was Steve Jones who read the flight of the ball best to fire into the roof of the net. The goals continued to flow for the visitors as with the game in the 87th minute Mark Jones was once more brought crashing to the ground by the keeper and got up to score his second and Glantraeth's fifth. Glantraeth will now be away to Meliden in the third round of the Mawddach Cup.
Pics by Aled Jones, more on Facebook later.
CUP CHALLENGE AT CAE FFWT
(10/12/13) We meet up again with Glan Conwy next Saturday, this time in the Mawddach Challenge Cup, and will be looking for a better performance than our last meeting. That game apart our form has been good over a few weeks now even in the unlucky defeats at Barmouth and Denbigh and there is no reason why we can't make further progress in this competition if we maintain the same standards. Kick-off at Cae Ffwt is 1.45 pm. We will be in the red kit and the referee is Martin Trigg.
THREE POINTS & A CLEAN SHEET
(07/12/13) In a game that was something of a reprise of the previous week's meeting a great strike from Craig Roberts eight minutes from time killed off any hopes of Llandyrnog rescuing anything from the game as Glantraeth ran out 3-0 winners. It was another impressive performance from the Bodorgan side with a third clean sheet in the last four games the icing on the cake. The closest to a goal in the opening half-hour came on 27 minutes as Chris House met a
free kick from the right and was only inches away from putting the visitors ahead. Glan then began to threaten with Mark Jones and Craig Evans having shots blocked and Craig Roberts firing over but it was a miss-kick by keeper Jamie Clayton just past the thirty minute mark that led to the home side taking the lead as Mark Jones took advantage with a beautifully flighted chip over the stranded keeper. Jones twice went close again before a trip on Craig Evans two minutes before the break led to a penalty that Evans comfortably converted (top picture). Mark Jones was a constant menace and twice went close either side of a good effort by Dyrnog's Lucas Cruz. Glantraeth were plugging away to try and get a third that would make the three points safe and thought they had it on 79 minutes as a fine save from James Saxon fell loose for Steve Jones to hit home but an offside flag ruled it out. Three minutes later it was game over as James Saxon's cross from the left was laid off by Bart Slezok for Craig Roberts to score with a sweet left foot volley from just inside the box.
HOME DRAW FOR GLANTRAETH
(06/12/13) Glantraeth will be at home to Llanrug United or Llandudno Junction in the semi-finals of the Cookson Cup. In the second round of the Mawddach Cup Glantraeth or Glan Conwy will travel to face Llandyrnog United or Meliden.
MUCH BETTER BOYS
(05/12/13) Glantraeth are up to fifth place in this month's just released Fair Play Table for Division One and only one point away from being in second place. Well done boys there has been a real effort made by the management and players to improve our discipline this season. Last Saturday at home to Llandyrnog United the game was played in a great spirit with not a yellow or red card in sight for either side in what was an excellent example of common sense refereeing by Tony Moore and this week with the two sides meeting again we expect things to be no different. (SS)
LLANDYRNOG BACK AGAIN
(01/12/13) Next Saturday we again entertain Llandyrnog United, this time for a league fixture, kick-off 2.00 pm. The scoreline of four goals to nil suggests an easy win yesterday but it was anything but and we only made the game safe in that final ten minutes. There must be no relaxing this time out, the league is our bread and butter and we need to win this one after slipping up against Glan Conwy.
The referee appointed for this game is Arwel Jones.
GLANTRAETH INTO SEMI-FINALS
(30/11/13) This was a far better performance from Glantraeth in a game when Llandyrnog pushed them all the way but a Steve Jones strike ten minutes from time ended their resistance and they were fortunate in the end to only lose 4-0. In a low key start Glan's Mark Jones had a shot deflected wide on ten minutes and four minutes later Liam Jones lifted a shot on to the top of the crossbar as Dyrnog replied. The game suddenly came alive on 38 minutes as Ryan
Davies powered home from 15 yards out (pictured right) and two minutes later Bryn Roberts' cross wasn't cleared and Mark Jones was on hand to score from close in. Dyrnog looked fired up after the break but it was Glan who came closest on 58 minutes as keeper Jamie Clayton did well to push Steve Jones' shot against a post. Glan's Mark Jones headed a foot wide then Liam Jones did well to get in a shot for the visitors that passed just over and it continued to be those two that looked the most likely scorers as the game swung end to end. On 80 minutes Glantraeth took an unassailable 3-0 lead as Chris Hough headed the ball out of defence for Ryan Davies to put Mark Jones clear down the left and his cross was confidently converted by Steve Jones. A minute later Paul Rowlands cut in from the left to score a fourth (top picture). Dyrnog were now being overrun with Steve Jones twice going close, one of which he should have scored, and Mark Jones volleying just wide. Glantraeth are now through to the semi-finals of the Cookson Cup.
Pics by Aled Jones
30th ANNIVERSARY DINNER
(27/11/13) The dinner to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of Glantraeth will be held at the Tafarn Y Rhos, Rhostrehwfa on Friday 6th June next year. More news in the New Year.
LLANDYRNOG THE VISITORS
(27/11/13) It's cup action at Glantraeth next Saturday as Llandyrnog United are the visitors in the second round of the Lock Stock Cookson Cup. Kick-off is 1.45 pm and the match referee is Tony Moore. We need a far better performance than against Glan Conwy.
JACKPOT UP TO £1,000
(23/11/13) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 6, 9 & 15. There were no winners so the jackpot rises to £1,000. The next draw is in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth on Saturday 14th December.
(23/11/13) This was a stuttering, sub-standard performance from Glantraeth and although a late surge might have won all three points it was Glan Conwy who will feel they should have won this game after being the better side for a good part of the ninety minutes. Glantraeth started well enough with keeper Christian Wright making a point blank save from Mark Jones on four minutes then taking the lead on 29 minutes as Steve Jones drove home a low shot from the edge of the area (pictured below). Approaching the break Glan Conwy began to exert real
pressure on the home goal with keeper Elliot Smith making a brilliant save from a Stefan Whiteley header and two minutes later rescuing his side as Ryan Stuart blasted a shot on target. The game seemed to be going Glantraeth's way as a cross from young Gari Owen in first half injury time dropped over Wright and found the far corner of the net (top picture). It was the chance for Glantraeth to go on and take control but after an early save from Steve Jones it was Glan Conwy who again began to look the more threatening with Mereck Knight cutting in from the left on 53 minutes and letting fly with a shot that gave Smith no chance. Six minutes later the visitors drew level as the home side gifted possession while attacking leaving the visitors to break quickly down the right and Knight was left with an easy tap-in as the cross came in. It was a terrible goal to give away but on the balance of play well deserved. With the game entering the final fifteen minutes Glantraeth began to show some urgency with a good effort from Mark Jones well saved then Ryan Davies headed over from a Gari Owen cross. As play went upfield Smith made a good save from substitute Conor Davies and with the final kick of the game Mereck Knight had the chance to win it for his side but shot just wide. Final score: Glantraeth 2 Glan Conwy 2
INTEREST FROM OZ
(20/11/13) Good to know that Aberffraw's own Crocodile Dundee Douglas Fowlie is still following our fortunes from Australia via the website. He recently sent the following message, "The book about Glantraeth will be a great read, I enjoy reading the website, keeping up to speed with local football. Keep it up Stan, really is one of the best football websites going!" I can well recall Douglas coming to games at Glantraeth with his dad when he was about fourteen and, never short of confidence, telling us what was wrong with the way we were running the club. I think it was the season we won the Cymru Alliance league and cup double! He has recently moved to live in Darwin right up there in the Northern Territory. Douglas remains convinced that this time next year he will be a millionaire so good luck to him, he has shown a great sense of adventure and it is true that travel broadens the mind though his heart will always remain in Aberffraw City. (SS)
UP TO FIFTH PLACE
(18/11/13) A massive win on Saturday that took us up to fifth place. It was nice to win a local derby but it was the three points that counted. It was crucial that we quickly got over the frustration of losing out in the way we did at Denbigh and it was the perfect response against a very competitive Gwalchmai side. We had players missing and players injured but there was a passion and determination in the side that suggested nothing was going to stop us this time. We hardly put a foot wrong in defence and took our chances well at the other end and the kind of performances we have put in over the last two games is what we have to carry forward as we aim to move onwards and upwards in this league starting next Saturday at home to Glan Conwy. Kick-off is 2.00 pm and the referee is Nathan Jones.
GLAN MAKE NO MISTAKE THIS TIME
(16/11/13) Glantraeth were in ruthless mood today, strong in defence and finishing with real venom when the opportunity arose at the other end in contrast to last week at Denbigh last week when they should have won comfortably. In truth Gwalchmai proved far stiffer opposition than the league leaders but this week the result was the right one. Glantraeth took the game to Gwalchmai from the kick-off and were unlucky not to go ahead in the sixth
minute as a searching ball from Lee Jones found James Saxon who smashed his shot against the bar and keeper Ryan McKean made an incredible save as Steve Jones followed up with a powerful drive that looked destined for the net. Paul Rowlands had an effort deflected over on 11 minutes and the pressure paid off a minute later as Tom Taylor headed on a Saxon corner and Craig Roberts steamed in to head home. The home side replied with an effort from Corey Sinott that was blocked by Lee Jones and then Gari Owen did well to get in a tackle on Andy Williams as he threatened from the left. Gwalchmai had come back strongly and had a loud shout for a penalty on 21 minutes after claiming a trip by Lee Jones. Andy Williams brought a fine save from Glan keeper Elliot Smith on 32 minutes but the visitors struck again two minutes later as Lee
Jones found Steve Jones and although his shot was well blocked the ball fell nicely for Craig Evans to sweep home (top picture). Glantraeth came close to adding a third on the hour mark as the keeper made a fine save from Mark Jones and Jones hit the rebound a foot wide. Gwalchmai had their first real chance of the game on 66 minutes when Andy Williams went clear but with keeper Elliot Smith stranded in no-man's land he lobbed his shot wide. Brilliantly led by captain Tom Taylor and with 16 year old Gari Owen putting in a fine performance at right back the Glantraeth defence was proving difficult to crack as the home side desperately fought to get back in the game and it was the Bodorgan side who came closest to another goal five minutes from time as Mark Jones was inches away from converting a James Saxon cross. Without Warren Gibbs, Ryan Davies and Darren Jones, almost all the usual back four, and with Bart Slezok and Craig Roberts having to limp off injured this was an excellent and much needed three points for Glantraeth. Final score: Gwalchmai 0 Glantraeth 2
More pics by Aled Jones on Facebook tomorrow.
HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
(13/11/13) December's fixtures are out and after being away on six out of the previous seven Saturdays we are now in for a run of home games following the Gwalchmai fixture. A week after entertaining Llandyrnog United in the Cookson Cup they are back at Glantraeth for a league fixture on Saturday 7th December. On the 14th we are away to Glan Conwy in the Mawddach Cup. We then have league fixtures at home to Nefyn United on the 21st and finish the month at home to Llanfairpwll on the 28th.
30th ANNIVERSARY PLANS
(11/11/13) With the thirtieth anniversary of Glantraeth coming up next year I have begun researching the club history from the very start of the club back in 1984 with the intention of bringing out a souvenir book at the end of the season. I hope to interview as many people as possible who have played a major role in what the club has achieved over the whole of the last thirty years and I am particularly keen to learn about the early days of the club. I can only do that with the help of others. I would therefore ask anyone who can help with pictures, press cuttings and any other kind of memorabilia from any period of the club's history to get in touch or simply lay down in writing any memories or anecdotes you may have of the club. I can be emailed by just clicking on the contact website at the bottom of the left hand column or phone or text me on 07743 483733. We also intend to have a thirtieth anniversary dinner next June. More news of that in the not too distant future. (Stan Strickland).
Pictured above is the 1985-1986 Glantraeth team managed by Robin Evans.
POSITIVE TO TAKE FORWARD
(11/11/13) Manager Chris Roberts words after Saturday's game "I can't believe we lost that" certainly resonated but after playing the league leaders off the park for seventy minutes we should not have had to rely on a last ditch penalty to try and get something from the game. Denbigh's record of 36 goals scored and only 5 conceded speaks for itself and the fact that we were by far the better side is the positive we have to take forward for next Saturday's local derby at Gwalchmai. Denbigh's supporters are a fair minded bunch and they were honest enough to admit we were the best side they have played and that the ref got a major decision badly wrong. Talking of supporters the league website gave the attendance as 150. I counted 39 including our coach driver! For a town of 9,000 people with their team top of the table and having been scoring goals for fun that's pathetic and they deserve better. Saturday's game at Gwalchmai kicks off at 2.00 pm, we are in the red kit and the referee is Peter Owen. (SS)
PHANTOM KEEPER SAVES LEADERS
(09/11/13) Denbigh keeper Mike Jones was mobbed by his teammates at the final whistle as with the last kick of the game he saved a Jason Harvey penalty to give the leaders the points. It was hard to take for Glantraeth as Jones should not have even been on the pitch. It was as clear cut straight red as you could ever see as he brought Mark Jones crashing to the ground when through on goal only nine minutes into the game with not a covering defender in sight but referee Phil Hughes thought otherwise, blowing for a free kick on
the edge of the area and only cautioning the player. It was an unfathomable decision and would prove decisive as Jones went on to save his side with a series of crucial saves. Once again though Glantraeth have to question their inability to punish the opposition as for the first hour they gave the league leaders a football lesson yet were still only tied at one-all when they should have had a clear lead. Right from the kick-off Glan took the game to Denbigh and following that ninth minute incident Mark Jones flashed a shot inches wide, Craig Evans headed over and an almighty goalmouth scramble saw an effort from Mark Jones cleared off the line. Denbigh had their first chance on 22 minutes, keeper Elliot Smith going full length to save from Stu Vernon. With any luck Mark Jones could have had a hat-trick by now as he had a shot saved at point blank range on 26 minutes but a minute later Glan paid the price for their failure to make all their possession count as Denbigh broke quickly and caught the visitor's defence flat footed for Mark Roberts to score. Glantraeth continued to press with Jones pulling off another fine save from a Craig Roberts' header and on the stroke of half-time Paul Rowlands fired a foot over. After the break Glantraeth began to get even more on top, playing some superb football and finally got a deserved equaliser on 54 minutes as Mark Jones fired into the roof of the net as Denbigh struggled to clear the ball (top picture). Just past the hour mark an effort from Bart Slezok looked goalbound only for a defender to get back and clear. Denbigh's Mark Roberts was alway dangerous and his run down the right ended with a shot against a post but it was still the visitors in charge as Mark Jones and Paul Tilbury both had shots blocked then keeper Mike Jones pulled off another great save from Mark Jones and also the follow up from Paul Rowlands. As the game entered it's final twenty minutes Denbigh started to at last look like league leaders and it was now Glan that were hanging on with Mike Lundstrum and Mark Roberts both going close and with ten minutes remaining they went ahead as Jonny Slater met a left flank cross at the near post. It was nearly all over for Glan three minutes from time as Mark Roberts struck the bar with a good effort. Glan pushed forward with normal time almost up and a fine cross from Jason Harvey was met by Mark Jones who fired over from ten yards out. With the game in the third minute of added time it looked like Glantraeth's luck might have changed as they were awarded a penalty after Mark Jones was brought down only for Jones to save Harvey's powerfully driven spot kick. Instead of being the hero how different the afternoon should have been for the Denbigh keeper! Final score: Denbigh Town 2 Glantraeth 1
More pics from Aled on Facebook tomorrow
COOKSON CUP ROUND 2 DRAW
(08/11/13) Glantraeth have been drawn at home to Llandyrnog United in the second round of the Cookson Cup. Tie to be played Saturday 30th November.
LEAGUE LEADERS IN OUR SIGHTS
(04/11/13) They don't come much tougher than a visit to the league leaders and Denbigh Town have set a tremendous pace since the first day of the season but have in recent games shown that they are not unbeatable after all. However, at the time of writing they remain unbeaten in the league and it would be nice to put an end to that next Saturday. At our best we have every chance. As Denbigh have floodlights kick-off is 2.30 pm. The referee is Phil Hughes, we will be in the blue kit and there will be a coach going to the game leaving Malltraeth 11.45 am, main pick-ups Asda, Llangefni 12.00 noon & One Stop 12.30 pm.
THREE FROM STEVE AS GLAN GO THROUGH
(02/11/13) With thirty minutes left and the score at two-all there was still much to play for but the introduction of Bryn Roberts from the bench brought fresh life to the home side as they went on to win 4-2 and go through to the second round of the Cookson Cup. Glan pressed strongly at the start with Craig Roberts almost taking advantage of a mistake by keeper Paul Roberts in the first minute then Jason Harvey fired just over, Mark Jones had a shot blocked and Tom Taylor headed over from a Steve Jones cross. Llanrwst had a let-off on the ten minute mark as Harvey blasted a ball in from the left and saw it come back off the bar. Against the run of play the visitors took the lead on 14 minutes as a ball came in from the right and Paul Cassidy was there to finish
at the near post. The game had now evened out although the strong wind was causing play to be scrappy at times. A fine save by Roberts from a Craig Evans' header was matched at the other end as Glan keeper Elliot Smith kept out a good effort from Kane Williams. The Anglesey side pulled level on 26 minutes as Steve Jones lifted the ball over the keeper and into the top corner of the net. Two minutes following the break Mark Jones headed against a post for the home side with Tom Taylor following up only to see his shot cleared off the line. It was 2-1 to Glantraeth on 51 minutes as Steve Jones got his
second with a tremendous drive following good play from Jason Harvey and Craig Roberts. Play switched to the other end as Llanrwst were awarded a free kick that Glan failed to clear and predictably it was Aron Jones who pounced to put Llanrwst back on terms. The second period had been a big improvement on the first with both sides coping much better with the conditions and Glan went back in front on 63 minutes as good play from Bryn Roberts on the left set up the chance for Mark Jones to chest the ball in for his eighth goal of the season. The home side were now well in control with Mark Jones having a shot saved, Tom Taylor twice heading over and Steve Jones shooting inches wide. With five minutes left the tie was decided with Bryn Roberts again the provider for Steve Jones to complete his hat-trick.
Some more pics from Aled on Facebook tomorrow.
GAME DEFINITELY ON
(02/11/13) Following a few enquiries by phone we can confirm today's home game against Llanrwst United is definitely on, kick-off 1.45 pm.
REQUEST FROM IGOR IN RUSSIA
(01/11/13) We get a lot of requests for club badges, etc, by email, most often from Eastern Europe, and it is impossible to answer them all particularly as
they rarely include any offer of payment. Occasionally there is one however that stands out from the pack. I recall one we got from Ushuaia in Argentina which is the most southern city in the world and we did fulfill that request. We have just received another from Igor Kyznetsov who plays for one of the junior sides of a Russian Premier League club. He is has written a nice letter in good English with a picture (Igor is on the left as the players go to practice)). He wrote: "Hello, My name is Igor Kuznetsov, I'm 13 years old. I live in the city of Nizhny Novgorod and 5 years engaged in football. I've been playing in the youth team of FC Volga Nizhny Novgorod. Our team three years ago, came to the top division championship of Russia and in the future I hope to defend the colors of the Volga adult team - this is my dream. I just love football, I collect different football badges, pennants and other football attributes. I would like to ask you a little souvenir for my collection. I would be glad to any souvenir from you. Thank you very much. May all your dreams come true. Igor Kyznetsov, Russia, Nizhny Novgorod, Lane Garazhny 5-76, 603089."
LLANRWST AGAIN IN FIRING LINE
(28/10/13) After five weeks away from home we finally return to Glantraeth on Saturday when we face Llanrwst United for the third time, this time in the first round of the Cookson Cup. Llanrwst have twice copped it following our frustration of having lost the previous week and their is certainly an air of frustration around after our loss at Barmouth. It was hard to fault our performance in many ways as we played some excellent football on a heavy pitch and for long periods made a decent side like Barmouth look very much second best. If the penalty had gone in I believe it would have been game over and we would all have been reflecting on a fine and thoroughly deserved win. The home side could have had few complaints if we had won by three or four goals but their never-say-die spirit kept them in the game and enabled them to pinch it at the finish. Good luck to them in the next round, we can only blame ourselves for not winning. Please note next Saturday's game kicks off at 1.45 pm. The referee is Gwilym Evans. (SS)
JACKPOT UP TO £1,000 !!
(26/10/13) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 6, 11 & 19. There was no winner so there will be a Rollover Jackpot of £1,000 at the next draw in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth on Saturday 9th November.
BARMOUTH DELIVER SHOCK KO
(26/10/13) Glantraeth should have had this tie won hands down but missed chances left them vulnerable and with only a goal in it and time almost up Barmouth pulled level then in the third minute of injury time scored again to add insult to injury and finish 2-1 winners. The opening half-hour was fairly evenly contested with Mark Jones three times going close for Glan with Carwyn Jones and Stuart Rogers shooting wide for the home side. As the interval approached Glantraeth began to exert real pressure with a series of corner kicks and crosses testing the home defence and the pressure paid off on 37
minutes as Mark Jones got on the end of a Bryn Roberts' cross and headed home off the underside of the crossbar. Barmouth began the second half with Gary Hughes testing keeper Elliot Smith but then Glan took complete control as they laid siege to the home goal and should have gone two up on 50 minutes as Mark Jones wriggled through but hit his angled shot straight at the keeper when a squared ball would have left Craig Evans with a simple tap in. Bryn Roberts was having a field day on the right sending in crosses with one going right across the face of goal with no-one able to get a finishing touch. Keeper Darren Andrews pulled off a tremendous save from Roberts on 58 minutes then Ryan Davies fired just over. Barmouth were being overrun and got lucky just past the hour mark as a goalbound shot from Paul Tilbury hit Ryan Davies stood almost on the goalline. The home side were non-existent as an attacking force and had another let off with fifteen minutes left as Paul Rowlands sent in a searching ball from the right and Craig Evans was inches away from making contact. With only one goal in it Glan were reminded of the danger when Gary Hughes went close for Barmouth three minutes later but it looked finally to be all over for the home side on 83 minutes as Mark Jones was pulled back in the area for a clear penalty. Jones took the kick himself but Andrews dived to his right to save and the visitors were punished in the last minute as substitute Bobby Griffith raced clear to score after a move had broken down on the edge of the Barmouth penalty area. If Glantraeth felt sorry for themselves at not killing this game off earlier they were left even more distraught in the third minute of added time as George Southerns scored again to give Barmouth a win against all the odds. Final score: Barmouth & Dyffryn United 2 Glantraeth 1
GAME ON !!!
(26/10/13) Following a pitch inspection today's game at Barmouth is ON.
MALCOLM ALLEN AT AMLWCH
(25/10/13) Former Wales International Malcolm Allen has agreed to be the guest speaker at a fund raising evening for Amlwch Town next month. Malcolm represented Wales fourteen times, scoring three times and his former clubs include Newcastle United, Norwich City, Watford, Millwall and Aston Villa. He currently works as a presenter on S4C's football show Sgorio. The event is to be held at The Lastra Farm Hotel on Friday 8th November and tickets cost £12.50, which includes a hotpot meal. Tickets are available from club committee members. Alternatively you can get in touch through Amlwch's Twitter and Facebook pages or by emailing email@example.com
CHANCE TO MAKE LAST 32
(22/10/13) Next Saturday we travel down to the Mawddach estuary to face Barmouth & Dyffryn United in the third round of the FAW Trophy. Last season we gave two good performances against Barmouth and lost both. Our home game was so one-sided it was almost inconceivable that we went down 1-0, but we did. More important than worrying about putting past wrongs right is the chance to secure a place in the last 32. We will still have a few players missing for one reason or another but on our day it is a game that we are more than capable of winning. We need the same determination not to be beaten as we showed last Saturday never better illustrated than in this picture of Tom Taylor as captured by Aled Jones. Kick-0ff is 2.00 pm, we are in the red kit and the referee is R.C.Jenkins of Penrhyncoch. There is a coach going to the game leaving Malltraeth 10.30 am, main pick-ups at Asda, Llangefni 10.45 am & One Stop 11.15 am. (SS)
TELLING IT AS IT IS
(21/10/13) I am now in my sixth year running the Glantraeth website and as someone never shy in voicing an opinion it is inevitable that not everyone will agree with the views I put forward. I have no problem with that, anything rather than being bland and boring. I get accused of reporting our games through rose tinted glasses. At other times I get accused of being too critical of the team. I wouldn't dispute either but If you are really passionate about a club that's what happens. I also had an email following an article last week complaining that I did not give enough credit to some of the people who helped start the club back in the 1980s. I replied that instead of complaining they should put some words together, maybe supply a picture or two, and I would love to do such a feature. Much of that time is still shrouded in mystery, well it is to me. Amongst many stories I have heard talk of the infamous Glantraeth Zoo and a boxing club on the site but know little else and would like to know more. I will always tell it as I see it, trying to keep everyone happy would make for a very dull website and that would be of no interest to me. (SS)
JUST WHAT WAS NEEDED
(20/10/13) After two narrow away defeats at Holywell and Bodedern we desperately needed a good result at Llanrwst and it wasn't looking too promising as we went two behind just past the hour mark. We had been the better side up until then and it would have been easy for heads to drop but with a little reorganisation from manager Chris Roberts including pushing Tom Taylor forward and bringing on Paul Tilbury we staged a remarkable recovery to take all three points, made even more remarkable as we were without players of the calibre of Warren Gibbs, Ryan Davies, Bryn Roberts, James Saxon, Chris Saxon and Jason Harvey. Llanrwst had run Cymru Alliance high flyers Conwy Borough close the previous week and were anything but a pushover, keeper Elliot Smith making several good saves at vital stages of the game, but we did have a measure of control throughout and were well deserving of maximum points. It might have been hat-trick hero Mark Jones who took the headlines but this was a tremendous team effort, just what was needed and what a game !! (SS)
MARK JONES HAT-TRICK SEES....
GLAN COME FROM BEHIND TO WIN
(19/10/13) With just over twenty minutes left Glantraeth found themselves two down and seemingly headed for defeat but a stunning fight back saw them score four times to emerge worthy winners. Even at two down Glan could claim to have been the better side without much to show for it although Llanrwst were always dangerous going forward particularly number nine Aaron Jones. The home side were first in action as Aaron Jones went clear on six minutes but keeper Elliot Smith made
a good block. Glantraeth should have gone ahead seven minutes later only for Mark Jones to head over from a great position following a Paul Rowlands free kick. It was end-to-end stuff with Aaron Jones proving a real handful and Smith had to pull off another fine save on the twenty minute mark from the Llanrwst striker. The visitors came closest to a goal on 25 minutes as Craig Roberts beat the keeper only for defender Barry Owen to race back and make a last ditch clearance off the goal line. As half-time approached It was Glantraeth who were getting well on top with Mark Jones inches wide with a great first time volley from a ball in by Steve Jones. Right on the interval Llanrwst were awarded a free kick on the edge of the area after a foul by Darren Jones and Leighton Griffiths placed his shot over the defensive wall and into the top corner. The second period opened with Glan again on the attack with Steve Jones firing too high from a good position and a minute later having another more difficult chance also go too high. On 63 minutes keeper Elliot Smith pulled off a superb save from Aaron Jones but the respite
was short-lived as Jones did score a minute later, cutting in from the left and making no mistake. Glantraeth were given hope on 67 minutes as Mark Jones rose to head home a cross from Chris Hough. With Tom Taylor now moved forward to midfield it was all hands to the pump for the home defence as they were under constant pressure and the Anglesey side deservedly pulled level with fifteen minutes remaining, this time Craig Roberts firing in the cross for Craig Evans to head home. With the possibility of a win now on the cards Glan kept pushing forward but were lucky on 79 minutes as Aaron Jones broke clear with only Smith to beat but he pulled his shot badly wide. It was an expensive miss for the home side as with five minutes left a great ball from Craig Roberts found Mark Jones who easily beat keeper Paul Roberts to make it 3-2 and the game got even better for Mark Jones in the 90th minute as he completed his hat-trick, finishing well from a Tom Taylor cross. The game had been a thriller but that stunning second half comeback when all had seemed to be going the home side's way will remain the abiding memory of this game. Final score: Llanrwst United 2 Glantraeth 4
Pics by Aled Jones
THIRTY YEARS AND STILL COUNTING
(16/10/13) Chairman Gareth Evans, vice-chairman Les Thomas along with committeemen Len Jones (pictured) and John Owen are now in their 30th year with the club since it was founded in 1984. It is a tremendous achievement in
itself but over that period it's thanks to the efforts of them and others that Glantraeth became one of the most successful small village clubs in the history of North Wales' football. You only have to look at the honours page on the website to see the scale of the club's achievements. We also owe a great debt to Iolo Owen who made the land available to develop the ground. Iolo insisted however that the club always be self-financing and with this in mind the club built up from scratch fund-raising initiatives like the club lottery and the car boot at Mona. Over this period the club has also raised funds for the Anglesey Show, St Johns Ambulance and the International Search & Rescue Dogs based in Penmaenmawr. We also have a file full of letters of thanks following donations made to various charities from the club lottery. Any success the club has had has been a real team effort from the committee and helpers and the various managers and players that have represented the club over those thirty years.
CAUSE FOR CONCERN
(13/10/13) Following Saturday's defeat we now face another two away games this month starting next Saturday at Llanrwst. It was a major disappointment to go out of the Welsh Cup but we are running out of excuses after losing four games
on the bounce at Bodedern, we should be better than that even though you couldn't do no more than smile at the manner of the first goal. God knows what part of James Burgess's anatomy that went in off! I should never have mentioned luck in my match preview. Of more concern is that since being promoted to Welsh Alliance Division One we have played twenty-three away games in league and cup and won only five, not a very satisfactory stat. Llanrwst is another ground where we have enjoyed little success even though we have not played that badly, last season their keeper played an absolute blinder, but after running highly rated Huws Gray Alliance side Conwy Borough so close last Saturday they're gonna fancy their chances. Kick-off is 2.30 pm, referee is Steve Jones and we will be in the blue kit. There is a coach going to the game leaving Malltraeth 12 noon. Main pick ups at Asda, Llangefni 12.15 pm & One Stop 12.40 pm. One positive from Saturday was seeing Paul Tilbury (pictured) back in action for first time this season. (SS)
LEAH WINS £2,000 !!
(12/10/13) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 3, 4 & 7. There was one winner of the £2,000 Rollover Jackpot, Leah Jones of Bodffordd. The next draw is in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 26th October.
MORE FRUSTRATION FOR GLAN
(12/10/13) With three minutes of extra-time remaining the game looked headed for a penalty shoot out when Bodedern's Tomos Jones let fly from fully twenty-five yards with a shot of such power that keeper Elliot Smith never had a chance. It was a goal worthy of winning any game but for Glantraeth it meant the Indian sign that the home side has over them continues. Up until then there had been nothing to choose between the sides as the game swung in favour of each in turn, a game that started with near farce as Boded took the lead on 14 minutes with the scorer James Burgess poleaxed on the ground and unaware that a clearance by Smith had struck him and rebounded into the empty goal. Up until then Glan had looked the more likely side but playing against a strong wind they struggled to create problems for the home side the nearest being shots from Craig Evans and Bart Skezok approaching the half-hour mark that were well off target. There was little more action at the other end until five minutes before the break when Iwan Jones had an opportunity from the edge of the area only to see his powerful effort sail a couple of feet too high.
With the elements now in their favour Glantraeth went looking to get back in the game after the interval and pulled level on 61 minutes when Craig Evans was clearly pushed in the back as he closed in on a cross from the left, Mark Jones converting the spot-kick. Three minutes later the visitors were ahead as Bart Slezok curled in the perfect free kick for Craig Evans to steal in at the far post and fire home (pictured right). Glan were now applying fierce pressure and looking likely winners with the home keeper struggling to keep out a shot from Tom Taylor on 71 minutes. As in the past Boded were not yet beaten and levelled with fifteen minutes remaining as Casey Boylan found space to finish following a quickly delivered ball in from the left. There was drama at both ends in added time as first Iwan Jones went clear for the home side only for Smith to pull off a tremendous save then in the 94th minute Tom Taylor headed inches over for the visitors. The first half of extra-time was almost incident free but Glan stepped up the pace after the changeover with keeper Carl Jones making a flying save from Steve Jones and then another fine block from Ryan Davies. Steve Jones hit another one just too high but then came that wonder strike to leave Glantraeth once more the losing side. Final score: Bodedern Athletic 3 Glantraeth 2. (pics Aled Jones)
A WIN WELL OVERDUE
(08/10/13) We certainly have it all to play for next Saturday when we travel to face Bodedern Athletic in the first round of the Welsh Cup. Three visits to their place this year and nothing to show for it is not good. We are certainly due a bit of luck, on our last visit we near dismantled the goal frame during the opening half, but it is important we remove luck from the equation and put in a winning performance.
Kick-off is 2.00 pm and the referee is Kelvin Lewis assisted by Dewi Morris & Andrew Dogan.
CLOSE...BUT HOLYWELL HANG ON FOR POINTS
(05/10/13) High riding Holywell will have few harder games this season as Glantraeth pushed right to the final whistle for an equaliser and can perhaps count themselves unfortunate not to get at least a share of the points. Certainly on this performance there was little to choose between Glan and a side looking the only realistic threat to leaders Denbigh Town's dominance. The home side took the lead on 9 minutes as full back Paul Williams all too easily raced clear of the Glantraeth defence and beat advancing keeper Elliot Smith with a shot that just crept inside the far post. Holywell were looking a formidable force at this stage and after Mark Jones fired wide for the visitors it took a good save by Smith from Graham Boylan on 24 minutes after the Holywell forward had been given far too much room from a throw-in. The Anglesey side had a good spell of pressure approaching the half-hour mark ending with Jason Harvey firing wide. Glantraeth were gradually getting a grip on the game and Steve Jones was only a foot wide on 32 minutes with a powerful shot from the edge of the area. The second half saw Glan the dominant force as they started to control much of the possession with Mark Jones having a shot blocked on 55 minutes and four minutes later Jones had another chance but failed to get any real power on his shot. Caught out with numbers upfield after a move broke down Glan were fortunate on 65 minutes as Steve Thomas broke away only for keeper Elliot Smith to be perfectly positioned to save. Glan were constantly pushing forward in the closing stages as they desperately chased a leveller with Craig Evans firing over and Steve Jones only inches wide although in truth they had not troubled Holywell keeper Danny Stanton enough despite all their possession to feel as cheated by the result as they might otherwise have done. A good performance but sadly no points. Final score: Holywell Town 1 Glantraeth 0
(pics by Aled Jones)
THREE BIG POINTS UP FOR GRABS
(01/10/13) The less said about our league game at Holywell Town last season the better but next Saturday we have the chance to show we have come a long way since that day. Holywell along with Denbigh Town were amongst most people's favourites for promotion this season and it is not perhaps surprising that they currently occupy the top two places. They will provide formidable opposition but it is just the kind of game we should now savour if we are serious about getting up there amongst the leading pack. There is a coach going to the game leaving Malltraeth at 11.45 am, main pick up points Asda, Llangefni 12 noon & One Stop 12.30 pm. We are in the all blue kit, the referee is Arwyn Griffiths and the game kicks off at 2.30 pm.
AWAY TO BARMOUTH
(30/09/13) We have been drawn away to Barmouth & Dyffryn United in the third round of the FAW Trophy. To be played Saturday 26th October.
LATEST FAIR PLAY TABLE
(30/09/13) Glantraeth currently lie seventh in the Fair Play Table for the fifteen team first division with 11 yellows and no reds. The table did show us incorrectly as having one red but that has now been corrected.
JACKPOT HITS £2,000 !!
(28/09/13) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 8, 9 & 15. There was no winner so there will be a Rollover Jackpot of £2,000 at the next draw in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth on Saturday 12th October.
FIRST HALF DEMOLITION JOB
(28/09/13) Glantraeth were virtually unplayable as they destroyed Penmaenmawr during the opening forty-five minutes with some quite superb football and equally impressive finishing that saw them lead 7-0 at the break. With nothing to play for but their pride the visitors put up a much better show in the second period but it was only the woodwork that prevented Glan reaching double figures. There were only three minutes gone when Craig Evans opened the scoring with a fine strike after the keeper had blocked a shot from Mark Jones and six minutes later it was two for Evans as he fired home from a Jason Harvey cross. Mark Jones got his first goal for the club on the quarter hour mark with a well directed shot just inside an upright. Phoenix responded with a shot from Jamie Roberts that brought a fine save from keeper Elliot Smith and only a brilliant tackle from Tom Taylor on 24 minutes prevented Roberts pulling a goal back for the visitors. The action soon switched back to the other end with Mark Jones getting his second from a cross swung in by Craig Roberts (pictured above). A brilliant hat-trick from Craig Roberts in the space of ten minutes put the tie beyond doubt as he scored with a spectacular overhead kick on 35 minutes then ran through to score with a quality finish after a superb cross field pass from Bart Slezok and with almost the last action of the half an exquisite chip left keeper Dion Jones for dead. With the game lost Phoenix came out after the interval looking to at least regain some respect and got a lift within a minute of the restart as Danny Williams found the net with a powerful strike from 20 yards. The visitors were soon on the defensive again with James Saxon striking the bar from a free kick on 57 minutes then Mark Jones should have completed his hat-trick 12 minutes later with a free header following a Paul Rowlands' free kick. Tom Taylor moved up front for the last ten minutes and scored an eighth on 82 minutes after taking possession of a through ball from Slezok. As the visitors defended desperately to prevent further damage Craig Evans and Taylor both struck the crossbar before the final whistle sounded to give Glan a comfortable passage into the FAW Trophy third round. Final score: Glantraeth 8 Penmaenmawr Phoenix 1
(pics Aled Jones - more on Glantraeth Facebook page tomorrow)
IT'S BODEDERN IN WELSH CUP
(28/09/13) It has been confirmed that we will now be away to Bodedern Athletic in the first round of the Welsh Cup on Saturday October 12th with both Rhos Aelwyd and Llay Miners Welfare having been thrown out of the competition. The original game between Rhos and Llay was abandoned with Rhos leading 9-1 when Llay were reduced to six players so after a disciplinary hearing the tie was awarded to Rhos. It was then found that Rhos Aelwyd had played an ineligible player so they too have been eliminated!!
FAW TROPHY CHALLENGE
(24/09/13) Next Saturday we start off in this season's FAW Trophy with a home tie against second division Penmaenmawr Phoenix. Unlike the Welsh Cup this is a trophy that is winnable for any team at our level and it would be nice to have a sustained run this season. Over the past two or three seasons we have had some closely fought battles with Phoenix and there is little chance of this being an easy passage into round three. We had to dig deep to get all three points against a useful Pwllheli side on Saturday who now look to be back to pretty well full strength after the difficulties they experienced last month. It was good to see Paul Rowlands play his first game following the bad shoulder injury he suffered pre-season and Gari Owen, who was only 16 last month, did well in his first start for the club. Please note Saturday's game kicks off half-an-hour earlier at 2 pm and will of course be played to a finish. The referee is Gwilym Evans assisted by Ceri Pritchard and Elliott Edwards.
D WILLIAMS & SON SPONSORSHIP
(22/09/13) Many thanks to D Williams & Son of Bryngwran for sponsoring the player's rain jackets for the 2013-2014 season. They are highly regarded Landscape Contractors & Driveway Installers on the island based at 5 Tyn Berlian Estate in Bryngwran, telephone number 01407 721001. There is now a link in the right hand column to their business.
A HARD EARNED THREE POINTS
(21/09/13) Glantraeth did well to take all three points after riding their luck at times during the opening forty-five minutes, visitors Pwllheli almost taking the lead after five minutes as Jamie Banks fired in a shot that took a wicked deflection and came back off the post. Glan came close on 12 minutes as Craig Evans volleyed just wide after a Ryan Davies' header had set up the chance. It was the visitors who were carrying the greater threat at this stage with Mark Bridge shooting just wide and Michael Williams also being denied by a post. Stirred into action it took a tremendous save from Pwllheli's Polish keeper Jira Kubr on 31 minutes to keep out a powerful shot from Bryn Roberts following good link-up play with Ryan Davies and three minutes later it was only a hairline offside decision that prevented a header from Craig Roberts counting. Six minutes later a header from Roberts did count as he put Glan ahead after getting on the end of a cross from Steve Jones. The home side applied greater pressure after the break with Ryan Davies driving a shot just wide then on 57 minutes Craig Roberts cut in from the left and left the keeper for dead with a powerful low shot that found the bottom corner. Chris Saxon looked to have set up Glan for a third eight minutes later as he crossed for Craig Evans but a brilliant tackle from Cedri Lloyd took the ball off Evans just as he shaped to fire into an empty net. Pwllheli were far from finished and got back into the game with twenty minutes remaining as a perfectly directed free kick from Tom Mahoney found the net to put them back within shouting distance. It was a nervy ending for the home side with Jamie Banks seeing a shot deflected over then home keeper Elliot Smith pulling off a fine save from another Mahoney free kick in the last five minutes. Final score: Glantraeth 2 Pwllheli 1
(pics: Aled Jones)
MORE OF THE SAME
(17/09/13) Next Saturday we entertain Pwllheli at Trefdraeth as we return to league action. The Gwynedd club have recovered well after the upheaval of a management change last month including beating Gwalchmai and progressing in the Welsh Cup last weekend. After disappointingly dropping points to Llandudno Junction our win at Ruthin was far more representative of the kind of football we can play with the quality of the squad Chris has assembled and we need a similar performance this week. Kick-off is 2.30 pm and the referee is Gwilym Evans assisted by Paul Jones & Rowland Sharp.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW
(17/09/13) Another in our series of catching up with former players. This time Llion Davies who was a central defender with Glantraeth during 2007-08 season, playing 32 games in total. Llion was very popular at Glantraeth but is best remembered for the number of toilet stops we needed, it took us twice as long to get home when he was on the bus. He was studying at Bangor University at the time and after graduating to become a schoolteacher went back home to the Welshpool area where he signed up and played for local club Guilsfield for five years. His highlights with the Guils included scoring against TNS in a televised Welsh Cup tie before eventually losing 4-2 against the full-timers and winning the Cymru Alliance League Cup in 2010-11 season with a 3-0 win over Porthmadog. He tells us Chicken was playing for Port in that game! Two years ago he joined Llanfair United who are now flying high in the Mid-Wales League and is looking forward to marking 'Loggs' when they meet Gwalchmai in the Welsh Cup next month.
AWAY TO BODEDERN ?
(16/09/13) In the first round of the Welsh Cup we have been drawn away to the winners of Bodedern Athletic or Rhos Aelwyd or Llay Miners Welfare. Tie to be played on Saturday 12th October. The Rhos Aelwyd v Llay Miners game in the first qualifying round was abandoned after Llay were reduced to six players and is awaiting a decision from the FAW.
JACKPOT NOW MASSIVE £1,500 !!
(14/09/13) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 13, 15 & 20. There was no winner so there will be a Rollover Jackpot of £1,500 at the next draw in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 28th September.
GLAN WIN WITH A DREAM GOAL FROM BRYN AND TWO MORE FROM TOM TAYLOR
(14/09/13) Too much whistle and too many stoppages for it to ever be a classic but Glantraeth deservedly triumphed 3-1 over Ruthin Town this afternoon to enter Monday's draw for the next round of the Welsh Cup. The visitors almost exclusively controlled the opening half, taking the lead after 8 minutes through a dream of a strike from Bryn Roberts who took control of the ball 25 yards out, looked up and curled the ball perfectly just inside the angle of crossbar and post with home keeper Rick Parry a mere spectator. A brilliant run from the same player four minutes later set up a shooting chance for Steve Jones but his effort on goal found the keeper well positioned to save. Bryn Roberts was again involved on 17 minutes as his corner kick was brilliantly headed clear from almost under the bar by Ruthin's best player Tom Sharples with the keeper well beaten. Glan looked to be going two up three minutes later as Ryan Davies met a Steve Jones' corner full on only for his header to agonisingly go inches over (pictured). It had been all Glantraeth but there was a warning two minutes before the break as the home side went close for the first time, Sharples heading just too high following a free kick, and sure enough right on the half-time whistle Sam Griffiths found space at the far post after getting on the end of a cross from the left to nod the ball into an empty net. Ruthin were more in the game as the second period began and Darren Jones did well to clear after Sam Jones came steaming in from the left but it was soon the visitors posing problems again with debutant Mark Jones only just off target in the 63rd minute after Taylor had headed on a James Saxon free kick. A minute later Taylor put Glantraeth back in the lead, heading home a Steve Jones' corner kick. With the wind strengthening in their favour Ruthin pushed forward in the final ten minutes but were finding the Glan defence hard to break down and with the game going into added time the home side were awarded a corner which saw all their outfield players descend on the visitors goal. The corner was cleared upfield by Warren Gibbs leaving Craig Evans a clear run on goal from the halfway line and as he bore down on the keeper he unselfishly squared the ball for Taylor to slide the ball home despite being stamped on in the process. The miracle was that Taylor had run the full length of the pitch to get in a position alongside Evans to score and make it five goals in three games while playing as a central defender!
STRIKER MARK JONES SIGNS FOR GLANTRAETH
(11/09/13) Glantraeth have signed striker Mark Jones. The 20 year old has been with Bodedern Athletic, Conwy Borough, Holyhead Hotspur, Porthmadog and has played in the Welsh Premier League with Airbus UK. He is based in Brynteg and is currently studying at Bangor University. He is eligible for our Welsh Cup tie at Ruthin tomorrow. We welcome Mark to Glantraeth.
WELSH ASSEMBLY MEMBER TO ATTEND PWLLHELI GAME
(10/09/13) Rhun Ap Iorwerth, the recently elected Welsh Assembly Member for Ynys Mon, has accepted our invitation to visit Glantraeth to see the work that has been carried out on the ground over the past five or so years. As a Bodorgan resident we wrote offering our congratulations on his election and he has now informed us he will be attending the home game with Pwllheli on Saturday 21st September. We look forward to his visit.
NEW SPONSOR FOR GLANTRAETH
(09/09/13) Glantraeth are pleased to announce a new main sponsor for 2013-2014 season, Kingsland Garage of Holyhead. They are based on Kingsland Road next to the Travelodge and can be contacted on 01407 762288 or mobile 07979 288394. The proprietor, Eric 'Chubby' Roberts, is Malltraeth born and bred and we are delighted that he has chosen to support his local village club. As well as having their name on the player's shirts a link will be added to the home page of the website and an advert placed in our match day programme. Kingsland are also having an advertising board on the ground.
RUTHIN NEXT IN WELSH CUP
(08/09/13) It's Welsh Cup time next Saturday when we travel to face Ruthin Town from the Welsh National League. We were regular visitors to the Memorial Ground during our Cymru Alliance days and after the disappointing first hurdle defeat at Presteigne St Andrews last season we are overdue a good start in the country's premier cup competition. We are in the red kit, kick off is 2.30 pm and the referee is Simon Newport. We have agreed with Ruthin that we will share the cost of them appointing two assistant referees for the game. There is a coach going to the game leaving Malltraeth 11.45 am, picking up at Asda, Llangefni 12.00 noon and One Stop, Llandegai 12.30 pm.
THANKS FROM LEE DIXON
(07/09/13) Stan - Just a quick email on behalf of Caernarfon Town FC thanking you for allowing Mike Innes to join our club. Having worked with Mike in the past and with our club looking for a new goalkeeping coach it was always my intention to offer Mike first refusal of this position due to our friendship and previous working relationship at Llangefni FC. Mike has decided to join us and I would therefore like to place on record my gratitude to Gari, Chris & yourself for allowing the move to happen so quickly without having to go through all the loop holes. I wish you the best of luck for the season ahead and looking forward to Glantraeth (my former club) joining us very soon in the Cymru Alliance. Regards, Lee
MIKE INNES JOINS CAERNARFON TOWN
(07/09/13) Mike Innes has left Glantraeth to join Caernarfon Town as a goalkeeping coach and as a member of their management staff. It is a big opportunity for Mike to join a club with Caernarfon's potential and we wish him the best of luck.
TRAINING AT MAES GLAS
(02/09/13) Training at Maes Glas Sports Centre, Bangor University commences this coming Thursday 5th September between 6 & 7 pm.
(01/09/13) Laurence Reade one of the organisers of the Welsh Alliance Ground Hop over the Bank Holiday weekend has been posting reports of the visits to the various grounds on his blog 'Football: Wherever
it may be.' Click here for the report of his visit to Glantraeth which includes some excellent pictures on and off the pitch.
(31/08/13) A deflected free kick in the third minute of added time gave Junction an unlikely share of the points at Glantraeth this afternoon. The home side can have few complaints after a less than inspiring performance against a mediocre side who look certain to be amongst the favourites for relegation this season. Glan almost took the lead on six minutes when Tom Taylor headed a good chance wide following a well directed free kick from James Saxon. Although having plenty of possession the Anglesey side were not really carrying enough threat and arguably the best chance of the half fell to the visitors on 36 minutes as Daniel Roberts was put clear but he snatched badly at his shot which went harmlessly wide. Glantraeth finally got their noses in front right on the half-time whistle as Steve Jones found Craig Moore in space to lob the ball over keeper Liam Ewing (pictured right). Within six minutes of the restart Glan went two up as a great Jason Harvey free kick saw central defender Tom Taylor head home for his third goal in two games. It seemed the signal for Glan to go on and score a convincing win but again the game went flat with very little goal action at either end until Jordan Hanson gave the visitors a lifeline on 65 minutes, blasting home from close range after getting behind the home defence. The introduction of Bryn Roberts and Ryan Davies in the later stages lifted the home side with Tom Taylor, Steve Jones and Jason Harvey all going close but a free kick awarded on the edge of the area for the visitors in the 93rd minute proved ominous with only a goal separating the sides and the home side's worst fears were confirmed as Allan Davies fired in a shot that was deflected off a defender into the net to the undisguised delight of the visitors. It was a poor performance by the home side and two badly needed points let slip. Final score: Glantraeth 2 Llandudno Junction 2. (Pics: Aled Jones)
NO EASY GAMES
(28/08/13) We face bottom side Llandudno Junction at Glantraeth on Saturday. We faced exactly the same situation last season when Junction came to us bottom and pointless and deservedly beat us 2-0. It is a warning if we needed one that there are no easy games in this division. We have the quality in the squad to do well this season and now is the time to start putting a series of good results together after our mixed start. Kick-off is 2.30 pm and the match referee is Peter Kewley.
NO GAME SEPTEMBER 7th
(27/08/13) The Welsh Alliance have confirmed that we have no game on Saturday 7th September.
GROUND HOP PICTURE SPECIAL
(25/08/13) Some great pictures by Aled Jones capturing the win over Llanrug United yesterday and the visit of groundhoppers from all over the UK. Includes shots of Tom Taylor's two goals.
Click here to view. High resolution pictures may be slow to download. More pictures by Aled on our Facebook page.
JACKPOT UP TO £1,000
(25/08/13) The winning numbers in today's 3 Number Lotto draw were 15, 16 & 18. There was no winner so there will be a Rollover Jackpot of £1,000 at the next draw at the Royal Oak on Saturday 14th September.
TAYLOR'S IMMEDIATE IMPACT
(25/08/13) Two stunning headers from new signing Tom Taylor put Glantraeth on their way to a 3-2 win over Llanrug United. With a crowd of 308 present due to the North Wales Ground Hop it was the visitors who had the first chance to take the lead as Taylor was adjudged to have brought down David Noel Williams after 14 minutes only for keeper Elliot Smith to pull off a tremendous save from Williams' spot kick. Smith's fortunes changed three minutes later as he failed to get a clean contact as he attempted to save a shot from Marvin Pritchard and the ball ended up in the net. Taylor's fortunes also changed on 25 minutes as he rose to meet a James Saxon corner kick and send a thumping header past Llanrug keeper Dylan Roberts to put Glan level. There was proving to be very little to choose between the two sides with goal chances at a premium but that all changed on 75 minutes as Glantraeth took the lead with an almost exact reprise of their first goal, this time Taylor's header from another James Saxon corner being even more spectacular due to the sheer power of his header (top picture). Two minutes later Craig Roberts added another for the home side beating the keeper to the ball and leaving himself an easy tap-in. With the game going into the third minute of added time Llanrug got themselves a consolation as David Noel Williams drove a free kick through the defensive wall.
LEE JONES JOINS FROM GAERWEN
(23/08/13) Glantraeth have made a further signing today as 21 year old defender Lee Jones has joined the club from Gaerwen. Lee has been with Glantraeth before and has also played for Llangefni Town and Bodedern. We thank Gaerwen for releasing Lee.
GLANTRAETH SIGN TOM TAYLOR FROM PENTRAETH
(22/08/13) Glantraeth manager Chris Roberts has tonight secured the signature of 23 year old Tom Taylor from Pentraeth. Tom has been a prolific scorer for the Gwynedd League club and can also play in central defence. Chris extends his thanks to the Pentraeth secretary and manager Matthew Parry for their co-operation in waiving the seven day's notice.
(21/08/13) Next Saturday it's Llanrug United the visitors to Glantraeth and with a crowd of 300 plus likely due to the Ground Hop we again need to respond to a poor midweek result and it won't be easy against a useful Llanrug side. We know Bodedern always raise their game against Glantraeth and we had no luck at all during that opening forty-five minutes but we just have to develop a more ruthless streak throughout the team, front and back. It's no good players looking at others in the side, they have to look at their own contribution and we have to take collective responsibility for what has been a disappointing start to the season. A 6.45 pm kick-off on Saturday is pushing it with the light so we can only hope for a bright summer's evening. Referee is once again Hugh Jones assisted by William Peel and Rowland Sharp.
ANOTHER NIGHT TO FORGET
(20/08/13) Glantraeth had another poor midweek result as they went down 3-0 to Bodedern tonight. The home side could consider themselves fortunate to be ahead at the break after Glan rattled the woodwork three times in the opening forty-five minutes but a penalty awarded by referee Hugh Jones on 65 minutes gave the home side the lift they needed to go on and take the three points. The visitors posed by far the greater threat in the opening stages with a great volley from Steve Jones coming back off a post on 15 minutes, home keeper Carl Jones saving at point blank range from Craig Moore's follow up header. A minute later Warren Gibbs rose to meet a Jason Harvey corner and send a powerful header against the underside of the bar as the home defence enjoyed a charmed life. Bart Slezok saw his shot deflected wide and James Saxon fired wide as the corner kick came over. After all the visitor's pressure it was Boded who took the lead on 28 minutes as a corner in from the left was flicked on for James Burgess to score from close range. Glantraeth carried on having the better of play with Jason Harvey firing into the side netting and five minutes before the interval it was Harvey that drove a cross in from the left and this time it was Craig Evans that saw his header denied by a post. With the wind now in their favour Boded looked more threatening at the start of the second half and keeper Elliot Smith did well to save as James Burgess broke clear on 59 minutes and six minutes later the home side were awarded a penalty for holding by Ryan Davies and Sean Pritchard scored from the spot. Glan were now really up against it and a great run by Chris Bennett brought a fine save from Smith and Ryan Taylor twice went close for the home side. Glan had a golden opportunity to pull a goal back on 78 minutes as Ryan Davies threaded through a perfect pass for Craig Moore to run on to but his shot was just off target. A late flurry from the visitors saw Carl Jones go full length to save from Harvey then save well from Bryn Roberts. With the game in added time a mix up in the Glantraeth defence gave Sean Pritchard the chance to scramble home a third and put the lid on a miserable and frustrating night for the Bodorgan side.
(Pics Aled Jones)
AWAY AT RUTHIN
(19/08/13) Glantraeth have been drawn away to Ruthin Town in the second qualifying round of the Welsh Cup. To be played Saturday 14th September.
HECTIC WEEK AHEAD
(19/08/13) We now face a hectic week preparing for the visit of the North Wales Ground Hop to Glantraeth next Saturday evening for our home game with Llanrug United. The large marquee adjacent to the ground goes up this evening, the others including a marquee for after-match hospitality for players and officials and a first aid tent for St Johns Ambulance will go up during the week. Tomorrow we have an important league fixture at Bodedern Athletic, kick-off 6.30 pm. We will be in the blue kit and the referee is Hugh Jones. On Wednesday 150 or so of the 300 programmes being printed for the Llanrug game have to be delivered to the Split Willow, Llanfairfechan. The same day 300 pints of real ale are being delivered from Purple Moose Brewery to the Joiners Arms for storage until Saturday. Welsh Cakes and Bara Brith have been ordered from Llys Llewelyn in Aberffraw as well as locally made cup cakes, victoria sponge cakes and scones with clotted cream and jam. Helen of Hel's Kitchen fame will be cooking sausage, bacon and egg baps and burgers on the night. There will also be ham salad and cheese & onion baps plus chicken, tuna and cheese pasta. With a full alcohol licence issued by Anglesey Council we will also be serving chilled Fosters Lager and John Smiths Extra Smooth Bitter at £2 for a 440 ml can (equivalent to £2.58/pint). From Purple Moose there is Snowdonia Ale and Dark Side of the Moose both at £2.50/pint. There will also be bottles of Purple Moose for take away only. Red and white wine will be on sale at £2 per glass. There will be a stall selling club merchandise including metal club badges, old Glantraeth shirts, club pennants, old programmes and there will also be copies of the match poster on sale to groundhoppers. The final preparation for the groundhop will take place during Saturday. Coaches will be parked in the car park and cars on the field. Admission as laid down by the organisers is £4 with the 20 page programme costing £1. A lot of hard work has gone into making the event a success so we can only hope for good weather and no glitches on the night. Perfection would be sending our visitors away happy, making a few bob, and most important of all the week ending with another six points in the bag!
LLANRWST SUFFER THE BACKLASH
(17/08/13) Manager Chris Roberts got the response he wanted after the heavy defeat at Llanberis as Glan turned in a vintage performance this afternoon to run out 5-1 winners against Llanrwst United and it was only a man of the match performance from keeper Andy Rooney that prevented an even bigger mauling for the visitors. Glantraeth's second half performance against a strong wind was special with some superb football and complete dominance which made the midweek defeat even harder to fathom. Glantraeth got the best possible start to the game as Craig Moore opened the scoring after five minutes as he turned his marker before firing home for a real striker's goal. Six minutes later Ryan Davies powered home a header from a great Jason Harvey cross. Llanrwst were given a window back into the game on 18 minutes as referee Simon Newport awarded a hotly contested penalty following a tackle by Ryan Davies on Aron Jones and Richard Orme made no mistake from the spot kick. The half had become scrappy the closest to another goal coming from Craig Moore who fired just wide on 31 minutes.
If Llanrwst thought the wind would give them an advantage after the break they were in for a big shock as Glan took complete control keeper Rooney struggling to keep out a shot from James Saxon then saving with his feet from Jason Harvey. A great move saw Steve Jones shoot inches over but Llanrwst were struggling to keep the home side at bay and a third goal came on 57 minutes, this time Steve Jones was on target giving the keeper no chance after good work from Craig Moore. Glantraeth were all over the visitors and scored a fourth four minutes later as Craig Evans pulled the ball back for James Saxon to volley home from twenty yards for a great strike. Craig Moore twice went close and a rare threat from the visitors saw John O'Donovan strike the bar from a free kick. Craig Moore got his second to make it 5-1 on 73 minutes, finishing confidently from a perfect Steve Jones' cross. Bryn Roberts brought a fine save from Rooney and Craig Moore came close to his hat-trick as Glan finished the half as they started, totally on top. Final score: Glantraeth 5 Llanrwst United 1.
(Pics Aled Jones)
MATTY BACK AT GLANTRAETH
(16/08/13) 20 year old defender Mathew Lock has rejoined Glantraeth. Matty was formerly with Bodedern Athletic, Beaumaris Town and last season with Bangor City. We welcome Matty back to the club.
LLANBERIS RUN IN SEVEN
(14/08/13) A 7-3 defeat at Llanberis this evening was every bit as bad as it sounded as Glantraeth were beaten out of sight after a truly dreadful performance, the home side being superior in every department. Almost twenty five minutes had gone before the visitors even threatened, the home side having taken the lead after just five minutes as a cleverly engineered move from a corner kick gave Huw Owen the chance to open the scoring. Warren Gibbs cleared off the line and keeper Elliot Smith saved well from Marcus Orlick as Llanberis continued on top. Glantraeth's Craig Roberts fired just over twenty minutes before the break and it signalled a spell of pressure from the visitors with Jason Harvey, Warren Gibbs and Steve Jones all going close but with an equaliser looking a possibility Jason Harvey lost possession on the edge of the area and the ball was swiftly swung into the middle for Dave Jones to make it 2-0. Glan were unlucky on 33 minutes as Craig Roberts' shot came back off a post. Fired up after the break it only took Glan sixty seconds to pull a goal back as Craig Evans scored from close range as Ryan Davies headed down a left wing corner. Three minutes later only a point blank save from Steve Jones prevented Glan levelling. The home side regained their two goal lead on 51 minutes as a long cross from Rhys Parry came back of a post leaving Huw Owen an easy tap in. Glantraeth came again three minutes later as Craig Evans chested down a Steve Jones' cross for Jason Harvey to blast home. At this stage it looked like the Anglesey side might still get something from the game but the last half hour is best forgotten as some shambolic defending saw Llanberis race into a 7-2 lead with goals from Dave Jones, Huw Owen, Dylan Parry and Marc Lloyd-Williams. Glantraeth had been overrun but at least had the final say as Craig Moore scored with time almost up. Llanberis were worthy winners while Glantraeth were plain awful. Final score: Llanberis 7 Glantraeth 3.
DENBIGH THE EARLY LEADERS
(13/08/13) As was the case at this time last season Denbigh Town are the early pacesetters in Division One, beating Llandudno Junction 3-0 this evening. Other results: Bodedern 0 Llanfairpwll 2, Llanrwst United 2 Glan Conwy 2 & Pwllheli 0 Llanrug United 2.
LOOKING TO MAKE IT THIRD TIME LUCKY