TOM IS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
(11/05/14) Tom Taylor has been voted Glantraeth's Player of the Year for 2013-2014 season and is shown being presented with the trophy by club chairman Gareth Evans. Gari Owen, who only turned sixteen during the first month of the season, was selected by the club committee as Young Player of the Year and is shown being presented with his trophy by canteen manager Helen Evans. Leading scorer for the season was Mark Jones with 24 goals and Craig Evans had the most appearances with 37 from the 38 games played,
JACKPOT UP TO £1,000
(10/05/14) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 4, 6 & 7. There were no winners so the Jackpot rollsover to £1,000. The next draw is in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 24th May.
GLAN LOSE OUT ON FOURTH SPOT
(10/05/14) Glantraeth went down to defeat at home to Barmouth this afternoon, the win taking the Gwynedd side into fourth spot. Both sides played far better against the strong wind with Barmouth enjoying the better of the first half against a Glan side that could hardly muster a serious attempt on goal and the visitors deservedly led at the interval through a 22nd minute goal from Stuart Rogers. It was a much different story following the break as the home side came out all charged up with Kevin Roberts' shot from a Bryn Roberts cross being deflected wide straight from the kick-off and ten minutes later Glan did level as Darren Jones created the chance for Kevin Roberts to fire home. The pressure on the Barmouth goal was now intense with Craig Roberts pulling his shot wide from a good position, then James Saxon was just off target and keeper Darren Andrews pulled off a fine save from a Paul Rowlands' volley. It seemed the visitors must buckle as all the action was now centered around their penalty area, Saxon bringing another good save from the keeper then Craig Evans heading inches wide. Against the run of play George Southern slammed the ball home following a scramble in the Glantraeth goalmouth with eleven minutes remaining to put Barmouth in sight of victory and although the keeper was again called into action to save from Rowlands with five minutes remaining it seemed the visitors had weathered the storm as they clung on for the three points. Final score: Glantraeth 1 Barmouth & Dyffryn United 2.
A WORD OR TWO FROM CHRIS
(08/05/14) Coming up to my final game in charge of Glantraeth this sat I just wanted to say a few words, first of all I just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed being a part of such a well-run and organised football club, it is Glantraeth that gave me a chance at management 4 years ago and I appreciate that. Both Gari & Stan have been fantastic with me from start to finish and I want to thank them for everything they have done and helped me with over the last four years, I remember when I took the job as Glantraeth manager Gari the chairman told me that I would learn off him and that he would help me become a decent young manager, and I can safely say that he wasn't wrong he has taught me a lot in four years and looking back I couldn't have chosen a better club to have started my management with. I have said this in the past and I will say it again 'until you have been involved with Glantraeth FC in any way you will not understand how much hard work these committee members do for this football club & also how well you are looked after when you are a part of it.' I would also like to thank all the players that have played for me at Glantraeth i I have said in the past if it was any other club that would have expressed their interest in me I would have gladly said no to stay with Glantreath but Llangefni is my hometown and becoming their manager is something I really want to do. I wish Warren Gibbs, Stan, Gari and everyone involved with Glantraeth the best of luck in the future and I will be there to watch whenever we have a free week. We go again on sat in our last game in the same way as we have done all season. Thank you and see you sat, Chris
ONE LAST EFFORT BOYS
(07/05/14) There will be a great sense of relief next Saturday when the season finally ends with the visit of Barmouth & Dyffryn United, kick- off 2.30 pm. It has been a nightmare end to the season that has seen the squad decimated and manager Chris Roberts struggling to put eleven players out on the pitch game after game. It has been a magnificent effort by the small group of players who have seen the season through to completion, so many often playing with injuries that should have seen them sidelined, Bart Slezok being the latest on Monday.
Amazingly a draw or a win on Saturday will still see us finish fourth which will be a magnificent achievement in the circumstances. At one time during that twelve game winning run second or third looked a real possibility but that now seems a long time ago.
Saturday's game will also be the last in charge for the management team of Chris Roberts and Kelvin Evans who will be moving to Llangefni Town next season. Chris has been with the club four seasons and in partnership with Kev O'Neill won five cup finals, a league championship and two promotions during one of the most successful periods in the club's history. We thank him for what he has done for the club and wish him and 'Tank' well at Llangefni.
Player of the Year trophies will be presented in the Joiners Arms following the game.
(06/05/14) Five clubs have applied to join the Welsh Alliance next season; Llangefni Town, Pentraeth, Mochdre Sports, Mynydd Llandegai and Llanerchymedd. Grounds will be inspected later this month.
It has been confirmed Glantraeth have been deducted three points and fined £100 for not fulfilling fixture with Denbigh Town on Saturday 19th April.
The second division game between Penrhyndeudraeth and Kinmel Bay Sports that was abandoned on Saturday 26th April will now be played behind closed doors at Bethesda Athletic FC on Saturday 17th May.
TEN STARS FOR GLANTRAETH
(05/05/14) The runaway league champions were forced to dig deep to get the three points against a ten man Glantraeth side who gave it everything, only another harsh looking penalty decision given by an assistant referee separating the sides at the finish. Once more short of a full eleven there was a feeling amongst supporters that goal difference might take a hammering with Barmouth looking to pip the Anglesey side for fourth place but this didn't communicate to the players who rarely looked in trouble during the opening half-hour and it was only a misplaced clearance that gave Simon Smith the chance to open the scoring on 34 minutes, the Denbigh number eleven powerfully driving the ball home from the edge of the area with keeper Kieran Williams getting a good hand to the ball but unable to push it wide. Right on half-time an innocuous looking challenge by Glan's young full back Gari Owen was adjudged a penalty and Kristian Pierce converted the spot kick. If Denbigh expected the floodgates to open after the break they were disappointed, only a last ditch tackle preventing Bryn Roberts pulling a goal back. Apart from picking the ball out of the net for the two goals home keeper Williams had hardly been tested but he had to react quickly on the hour mark to save a header from Jonny Slater. Glantraeth made it 2-1 on 66 minutes as Paul Rowlands' corner was headed back by Tom Taylor for Craig Evans to blast home. Seven minutes from time Glan almost stole what would have been a well earned point as Rowlands curled the ball a foot wide following a great move that split the Denbigh defence wide open. Denbigh were applauded on to the field, they are outstanding champions, they got the result that meant they finish the season unbeaten but the honours today belonged to ten man Glantraeth, every one a star. Final score: Glantraeth 1 Denbigh Town 2.
HOLYWELL FINISH THE STRONGER
(04/05/14) With so much being asked of the same small group of players Glantraeth games are beginning to follow a pattern and this was no exception. For over an hour there was little to choose between the two sides and a strong shout for a penalty at two-all when Glan's Bryn Roberts was scythed down in the box may or may not have made a difference to the outcome of the game but as the home side's legs began to tire the Welsh Cup semi-finalists took complete charge in the final half-hour to run out comfortable 6-2 winners. Glantraeth had taken the lead in the third minute as Mark Jones went past a defender before dinking the ball cleverly past keeper Danny Stanton and went close again seven minutes later with a shot that was deflected wide. There was no such luck for the home side as play quickly swung up the other end with Holywell's Sam Jones firing in a shot that took a wicked deflection past keeper Kieran Williams but there was no good fortune about the visitor's second on 17 minutes as a fine move resulted in an easy finish for Phil Lloyd. A trip on Mark Jones five minutes later led to a penalty for Glantraeth that Craig Roberts put away to make it 2-2. Keeper Stanton went full length to save from Craig Roberts early in the second half as Glantraeth pressed forward and then a dangerous tackle on Bryn Roberts should have seen a penalty awarded but once the visitors went back in front on 63 minutes as Matty Harvey got a free header from a corner swung in from the right the home side visibly wilted and two minutes later Sam Jones got his second. Two further goals in the final six minutes from Holywell's Graham Boylan and Luke Tyson were poor reward for another battling display from Glantraeth but with Denbigh the visitors on Monday it doesn't get any easier.
DON'T GET ANY EASIER
(01/05/14) We now face Holywell Town and Denbigh Town at Glantraeth in successive games, two games we would have been relishing a few weeks back as a chance to test ourselves against the Welsh Cup semi-finalists and the League Champions. We were going a bomb until we were hit by injuries on an industrial scale. Darren 'Chicken' Jones has been in the game a long time and even he says he has never known anything like it at any club he has been with. Some of our players are going beyond the call of duty even playing at present while being far from fully fit and it is much appreciated. Saturday's game at home to Holywell kicks off at 2.30 pm, we are in the red kit and the ref is Steve Jones. Monday's visit of Denbigh Town is also a 2.30 pm kick-off. Please note we are in the blue kit and ref is A.L.Thomas.
VIRTUALLY RUNNING ON EMPTY
(30/04/14) Ten man Glantraeth went down to a heavy 6-1 defeat at Llanrug this evening and now face a battle to retain their top four placing with Holywell and Denbigh the next opponents. A man short from the start the visitors set their stall out to defend in numbers and threaten on the counterattack and this they did brilliantly in the opening forty-five minutes and were unfortunate to be 2-1 down at the break after missing a first half penalty. The formula seemed to change after the break leaving them more exposed to a good Llanrug side who not only had the advantage in numbers but also the luxury of fresh legs coming on from the bench. A dangerous challenge by home keeper Dylan Roberts on Kevin Roberts led to a penalty after 15 minutes but the keeper dived to his right to save Craig Evans' spot kick. Glan went behind on 27 minutes, keeper Kieran Williams making a tremendous save but as the ball spun loose it was Jonathan Peris Jones who was quickest to react and put Llanrug ahead and ten minutes later Eifion Williams rose high to head home a corner from the right to make it 2-0. Just on the half-time whistle Glantraeth got their reward for a fighting first half performance as Craig Evans finished well after being put in by Craig Roberts. It started to go badly wrong eight minutes into the second period as a trip by Tom Taylor led to a penalty, easily converted by Peris Jones. Glan kept battling but now they were under threat every time Llanrug pushed forward and further goals from Carl Griffiths (2) and substitute Rhys Roberts completed the scoring. At present manager Chris Roberts' biggest challenge is not so much winning games but getting a team out to even fulfill the remaining fixtures.
In the only other Division One game played tonight Bodedern lost 7-0 at Holywell Town. League table has been updated.
(29/04/14) The league table has now been updated. It shows the three points deducted that will be confirmed at Thursday's league management committee meeting for not fulfilling the Denbigh fixture.
(28/04/14) It's Llanrug United away on Wednesday, kick-off 6.30 pm. We will be in the blue kit. Referee is Hugh Jones.
TWO SHARE £500
(27/04/14) The winning numbers in last night's 3 Number Lotto draw were 7, 10 & 18. There were two winners sharing the £500 Jackpot, Dylan of RAF Valley & Iwan Owen of Brynsiencyn. The next draw is in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth on Saturday 10th May.
PWLLHELI 5 GLANTRAETH 4
(27/04/14) The season cannot end early enough for Glantraeth as they once again struggled to put out a full eleven and despite playing half the game with only ten men it was only a controversial penalty awarded deep into stoppage time that prevented them taking a deserved point from a battling display that saw them three times fight back after going behind. Mark Bridge put the home side ahead after 14 minutes and Pwllheli went two up just past the half-hour mark through Tom Mahoney. Glantraeth got back into the game five minutes before the interval as Mark Jones headed the ball on for Craig Roberts to run through and score (top picture) and within a minute of the restart the visitors were level as Mark Jones' header from a Paul Rowlands corner was well saved by keeper Maldwyn Hughes only for Craig Roberts to follow up and find the back of the net. Glan had every right to feel aggrieved on 57 minutes as referee Gwilym Evans gave a corner kick when clearly a goal kick should have been awarded and Glan paid a heavy price for his mistake as Terry Ogilvy took advantage as the ball came across to fire past keeper Kieran Williams. With Gari Owen and Steve Jones struggling and Williams lacking mobility in goal through injury it was now a big ask for Glantraeth but once again there was no lack of fight as they levelled again on 65 minutes, Craig Evans the scorer after a Craig Roberts effort had been saved. With twelve minutes remaining it looked like being all over for the Anglesey side as Mark Bridge got another to put his side 4-3 ahead. With time just about up Glan struck again, Paul Rowlands striking a volley from fully 25 yards that dipped over the keeper to pull the visitors level for the third time but there was yet one more cruel twist as deep into stoppage time assistant referee Ceri Pritchard signalled a hand ball in the box and Bridge completed his hat-trick from the spot. It looked a very harsh decision and less than Glan deserved after a tremendous battling display but there is little sympathy in football and forthcoming fixtures don't get any easier.
PRIDE, PASSION & COMMITMENT
(25/04/14) Glantraeth trainer Mike Roberts posted on our Facebook page last night some words that resonated with all of us that have been watching games lately: "I want to say how proud I was of the eleven players we had tonight...played some really good football...Special praise must go to Kieran our Goalkeeper..who played even though he had a bad injury...like a lot of our players have done recently...the team spirit amongst you guys is second to none....thanks for your pride, passion ,and commitment lads."
It is true, Kieran could barely walk, we had only eleven players with no substitutes and the truth is too much is being asked of too few players recently but we have no choice but to get these games played despite our horrific injury list. Chris and Kelvin have also done a marvellous job as despite all our problems we have still only lost one of our last 14 league games although we will have three points deducted for not fulfilling the Denbigh fixture. We can't say we were unlucky last night but we were certainly worthy of three points after that second half performance.
Our postponed league game at home to newly crowned champions Denbigh Town is now on Bank Holiday Monday 5th May with a 2.30 pm kick-off. (SS)
Directions to Pwllheli: From Caernarfon take the A499 towards Pwllheli, on entering the town pass the BP garage go straight over the mini roundabout, then turn left towards the town centre, go straight over the next two roundabouts, past the Conservative Club and turn left. At the next junction turn right past the school and turn right after the zebra crossing onto Recreation Road for the Leisure Centre.
WINNER ELUDES GLANTRAETH
(24/04/14) Despite having almost total command of the second half Glantraeth just could not find the winner although a point was hardly a disaster after the home side had twice taken the lead, the first coming in only the fifth minute as Ashley Smith found yards of space to head past keeper Kieran Williams. The visitors responded with efforts from Kevin Roberts and Paul Rowlands and got back on level terms on 33 minutes as Steve Jones sent in a ball from the right that was returned into the middle by Rowlands for Mark Jones to find the net with a clever back heel. The Anglesey side were now enjoying a good spell of possession but all that was undone three minutes before the interval as a quick break saw Ashley Smith get behind the Glantraeth defence and finish with a fine volley past Williams. It was pretty well one way traffic in the second period, Mark Jones having a shot deflected wide and Tom Taylor heading against the crossbar from the resultant corner. On 55 minutes keeper Anthony Gunther went full length to save from Kevin Roberts but seven minutes later it was two-all as a throw-in from the left was headed on by Craig Evans leaving Steve Jones to strike a fabulous volley that arrowed into the top corner with the keeper nothing but a spectator. Glantraeth were playing the ball around with some style but that doesn't always win you games on the notoriously difficult pitch at Cae Fwt and despite Mark Jones and Tom Taylor both going close in the final twenty minutes Glan Conwy held out for a share of the points. Final score: Glan Conwy 2 Glantraeth 2.
(22/04/14) We face another challenge this week with two games less than 48 hours apart, ridiculous but stuck with it. We are not the only team struggling but after putting out a team last Thursday with no established keeper and several players struggling with injury we paid the price as old injuries were made worse and new ones had no time to recover leading to the embarrassment of having to pull out of our game with Denbigh. Hopefully enough will have recovered for Thursday night at Glan Conwy. Kick-off is 6.30 pm, ref is Gareth Hughes and we are in the red kit. At Pwllheli on Saturday referee is Gwilym Evans, kick-off is 2.30 pm and we will again be in the red kit.
(18/04/14) Tomorrow's game at home to Denbigh Town is off as Glantraeth cannot field a team. The decision became inevitable following the injuries sustained by Darren Jones, Craig Roberts, Craig Evans and Lee Jones last night at Nefyn which gave them no chance of having recovered for Saturday. Combined with long term injuries to John Littlemore, Warren Gibbs, Paul Tilbury, Chris Roberts and Bart Slezok and with leading scorer Mark Jones in America the manager has today confirmed that with at least ten players missing he cannot field a team and has no alternative but to pull out of the game.
(18/04/14) The visit of the Champions-to-be was being looked forward to with relish two or three weeks back as we were outplaying all before us in the league but now Chris Roberts' biggest concern is not the visitors but simply finding eleven reasonably fit players to turn out tomorrow. As captain Tom Taylor said we take our football seriously at Glantraeth but you couldn't help laughing last night at the sight of so many players hardly able to walk by the end of the game, Craig Evans also a major doubt for tomorrow. There is a saying that you wouldn't treat a horse this way and it did come to mind last night on a freezing cold night somewhere down the Llyn Peninsular. Even then we looked like we were going to witn the game before finally running out of legs, well good ones that is, in the last twenty minutes. It has been a brilliant run of results but the signs have been there it couldn't be sustained for much longer as too much was being asked of the same small group of players. The lads have been superb but in many ways the end of the season just cannot come soon enough now. (SS)
GLAN FINALLY RUN OUT OF LEGS
(17/04/14) A Thursday night trip to Nefyn was a step too far for Glantraeth as their unbeaten run finally came to an end with a 3-1 defeat. It has been a great effort by what was already a depleted squad but Glantraeth simply ran out of legs this evening as Craig Roberts, Darren Jones and Lee Jones all suffered hamstring injuries leaving manager Chris Roberts with serious selection problems less than forty-eight hours before the visit of champions-elect Denbigh Town to Glantraeth. With no recognised keeper Tom Taylor volunteered to take over in goal and he was beaten after just forty seconds as Aaron Williams was first to a cross from the left and Williams almost made it two on 26 minutes as he struck a post. Glan's first real effort on goal didn't come until the 43rd minute as James Saxon fired just over from 25 yards out. The visitors applied the pressure after the break, Craig Roberts volleying just wide on 47 minutes and four minutes later Craig Evans converted a Lee Jones' cross to level then Steve Jones came close to putting Glan ahead with a shot that the keeper did well to block.
Struggling with injury Lee Jones took over in goal from Taylor and it was only a clearance off the line by Nefyn's Mathew Hardy that prevented Taylor making an immediate impact. The home side went back in front after 72 minutes through Thomas Jones but Steve Jones had a great chance to put his side back on terms four minutes later only to fire just wide when clear on goal. With Craig Roberts off injured, Lee Jones struggling in goal and Darren Jones now a passenger Nefyn were well on top in the closing stages and made it 3-1 with six minutes left through Llion Jones.
GETTING EVEN TOUGHER
(16/04/14) A Thursday night trip to Nefyn is not the ideal fixture but after all the postponements we just have to get on with it. We will be in the red kit, kick-off is 6.30 pm and the referee is Robin Williams. Saturday sees leaders Denbigh Town arrive unbeaten and needing three points for the league title. They might not thank us for saying it but the title is already in the bag whatever happens this weekend. They have had a truly outstanding season and with Holywell Town reaching the Welsh Cup semi-finals the power in the Welsh Alliance is very much up the coast at present. Kick-off is 2.30 pm, referee is Arwyn Griffiths and please note we will be in the blue kit.
UP TO JOINT SECOND
(15/04/14) Not one of their better performances and Llanberis will feel they did enough to get something from the game but Glantraeth just keep on winning, two goals from Craig Roberts enough to secure victory by two goals to one. Manager Chris Roberts must be delighted at how his depleted squad keeps on going, you just cannot argue with a record that now extends to twelve unbeaten in the league, ten of them won. The best chance in the opening half-hour fell to the visitors Marc Lloyd Williams on 21 minutes as he met a cross from the right but headed well wide. There was a fascinating little cameo eight minutes later as 41 year old Lloyd Williams used his years of experience at the top level to try and turn Glantraeth's 16 year old full back Gari Owen and create space for a shot on goal but the youngster read his intentions brilliantly to gain possession and turn defence into attack, the home side breaking quickly away with Steve Jones playing the ball through for Craig Roberts to score with a powerful drive that gave keeper Lee Williams no chance. Llanberis were giving as good as they were getting and were unlucky two minutes into the second half as an effort from Gethin Wakeman dropped on to the bar but four minutes later they did make a breakthrough as hesitation in the Glantraeth defence was punished, Tomos Saynor slamming the ball home to make it one-all. Glantraeth's response was almost immediate as they went back in front, Craig Roberts again the scorer as he fastened on to a pass from Tom Taylor before poking the ball past the advancing keeper for what proved the winner. Final score: Glantraeth 2 Llanberis 1
(15/04/14) There will be a minute's silence before this evening's game at home to Llanberis in memory of Wayne Rowlands who has died at a tragically young age. Wayne has been with Amlwch Town, Cemaes Bay and Bodedern Athletic.
GOOD LUCK PAUL & THANKS
(13/04/14) A good win at Llandyrnog yesterday, never an easy place to go. That makes it nine wins and two draws in our last eleven league games. Manager Chris Roberts is doing well to even keep the train on the rails at present as the squad has been decimated with Bart Slezok, John Littlemore, Warren Gibbs, Paul Tilbury and Chris himself all injured and seemingly out for the season.
Paul Tilbury's decision to retire after 21 years in the senior game is understandable. Paul is one of the nice guys and a player of real quality always seeming to have time on the ball, an educated left foot, dominant in the air and strong in the tackle being just some of his attributes. We wish him well. Paul has written to say: "Just like to thank everyone involved with the club in my last 2 years of playing. It's been a pleasure playing for such a well run club which is definitely on the up and going places. I just wish we could have won something this year with Glan but it just wasn't to be. I have thoroughly enjoyed playing here and wish everyone involved all the success in the future. Regards Paul."
On Tuesday evening we are at home to Llanberis and no-one will need reminding of the horror show that was the first game of the season at their place. Who would have believed how the season would go for the two sides based on the evidence of that game! Kick-off is 6.30 pm and the ref is Kelvin Lewis.
ARFON IS £500 WINNER
(12/04/14) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 5, 11 & 18. There was one winner of the £500 Jackpot, Arfon Hughes of Ty Croes. The next draw is in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 26th April.
ANOTHER THREE POINTS
(12/04/14) It wasn't pretty and it wasn't easy but Glantraeth extended their unbeaten league run to eleven games with a 1-0 win at Llandyrnog this afternoon. The home side weren't lacking in effort and enthusiasm but found the Glan rearguard difficult to penetrate, all the balls pumped into the box either being plucked out of the air by keeper Kieran Williams or dealt with by the commanding presence of Ryan Davies (pictured) and Lee Jones. On a bobbly pitch with a swirling wind this was never going to be a classic and it was the final half-hour before the Anglesey side really got a firm grip on the game. There were 25 minutes gone before either goal was even threatened as Dyrnog's Billy Holmes saw a long distance effort pass a couple of feet wide. The best chance of the half fell to Glan's Craig Evans six minutes later as he met a Darren Jones' cross but headed over. The game picked up after the break with Danny Roberts firing in a shot for the home side on 57 minutes that flew narrowly wide but Dyrnog were behind two minutes later as Tom Taylor slotted the ball home from an acute angle with keeper Daniel Jones stranded. The home side replied as Luke Appleby brought a smart save from Williams then Tom Cummings was allowed too much space to get in a shot that was not far off target. From then on it was Glantraeth very much in the ascendancy, Steve Jones three times going close and Paul Rowlands getting on the end of a James Saxon cross but firing wide.
(11/04/14) Glantraeth manager Chris Roberts was finally presented with his Welsh Alliance Division One Manager of the Month award for December before last night's game by league official Alun Griffiths. Congratulations Chris.
CRAIG LEADS THE WAY
(10/04/14) It might have taken a little while to get going but Glantraeth came out for the second half on fire and by the end of ninety minutes Gwalchmai were fortunate to only go down by four goals to one. The visitors edged the opening forty-five minutes and deserved their half-time lead courtesy of a goal from Mark Griffith in the 21st minute as he came in at the far post to convert a cross from Marc Evans. Paul Rowlands had struck the post three minutes earlier but generally it was Gwalchmai who were quicker to the ball and had shown a greater appetite for the game. What a difference after the break as Glantraeth took complete charge and pulled level four minutes in as Craig Evans fired a shot against the underside of the bar and Craig Roberts followed up to force the ball home. Four minutes later it was Paul Tilbury who was denied by the crossbar as Glan laid siege to the visitor's goal. Always dangerous, Marc Evans replied for the visitors with a good attempt that drifted wide but it was soon the home side back on the attack, going ahead on the hour mark as Gari Owen passed to Bart Slezok and his cross left Craig Roberts with an easy tap-in and a minute later it was 3-1 with Craig Roberts the provider for Craig Evans to score. On 71 minutes Craig Roberts completed his hat-trick with a tremendous left foot drive following a back heel from Craig Evans and Roberts almost had a fourth two minutes later, first keeper Ryan McKean making a fine save then Andrew Sinclair doing brilliantly to clear the ball off the line under pressure as Roberts looked certain to score. It had been a powerful second half performance by Glantraeth demonstrating just why they have now gone ten league games without defeat, eight of them wins.
More pics from Aled on Facebook tomorrow.
(09/04/14) There is a coach going to Llandyrnog next Saturday leaving Malltraeth 11.45 am. Pick-ups include Asda, Llangefni 12 noon & One Stop 12.20 pm. Kick-off is 2.30 pm, we will be in the red kit and the ref is Matt Bridges.
(07/04/14) The book celebrating Glantraeth's thirtieth anniversary will be going to the printer in about two weeks time so anyone wanting anything including whether it be a picture or a recollection of a memorable moment in the club's history needs to contact me without delay by phoning or texting 07743 483733 or emailing me via the website. It is intended that the book will be on sale for the first time at the anniversary dinner at the Tafarn Y Rhos on Friday 30th May. (Stan Strickland)
WHAT A GAME !
(06/04/14) By God that was some game yesterday. We could have scored near double figures yet could even have ended up losing after seemingly having the game well won.
In the circumstances it was a remarkable win with so many players missing and just a bare squad of eleven travelling. We had been put in a farcical position after the 'final' fixtures for the season released on 12th March had us going to Barmouth next Saturday and with no game scheduled this weekend several players made arrangements for the free weekend that they could not change. Players too are entitled to have firm advance notice of fixtures so they can plan their lives accordingly and this late change without consultation caused chaos and manager Chris Roberts did well to get a team together at all taking into account injured players as well let alone pull off a great win.
Our second goal was as good as any I have seen in my seven years at Glantraeth, Steve Jones rounding off a superb passing move from our own half that involved so many players I lost count. It really was a goal to treasure and the words tiki-taka did briefly spring to mind!
Three up and well in control it looked all over but when they pulled two back I thought 'here we go again' our previous two trips to Barmouth having seen them snatch an unlikely victory in the final few minutes and in fact only a brilliant save from Kieran prevented them pinching a draw before we got that late fourth.
To be fair Barmouth did well to come back at all led by the never-say-die spirit of their number 10 Stuart Rogers. He just about pipped their keeper for man of the match despite him making save after save, particularly from Mark Jones, as Glan threatened to run up a cricket score in the second half.
It wasn't good for the nerves but what a game.
That's nine games unbeaten in the league and we look to continue that run with a tough local derby at home to Gwalchmai on Thursday evening. Kick-off is 6.30 pm and the ref is Arwyn Griffiths. (SS)
WONDER GOAL & WONDER SAVE
(05/04/14) Glantraeth finally put the Barmouth jinx to rest but not without one or two scares along the way. After withstanding early pressure from a fired up home side Glan began to get on top and took the lead on 37 minutes as Tom Taylor met a Steve Jones' corner giving Mark Jones the chance to head home from close in (top picture). It was two for the visitors five minutes later with a quite magnificent goal, the move starting at the back with Darren Jones and Gari Owen and then some quite brilliant inter-play between Tom Taylor, Lee Jones and Steve Jones ended with Jones beating a defender in the box before blasting
the ball home. It was a passing move and strike of great beauty that won't be bettered this season. Barmouth again started strongly after the break with Rob Murfet firing a volley just over then keeper Kieran Williams saved well from the same player. In what was to become a recurring feature of the second half Barmouth keeper Darren Andrews made a fine save from Mark Jones on 60 minutes. The game then entered what can only be described as a mad last half-hour, Glantraeth going into a three goal lead five minutes later as Tom Taylor was fouled in the box and took the spot kick himself following up to score after his first effort was saved. Coasting and on their way to an easy win it seemed but things never work that way for Glantraeth against Barmouth and so it proved again as substitute Ieuan Brooks pulled a goal back with twenty minutes left to give the home side hope. Mark Jones was clear one-on-one with the home keeper seven minutes from time but failed to take the chance and all hell let loose a minute later as Brooks scored a second, heading home a left wing cross to make it 3-2. Memories of previous games between the two sides when Glantraeth failed to make their superiority count came flooding back but further chances for Steve Jones and Mark Jones should have sewn up the points then Barmouth's Jon Harrison was sent off after fouling Mark Jones when clean through. The climax of the game was breathtaking as with 94 minutes gone Glantraeth keeper Kieran Williams pulled off a quite brilliant match-winning save from Barmouth's Carl Ryan only for play to switch up the opposite end, Tom Taylor feeding Steve Jones whose cross was converted by Mark Jones to give Glantraeth a deserved but hard earned three points. Final score: Barmouth & Dyffryn Utd 2 Glantraeth 4.
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GLAN TOP FAIR PLAY TABLE
(03/04/14) Glantraeth are now top of the Division One Fair Play table. Well done lads, it's a massive improvement on last season. The FAW £1,000 and the League £250 prize money is still wide open to a number of clubs
WELL DUE A WIN
(02/04/14) We face the long trip to Barmouth on Saturday, a ground where we have not enjoyed a lot of luck over the past couple of seasons. Time to put that right! There is a coach going to the game leaving Malltraeth 11.30 am, pick-up points include Asda, Llangefni 11.45 am & One Stop 12.05 pm. We are in the red kit, kick-off is 2.30 pm and the ref is Terry Williams.
MARK'S 20th PROVES THE WINNER
(01/04/14) There was little goalmouth action in the opening forty-five minutes, Llanfair having a loud shout for a penalty early on and Craig Roberts seeing his shot come back off a post on 26 minutes being the noteworthy highlights. It was a different story after the break as Glantraeth began to seriously threaten and only a point blank save by keeper Rhys Roberts kept out a powerful effort from Craig Roberts on 53 minutes then six minutes later the visitors took the lead as Mark Jones was put clear by Sion Kyle, beating his marker and slamming a left foot shot past Roberts for his twentieth goal of the season. The home side kept trying to push forward but were making little impression against a dominant Glan back four and it got worse for them on 65 minutes as captain Jack Williams was red carded following a reckless tackle on Kyle. Glantraeth missed golden opportunities to add another in the final fifteen minutes as Kyle twice failed to capitalise when one-on-one with the keeper and Mark Jones saw a shot strike the underside of the bar. Final score: Llanfairpwll 0 Glantraeth 1
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(31/03/14) Glantraeth look to make it an eighth league game without defeat when they travel to face Llanfairpwll tomorrow night. We will be in the red kit, kick-off is 6.15 pm and the referee is Arwel Thomas.
NOT GLANTRAETH'S DAY
(29/03/14) Llanrug ran out easy winners by five goals to nil to end any chance of silverware coming to Bodorgan this season. In truth it could have been more as the home side carried by far the greater threat in the second half, twice being denied by the woodwork. What a different story it could have been in a first half in which Glantraeth were the better side yet were constantly frustrated by the contentious decisions of referee Hugh Jones. On fifteen minutes Glantraeth's Tom Taylor headed home unmarked from a Steve Jones' corner only for the match official to spot some infringement by the visitors and rule out the goal in what was to become the theme of the first half (top picture - spot the foul!). At this stage the visitors were well on top with one fine move ending with Paul Rowland's shot being deflected wide. Against the run of play Llanrug took the lead on 36 minutes as keeper Kieran Williams' miss-kick gifted Kev Lloyd an opener. Glantraeth were unlucky not to level two minutes later as Taylor met a James Saxon free kick only to see his powerful header come back of the bar.
There was undisguised fury two minutes before the break on the Glantraeth bench as a penalty kick was awarded to the home side as a ball in from the left was blocked by Taylor, referee Jones pointing to the spot for an alleged hand ball despite his assistant Ceri Pritchard being far better positioned and indicating a corner kick. Dylan Owen converted the penalty. A deflated Glantraeth pushed forward after the break to try and rescue the game but in truth the home side were now well in control and went three ahead approaching the hour mark as Kev Lloyd scored his second after good work on the left from Dan Pyrs and five minutes later Marvin Pritchard struck the bar. On 73 minutes Pritchard was on target to make it four and a great effort from substitute Gareth Edwards five minutes from time came back off the angle of post and crossbar. Glantraeth's frustrating afternoon was complete as Carl Griffiths rounded off the scoring by adding a fifth in the 88th minute.
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CHANGES TO FIXTURES
(26/03/14) Fixtures page has been updated.
LLANRUG AGAIN CUP OPPONENTS
(24/03/14) Even with a seven point gap I will be surprised if Llandudno Junction finish bottom this season. They are a much strengthened side and ran us all the way Saturday even bringing on as a substitute Mike Lundstrum who had been a regular with champions-elect Denbigh Town for much of this season. It was a much changed Glantraeth side from the previous week, some players coming back and some players missing. It looks as if skipper Warren Gibbs is out for the season with torn media ligaments, a big loss with such a tough fixture pile up ahead of us. Great credit to Elliot Smith and Craig Evans who have taken part in every game to date and Steve Jones who has only missed one. Next Saturday it is the Mawddach Cup at Llanrug United, kick-off 2 pm. Ref is Hugh Jones and we will be in the blue kit. After match hospitality at the Penbont Inn. (SS)
LATE SHOW FROM JUNCTION
(23/03/14) 3-1 up with thirty minutes remaining Glan will be kicking themselves for letting two points slip as Junction fought back to pull level in the 88th minute. In truth there was little to choose between the two teams over an absorbing ninety minutes with the home side looking anything but bottom of the league material, taking the lead on 13 minutes as Joel Hewitt converted a right wing corner at the near post. On an immaculately prepared pitch Junction were by far the better side during the opening twenty minutes
despite playing against the strong wind and Glantraeth's equaliser on 26 minutes as Tom Taylor headed home an inswinging corner from Steve Jones came against the run of play. The visitors upped their game following the goal and took the lead five minutes before the break as a brilliant surging run and cross from Steve Jones put a goal on a plate for Mark Jones to sidefoot home. Four minutes into the second half John Littlemore took possession of a throw-in from Darren Jones and superbly turned his marker before blasting in a shot-cum-cross that gave keeper Paul Whitfield no chance of saving. Junction were still having an equal share of the play and got a goal back just past the hour mark as a free kick swung in from the left was headed home at the far post by Mike Lundstram. Littlemore deserved better on 71 minutes as he fired in a tremendous shot that clipped the outside of a post and seven minutes later brought a full length save from Whitfield as Glan pushed to restore their two goal lead. With two minutes remaining Junction substitute Alec Williams let fly from 25 yards and his wind assisted effort dipped over keeper Elliot Smith to make it 3-3.
MAIR WINS £500
(23/03/14) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 2, 3 & 4. There was one winner of the £500 Jackpot, Mair Jones of Capel Mawr. The next draw is in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth on Saturday 12th April.
NO PUSHOVERS FOR SURE
(17/03/14) I think most of us feared the worst on Saturday with so many missing against a strong side like Llanrug who had won fourteen straight but the verdict after the game was that every one of the twelve that played did the club proud and with a little luck could have made the final. It was far from satisfactory that we could have got in this situation before such an important cup semi-final but I'll leave that one with the chairman!
Next Saturday we travel to face bottom club Llandudno Junction and if we haven't learned our lesson yet that they are rarely a pushover we never will. Kick-off is 2.30 pm, we are in the red kit and the ref is Matt Bridges. (SS)
CRUEL LUCK FOR GLANTRAETH
(15/03/14) A strange goal in the 89th minute from Darren Phillips was enough to see Llanrug through to the Cookson Cup Final, his low shot from 25 yards through a crowd of players beat everyone and proved the difference in a game that could have gone either way. (Sorry to Darren originally gave goal to Peris Jones).
A badly depleted Glantraeth side had put in a magnificent performance and deserved better. Even up to Friday morning there were concerns that Glantraeth would have to withdraw from the competition with so many players missing or injured but the deadline signing of John Littlemore from Bangor City enabled manager Chris Roberts to cobble together a squad of twelve players, not all of them fully fit.
The twelve that were available did the manager and the club proud as Glan bossed the opening half-hour, Steve Jones seeing a header come back off a post on five minutes and six minutes later Bryn Roberts placed his shot inches the wrong side of a post. Steve Jones was clear on the quarter-hour mark but fired into the side netting as the keeper advanced. Two minutes later debutant John
Littlemore crossed from the right and the ball was laid off by Craig Evans for Bryn Roberts to volley home. Twice Littlemore went close either side of the thirty minute mark and there were 38 minutes gone before the visitors even looked dangerous as keeper Elliot Smith saved well from Mathew Phillips. Llanrug were coming more into the game as half-time approached and drew level on 45 minutes as a free kick from the right wasn't properly cleared and Rhys Roberts fired home. Things got worse for Glantraeth after the break as skipper Warren Gibbs hobbled off injured and Paul Tilbury needed to be strapped up to continue then the visitors took the lead on 68 minutes as a penalty was awarded for a foul by Craig Roberts, Smith brilliantly saving the spot kick from David Noel Williams only for the same player to follow up and score. Glantraeth upped the tempo as they went looking lfor an equaliser and levelled on 79 minutes through a great left foot strike from Littlemore after a superb pass from Craig Evans had created the opening and four minutes later it took a terrific save from man of the match Dylan Roberts to prevent Littlemore adding another after good work by Sion Kyle. With five minutes remaining Glan should have taken the lead and probably won the tie as Steve Jones' cross from the right only needed contact from Craig Roberts and a golden opportunity went astray leaving the way clear for Llanrug to steal the tie at the death. Final score: Glantraeth 2 Llanrug United 3.
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(12/03/14) Fixtures until the end of the season are now on the Fixtures page.
FINAL PLACE THE PRIZE
(11/03/14) In form Llanrug United are the visitors on Saturday in the semi-final of the Cookson Cup. Referee is Mike Gillham and kick-off us 2.00 pm. We have won seven successive games but our visitors have won even more and are also in the FAW Trophy final so won't be short of confidence. We won the league meeting here at Trefdraeth and need a similar performance if we are to progress. The final will be at Conwy Borough's ground on Wednesday 26th March.
Our Mawddach Cup second round tie at Llanrug United will now be played on Saturday 29th March, kick-off 2.30 pm.
NIA WINS £2,000 !!!
(08/03/14) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 11, 16 & 19. There was one winner of the £2,000 Jackpot, Nia Fon of Holyhead. The next draw is in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 22nd March.
(08/03/14) Today's game at home to Denbigh Town has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.
In the semi-final of the Mawddach Challenge Cup Llanrug United or Glantraeth have been drawn at home to Llandudno Junction.
UNBEATEN LEADERS NEXT UP
(05/03/14) There is no denying the record of Denbigh Town this season is quite incredible and they look odds on for promotion but our recent form must give us a chance when the Central Park side visit Glantraeth on Saturday. Our performance there in November was as good as we've played this season and we didn't deserve to lose but that counts for nothing now. Kick-off is 2.30 pm and the referee is Tony Moore.
GLAN JUST TOO STRONG
(01/03/14) Meliden played some nice football and gained a late consolation goal but once Glantraeth turned the screw in the second half the visitors were overrun, only the heroics of keeper Dan Mills and missed chances keeping the score down.
The early chances fell to Glantraeth through a Mark Jones' volley straight into the keeper's arms and a Warren Gibbs' header that passed wide. Playing the ball around well Meliden's Jack McDougall brought out a good save from keeper Elliot Smith on 14 minutes but it was the Bodorgan side who continued to have the greater threat with Craig Evans firing over following good work by Sion Kyle out on the right then Jason Harvey shot wide from another good cross from Kyle. Paul Tilbury was the latest to go close as he met a Jason Harvey cross on 31 minutes but his header was just too high. Meliden's James Harper headed well wide in the last action of the opening half. Glantraeth came out
on fire after the break and within fifty seconds of being brought on from the bench Steve Jones had put the home side ahead as his cross from the right could only be helped into the net by keeper Mills. Five minutes later it was two as a trip on Paul Rowlands led to a penalty kick, converted by Craig Evans. Glantraeth were now rampant, Mills again in action to save from Evans then a brilliant move almost led to a third as Paul Tilbury's overhead was met full on by Warren Gibbs only for the keeper to pull off a stunning save. Meliden were defending desperately and got lucky on 65 minutes as Craig Roberts' header struck the inside of a post before rolling back across goal with strong claims it crossed the line. With twenty minutes remaining Craig Evans missed a great chance to add another as he glanced a header wide from Craig Robert's cross. It was 3-0 on 79 minutes as Steve Jones swung a ball in from the right and Mark Jones cleverly chested the ball home. Mills was having a fine game for the visitors and made two more impressive saves from Mark Jones and Warren Gibbs with his goal under constant pressure. The second division side continued to try and play their way back into the game and got a goal back in the final minute, Jack McDougall the scorer. Final score: Glantraeth 3 Meliden 1
Glantraeth will now be away to Llanrug United in the quarter-finals of the Mawddach Challenge Cup. Pics Aled Jones
(01/03/14) Today's game at home to Meliden is on, 2.00 pm kick-off.
UP TO SECOND
(27/02/14) Glantraeth have moved up to joint second place in the latest Fair Play table for Division One. Well done lads.
GREAT TO BE BACK IN ACTION
(23/02/14) After seven Saturdays without a game it was great to be back in action yesterday and extend our winning run to six games. Bodedern are a good side who are always difficult to overcome so it was pleasing to see us get a well deserved three points, our second half performance being particularly outstanding in very difficult conditions. In fact we have only been beaten twice in our last 12 games and they were at Barmouth and Denbigh which in my opinion were two of our best performances that we certainly did not deserve to lose. The longest suspension on record is finally over as Warren Gibbs at last got his one match ban completed. It was also great to see Paul Tilbury back in the team after a lengthy injury lay-off. Hopefully we can now get some dry weather and start playing regularly again because the past few weeks have been frustrating to put it mildly.
Next Saturday we are at home to Meliden in the Mawddach Challenge Cup, kick-off 2.00 pm. Referee is again Mike Gillham. (SS)
(22/02/14) Playing their first game since December Glantraeth might have showed some signs of rustiness in the opening half but the second period saw them take control to run out 3-0 winners and put recent poor results against Bodedern behind them. Playing with the advantage of a strong wing it was the home side who threatened first on 16 minutes as Steve Jones cut in from the right and brought a fine save from keeper Carl Owen. James Burgess almost fastened on to a through ball two minutes later but Glantraeth keeper Elliot Smith was out quickly to save. A great cross from Bart Slezok approaching the
half-hour mark gave Craig Evans the chance to open the scoring but his header was off target and three minutes later Craig Roberts brought another good save from Owen, again Slezok providing the cross. Bodedern were holding out well playing against the elements and three minutes before the break Iwan Jones flashed a shot a couple of feet wide. With almost the last action of the half the home side took the lead as Craig Roberts swung a ball in from the right and Mark Jones was there to fire home from close range. Glantraeth took a vice-like grip on the game early in the second half and went two up on 50 minutes, keeper Owen saving well from Mark Jones only for Craig Evans to follow up and score with an angled drive that gave the keeper no chance. It was three ten minutes later as Mark Jones literally slid the ball home from Paul Rowlands' cross. Home keeper Elliot Smith was largely untroubled as Glantraeth comfortably rode out the final half-hour and should have made it four when Mark Jones just failed to complete a hat-trick as Steve Jones powered in a cross from the right.
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(21/02/14) It is looking like we will finally get our first game since December 28th tomorrow at home to Bodedern Athletic. There is still one problem area in the penalty box at the canteen end that we will be working on in the morning but we are determined to see the game go ahead. If we have any doubts at all Welsh Alliance referee Allan Rowlands has promised to come down at 10 am. Kick-off is 2.30 pm and the ref is Mike Gillham.
CHANGE OF FIXTURE
(15/02/14) With Llanrug United now involved in the FAW Trophy next Saturday there has been a change of fixture and we will be at home to Bodedern Athletic. Fixtures for March have now been added to fixtures page.
GAME OFF !!!
(14/02/14) For the seventh successive Saturday Glantraeth will be without a game tomorrow, the game at Glan Conwy has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.
CHUBBYS NOW DOING MOTs
(08/02/14) Our main sponsor Eric 'Chubby' Roberts of Kingsland Garage, Holyhead is now doing MOTs at £40. Situated next to the Travelodge in Kingsland Road they can be contacted on 01407 762288. Click on link in right hand column to visit their Facebook page.
GAME OFF YET AGAIN !!!
(07/02/14) Meliden have informed us tomorrow's game is off due to a waterlogged pitch. League secretary Ron Bridges has confirmed the cup tie will now be switched to Glantraeth.
(04/02/14) Again it's all down to the weather but next Saturday we are scheduled to travel to face Meliden in the second round of the Mawddach Challenge Cup. Known for many years as the Barritt Cup it is a competition we've never won although we've twice been finalists. Our opponents currently lie third in division two and are sure to provide a big obstacle to us progressing. The referee is Mike Gillham and we will be in the red kit.
Travel directions: Come off A55 signposted Abergele/Rhuddlan. Travel into and through the village of Rhuddlan. At the roundabout, take the second exit, sign posted Prestatyn A547. Travel past Dyserth Falls Country Park (on left) & into Meliden. Take your first left into the housing estate on to Ffordd Ty-Newydd. Take your first right (approx 100yds) onto Ffordd Pennant. The pitch is located 200yards on the left next to the school.
GAME OFF AGAIN !!!
(31/01/14) Llandyrnog secretary Matthew Lewis has just been in touch to inform us that tomorrow's game is off due to a waterlogged pitch.
(30/01/14) Weather permitting we are away to Llandyrnog United on Saturday, kick-off 2.30 pm. There is a coach going to the game leaving Malltraeth 11.45am, picking up at Asda, Llangefni 12 noon & One Stop 12.20 pm. We are in the red kit.
JACKPOT UP TO £1,000
(25/01/14) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 13, 16 & 20. There was no winner so the jackpot rolls over to £1,000. The next draw is in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth on Saturday 8th February.
SION JOINS FROM PORTHMADOG
(25/01/14) 19 year old Sion Kyle has signed for Glantraeth from Porthmadog. Sion made the news in 2012 when he travelled to the Netherlands in search of a contract with a professional club and was eventually given a one year contract with Dutch third division club FC Dordrecht. Before that Sion was playing for Llangefni Town in the Cymru Alliance.
(25/01/14) Today's game at home to Barmouth has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.
BARMOUTH THE VISITORS
(21/01/14) Next Saturday Barmouth & Dyffryn United are scheduled to visit Glantraeth. Referee is Hugh Jones and kick-off 2.00 pm. With three successive games now lost to the weather we can only hope. It's just a pity that this break has come when we were on such a strong run of form, winning our last five games. Having moved up to fourth place we were really looking forward to the visits of the top two, Denbigh Town and Holywell Town, but those games will now have to wait until later in the season. We have put in three excellent performances against our visitors over the past two seasons with nothing to show for it, that needs putting right.
CHRIS TO JOIN LLANGEFNI
(19/01/14) Glantraeth manager Chris Roberts has informed chairman Gareth Evans that he will be taking over as manager of Llangefni Town next season when Cefni are expected to be playing in the second division of the Welsh Alliance.
Chris explained: "I will be giving my all to Glantraeth for the rest of the season but thought it only right to give the club plenty of notice so that they can make plans for a replacement well in advance. The club have been brilliant in supporting me and my assistant Kelvin Evans, particularly Gari the chairman, but it has always been my ambition to manage my home town club. I have informed all the players and will be speaking to them about my decision next Thursday at training but I remain Glantraeth manager and will be going flat out to finish this season with as high a position in the league as possible as well as looking for success in the two cup competitions that we are still involved in."
Club secretary Stan Strickland added: "In this age of Twitter and Facebook there is little point in trying to keep Chris's decision under wraps until the end of season as we would have preferred. We appreciate him giving the club advance notice and understand where he is coming from. Equally we will be giving his replacement plenty of notice to begin preparations for next season. In his fourth season with Glantraeth Chris has won many honours for the club in partnership with Kev O'Neill and this season he has the club well placed to challenge for a possible top three placing in the league. Meanwhile it is business as usual if this rain ever stops."
(17/01/14) Tomorrow's game at home to Holywell Town has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
LLANRUG IN COOKSON CUP
(11/01/14) Only one Division One game played today as next Saturday's opponents Holywell Town beat Pwllheli 6-0. A last minute goal gave Llanrug United a 2-1 win over Llandudno Junction so they will be our opponents here at Glantraeth on the final Saturday of next month in the semi-final of the Cookson Cup. In the third round of the Mawddach Challenge Cup Meliden or Glantraeth have been drawn away to Llanrwst United or Llanrug United.
* It looks certain Llangefni Town will be accepted into the Welsh Alliance Division Two next season.
(11/01/14) Today's game at Meliden has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.
CHRIS IS MANAGER OF MONTH
(10/01/14) Chris Roberts is the Welsh Alliance Division One Manager of the Month for December. The award is sponsored by Queensferry Sports. With four games played, four games won and 18 goals scored it is a well deserved honour for Chris.
(09/01/14) Meliden have been in touch to say they plan to have a pitch inspection 9.30 am Saturday. Their game last Saturday was off but all depends on weather over the next 36 hours or so. Website will be updated as soon as decision is known.
MELIDEN WILL MAKE IT TOUGH
(07/01/14) Next Saturday we travel to face Meliden in the second round of the Mawddach Challenge Cup. Known for many years as the Barritt Cup it is a competition we've never won although we've twice been finalists. Our opponents currently lie third in division two and are sure to provide a big obstacle to us progressing. The referee is Peter Kewley and we will be in the red kit.
Travel directions: Come off A55 signposted Abergele/Rhuddlan. Travel into and through the village of Rhuddlan. At the roundabout, take the second exit, sign posted Prestatyn A547. Travel past Dyserth Falls Country Park (on left) & into Meliden. Take your first left into the housing estate on to Ffordd Ty-Newydd. Take your first right (approx 100yds) onto Ffordd Pennant. The pitch is located 200yards on the left next to the school.
(05/01/14) On Saturday 1st February Glantraeth will be away to Llandyrnog United in a league fixture. The following Saturday's fixtures will not be decided until after the next round of the Mawddach Cup. On February 15th we are away to Glan Conwy. On the final Saturday of the month it will be the semi-final of the Cookson Cup when either Llanrug United or Llandudno Junction will be the visitors,
** Many thanks to sports journalist Dave Jones for voting Glantraeth website best in North Wales for 2013 in this week's Daily Post.
GAME OFF !!!
(04/01/14) Today's game at home to Denbigh Town has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.
GAFYN & ROY SHARE £500
(28/12/13) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 1, 3 & 4. There were two winners; Roy Hughes of Ty Croes & Gafyn Lloyd Jones of Bodedern. The next draw is in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth on Saturday 11th January.
GLAN HIT PG FOR SIX
(28/12/13) Nine goals made for excellent entertainment for the holiday crowd as Glantraeth ran out winners by six goals to three. Steve Jones shot just wide for the home side in the second minute and two minutes later there was an almighty scramble in the Glantraeth goalmouth before the ball was cleared as
both sides went for an early breakthrough. The home side took the lead on 24 minutes as a corner from Steve Jones was helped on by Warren Gibbs and Tom Taylor before the ball fell nicely for Craig Evans to sweep home (pictured left). Four minutes later it was 2-0 as Taylor took a Paul Rowlands' pass in his stride before striking a superb left foot shot past keeper Dion Lewis (top picture). Ten minutes before the break Lewis was injured as he went down at the feet of Taylor and was unable to continue. Kelvin Frazer fired over for Llanfair then Craig Evans beautifully controlled a ball into the box but his shot was straight at the keeper. Three minutes after the restart Evans was through on goal only to see his effort come back off a post but it was a brief respite for the visitors as a minute later Taylor broke clear and defender Aron Owen prevented a goal with his hand and was sent off, Craig Evans putting away the spot kick. The visitors refused to lie down and a good effort from Brendan Hogan was only just off target then Frazer slid in to meet a cross from the left only to see his shot strike the bar. Llanfair looked a well beaten side as two goals in two minutes from Jason Harvey put Glantraeth 5-0
ahead and seemingly coasting to another three points but they came back strongly and against all odds, home keeper Elliot Smith pulling off a tremendous save from Hogan on 72 minutes and a minute later a Glantraeth attack broke down and as the visitors broke quickly upfield Arwyn Owen flighted the ball cleverly over Smith to pull a goal back. The goal lifted the visitors and five minutes later they got another as some static defending saw Richard Owen steal in to get a second and then incredibly it was 5-3 two minutes later as a cross from the left found Arwyn Owen at the far post for an easy finish. Any hopes of a sensational fight back were quashed with time almost up as Bart Slezok flicked a Craig Evans pass into the net to seal a fifth successive victory for Glan. Manager Chris Roberts will have been delighted with the six goals scored despite being without two of his leading scorers, Mark Jones and Craig Roberts, but not so pleased with conceding three in seven minutes when the game had seemed all but over.
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